About Us

Santa Barbara Mechanics Promising Value And Satisfaction

Built on experience, friendship, and integrity, Top Shop Automotive is an auto repair shop of honorable core values. When we opened our doors in 1986, we aimed to provide exceptional auto repairs to Santa Barbara residents. In the hopes of fulfilling this promise, we equipped our team with certified, trusted mechanics. We offer a valuable experience to our many customers, and we take pride in the expert workmanship we deliver. Thanks to our proficient mechanics and world-class professionals, we’ve evolved into a reliable auto repair facility over the decades.

The Mechanics And Leaders Who Make It Possible

Though Willie is the proud founder of Top Shop Automotive, his auto repair shop wouldn’t be the well-oiled machine it is today if not for the skilled mechanics and businesspeople he has by his side. When Willie expanded his operations in 2004, he brought Pat and Mark on board. The three previously worked as mechanics together, which made them a perfect fit. As the trio continued to grow their auto repair business, administrative support was needed. That’s where Tess comes in. Together, Willie, Pat, Mark, and Tess keep Top Shop Automotive operating as the distinguished enterprise it is today.

Meet Our Team

  • Willie
    WillieFounding Owner & Vintage VW Guru

    A third generation SB guy that truly appreciates his customers, is proud of his children and loves livin' the dream here with his wife.

  • Tess
    Tess"Willie's Wife" & CEO

    Takes on the challenge of running the shop and everything in it with the exception of Willie..good luck with that! Is grateful to be livin' the dream here with Willie.

  • Lead Service Advisor
    JerryLead Service Advisor

    Jerry started at Top Shop in 2005. He's been working on cars since his auto shop class Freshman year and absolutely loves it. In 2014 he moved into the front office at Top Shop as a service advisor. He and his wife Nancy have a son, Alexander and are expecting a baby girl, Aleena.

  • Service Advisor
    AnthonyService Advisor

    My name is Anthony and I have been working here at Top Shop for 2 years. My goal is to provide excellent quality service during your visit to Top Shop. During my free time I love to wander off, explore new places and try out new things.

  • OscarLead Master Technician

    I've worked at the shop since 2009 ,

    I enjoy hiking, camping, biking, snowboarding, offroading and anything outdoors

  • Pat
    PatPartner & ASE Certified Technician
  • Lube Technician
    MichaelLube Technician

    My name is Michael. I'm a lube tech and been here for 3 years. I want to be a master tech one day. On my days off I love to spent time with my family.

  • AdamParts manager

    Hey all! My name is Adam and I’m the Production/ Parts manager here at Top Shop. I’ve been around the shop since I was a little baby since old man Willie is my super cool dad. Watching the business grow as I’ve gotten older has been amazing and being a part of the business the past 7 years has been a pleasure. I’ve met people who I consider family and get to work with and enjoy a friendship every day with them all. One of my biggest hobbies has been fixing up old 80’s and 90’s German cars to drive around and learn as much as I can about them. My fiancé and I try to travel to a different country at least once a year to experience other cultures and see the rest of the world. If you find me outside of work I’ll either be hiking, driving around town in my M3 or as of late practicing volleyball. My plans at the shop are to continue growing the business and one day soon become a business partner. Something I pride myself on here at the shop and what my dad always taught me growing up was to help people out. It’s the biggest reason a lot of our customers come back to us is because they know we are here for them, their families and their cars and we want to make sure they’re taken care of. Come say hi or give us a call! We’re here to help.

  • Porter

    Hello my name is Ben, I've been a lot tech at top shop for a month and I'm also enrolled as a student in the santa barbara city college automotive service and technology program. in my free time i like to work on my own cars, spend time in the outdoors, and ride my mountain bike.

  • Diagnostic Technician & Vintage VW Specialist
    TaylorDiagnostic Technician & Vintage VW Specialist

    I love the ocean and the outdoors. I spend almost every weekend fishing here along our coast weather it be in Santa Barbara or down in San Diego. Fishing is my biggest passion in life and I absolutely love to do it. I have been with top shop automotive for 3.5 years now. I am one of our diagnostic automotive technicians. My goal here at top shop is to continue to learn about the different cars out on the road so I can better work on them.

  • Heavy Line Technician
    MartinHeavy Line Technician

    Martin has been here since 1996! Dedicated and hard working guy!


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