Tony @ AutoTech on Irving. Great guy, honest, and doesn't suggest repairs that you don't need. Really good. As a girl I hate to feel ripped off by mechanics. He explains everything and tells you what needs to be done now, and what can wait til later, or your next check....
I too would like to know the answer to this. I recently bought a used Prius in great condition, but I know I will I need a mechanic in the future due to it's high miles. People are suggesting great mechanics, but do they specifically work on a Prius? (Ie. Do you own a Prius and use them?) There are plenty of good mechanics, but not all have the experience of working on a Prius, which is a unique car. Great response so far though! Everyblock is always so helpful!
I can recommend three brothers auto repair on belmont and ridgeway. it's a little far west but the guy is super honest and always gives you the cheapest option. He explains everything he does in a way normal people will understand and shows the parts he replaces and what's wrong with them. The guy who recommended me to him drives a prius, so I know he has worked on at least one. Definitely a small shop, so call ahead if you need something asap. I just had my a/c fixed by him. a different mechanic quoted me $700 for a new compressor he said I needed. Joe from three brothers said it was just a simple switch that went bad, jerry-rigged a new switch, charged up and topped off the freon, now it's working like new. $250. Now that's an honest and thorough mechanic!
Ashland Tire and Auto are hands down the best. I took my prius in the other day because the chargers (cigarette lighter sockets) weren't working and I needed a new tail light. They fixed both in 20 min and charged me $7.12. YES! Seven dollars and twelve cents. I have also take other cars in and asked for a full service, and they have told me the car didn't need one and to come back after a certain number of miles. My husband just went in to get the brakes looked at on his car because they were making noise, and again they said we still had a good six to eight months left and explained the noise we were hearing and fixed it - no charge.
We go to the Chicago North Side Toyota Scion dealer (5625 N. Broadway) for routine maintenance for our 2006 Prius because they send us coupons, but we've found their prices for other services a little high (close to $60 for air filter replacement; done myself for about $20 and 5 minutes of time). Fortunately, we've really never had a major mechanical problem with it. I went to Speedline (5250 N Damen) to get a tire patched a couple years ago, and I'll most likely be going to them for brake work the dealership recently recommended.