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Since 1973, Cliff's Automotive Repair & Exhaust has offered exceptional auto service to the greater Traverse City, Michigan area. Mechanics at the family-owned business are skilled at finding the root cause of any problems quickly and affordably. Cliff's Auto Repair's mission statement is to provide honest and skilled service on every vehicle that comes through its doors, and this friendly service is reflected in the manner in which the shop is managed and the manner in which the cars are serviced.

With over 40 years of experience in the automotive field, Cliff's Automotive Repair & Exhaust is committed to providing friendly service, competitive pricing, and innovative technical solutions. Let us show you why so many customers refer us to their vehicles as their second home, whether they require routine maintenance or breakdown repair.

Since taking over his father's auto repair business, Dave Amidon has continued to produce honest and dependable work. Dave is proud to continue the tradition of honest, skilled work that has been passed down to him from his family in Traverse City, Michigan. In addition to being an ASE certified mechanic, Dave runs the business as a mechanic and family man first, and a businessman second; this is the reason for which so many of his customers refer to him as a friend. At Cliff's Automotive Repair & Exhaust, Dave and his team live by the motto "Service with a smile."


  • 30/60/90/120 Mile Services
  • Computer Diagnostics
  • Oil Changes
  • Tune Ups
  • Filter Replacements
  • Safety & Emissions Inspections
  • Windshield Wiper Blades
  • Fluid Services
  • Trip Inspections
  • Maintenance Inspections
  • Check Engine Light Diagnostics & Repair
  • Brake Repair & Antilock Braking System (ABS) Repair
  • Shocks & Struts Repair
  • Chassis & Suspension Repair
  • Suspension & Steering Repair
  • Engine Repair
  • Engine Replacement
  • Engine Performance Check
  • Belt Replacement
  • Hose Replacement
  • Cooling System Repair
  • Radiator Repair & Replacement
  • Water Pump Repair & Replacement
  • Drivability Diagnostics & Repair
  • Fuel Injection Repair & Service
  • Fuel System Repair & Maintenance
  • Ignition System Repair & Maintenance
  • Auto Air Conditioning Repair & Service
  • Heating System Repair & Service
  • Belt Repair & Replacement
  • Compressor Repair & Replacement
  • Windshield Wiper Repair
  • Power Lock Repair
  • Power Antenna Repair
  • Power Steering Repair
  • Power Window Repair
  • Power Accessory Repair
  • Light Repair & Bulb Replacements
  • Exhaust Repair & Replacement
  • Muffler Repair & Replacement
  • Tailpipe Repair & Replacement
  • Tire Balancing and Rotation
  • Alignment
  • Transmission Repair
  • Timing belt
  • Custom Exhaust Services
  • Computer Diagnostics
  • Brake Repair Services
  • Steering and Suspension Repair
  • Cooling System Repair Services
  • Custom Exhaust Services
  • Oil and Lube Change Service
  • And more!


  • Acura
  • Audi
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes
  • Mercury
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Pontiac
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki


I took my Sienna van into Cliff's for repair on June 13. They gave me an estimate, but ran into significant problems with my vehicle. I won't go into details, but Dave Amidon is one of the most honest business owners that I've ever encountered. He gave his word to me that he would take care of me, and he definitely did. I would totally recommend this business.
— Jan P.
We were in the area for vacation camping when the front brakes needed serious attention.  I called, they were able to get me in the next day at 7am.  Very friendly & knowledgeable staff brakes were done before 9am correctly and at a fair price!! I would recommend them to anyone!
— Karl V.W.
They were quick and courteous. Will use them again.
— Melinda K.
Nice building and friendly staff, had what I was looking for in stock and installed the next day. Very quick and great work. Very happy customer.
— Yelp User Review
The entire staff is happy and helpful. Quick and efficient. I highly recommend Cliffs Automotive Repair and Exhaust for your automotive maintenance needs.
— Facebook User Review