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Meet Ken Cigainero, the owner of Ken’s Auto Center!

Ken CigaineroAlthough Ken was born overseas, he considers he is San Diego “home grown”. He remembers riding his bike through the streets of San Diego, for hours at a time around College Grove, State University, and as far as Otay Lake exploring the streets and vacant lots, sometimes returning home after dark.

One thing Ken is not afraid of is hard work. At the young age of 12 he started a paper route and continued well into high school. While attending Crawford High, each year he played on the varsity baseball and football team. Before school each day, at 4am he began his paper route, then home to sleep for an hour, off to school classes, then sports practice or a game, did his homework, then off to work at a hospital washing dishes until 10 pm.

Ken‘s love of repairing cars started as he worked alongside his father who was very handy fixing the family cars. He remembers his favorite car a two-door hardtop 57 Bel Aire Chevy. After graduating high school, he hopped into his “57 and drove to attend Arizona Automotive Institute. When he returned home to San Diego, he started work at City Chevrolet on Morena Blvd. He spent a total of about 20 years as a mechanic gaining knowledge about most aspects of auto repair.

“During my time as a mechanic I noticed there was something missing, a common thread in repair shops from dealerships to the chain repair shops, to the small private shops, and this thread was a lack of honesty and customer care. Many customers didn’t know anything about car repair, and they trusted the repair facility was informing them about what was wrong with their car and were performing the work that was needed. I believe these aspects are essential, and yet I found are totally missing in some shops. I decided I wanted a repair shop that along with excellent workmanship, had as its priority honesty and care of customers.”

Ken opened Ken’s Auto Center in 1999, a dream come true.

“Customers come into my shop with a problem in their lives and drive away without it. I worked in watch repair for years and I was named “The Fixer.” Now with my auto repair shop I am happy to be “The Fixer” of my customers’ car troubles, which makes them happy and my staff happy as well. My mission is to have a competent auto repair facility that communicates to customers with honesty and care, gives superior customer service so that each customer is confident and happy with their car repair and is resolute in bringing their car to me for all repair or service needs. These customers are eager to refer friends, family and co-workers.”



About Us: Providing Auto Repair Services in San Diego, CA for More than 20 Years!

If you’re looking for a local auto repair shop that you can trust, consider Ken’s Auto Center. Ever since 1999, Ken’s Auto Center has been providing our friends and neighbors in San Diego, CA with dependable, trustworthy auto repair services. Whether your vehicle needs a minor tune-up or a major overhaul, our skilled technicians quickly diagnose and provide solutions to your vehicle’s problems, saving you valuable time and money.

A Commitment to Complete Customer Satisfaction

At Ken’s Auto Center, our number one goal is complete customer satisfaction. Every day, with every customer, we focus on providing high-quality auto repair services coupled with top-notch customer service. With countless 5-star reviews and customer testimonials, we are proud of our reputation as one of the San Diego, CA area’s most trustworthy auto repair shops.

Services and Specialties

Ken’s Auto Center is pleased to offer a wide variety of the most commonly requested auto maintenance and auto repair services which include: oil changes, brake services, tire rotations, timing belt replacements, and many more.

In addition to the services mentioned above, we specialize in several types of truck and auto repair service, including: Auto Service, Engine Service, Transmission Service, Brake Repair and Auto Electrical Service

A True Alternative to the Dealer

Looking for an affordable alternative to the high auto repair service pricing at the local dealership? Ken’s Auto Center can help. With certified mechanics who receive ongoing training in automotive technology and auto repair services, we’re proud to be able to offer you dealership quality knowledge and experience without dealership pricing!

Cutting-Edge Technology and Real-World Experience Get You Back on the Road Faster!

Our team of technicians are up to date on the latest automotive technology, and have professional, hands-on experience working with both foreign and domestic vehicles. We use the most current diagnostic equipment available, meaning that we can quickly uncover the problem and begin working on the solution. Combining cutting-edge technology with real-world experience, our technicians are able to get your car back on the road in less time than it takes other shops to simply figure out what’s wrong!

Contact Us…We’re Here to Help!

We invite you to take a look around our website and learn a bit more about our auto repair shop and what we do. Read some of the testimonials from many of our happy customers, or find out more information on some of our auto repair specialties. Call or email us to inquire about how we can help with your specific automobile concerns. And if you’re in the San Diego, CA area, feel free to stop by the shop and say hello, even if you aren’t currently in need of auto repair or maintenance services. We’d be delighted to introduce ourselves, show you around the facility and answer any questions you may have about our business and our services.

CALL US TODAY! (858) 578-8200