“Back in April, I acquired a 2005 Volvo V50 Turbo Wagon (6sp manual trans), lovingly dubbed “the manwagon”. It was slightly overdue for service, so the first thing I did upon returning to SC was to research Volvo shops.
When I had my M3 circa 2008, I used to go to Specialized Auto. They’re practically a Volvo dealership so they were first on my list. I called them up for a quote on the 75K mile service I needed done. They quoted me around $400. Owch. Time to get a-sleuthin’.
Called up another shop (Saab Pearce European), since they listed themselves as Swedish car experts. Their quote: $300ish. Funny enough, their shop is located right behind Hayes European. Go figure.
Anyway, cut to the chase. 3rd time’s the charm, I called up Hayes European and was quoted $180 for the service. Both Brian and Christian were extremely friendly and helpful. Service was timely and efficient. But that’s not all. Here’s what makes Hayes European stand out above the rest of the competition:
Loaner Cars. That’s right. You can skip public transit, foot, and pedal while your car’s in the shop. No extra charge, either. How can you go wrong? Or maybe you just need a lift back home or to work. No problem, they offer complementary shuttle service, too!
Open 7 days a week. That’s virtually unheard of for a small-scale independent shop. Let me tell you, nothing sucks like having to wait a whole weekend to get your car worked on, so this is a huge bonus!
Open late! Better still they’re open til 8. Again, above and beyond!
I definitely recommend this shop to anyone who wants extra care for their European car but at competitive prices and with tons of extra perks!”