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Hey there! I’m Patrick Howard, owner and operator of Star Auto Service.

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We are a full-service automotive repair and maintenance shop servicing Brea and the surrounding areas. Our shop is located just a few minutes west of Brea Mall and we take pride in being a staple in the community since 1987.

Personally, I know how hard it can be to trust a repair shop…When I was a kid, I witnessed my mom have a horrible experience with an auto repair shop that ripped her off. From that day forward, I knew that I wanted to be a light in this industry. I wanted to prevent people from ever feeling the way my mom felt. I knew then that I wanted to open my own shop one day and prove that there really were auto repair shops that would treat people fairly, honestly, and respectfully. I’ve worked for decades in this industry, and it’s an honor to now own Star Auto Service and serve the Brea community.

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Our number-one priority here is to provide the highest-quality service while being trustworthy and professional at all times. All of our mechanics are ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified Master Technicians, which is extremely rare! We take quality service very seriously and only hire staff who are extremely well versed in auto repair. Our 3-year / 36,000-mile nationwide warranty is the best of any shop in the area, and we strive to make sure that everyone that walks (or drives) through our doors remains a customer for life.

Our other big priority is to provide auto service that fits into your busy lifestyle. Many of our Brea area customers have a lot going on these days and it can be hard to find the time to bring your car or truck to the shop, right? That’s why we offer our white glove services like picking your vehicle up from work or home (or wherever you are in the area). When it's ready our friendly staff will bring it back to you at no charge freshly washed. We want to make it as convenient as possible for you to get back on the road. If your car requires repairs that take an extended amount of time, we are happy to set you up with a complimentary loaner car so that your life and schedule are never put on the back burner. If you’d prefer to drop your car off, we’ll drive you wherever you need to go in the Brea area or pay for an Uber to get you there.


Meet the Star Auto Family

Patrick Howard is the owner and operator of Star Auto Service. Patrick has over 30 years in the automotive repair and maintenance industry and is an ASE-Certified Master Technician. Before recently buying Star Auto Service, Patrick worked as the manager for another great repair shop. He is committed to providing his customers with the quality service, professionalism, and trust that keeps them coming back for all their automotive needs.


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Patrick Howard
Patrick is the owner of Star Auto Service in Brea and recently Fox Auto Care in Santa Ana. He has over 25 years’ experience in this industry and is an ASE Certified Master Technician. Patrick is the mastermind behind the transformation that many of our customers have noticed and loved. He strives to bring the “white glove” treatment, yet family feel, to both of his shops. Patrick is working to make both Star and Fox a cornerstone in their respected communities. Patrick is happily married and has two young boys. He loves spending time with them either at home in the pool or at the beach.
Rob Soto
Rob Soto
Rob has been with Star Auto Service since 2012. In April of 2018 he was promoted to Service Advisor. A couple months later he was moved up to Shop Manager where he now runs the day-to-day operations at Star. Rob is recently married and has 4-month-old son. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Barbara Hunt
Barbara Hunt
Barbara is the Office Manager here at Star Auto Service. She handles all accounting issues for both Star and our new location in Santa Ana, Fox Auto Care. Before joining the team in Brea, she worked at Gene’s Automotive with Patrick. Barbara is a HUGE Green Bay Packers fan and hopes to make it to Lambeau Field someday. Barbara has been married for 36 years and has three children. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to Arizona to visit her daughter.
Lisa Wells
Lisa Wells
Lisa is the newest addition to the Star Auto Service family, and she is our Service Manager. When you call or come down and visit us, she is going to be the person to talk to. She is incredibly personable and knowledgeable. Lisa worked with Patrick at HB Auto and A/C in Huntington Beach. Lisa is a big Seattle Seahawks fan, so it obviously makes for some fun rivalries between her and Barbara. In her free time, she likes to play pool, go to concerts and try new restaurants. If you haven’t already, come down and meet Lisa!
Moe Merlan
Moises Merlan
Moises “Moe” is one of our ASE Certified Master Technicians who has 20 years’ experience in the automotive field. He is continually looking to further his education on todays complex cars and the systems they use. In his free time Moe like to play soccer, read and play music. He can play the 12-string guitar, saxophone ad percussions. If he had to choose, his favorite author is, Psychiatrist, Maurice Nicoll. Moe is going to be the host of the new segment on our social media pages called “Moments with Moe.” Stayed tuned!
Danny Sanchez
Danny Sanchez
Danny joined the Star Auto Service team a couple of months ago and is our other ASE Certified Master Technician with over 25 years’ experience. Danny is our go-to guy for all classic car issue and diagnostics. He himself owning a couple, is well versed in classic cars and how to get them running and driving at full potential. When he’s not turning wrenches, he loves spending time with his family and dogs. Danny has a passion for Neapolitan Mastiff’s and is actively involved in pure breeding them. Come down and meet Danny and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone else who is as knowledgeable about basketball and the Lakers as him.
Myron Butler
Myron Butler
Myron is our Junior Tech and has been with Star Auto Service for three months. Myron is constantly eager to get his hands dirty and learn as much as he can from Danny and Moe. Like Danny, Myron has an eye for classic cars and loves to work on them any chance he can get. Myron played college football for Mt. SAC and semi-professional football out of Los Alamitos. His #1 position was cornerback. Myron is a great addition to the Star team and he eager to further his education and become a Master Tech like his peers.
Jay Humphries
Jayson Humphries
Jayson “Jay” is our detailer and has been with Star for a couple of months. He strives each and every day to make the cars that leave here look as good as they run and drive. Washing the cars before returning them to the customers is another fantastic service we provide to all of our customers and it couldn’t be done without Jay. In his free time, Jay likes to play pool, basketball and just about any other sport. Next time you get in your car and see the complimentary car scent and notice a beautifully clean car just think of Jay!

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Owner Patrick Howard

221 Viking Ave
Brea, CA 92821

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Owner Patrick Howard

221 Viking Ave
Brea, CA 92821

    (714) 671-0784

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Weekdays:   8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED

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