Best Of 2018

Best auto mechanic: AUTOWORKS OF TAMPA

Nothing, I repeat, nothing, gives me more anxiety than taking my car to the mechanic. Be it something serious and mysterious or a routine oil change or maintenance, talking to someone about what ails my steel steed and then fretting over the cost makes me wanna puke. That said, trust is everything, and Bob at AutoWorks of Tampa goes just short of straight-up holding your hand when explaining the options you’ve got. His team has never pushed me into getting a service, and they’ve always been great about honoring warranties on work and parts. They may not be the least expensive team out there, but it’s hard to put a price on peace of mind and a crew that does business by a decent, customer-forward set of principles. 5507 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-237-3993. —RR