Good VW Shops


for the Baja-Enabled


We all need a good VW shop now & again. Sometimes it's not just how to do the job, but how to make it better, and who would know better than the people who supply these parts for a living?

So Please, if you know of a good VW shop for the baja fanatic, Email the SandLizrd and let everyone know! It's one of the most popular requests here at the Baja Page. Please include name, location (at least what city it's in), and phone number or address if you can. If you can't, well, the baja-crazed lunatic looking for parts can figure it out....

And, most important, say something about why they deserve a recommendation. Some places know their business. Others have good prices. Another might have the selection or hours you approve of. Get the idea?

And, just like anywhere on the Internet, use this info at your own risk. My only guarantee is that someone had to go to the effort to send Email.


Here's the quick-reference by locale...

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

Australia

BC , CN

California

Idaho

Michigan

Missouri

Nevada

New Jersey

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

Texas

Utah

Wales, UK

Washington

West Virginia


ALABAMA

S & S Buggy
Bessemer, AL

They are pretty much the only buggy shop around there, but it sounds like they're lucky to have 'em. Theyhave a very nice and knowledgeable staff. They are usually very well stocked in all kinds of parts ranging all the way from cosmetics of the car to the engine and if they don't have it they can usually get it in in a week. James & Gilbert have had a few engines rebuilt there and the word is, they are great!

ARIZONA

Of course, I gotta get my own recommendations in here, and I dwell in the Grand Canyon State (not talking about the state of our EX-governor's legal woes).

Karl's Custom VW
Phoenix/Mesa, AZ

This is the SandLizrd's favorite shop! I recommend them in every possible way - the people are knowledgeable and helpful, the selection is excellent, the prices are good, their service department must have ESP for VW's or something, the list goes on and on. Something I appreciate even more is that one can bounce any crazy idea off of these guys and expect an honest response - I've earned a few of those "you must be stupid" looks, and yeah, I was being stupid, and I'm better for it. Furthermore, their service department isn't afraid to "customize". I pass emissions every year, yet my baja runs well 364 days a year, if you get my meaning.

BAP
several locations in Phoenix, AZ

BAP has the selection and the store hours that have helped me out many times. I could recommend their skill, but with several locations and a fair amount of staff, it's hit & miss based on who you talk to, just like most auto parts stores. BAP sells a fair motor, too. It's a bit conservative, not a lot of power in stock form, but durn it's durable!

CHIRCO VW Super Centre
9101 E. 22nd St.
Tucson AZ 85710
(520) 722-1987
(800) 955-9795 To Place An Order Only
http://www.chirco.com

CHIRCO is the mail-order shop I recommend. They have a totally incredibly complete parts catalog, and their average turnaround time on orders is next day, so convert that to one-week shipping in the continental US. Anyone who's waited 4-6 weeks for parts can truly appreciate this. I visited their shop, and it is a beautiful sight to behold. In addition, these guys know their business - they don't hire high-school girls as order-takers, the guys & gals who take the orders really know the VW business. Plus, their prices are right! Order up a catalog & see for yourself.

NEWS FLASH: The CHIRCO webpage will soon hit a new level! I've seen a layout of what it's going to be, and believe you me, it's likely to be the premier VW site on the web! The same is true for their catalog - the new one is in the works. In the meantime, they're shipping the BugPack catalog, which isn't a bad shake, itself.

Off-Road Buggy Supply
2581 E. 16th St.
Yuma AZ 85364

I haven't worked with these guys in several years, but they won my heart & mind to the VW way. I was just an anklebiter who lived next door to their shop, but I sure did learn from 'em. They've campaigned several race cars over the years, too. Being as how I'm a bit out of contact with 'em, it's hard to be too specific, but if you're in Yuma and need VW help, this is definitely the place to go!

Jan's Ironworks
Mesa, AZ

"Don't know address but they do great work for your custom welding odds and ends. Roof Racks, guards and othe odds and ends. This is not your ordinary welding shop." - Eric, the other desert dweller

Brandwood Cars
4319 E. University
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
(602)437-3107

Jade Exclusive Products
Jon LeGrand, Proprietor
1990 N Park A
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520)792-3577
jlegrand@flash.net

Jon and his partner have just recently started a new custom VW and Porsche parts business. They carry billet aluminum, drag racing and offroad heavy-duty axles, alarms, power locks, and a wide selection of used VW parts. Check 'em out at http://www.flash.net/~jlegrand/jade.html .

ARKANSAS

Ozark Parts and Service
Springdale, AR 72762
(501)751-0800

No info given, just a recommend.

Way Out Salvage
Mountnbug@aol.com

Flush informs me they have 300+ VW's there.

Roy Rodgers Forgeign Car Parts
106 S. Cross Street
Little Rock, AR
(501)374-2318
1-800-648-7084

Roy Rodgers also has stores in Forth Smith and other towns. You'd have to ask them about the other stores and how to contact them.

AUSTRALIA

Vintage Vee-Dub Supplies
9 Harp Street
Campsie, N.S.W. Australia 2194
PH 02-97891777 Fax 02-97188704

"Not Baja only, cater to all VW's. Good advice & service. Spares and workshop, mail order any where."

editor's note: Thanks, Lance! I know that most of these shops aren't baja-only, there isn't enough money in strictly-baja, but at least these referrals are for shops that know what a baja is.

Manx Buggies (Aust) PTY LTD
1/11 Lensworth Street
Coopers Planes Q.L.D. Australia 4108
Ph 07-33443084 fax 07-33444670

"Parts and service, many years of off road experience."

BC CN

Bow-Wow Auto Parts of BC Ltd

McBryan says, "The staff are awesome and the parts are very good. The Bow Wow parts store is a chain in B.C. " They have an electronic catalog! Very Cool! The roots of this business were in fiberglass-bodied buggies - sounds like a good reference to me!

Another reader in Everett, WA area says the local Bow-Wow shop has limited selection, outside of the basic parts. So check 'em out & make your own call.

CALIFORNIA

B&R Buggies
Oceanside, CA
760-722-1266

The word on this shop is, it's always done right! BajaMike tells me that the place has been a life saver, and proprietor Gary Haugley can do it all!

Mckenzies Off-Road
Anaheim, CA

"It's a good shop for off-road cars. They carry a lot of after-market parts." -Wes

Vee Parts
Santa Ana, CA

DIPS
Garden Grove, CA

The preceding two shops are said to have body parts, large parts and accessories - more than your average Chevy parts store. BajaLuvr says he spends more time there than at the grocery store - I'd believe he knows what he's doing!

Steve's Import Auto Center
753 E. Arrow Hwy
Azusa, CA 91702
(626)967-0782
Ask for Steve or Scott

To Quote VWTurbo, "This family business offers stock or high-performance engine rebuilding, parts and repair services for all VW's and have built many baja's over the years. Provides support for my hobby car, the "Turbo Baja", which I claim to be the quickest street VW on any surface, from sand to asphalt."

I'm inquiring as to whether VWTurbo is the proprietor, or customer - like many of these entries, further info is hopefully on the way!

Air-Cooled
formerly All-Import Dismantlers
San Francisco, CA

Not much known, but they have a tons of used VW stuff laying around, and they're a friendly bunch.

Bug and Hare
San Francisco, CA

This recommendation has even less info than the former. Somebody thinks they're good.

Tassi's
Daly City, CA

They're good. Why, I have no idea. If any readers are in the bay area, try to gather me some info?

Moore Racing Team
1158 East Highland Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92404
909-883-8891
Fax 909-882-9660

According to the Posts, this shop is VERY baja friendly! , and is in tune w/VW in any form, From Formula VW to Street rods and all the dirt types. Prices are fair and better than other shops that they have frequented. Large floor space and many counters full of goodies. They sometimes "phone shop" and have UPS deliver. And, they recommend you say hello to Rodney, the owner.

VW Paradise
1510 Grand Avenue
San Marcos, CA 92069
760-744-9140
Their card says, "We do anything. Mild To Wild! " This place carries anything and everything and they're nice people too. One reader says it's worth checking out.

SUSPENSIONS UNLIMITED
Contact: Larry Rosevear
1345 Dynamics, Unit #D
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 996-6260

Complete off-road fab shop. Trailing arms, long travel front shock towers, tabs, gussets, roll cages, expert advice. All hard parts. Too much to list....

This recommendation comes from a long-time friend of Larry's, who has a project baja. It ended up as a full pre-runner, and this is a recommendation worth noting!

IDAHO

Bow-Wow Auto Parts, Inc.
4722 W. Emerald
Boise, ID
(208) 345- 6451

There's other references to Bow-Wow auto parts in this list, since they're a widespread chain, but the one in Boise gets high praise. 25 years experience, and they know which parts are best! Machine shop, too.

MICHIGAN

Appletree Automotive

Is known to be one of the most-used Michigan parts stores. They sent me a catalog, and it's GOOD! Good selection, good prices, and the owner gave me permission to link to their stuff, so they must be OK!

MISSOURI

Archway Import Auto Parts
1600 Telegraph Rd.
St. Louis, MO
63125
314-638-7700

Lots of stock and high-performance VW parts. MudBug of J & J Racing recommends them, and suggests you call & talk to Jim or Duke.

NEVADA

Fibercraft
1970 E. 2nd St.
Reno, NV

"A good stock of baja stuff, and able to order parts not-in-stock in just a few days. They carry a full line of top names like Bosch, Bugack, Chenowth, etc. They stock a few Sandrail frames, bumpers, seats, steering wheels, tires, wheels, stock and offroad parts. They've got a pretty amazing invetory for such a small operation. Plus, they're friendly and ready to answer any questions you might have."

Thanks to Paul for the good word.

NEW JERSEY

Mid State
Main Street
Manville, NJ

A good baja-friendly shop!

Falco Automotive
Wall, NJ
(732)681-6783
DoonbugE@aol.com

Rich sent me an email about his business, and I had to inquire as to his specialty. I mention this because I don't want it to look like bragging - I asked, fair and square - and wait 'till you read this:

"The following is a list of services available to the VW customers that come to my shop. (Most, if not all, are at a discount over my regular repair customers.)

MIG Welding capabilities - floor pans - battery tray repair - front end swaps - pan shortening (dune buggies) - front end raising

Restoration - sandblasting and glass beading - rechroming available at local shop - minor body work and painting

Engine - stock rebuild to custom high-performance (I am presently setting up my buggy with a fuel- injected turbocharged setup that I designed and built myself) - engine dress-up kits and all repairs

Brakes and suspension - all repairs, upgrades(raising or lowering) - disc brake kits etc., etc.

Custom interior work - from stock replacement to complete custom interiors (My work on an S-10 blazer won best interior at several local shows)

Electrical - repairs and add-ons

All the work I have listed I have performed (at least once!). My biggest weak spot is bodywork and painting, but there is a VW friendly body shop right across the street.

And finally, I am interested in all fiberglass dune buggy bodies regardless of condition. Seeya!! Rich F. "

NORTH DAKOTA

Bugs & Such
Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND

Recommended shop, for unknown reasons - but trying to gather more info.

OHIO

Larry's Offroad
Dayton, OH
513-275-9501

This shop really supports their customers. Lots of parts kept in stock, and they offer outstanding support at no extra charge.

They'll even be sponsoring a car show on Sept. 27 & 28. In years past, Gene & Dee Berg were known to show up. Not a bad reference, I say!

OREGON

AutoCraft
5785 State St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 362-2301

The Chequered Flag
a.k.a. Discount Import Parts
Portland, OR
(503) 626-7036

This shop is billed as an all-around parts store, but once inside, it turns out to be a VW candy store! They cover all aspects of VW's including resto and cal look, but have PLENTY of baja- and rail-stuff. Knowledgable people who have turned wrenches on VW's for years, and leaves no need to mail-order anything.

Thanks to John for the great recommendation, since I just plagarized his email severely) And thanks to Brad, who notified me of the duality of names of this shop.

Silverton VW Repair
Silverton, OR
(503) 873-2826

The recommendation for these shops is from Carl, one of your baja brethren. He says, "The reason I like AutoCraft is they're honest. They mostly are a Bugpack dealer, but he has a small junkyard, and knows of many other resources. Silverton VW Repair's owner, Steve Bass, is not only an honest man, but will try to save you money. Silverton is located a few miles east of Salem, Oregon. I avoid the others in this area. Had a pair of 44m/m dell's literally stolen by a repair person. A lot of other horrer stories, but don't care to get sued."

Halsey Imports
Portland, OR

According to Tom, they carry a ton of parts. Worth a look.

Discount Import Parts
8622 S.W. Hall Blvd.
Beaverton,, OR 97005
(503)626-7036

Jake recommends these next few shops. About Discount he says, "They carry EVERYTHING."

M&M Automotive Service, Inc.
21135 S.W. TV Hwy
Aloha, OR 97006
(503)642-1622

This is a family owned business. They build really good engines. The owner, Nick, can help you out with any VW problems you have. Also they have a really cool broken VW parts museum in a display case, stuff you wouldn't believe.

Bug Germanators
1095 Virginia Ave.
North Bend, OR
(541)756-0114

They have a machine shop that does custom work, have a full-service mechanic, and they build custom motors to order!

Second Street Foreign Car Service
801 2nd
Coos Bay, OR
(541) 267-6701

They, too, have full sevice mechanics.

TEXAS

Keith's Bug Shop
6620 Verde St.
Groves, Texas 77619
(409)962-8614

Keith, the owner, explains that their specialty is restoring Volkswagens. They also provide engine rebuilds, new & used parts, and full service repairs.

V-Dub Folks
1410 E. Sixth Street
Irving, Texas
436-5610
1-800-383-9632

Thanks to Robert for the following quote: "I just got off the phone with "V-Dub Folks" and complimented them on how well they treat their customers by always being willing to talk to us on the phone about whatever buggy problems we are having. Some say they are a little pricey, but I haven't found that to be true. If they are, it is made up in customer service."

KNIGHTS FORIEGN AUTO PARTS
1909 W. Kingsley Rd.
GARLAND TX. 75041
214-271-3643
Ask for Angel

PISTON&PLUG AUTO complete vw shop
622 Hickory Tree Rd.
Mesquite, TX
214-285-5393
ask for Glen

thanks to Anthony in Dallas for the good advice.

Bug-E Warehouse
1915 South Presa
San Antonio, TX
210-533-8056

Bug-E Warehouse has been in business for 20 years, and their main focus is off-road! Not many shops you can say that about. Steve Foster, the owner, did a fair amount of off-road racing, and in addition built a record-breaking VW dragster. Word is, there's hundreds of off-road photos on the walls. Sounds like it's worth the trip just to see the place! c

If you see a better price, tell 'em about it - see what kind of deal they'll work you.

Darrel with the blue baja recommends Miller Lite or Bud Lite when asking questions.

John Pierce Automotive
2620 SW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78227
210-675-5075

Thanks again to Darrel with the Blue Baja for this recommendation. John is a transaxle specialist, who can recommend what to run for your application. He uses all steel bushings and shift forks(no brass). Much experience in building race trannys (on and offroad).

To quote Darrel with the Blue Baja, "When you call him you need to have your engine size, tire diameter, purpose of vehicle, and the performance expectations you have (top speed, or stump pulling, V8 eating torque and accelaration ?). He will be able to tell you the reality of the situation (if your engine is too wimpy, etc.)."

Sounds pretty respectable to this Lizrd!

Dale's Import Service
7022 Road B
Corpus Christi, TX 78413
991-0100

"Prices are decent and they have tons of Fiberglass Buggies." The submitter didn't leave a name but his good shop sounds good to me!

UTAH

C & D Custom
Tooele, UT

Makers of frames, buggies, and everything in between. This is sent in from Bob, who's a customer/ part-time employee. His main job is with the bomb squad, and I truly like his slogan, "Keeping the quad states safe from the hazards of unexploded ordnance!"

C&D is a small shop, but has the ability to build custom rails with V-6 turbos, Norstar V-8's and the like. Pretty big-time for a small shop.

Bob's On 'n' Off-Road Haus
Salt Lake City, UT

Another case where I'm waiting to hear what's special about this shop, but since it's recommended, it's posted!

WALES, UK

Bug Bitz
19 Brynymor Road
Uplands, Swansea
SA1 4JH
phone/fax (01792) 522588
email bugbitz.vw@net.ntl.com
http://websites.ntl.com/~bugbitz.vw

The author didn't sign his/her name, but stated that they're possibly the best baja shop in the world! Based in Swansea, South Wales, UK, they can supply and fit simply any part, conversion or anything!

There's a web site (check the above link) and the baja parts, including body kits, exhaust systems and suspension components are active.

"Keep a look out for the world's No. 1 store!"

WASHINGTON

V-Dub Unlimited
Vancouver/Orchards, WA

Quality repairs at a fair price and excellent advice.

Autosports International
Hazel Dell/Vancouver, WA

Good advice, good parts stock, and they even sport a junkyard. They cater to both resto and off-road, and stock products produced by such quality names as Bugpack, Empi, and Jamar, just to name a few. Much thanks to Brad for the data!

Tacoma Offroad
Tacoma, WA

Strictly offroad supplies, I hear! They carry a full line of Bugpack products, among other stuff.

Baja North West
Whatcom County, WA
360-647-BAJA

Micah is a baja man to know - he'd sold his baja and shortly bought it back! "It needed a lot of work so I took it to the best Baja guy in the area. He has great prices and excellent product, not to mention he is the only authorized EMPI dealer in the area. He has great technical knowledge, for both Baja and street rod alike."

Ask for Scott or Teresa. And tell 'em Micah put 'em on the Baja Page!

WEST VIRGINIA

Cal's Auto Repair
Ridgeley, WV 26753
304-738-1035

Bill likes this shop, and can recommend it in the strongest way. Read this quote, and see if you trust this baja person: "I grew up in a BAJA. My wife has a Baja, and my kids (if I have any) will drive a BAJA."

I might not follow him up a trail, but I'd trust him with my car's life!