Reviews from our happy clients

I recently had work performed on my 1990 Honda Accord by Walter Danalevich of Santa Barbara Auto Refinishing. I had the top painted and the driver's side shoulder harness replaced along with the sun visor and side mirror on the passenger side. I had unsuccessfully tried to find replacement parts myself for the car, including contacting the Honda parts department, but Walter was willing to help and was able to locate everything I needed. All of the repairs were done beautifully and Walter stayed on top of things throughout and communicated with me every step of the way. He made sure all the parts worked properly, sending the original shoulder harness kit back because the seat belt had not fastened when he tried to use it. I thought the cost for the work was very reasonable. Walter was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him to others.

5 Star Review

Craig Markson

From Auto body and paint to upholstery service, SANTA BARBARA AUTO REFINISHING can help you in many different ways, with 35 years of experience, Walter has an answer for you.

5 Star Review

Sunshine Auto Spa & Mobile Detailing

Great, friendly service. Walter was very helpful and accommodating of my schedule. The work was excellent!

Sara B.

Walter and Kevin did a great job repairing the rust on my 30 year old Land Cruiser. Great work combined with very thorough updates and communication made this an excellent experience. Would definitely recommend!

Brian C

Walter took excellent care of my car! Thank you for working extensively with my insurance company and getting my car done quickly! Family recommended and will continue to come here for any body work.

Brittany A

I have been taking my various vehicles to SBAR for over 15 years. I have never been disappointed in the service, or finished work, and recommend the shop to everyone. They are simply the best. Timely, quality, friendly service, is always what you can expect. At my last visit, the owner himself kept the shop open after hours so I could finish up with the rent a car people, making me late to the shop. That's real old school service! I am a very satisfied customer, thank you Wally, and team SBAR! Chris Wiedmann, Owner, The Wu Shu Studio, Professional Martial Arts Center

Christopher W

The time and love that SB Auto Refinishing put into my 1962 Corvair was unbelievable ! Clean , honest and there to help me get my car finished when I had been through some horrific experience with other companies in town. From top to bottom! These are THE ONLY GUYS that are reliable !!!

Lori P

Wally & crew did a great job on time & budget. I have been to Wally a few times over the last several years, and his customer treatment and repair/painting jobs can't be beat.

Allen M

I had a great experience with Walter and SB Auto Refinishing. They dealt directly with the insurance company (this was helpful since it wasn't my auto insurance company) to make sure that I had my car back in less that a week. My car looked good as new when I got it back. I definitely recommend their services and would return in the future if necessary. Thanks!

Jeanette M

My family recently moved back to Santa Barbara from the East Coast with our 1971 Impala that had basically sat in a garage for 10 years. After checking out several body shops in town, we decided to go with Santa Barbara Auto Refinishing to get our car back on the road. The vinyl top on the car was completely shot and we were unsure whether to replace it or have it removed completely. Not knowing what condition the roof of the car would be in once the top was removed was a little scary since it meant that we’d have to make the decision after the job was started. The roof was in pretty good shape so we decided to remove the vinyl top. There were also several areas of rust that needed to be corrected. As with any project involving an old car, there were a few surprises along the way, but Walter, the owner/manager, was very communicative and helped us keep the project within our budget while also delivering a beautiful result. We are extremely pleased with the quality of the work and the way the car came out. The vinyl top is gone without a trace, all of the rust was removed properly by welding new metal, and the color we decided on looks amazing. Not only are we happy with the result, but it was a pleasure to work with Walter and Kevin, they made us feel like we were all in the project together and excited about transforming our car. We highly recommend Santa Barbara Auto Refinishing and are happy to have found a shop we can trust. We’ll certainly be returning in the future.

Clint S