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Earl's Automotive & Restoration

(520) 551-6897View Additional Phone Numbers3256 E Lincoln St, TucsonAZ 85714

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BBB Accreditation

A BBB Accredited Business since 04/23/2014

BBB has determined that Earl's Automotive & Restoration meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised Earl's Automotive & Restoration's rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Response to 2 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

2 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Problems with Product / Service2
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Billing / Collection Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 2

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Earl's Automotive & Restoration

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience
Neutral Experience
Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (2)BBB Closure Definitions
10/23/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

First part of July 2013 truck was driven from Eagar, AZ to Earl's Automotive. Truck was running good at the time; no engine lights were on and no overheating. Heavy oil was used, coming down due to engine noise. Earl's Automotive went through the truck and stated it needed new cam and cam bearings. We agreed to this at a cost of $2800.00, and truck would be ready by the 15th of August 2013. As soon a truck was ready to pick I started home and the engine lights came on, so I immediately returned the vehicle to the auto shop. Several days later ***** called, to say truck was ready to be picked up only to find the lights were still coming on and the temperature guage was higher than normal. Each time the truck was taken in it was costing us more money. The first part of December 2013, ***** stated he had been driving our vehicle and everything was fine. I rented a car hauler at our expense, due to the extra time it took to get our vehicle. It was taken back to Eagar, AZ. It was 20 below 0 in December when we took truck up there. Due to the low temp. the truck seemed to run ok.It wasn't driven much at that time. After truck was driven 40 to 45 miles, the engine light came back on. We drove the truck back to Tucson to Earl's Auto Shop at ***********'s request. The truck overheated on the way back. I kept stopping to let it cool so it would not overheat.

I requested to be present when the heads were removed because if the head gaskets are reversed it could cause the engine to overheat. I was not notified when he did remove the heads.

At this time, the truck is still at Earl's Auto. He refuses to answer or return the phone calls to us. We sent him a certified letter, which he refused to sign for.

We want the truck repaired at no more cost to us, within a reasonable amount of time. We will consider 30 days a reasonable amount of time.

We understand he has the business up for sale and intends to move out of state if sold. We would like to get this problem settled before this happens, if possible.

****** and **** ******
(see hard copy, invoice and tracking information online)

Desired Settlement
We want the vehicle repaired properly, even if it means replacing the engine, at no cost to us, since we did not have the problem when it was first taken in. We would accept a long block engine if it is from a reputable dealer such as Auto Zone, Pep Boy's, etc.

Business Response
The issue is under review. Customer has picked up truck and we are waiting to hear back if they are happy with it. Customer is a relative and overheard a conversation about a desire to move out of state. Earl's is not up for sale.

03/31/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

A Vehicle was to have a stereo installed, Heater fixed, and Drive on passenger side window replaced.The stereo was never installed (dead on arrival) - wired improperly so that the headlights had to be on to unmute it - and installed in such a way that the faceplate was stuck behind the cars installation panel.The Drive on the windows was incorrectly installed, over and under torquing every time.The piece needed to keep the heater functional was "ordered" but never "arrived" after several weeks.The owner, *****, has addressed this issue and has responded by saying that ********** the person who was responsible for our vehicle, was not his employee and that he was not responsible.However, we went into EARL'S AUTO SHOP and received an invoice with EARL'S AUTO SHOP printed on it. How are we to be responsible for knowing that not all of the people doing work at *****'s shop are in fact *****'s employees?

Desired Settlement
I would like a refund. So much time has been spent just trying to communicate with these guys to solve the issue.I want to take my business some place else and get it done. It has been months now.Please Issue a refund and make this right.

Business Response
An individual came to our business wanting to exchange a car instead of money for services performed. Informed individual we do not accept a car as payment for repairs and they would have to go elsewhere. ********* a friend was visiting and overheard the conversation. He said he was interested in doing the repairs as a side job independent of Earl's. ********* did the repairs in the backyard of Earl's shop instead of in a bay where Earl's customers cars are repaired and ********* received a 4 door Honda Accord as payment from his customer. ********* used one of our invoice sheets so his customer could have a copy of repairs done but customer never had a business transaction with Earl's itself. To our knowledge ********* has since responded to his customers complaints about repair work. If this individual has any more complaints, they need to contact the independent person ********* to resolve them. Earl's cannot issue a refund if we did not even touch the car to do repairs or received payment for repairs.

Industry Comparison| Chart

Auto Body Repair & Painting, Auto Customizing, Auto Dealers - Custom Design & Replica

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 12/03/2013Business started: 04/27/2011
Type of Entity

Limited Liability Corporation

Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Chris Tatro (Owner)
Number of Employees


Business Category

Auto Body Repair & Painting, Auto Customizing, Auto Dealers - Custom Design & Replica

Map & Directions

Map & Directions

Address for Earl's Automotive & Restoration

3256 E Lincoln St

Tucson, AZ 85714

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1 Locations

  • 3256 E Lincoln St 

    Tucson, AZ 85714(520) 551-6897
    (520) 807-3275

Industry Comparison ChartX

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Additional Phone Numbers

  • (520) 807-3275

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