This virus has created so much uncertainty and fear, but we want you to know we are still here for you.

In times like this, we need our vehicles to be reliable more than ever to get to the doctor, pharmacy, grocery store, and to check-in on our loved ones.

We’ve implemented a new social distancing plan of action to ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff during this time.

1. Disinfect and sanitize common touch points before and after service

2. Use our key drop and after hours key lock boxes

3. Digital inspections can be texted or emailed so you can see what we see from work or home

4. Invoices can be emailed

5. Pay by phone

6. Using phone, email or our website
to communicate with us

Please stay safe and take care of one another and we will all get through this troubling time together.

Hobson Auto Repair

Call Us @ 727-851-9838

Honesty, Integrity, and Just Darn Good Work! Here at Hobson Auto Repair of Seminole Florida, we take great pride in our work and believe in providing people expert advice and help at a reasonable cost. We will be honest if we cannot fix your problem and will take the time to explain what needs to be done to get you back on the road safely and reliably.

At Hobson’s Auto Repair of Seminole FL, we pride ourselves on being able to give you a fair price and work with you to ensure you continue to get the reliability and enjoyment out of your vehicle. Here are just some of the auto repair services we provide: brakes, tune-ups, ac-service, oil changes, timing belts, clutch service, tire service, coolant-systems, engine diagnostic services, and other repair services.

Although we are located in Seminole FL, we also are only a short drive for auto repair from Pinellas Park, Kenneth City, Indian Shores, and Redington Beach.

Complete Tune-Ups, Oil Changes, Coolant Changes, Electrical Systems and much more…

 

We provide the same auto repair services found at major car dealerships for a fraction of the price. Our diagnostic tools allow us to quickly identify the problem with your car or truck, and and fix this issue without changing out all your car’s parts in hopes of finding the issue causing the poor performance.

  • We only use certified parts, in making tune-ups and oil changes to your car.
  • We spend a great deal of time diagnosing the electrical systems to fix the problem right the first time.
  • We service foreign and domestic cars.

Come to Hobson Auto Repair shop located in Seminole, Florida and let us resolve your automobile’s problems today.!

How can I stay cool in Florida when my A/C isn’t working well?

 

The summers are hot in Seminole, Florida, and we can help you diagnose issues with your car’s A/C system to keep you cool. Here are some signs that your A/C system may need service:

  • A/C Blows warm to hot air from vents
  • A/C Randomly blows colder than you have set
  • A/C Makes noises when turning on or while driving

At Hobson Auto Repair Service of Seminole Florida, our ASE certified master technicians can inspect and provide an estimate as to whether your car’s A/C needs a simple recharge or a part replacement. We want to keep you cool!

  • Inspect A/C components
  • Run A/C performance tests and check current charge
  • Perform A/C leak tests

If your A/C runs on freon, we can convert your old system to a new environmentally friendly system using EPA-approved refrigerant (134a). Many older vehicles (prior to 1993) use a refrigerant called R12 or freon in the A/C system, but due to stricter environmental laws, this product is no longer manufactured, and supplies are scarce and expensive. Conversion to 134a is different for each vehicle. Hobson Auto Repair located in Seminole Florida will provide an estimate for repair of the old air conditioning system and an estimate to retrofit to 134a.

Will Your Car Brakes Work When You Need Them?

 

Our automotive mechanics pay special attention to the quality and effectiveness of your car brakes. The smallest noise or vibration could be an early sign that your car brakes need service or replacement. Car bottoming out on a bump or leaning excessively on turns may indicate a suspension problem. Are your brakes in good shape? Check this list:

  • Is your brake pedal lower than usual?
  • Does your steering wheel shake when you apply your brakes? (Your rotors and/or drums might need machining)
  • Is the brake pedal spongy when you push on it? (Might be your hydraulic system.)
  • Is your brake pedal hard to push? (Might be worn out shoes or pads.)
  • Does your red brake warning light on the dashboard stay on? (Might be an imbalance in your hydraulic system.)
  • Do your brakes make a squealing or grinding sound? (Might be a glazed rotor or the calipers may need replacing.)
  • Has it been more than a year since you had your brakes checked?

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, it’s time to schedule an appointment for a brake inspection. Hobson Auto Repair Service located in Seminole Florida has trained specialists that use the latest car factory diagnostic equipment, expert know-how and superior braking parts and components made from premium materials for your car. Please come by Hobson Auto Repair located in Seminole, Florida and allow us to inspect your brakes and suspension today at no charge for these important safety issues.

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

 

We provide the same auto diagnostic services found at major car dealerships at a fraction of the price. Our diagnostic tools allow our auto mechanics to quickly identify the problem with your car or truck, and keeps costs at a minimum as we quickly repair the issues that are identified.

  • Specialists with American vehicles and Import cars and trucks
  • High tech scan tools – the same ones used at the major dealers!
  • OBDII diagnostics – ability to scan and reset codes

Come by our Seminole Auto Repair shop and let us solve your Check Engine light problem!

When Should I Replace My Tires?

 

You should replace your car tires based on the following:

  • If car tires are bald and/or show the steel belts or material other than rubber
  • If less than 1/16th of an inch of tread is remaining (use a penny and insert upside down, if you see the top of Lincoln’s head, time for replacement)
  • Unusual or uneven wear pattern across the tread of the car tire

We can assist in inspecting your car tires and recommend replacement based on your vehicle. Remember, tires are a large part of what keep you safely traveling on the road and with our heavy Florida rainstorms, can prevent you from getting in an unnecessary accident. At Hobson Auto Repair Service we are concerned about your safety.

Hobson’s Auto Repair – Recent Google Reviews

Hobson's Auto Repair
4.9
Based on 291 reviews
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Tim Zisoff
Tim Zisoff
00:03 24 Feb 21
I called Hobson's and clearly explained my transmission issue and scheduled an appointment. I then explained the same issue again when I brought my vehicle in on Monday the 22nd. They looked over my vehicle on Tuesday the 23rd and agreed with my vehicle's problem. However, they couldn't diagnose the cause of the problem because they didn't have the equipment to do so. They then charged me $33 for not diagnosing my vehicle's problem. Everyone I dealt with was friendly, courteous and professional. Nice people! I was just surprised they charged a fee when they didn't have the equipment to... diagnose the problem. Oh well...........read more
Matthew Lentner
Matthew Lentner
15:17 19 Feb 21
If you looking for an trustworthy mechanic look no further. Found them and luckily I did. Thanks for saving my family and I some money.
Christy Powers
Christy Powers
21:04 02 Feb 21
It is very hard to find a business that can be honest with you and work with you on vehicle maintenance and repairs. When I have had issue with my vehicle, whether immediate or long-term, Hobson’s always attended to it swiftly. Lovely to have a local business one can trust!!
Zachary Heiser
Zachary Heiser
22:39 21 Jan 21
Extremely timely, and professional service with fair, and honest pricing. I will definitely be coming back for all automotive maintenance needs in the future.
Betty Ray
Betty Ray
19:52 14 Jan 21
Today was my first experience with this auto care shop. I dropped my car off with them. I have an oil leak and asked them to see if they could determine the source/problem. Much to my surprise they texted me with a full report card on my car from front to rear bumper and recommendations for any present or future repairs that might be needed. They also stated their findings regarding the oil leak, which would involve a further process (as was anticipated) to determine the actual source of the leak. There was no pressure to have any work done and there was no charge for what they did... today. Customer service was excellent. Will definitely take my care back for further service and recommend to others.read more
Don Simon
Don Simon
21:09 23 Oct 20
I found the facility to be clean, everyone friendly and professional. Chris called me and also sent a detailed message with all recommendations and after the work was done and I got in the vehicle you couldn’t even tell that someone else had been in it and it ran great! The mechanics did a great job! I wouldn’t hesitate to go to them again! Thank you Jim and all your employees, Don Simon
Jarred Price
Jarred Price
19:02 22 Oct 20
I brought my 2010 F150 in yesterday and they immediately looked at it. They were very honest with me about the work that had to be done and that maybe it was best not to spend that kind of money on this vehicle. They did not charge me any money for the time they spent diagnosing the problem which I greatly appreciated. My overall feel from this place is that they are honest and try their best to help their customers.
Jennifer Albury
Jennifer Albury
15:07 22 Oct 20
When you find Hobson's Auto repair, you have finally found an honest, fair-priced automotive repair shop. It is a family-owned and operated shop and they treat you like family too. When you drive out of their shop, you know the repair was done properly. I highly recommend them !!
John Filiss
John Filiss
17:24 09 Oct 20
I've dealt with Hobson's Auto Repair twice, and I'm very happy with their service. The last time I went there, they weren't able to replicate or find the problem (which hasn't appeared since). They kept the car over night, and checked it repeatedly. My cost wound up being zero, which I really appreciated.
Dawn Roeske
Dawn Roeske
17:51 26 Sep 20
I recommend Jim Hobson's Auto Repair to all of my friends and family. This is the Best auto repair shop I have ever been to! Great experience all around! Honest, Professional and always treat the customers like family. Jim and his staff are a grade "A+" team. Mike, the mechanic works tirelessly to find the problem and fix it. Extremely fair pricing. They also guarantee their repairs. This shop is really outstanding!! I want to thank Jim and entire staff for everything!
Paul Rosenblatt
Paul Rosenblatt
11:37 18 Sep 20
My car is in excellent condition for 31,000 miles,from 2008 to now. Thanks to Hobson.
Ciera S
Ciera S
15:35 15 Sep 20
Hobson's is the best, auto repair shop in pinellas (and in Florida...if you ask me). The Hobson family and their team are always honest and fair about what work needs done on the car you bring in, and what price you pay for the service you need done. My late father found them a few years ago, when he needed work done he couldn't do himself on his SUV, and told me about them when I needed work done on my little hatchback. As a young, single woman...I tremendously appreciate that I can put my vehicle in this shop's hands without worry. I know, from experience, how easy it is for an auto shop to... take advantage of a lack of knowledge (or perceived lack thereof) to ask higher prices or to assert that work needs done (that doesn't actually need doing). But Hobson's is never like that. Jim, his daughter, and their staff always take pride in doing only honest work and asking fair prices. Which is why I will ONLY get work done at this shop. It is also why I can truthfully tell you that you can put your vehicle safely in their hands; and know that they will take good care of both it, and you. Thank you Hobson's for being an awesome shop, and for being such good people. My dad loved coming in to you guys, and I do too 🚗🚙🛠☺️read more
Ruby Aunspaugh
Ruby Aunspaugh
22:59 14 Sep 20
Great experience. Explained in detail what they needed to do and asked if I wanted them to proceed. Appreciate knowing what is going on and exactly what they are repairing. Great staff also. Was my first time but will be returning for sure!
roy Q
roy Q
01:29 12 Sep 20
I highly recommend Jim Hobson’s auto repair. Their staff are very professional, from the receptionist all the way down to the technicians. I like the way they give you the report. They email you, text you, and theyre very detailed. Their prices are reasonable. The most important thing about the shop is I believe they are trustworthy.
Annon Annon
Annon Annon
12:20 11 Sep 20
They were very knowledgeable, and were considerate to keep me updated on my vehicle. I would definitely recommend them!
John McGovern
John McGovern
00:34 11 Sep 20
After hearing an occasional clunking from my front suspension, I brought my car to Hobson’s Auto Repair. My car was road tested and inspected on the lift but no issue was found. Jim let me know that it didn’t make sense to start replacing parts at this point. I greatly appreciate his honesty and will definitely return if the problem becomes more evident.
geearturi
geearturi
15:33 06 Sep 20
They did an amazing job. Very friendly and professional. I highly recommend them.
Stephanie and Jackie Rush
Stephanie and Jackie Rush
13:40 02 Sep 20
Very Professional and clean shop.I would recommend for all your car needs.
Dave Seaburn
Dave Seaburn
17:44 01 Sep 20
Jim was there from start to finish making sure my car got the proper care...
Dorothy Marx
Dorothy Marx
19:27 14 Aug 20
This company is very nice, they treat me like I have a brain. They tell me exactly what they are going to do on my vehicle every time I go there. They keep my car inside the shop if it needs to stay over night. They only charge the quoted price. Mr Hobson is very professional and nice. As is his office staff as well as the mechanics. I have used him for years and have referred many people to him. I will continue to use his garage as long as I am able to drive and own a vehicle. They take care of both of my vehicles, A Toyota Van and a Yaris.
Dave Johnson
Dave Johnson
02:24 13 Aug 20
The service was fast and much cheaper than expected. The air conditioning in my truck is working better than it has in years!
Michael Trautman
Michael Trautman
20:52 04 Aug 20
Very fast, very accommodating. My car died on the road due to a bad alternator, they recommended a great tow service and worked with me every step to get it to their shop. They did a full inspection and sent me a webpage that listed every point, that was very cool. They had all the work done by the next day afternoon. Very satisfied, I'll be returning to take care of some other issues.
Buddy
Buddy
23:10 28 Jul 20
The most honest car repair place I have ever been to. If you go in for an oil change they don't come & tell you there is another problem. If they do you can be sure there really is. I've been going there for years.Stopped by today & needed air in my tires. Within less than 5 minutes a gentleman came out put air in. Great folks. Wouldn't go anywhere else.
shamelle clagette
shamelle clagette
00:28 03 Jul 20
We had a great experience at Hobson's. My son's vehicle broke down they did a great job finding the parts and getting him back on the road allot faster than I expected. Very friendly and professional service. They kept me informed throughout the process. I would definitely use them in the future.
Bob Orto
Bob Orto
01:31 25 Jun 20
I was very impressed with the employees I dealt with. Felt very comfortable for the time I was there. I was apprised of everything they were going to do. A very pleasant experience.
hannah schwartz
hannah schwartz
16:56 18 Jun 20
I chose Hobson's because they had 4.9 in their Google reviews. This number is way off. They deserve 10 Stars. I love the family-owned business. They are all professional polite. Stephanie and Jim where super helpful. The price was great. I was even happier because it was actually turned out being $30 cheaper. They are definitely my go-to garrage.
Stacy Holman
Stacy Holman
20:35 05 Jun 20
I was referred to Hobson's by another mechanic I trust. He could fix something my guy could not. I had the best experience. The car is running great and I feel the repair price was more than fair. He was upfront and honest and I will return again! Thank you!
DJ McElroy
DJ McElroy
12:58 01 Jun 20
Great work replacing my water pump and belts. Very thorough and love that they reach out before performing work to confirm pricing and what needs to be done. Was also able to get my truck done same day. Great service and work as always!
Robert Vetter
Robert Vetter
19:51 27 May 20
Hobson’s provides the most honest and fair automotive services possible. Great work and fair prices.I had a friend take her car to Hobson’s because the car’s front end was making noise in the tire area.Hobson’s excellent technicians determined it was left side axle type issue and they recommended replacing the damaged left side component.My friend assumed both right and left side should be replaced, but the honest people at Hobson’s told her no. They told her she did not need to spend the money and the left side was all that needed replacing.That is honest. She was... ready to spend double, they stopped her.They have also looked at several used vehicles I wanted to purchase. Hobson’s refuses to take any payment for looking at the used cars, even though it allocates a space in the car bays and the time of the technicians they pay.The best I could do was bring in Pizza to say thank you to them.read more
Anthony James Risk
Anthony James Risk
03:00 24 May 20
I've been bringing my families cars to Hobson's for years and there is no other repair shop I would go to. Jim, Stephanie, and the rest of the staff are top-notch. They're caring, trustworthy people that won't beat around the bush or take advantage of your time. It gives me immense peace of mind knowing they are always here whenever I need them. I will vouch for this business any day of the week.
Bryce Patenaude
Bryce Patenaude
20:57 20 May 20
My first time going to Hobsons. I really liked how they sent me a link that showed me all the things they were doing to my car along along with an explanation. They also called me before the began the work as well to make sure I was in the know. Very patient and kind staff. I'll be going back to Hobsons for sure in the future.
Aimee Livers
Aimee Livers
19:51 11 May 20
I've been looking for an independent auto repair business for a while. I'd still been going to the dealership as they have a highly regarded service department however it wasn't very convenient and dealership prices are on the higher end. A friend recommended Hobson's and I am so glad she did. The staff is friendly and professional. I've never experienced such follow up with text, e-mail and call updates. They sent the inspection report with pictures and helped me prioritize what needed attention. I was fairly certain of the services I'd needed but appreciated the attention to detail. Chris... provided me with all costs associated with the services so there was no surprise. The services were completed promptly and with full transparency. I highly recommend their business.read more
Daniel  Pizzutillo
Daniel Pizzutillo
22:01 07 May 20
I got to tell u. I have taken my car there for a lot of years. I told all my friends. About 20 to 30 what a nice man and staff they have.the price is right. Great workmanship. Very fare. And honest. Thank u Jim & staff for taking care of ur customers.
Jeremy Kephart
Jeremy Kephart
23:56 28 Apr 20
Highly recommend Hobson's if you are looking for an honest and fair mechanic. I took my Jeep up after getting the run around from another area shop. Hobson's did exactly what I was hoping for. The quote was significantly lower then the previous shop as well! Stephanie was very knowledgeable and communicated greatly on what was going on. I'm very glad I found this shop and will be returning for all of my vehicles needs. Thanks Hobson's!
Charlotte Forbes
Charlotte Forbes
20:24 27 Apr 20
They do excellent work & are very fair priced. They have great work ethics & treat their clients very well. Thank you for a job well done!Just had my car serviced at Hobsons I will not t as ke my car anywhere else they, are professional & very honest & Ho estuary goes a long way with me. Always completed in a timely manner. They are the best that I have been to have my car serviced. Great job Hobson’s
Mary Phero
Mary Phero
04:14 21 Apr 20
Jim the owner is honest and doesn't try to talk you into any repair you don't need. He discusses prices about the repair/part (s) along with the cost of man hours. He makes recommendations about a service you may what to have done in the future. His mechanics are very knowledgeable and do an outstanding job. I will continue to use Hobson's for my vehicle maintanence.
Chris Bennett
Chris Bennett
21:33 13 Mar 20
My Vehicle started blowing warm air I took it to Hobsons before they started any work they called and explained what was wrong and how much it was gonna cost and I was very pleased with the quality of work and their prices. Definitely recommend them to anyone!!
Mindy Pendleton
Mindy Pendleton
00:38 21 Feb 20
I am never disappointed with the service and honesty I receive from Hobson's Auto Repair! Always reliable and prompt, easily approachable about problems with car and questions. Great staff and excellent mechanics! THank you for getting me on the road again!
Rick Lippincott
Rick Lippincott
14:46 19 Feb 20
Look, we all want to get the best service at the best price. We also want integrity and intelligence when it comes to auto repairs. Well, that's what you get at Hobson's Auto Repair. People that know what they're doing are straight-forward and best of all fair. Hey, if you want to check them out tell'em Rick the Mini Cooper guy sent you. This is not a paid endorsement!
dave Firth
dave Firth
17:03 15 Feb 20
About 4 months ago I brought my car in to have my a/c checked because it was blowing warm air and Jim added Freon and things worked fine until the first week of Feb. 2020. I took my car back again and the Freon was low meaning there is a leak somewhere. Jim said he added a green dye to the a/c but could not locate the leak but said that it will show up when the Freon runs low and to bring car back at that time and then he can find the leak. He did all this and did not charge me. I highly recommend Hibson’s Auto Repair. Dave Firth
Roubina Kustubardis
Roubina Kustubardis
04:28 06 Feb 20
I've been going to Hobson's Auto repair now for the past 2 years and I wont be going any other place to repair my car. Jim & his daughter Stephanie are the best!!! So if you need new brakes/tires/or just have a tuneup on your car I recommend Hobson's Auto repair 100% give then a try you wont regret it!!
cheryl pacheco
cheryl pacheco
20:27 31 Jan 20
It's been a long time since I have had an auto mechanic I could recommend. The entire staff at Hobson's was first class. I can't say enough about them.
Mary Singer
Mary Singer
17:08 31 Jan 20
I have used other auto repair shops in my area of Largo, FL but when I 1st took my auto into Hobson's I knew that I had found the place where I was going to take it from then on. The people there are so very nice and the work done is excellent. The owner takes the time to speak to each and every customer that comes in & NO WHERE else have I felt that they really care about why I'm there & getting the work completed. I highly recommend Hobson's!!!!1-29-2020 My car was broke down & totally undrivable. Had to have it towed to Hobson's. The owner, Jim, was out looking under the hood... with in 5 minutes & told me exactly what needed to be done. It was fixed the very next day (it was close to 3 when it arrived) & has never driven as good as it does now. The prices are great for the quality of work done. I would like to thank Stephanie (general manager), Chris ( service manager) & Jim (owner) they were all very helpful, very polite & a pleasure working with!!read more
Joy Wray
Joy Wray
13:52 28 Jan 20
Thank you so much. .Year after year you've given perfect service and all staff have been great.Dick Wray
holly ausanio
holly ausanio
21:19 27 Jan 20
It took me years to find an auto repair shop that I trust. Hobson's owner and employees are honest and dependable. If they can save you money, they will make the recommendation. They are always fair priced and a pleasure to do business with.
Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin
15:58 24 Jan 20
I have an older Honda that has needed it's share of repairs. I trust Hobsons to fix it for a fair price. I know they will do it and I wont be overcharged.
JIM USCHELBEC
JIM USCHELBEC
03:05 09 Jan 20
Hobson’s was referred to me by a close friend. My ‘78 Jeep CJ7 is my pride and joy. Jim Hobson and staff were as good as I could have asked for to handle my engine repairs. New water pump, Fuel pump, intake manifold gasket, and suspension repairs—-all done as estimated. No surprises. Would highly recommend them!!
S Ryan
S Ryan
23:20 05 Dec 19
As I learned last year I had excellent service above and beyond. I really appreciate the integrity and the care given. Also the interaction of the owner and the people who work there, they are genuine down to earth people. I recommend them to everyody I know and anyone I hear talking about their vehicle needing to have service or repair work. Sincerely Shirley
Jim Huhn
Jim Huhn
16:35 04 Oct 19
Jim is always the consummate professional. He takes the time to personally show me what they find and how that may impact my driving experience. He advises me when it is appropriate to make a repair and when I can wait for the right time. I used to live within walking distance but now drive all the way across Pinellas County to get to his shop. It is worth every mile to deal with someone of Jim's integrity.
Starr Robinson
Starr Robinson
23:34 27 Sep 19
Hobson's Auto Repair is honest and they treat they customers with integrity and truth. They have done big repairs on my car and they are one of the best mechanic shops that I've been to. They deserve 10 stars if you want honesty and your repairs on your car done right this is the place to come to.
Jorge Blassino
Jorge Blassino
11:55 03 Aug 19
I highly recommend this shop! Very honest, extremely courteous, fairly priced and dependable. They are great at communicating and providing updates or will return calls if you leave a message. During my last experience, they truly knocked their service out of the park! I had my vehicle towed to Hobson’s from another shop to get a second opinion as I was not in a good position to spend over $1100-$1200 as quoted by that first place (a place that I had driven my car to just days before to drop off and get looked at). The vehicle was re-diagnosed the same day it arrived to Hobson’s & I was... advised that it would cost under $400 to fix the issue! Turns out the first shop was likely being dishonest and trying to pull the wool over my eyes! Hobson’s pointed out that a wire had been disconnected at the first shop which was why my car wouldn’t start after I had driven it into that first shop! It appears the first place wanted to make my car non-driveable so I would leave it there for a false, expensive repair it didn’t need! Anyhow, the car is now in great shape & all issues have been resolved thanks to the awesome staff at Hobson’s. These guys are a serious throwback to the old days when business treated their clients with dignity, respect & honesty. Great place from top to bottom and again, highly recommended! A heartfelt thank you to everyone at Hobson’s from your newer life-long customer!!read more
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