620 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.989719 -93.250958
Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: University, Marcy-Holmes
Short story: These guys saved me $1,800.
Longer version: These guys are great. I specifically dealt with Tom - who I think is the owner/primary repairman. The shop was recommended to me by East Hennepin Auto (another gem). I had been the victim of a hit-and-run, side-swiped by a flat bed truck, and my 2002 Corolla had two smashed up passenger side doors and a big gash that ran the length of the rear quarter panel on the passenger side. The big shop (ABRA) that my insurance company sent me to estimated $4,200 to fix it, which meant it was "totalled" and since it was totalled they actually wouldn't even fix it, per company policy. Other shops, even local ones that reviewers said had better pricing all came back with similar estimates.
Tom offered to weld the rear panel back together, rather than replace it, in order to save money (most shops refused to even attempt this). The car also needed two new doors, and per my request he agreed to not paint them (after I insisted that I didn't care), to further bring down the cost. When I picked my car up I was shocked. The weld was flawless and completely undetectable. And, he managed to find me two used doors that were the same color as my car. So my car looked the same as it did before the accident -- and the final bill was only $2,400. So, he saved me $1,800!!!
On top of that he seems like a nice, honest, decent guy who, though very modest, cares about and takes pride in the quality of his work. They did a great job at an amazing price. I know it's tough for small shops like his to stay in business these days, so, word of mouth is very important to their livelihood. If you need body work, I highly recommend Central Hennepin Auto Body - and tell your friends! They did such a good job and helped me out so much I'm just trying to do what I can to help them in return.
St. Paul, MN
Superior work! – I have nothing but GOOD to say about Central Hennepin Auto Body and its owner Tom. They fixed the front end of my 2002 Subaru perfectly. Tom carefully explained the work needed ahead of time and their cost was very reasonable. Tom made the entire experience very pleasant. I recommend them very highly!
Editorial Review by Erin Altemus – Since 1978, this family business near the intersection of Central and Hennepin has offered full auto body services for every make and model.
The real deal – I own a auto repair shop down the street fom central hennepin auto body. It has been a pleasure getting to know Tom and Rick. In our industry customers are faced with crashed or broken cars, a very unpleasant thing for most people. Tom and Rick bring expierence and ethics to a imperfect industry. I could not be happier
THE ONLY AUTO BODY SHOP I WILL GO TO/SEND ANYONE TO – My Mercedes station wagon is at Central Hennepin Auto Body right now, and my BMW sedan was there last year, too (OOPS!). When I got my car back last year I was so amazed. You couldn't even tell I had had an accident, in fact, the body and paint job looked better than before! They always take care of everything regarding the insurance with no hassles so basically all I have to do is drop my car off, and they fix it PRISTINELY, and I get it back! Plus these guys, Rick and Tom, they are brothers, and they have been in this business forever, and so was their father. So they know EXACTLY what they are doing. They are so nice, too. I love chatting with them whenever I happen to see them. It's always a joy. They have a good location, too, right off East Hennepin Avenue a few blocks down from Riverplace. So they aren't out of the way of wherever I am usually going anyway. Also, whenever ANYBODY I know gets in an accident or needs body work done I ALWAYS send them to Central Hennepin. Because I'm confident they will get treated right, will be happy with the results, and won't have any negative experiences. So far, so good. I have had my little brother go there, my husband, of course, and tons of acquaintances. You can tell I love this place. I'll never go anywhere else!
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