Carroll’s Brake Service in Alhambra celebrates 70 years in business

Pictured in front of the truck that Jeremiah and Jason Carroll’s grandfather owned when he opened the business are, from left, Jeremiah Carroll, Jason Carroll, and Rick Parga.

Carroll’s Brake Service has been in Alhambra since 1959, but the business first opened in Southwest Los Angeles in 1946. Leo H. Carroll worked at the Los Angeles location until he decided to invest in a bigger shop in Alhambra. Through the years, the business has been passed down from father and son to the third generation that owns it, Jason and Jeremiah Carroll.

“We’re one of the last family businesses in town that has been here for over 50 years. We have been here so long. We treat your car like it was our car,” Jason said.

Carroll’s Brake Service is a full service brake repair shop. It stocks a majority of brake parts on different makes and models of cars, which cuts down on wait time from other shops. The shop only installs top quality original equipment manufacturer products. Some local dealerships come to Carroll’s with more complicated brake problems.

One thing that distinguishes Carroll’s from other brake service shops is the lower labor rates. Most labor rates in the area range from $95 to $100 per hour, but Carroll’s is able to work at $65 to $75 per hour. There isn’t a fancy waiting room, and Carroll’s doesn’t spend a lot of money on marketing. When arriving at Carroll’s, customers can wait outside on patio chairs under an umbrella and enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather.

“When you come here, you are supporting a bit of Alhambra history,” Jason said. “The grandchildren of customers who were my grandfather’s now come in to bring their cars for service. We have had customers who have moved to other parts of Los Angeles County who still come here because they appreciate our reliable service. I have been here for 25 years, my brother has been here for 20, and the other guy who works for us has been here for 15 years, so we are all experienced mechanics.”

Carroll’s is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The business is located at 2360 W. Main St. Contact Carroll’s at 626-281-0993, or visit the website at http://www.carrollsbrakeservice.com/.


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Oct 2018


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