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Vista Auto Repair, Car Repair and Auto Mechanic
Escondido Auto Repair, Car Repair and Auto Mechanic
Carlsbad Auto Repair, Car Repair and Auto Mechanic

Located in Vista servicing Vista, Escondido, Carlsbad and surrounding areas

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Welcome to RC Auto and Smog

Your car service in Vista, CA

Welcome to RC Auto & Smog in Vista, CA, the one-stop shop for all of your auto repair and service needs since 1992. Whether your vehicle is due for maintenance, needs a repair, or needs a smog test performed - the professionals at our shop can help! With over 40 years of experience, you can trust that we will handle your car with expertise and will provide you with the best customer service in the area.

At our Vista auto repair shop, we staff exceptionally skilled and ASE certified technicians who work on all makes and models of cars. Our shop uses advanced diagnostic technology and state-of-the-art equipment to guarantee that our repairs are performed correctly every time. We want you to feel confident in the work that we do, which is why we offer our customers a 2 year or 24,000 mile warranty which covers qualified repairs.

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"Amazing honest people that work at this shop. This is now my go to place to get my work done for my Toyota (when needed). These guys also installed led headlights for me. Perfect for the night time driving. Thank you guys so much."

- Janet

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Our services are not only high quality, but are accurately and competitively priced. You’ll never pay premium rates here or pay for anything that you don’t approve of. If you suspect a problem with your car or it’s time for one of your car’s recommended services, trust the honest and reliable professionals in Vista auto care here at RC Auto & Smog.

While you wait for your vehicle here at our Vista auto repair shop, make yourself comfortable in our waiting area stocked with complimentary refreshments. If you need a ride while you wait for your vehicle, we happily provide complimentary Uber/Lyft rides within a certain mile radius. We look forward to assisting you with all of your vehicle’s needs!

Some of Our Services


For the best cooling and heating auto repair service in Vista, trust RC Auto and Smog. We offer a full range of heating and cooling system diagnostics, as well as heating system and air conditioning repair and service.


A vehicle suspension service helps your tires last longer, can improve gas mileage, and will improve vehicle handling to give you and your passengers a smoother ride. We will provide you with the best suspension service so you can keep your vehicle on the road longer.


At RC Auto and Smog we offer a thorough engine performance check, as well as engine replacement services. We do our best to save you money and time with Vista automotive repair services like drivability diagnostics and fuel injection repair and service.


Brake repair, shocks, struts, suspension and steering are all part of our standard maintenance auto service. When it comes to maintenance and auto service in Vista, we want to be your number one choice.

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When it comes to auto repair in Vista, it’s all about earning loyalty and trust by doing our very best every day. We are determined to earn and keep your trust.


At RC Auto and Smog, you can rest easy knowing that our highly-skilled, experienced auto service professionals are handling your car. Our technicians bring years of experience, skill, and education to the Vista auto repair table.


We take the time we need to provide you with top quality car service in Vista, and we take the time to talk to you about what that means. We listen to you so we understand your needs and goals for your auto repair.

Auto Repair Services

When your car breaks down, you need a professional auto repair shop you can trust. You need a team that does honest work, on time, at affordable prices. You need RC Auto & Smog.

We are a full-service auto mechanic shop that can do it all. With a team of certified mechanics qualified to repair everything from brakes to electrical wiring and transmissions to onboard computers, we’ve established ourselves as the number one local automotive center.

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A Full Range of Automotive Repair Services

With age and regular use, the components on your vehicle will eventually need repairs. We provide a wide range of car repair services, including:

  • Brake repair
  • Suspension repair
  • Wheel alignment
  • Transmission repair and replacement
  • Electrical repair
  • Onboard computer repair and recalibration
  • Ignition system repair
  • Spark plug replacement

If you don’t see the service you need, don’t worry. With specialist mechanics on staff, we’re able to handle just about anything. Just call us to ask!

State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Testing Services

Have you ever noticed the check engine light come on in your vehicle? Although your engine is largely mechanical, it’s also fully integrated into your car’s self-diagnosing computer system. And it’s not just your engine either—nowadays virtually every part of your vehicle is linked up and monitored by computers. To keep up with these innovative technologies, we invest in top-of-the-line diagnostic systems testing equipment. These technologies give us the ability to make more accurate assessments and deliver repairs in a more efficient, timely, and precise manner. Our competitors simply can’t compete. Call now to book an appointment.

Certified Automotive Repair Professionals

Everyone on our team is both trained and certified to deliver professional auto repair services. We don’t mess around. When you bring your vehicle to RC Auto & Smog, you know that every single person who lays a finger on your car has the requisite training and years of professional experience. After all, we’re one of the leading automotive centers in the region. It’s no surprise that we only hire the region’s best auto mechanics.

Honest and Transparent Car Repair Quotes

Want to know why all our clients are return clients? Because they know that when they’re quoted on a set of services, they know they’re getting the best price on the market. Go ahead and compare our quotes to a local competitor. There’s simply no competition. For us, the most important things—aside from doing amazing work every time—are honesty and integrity. They are the pillars of our business. The values that drive us forward. The values that get you driving again.

For Top-Tier Car Repairs, Call RC Auto & Smog Today

The car mechanics at RC Auto & Smog have one goal: To make sure that everyone who walks through our doors can drive their car off the lot happy and satisfied with our services. And we’ll do everything in our power to make this happen.

Give us a call to book an appointment for service or auto repairs!