Auto Repair & Maintenance in Sarasota, FL

jim molinaro × 43 years of experience

Jim Molinaro

Molinaro's Auto Service is an auto repair shop known for providing quality repairs through one-on-one service.  We specialize in air conditioning, electrical work, and general repairs on domestic and imported vehicles.

Customer Care

At Molinaro's, owner and auto technician Jim Molinaro works personally with you and your car, making sure you drive away confident and with peace of mind. Given his 48 years of experience and 37 years serving Sarasota, Florida, partnerships with his customers are often several years strong with enduring trust.

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For your Convenience

  • An after hours key drop-off box so you can leave your car
    at your convenience

  • Ask about a free loaner car

  • Mailed reminders for when your car's next oil change is due

  • We're available on Saturdays, by appointment only

  • We accept all major credit cards, cash, and local checks


Molinaro's Auto Service is fully licensed, insured, and state certified.
All repairs are backed by our 3 month or 1 year warranty.

At Molinaro's you'll find a clean and organized garage with original equipment from Delco, Mopar, and Motorcraft parts, as well as many aftermarket manufactured parts like Wagner, Moog, Monroe, Bendix, and many more. We use Wolf's Head Synthetic Blend Motor Oil for all oil changes, providing only the best protection for your car's engine.

Inquiries & comments

To get in touch or make an appointment, link to the form below, call (941) 924-2954, or stop by! Reviews of your experience at Molinaro's Auto Service can also be submitted below. Thank you!



(941) 924-2954


M-F  8:00a–5:30p 
Sa    By Appt.
Su    Closed


5717A Lawton Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34233


What We Do

Auto Repairs


Air Conditioning Repair
Air Conditioning Retro-fitting
Alternator Repair
Brake Repair
Check Engine Light Service
Cooling Systems
Drivability Diagnosis
Electronic Rear Air Suspension

Fuel Injection Service
Oil Changes
Power Antennas
Power Door Locks
Power Seats
Power Steering
Power Windows


Radiator Repair
Scheduled Factory Maintenance
Shocks & Struts
Shorts Traced
U-Joints and CV Axles
Used Car Check Outs
Windshield Wipers
Most General Repairs


Preventative Maintenance

Belts & Fluid Inspections
Cooling System Flush & Fill
Oil Changes
Tire Rotation
Wiper Blade Replacement

What we work on

Domestic & Import Cars
(with few import exceptions)
Pick-up trucks
Vans & Mini-Vans


"Why prioritize preventative maintenance? It increases engine life, ensures fuel efficient gas mileage, and provides you with peace of mind for trouble-free, safe driving. "
                                                       - Jim, Owner

Special Offers for Maintenance & Repair


What Our Clients Say About Us


"He's a great mechanic and an
even nicer person."

Jim Molinaro provides high-quality service at an honest price.  He gives you an estimate that day and helps you prioritize repairs from most to least important.  He’s a great mechanic and an even nicer person.  In a day and age where customer service can go to the way-side, Jim still clearly values each and every one of his customers.  It is truly a pleasure doing business with him; our family goes to Jim for all our auto repairs.     - Susy G.  |  Sarasota FL

Jim is a hard working man, he is fair, polite, and is concerned for the safety of the cars he repairs. He is honest and reasonable in his cost.      - Lora Ruth B.  |  Sarasota FL

I have been a customer of Jim Molinaro for ten years. He has maintained and cared for three of the family cars including oil changes, tire rotations, interval services, and the occasional repairs we have needed. He is a man of honesty and integrity, and his work is top notch and his prices are competitive. In my experience, local business is usually always better, and in the case of Molinaro’s Auto Service this is definitely true.     - Robin R.  |  Sarasota FL

...way back in the 1980's I brought a car to you for an A/C problem. The lady I bought the car from said it had serious issues and it would cost a bunch of money to fix it. Well, I found you and brought the car in for an evaluation, you replaced the O rings, charged it and I don't think you charged me more than $100 for the repair. That car was around for two more years with no problems. I have been a customer since, finding an honest car mechanic is like finding a friend for life.     - Dwayne R.  |  Sarasota FL

I have used Molinaro’s Auto Service for twenty years. In that time I have recommended Jim to others and will continue to do so. Jim Molinaro is a capable, honest, mechanic. I have had no (zero) bad transactions with him. His integrity is outstanding, his work reliable. If Jim says he can handle your car, you can have full confidence that he will and do it well.     - Chap P.  |  Sarasota FL


"His integrity is outstanding, his work reliable."

Meet Your Mechanic   

Jim Molinaro

Beyond being an upstanding auto expert and technician, Jim Molinaro is a true family man. He and his wife Annette married in 1972 in New York, where they were both born and raised. Around the same time, Jim started automotive schooling, following in the footsteps of his father, James Molinaro, Sr. Jim and his father worked together in the family business for seven years.

In the late 70's, after their two oldest daughters were born, Jim and Annette moved to sunny Florida. At this time, Jim secured the position of Head Mechanic at Colonial Shell, a full service gas station on the corner of Stickney Point Road and S. Tamiami Trail.

 A few years later in 1982, Jim held the grand opening of his very own shop, Molinaro's Auto Service. This laid the foundation of a supportive business for the family and a setting for many fond memories for his daughters; there would be four by 1985.

Today, Molinaro's Auto Service continues to build a loyal customer base with honesty, integrity, fair pricing and quality service!




Graduated Deer Park High School N.Y., took 2 years of Automotive Tech classes at Farmingdale Technical College on Long Island


Began  auto repair career at father's repair shop in Great Neck, N.Y.


Moved to Sarasota, FL and for 4 years held the title of Head Mechanic at a large full service Shell gas station


Opened up Molinaro's Auto Service in February of 1982 and have been building a strong customer base ever since!