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Reviews through the years


” Just a brief note to express my gratitude for finally having my car back to normal. It took patience and I’m sure frustrations on your end as well, but it’s finally running great! A special thanks to Rick, Steve, and Ed! You all went the extra mile to make a customer very happy! THANKS!”
Anuschka (Petryschuk) Matthews (The white firebird)


In Response to your notice from your service records I wish to inform you that at the age of 80 I’ve decided to stop driving. Please know how much I appreciate your many kindnesses over the past 10 years. I appreciate the efficiency and the courteous services. God bless you – Florence


“Yesterday, as I was driving down Dundee Road, the brackets holding my muffler gave way. I pulled into your station and although I was not a previous customer, I was taken care of promptly and efficiently. The man who waited on me was polite and very helpful, even though it was obvious that things were very busy when I pulled in.

I want you to know that I appreciated this service very much. My father ran a service station for over 40 years and I am aware that you will much more commonly hear complaints than compliments. I just wanted to let you know what excellent service I experienced at your facility!”
Sincerely – Jerrold L. Schwartz, M.D.


Dear Rick, I’m writing to thank you for all that you have done on behalf of the family. When I called to ask that you tow and fix their car, I did not expect you to do anything beyond your usual good repair work. Thank you for going the extra mile by way of repairingthe car yourself, after hours, in order to donate your time. Thank you too… Sincerely, Rev. Bill calvin


“I want to thank you for your super effort in solving my emissions test problem. I am truly impressed with your concern for your customers. Thank you for taking my car to the testing station and seeing that it passed. I do appreciate your service and professionalism.”
Sincerely – J. Gmeiner


“This letter is to thank you for exceptional service my family and I have received from you. The work performed has always been quick, honest and courteous. For almost 20 years, we have been using Dakota-K for our auto care, and we wouldn’t think of going anywhere else.
Sincerely – E. Stevens


“Thanks for taking such good care of my Honda and Me. Hope I find someone as good as Dakota-K to take care of us up North.”
R. Potter


“Thank you for providing dependable service for our automobiles. It is such a relief to have a place that is there for us when we are in need”.
Pete & Ginger Wilberscheid


“It just came to mind that DAKOTA-K has been repairing my cars for the past 20 years. My family moved to Buffalo Grove in August of 1977 and when our car needed an oil change a neighbor recommended “the station on Dundee and Old Arlington Heights Road”. We have been going there ever since. As my family grew we added cars, and my wife and sons all learned to depend on you and your staff for reliable and friendly service and advice. Thank you for making these past 20 years a worry free driving experience.”
Sincerely – Ron Gottlieb


“I would like to compliment you, your mechanics and staff on consistently excellent work on our vehicles. Over the years, no matter what the problem, you have always given us the best service possible. Our trucks and cars have always left your shop in top condition. You have always been fair: informing and advising us on the proper repair work and prior to executing it. Your mechanics and staff are both friendly and well informed and most important, easily accessible to any questions we have on the repair work being done at the time. I look forward to doing more business with you during the upcoming years. It is very seldom that you can find an honest mechanic with reasonable prices. But for me it has been simple; I just call Dakota-K!”
Lynn and John Traff – Maverick Pools, Inc.


Dear Neil, I would like to thank you, your mechanics and staff on consistently excellent work on our vehicles. Over the years, no matter what the problem you have always given us the best service possible. It is very seldom that you can find an honest mechanic at reasonable prices. But for me it has always been very simple: I just call Dakota K. Sincerely, Lynn and John


“Thank you for being someone I can trust and rely on when my car needs help. I’m glad I found you.”
Sincerely – R. Kohls


“Thanks for your terrific service thru the year! You keep me on the road, worry free, to do my job. I trust you 100%! You and your team have earned that over the past 15 years.”
Gary Hrivnak


“To the employees of Dakota-K: A special thank you for servicing my car on such short notice. I am so grateful and now that I know of a ‘Great’ service place where I’m greeted with a smile, I will definitely return and also tell others. You certainly are a wonderful auto repair station.”
Again, thank-you, Pat Avery


I’ve been a customer for 27 years; the technicians give me confidence in their knowledge and recommendations. I appreciate their ethical policy when a problem is under warranty and their recommendation for time checks if no service is required immediately. Sincerely, John A.


“I have been a customer for 27 years. This includes car repair and maintenance. The technicians give me confidence in their knowledge and recommendations.

Thank you for your ethical policy indicating when a problem is under warranty, and suggestion to go to the dealership. Also, when I have tires, brakes, and batteries checked, giving me recommendations for time checks when no adjustment is required immediately.

I appreciate the fact that Dakota-K is active in local affairs. Belonging to the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, and supporting youth activities with educational and financial support programs.

I was referred to Dakota-K, and of course I have referred many friends over the years; all have been very satisfied with the reliability of both the owners and their personnel.

Sincerely, John T. Ayres


“We were referred to Dakota-K by our neighbors when our 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan needed work this summer. At that time, we were pleased with your service, honesty and the competitive pricing. When we had problems last night – a key which would not turn in the ignition – we did not hesitate in contacting your establishment. In fact, we sent a late night email/online appointment asking to be called early the next morning. We really weren’t expecting an early morning call, but were pleasantly surprised when Mary phoned us at 7:10 A.M., letting us know that the tow truck would be here shortly. And it was.

Having worked in customer service for years, most recently as VP of customer service for a national bank holding company, I have always strived to create a “wow” factor for clients. It’s not often that can be found in the automotive industry, but Mr. Koebernick, you “wowed” us.

While our vehicle was not looked at immediately, and there seemed to be a bit of miscommunication in the afternoon as to when our van would be serviced (initially we were told it wouldn’t be seen until early next week) and hour later we were told our car was being serviced, the part was being procured, and it would be ready for pickup by 5 P.M. By 3:30, we received another phone call that our car was finished. While we don’t appreciate these unplanned expenses, we do appreciate the fact that your pricing doesn’t seem out of line. And, you think of the little things. In replacing the ignition cylinder, I would have never thought of matching the existing keys…but you did.

So thank you for “wowing” us. We were pleased to get our car back within a matter of hours instead of days…and we were very happy with the service provided. We’ll be back and we will be sending others your way! Sincerely – Lynn & Chad Winston


I was very impressed with the whole experience, the greeting, the courteous treatment and the service – Angie S.

I travel 35 miles to go to someone I trust – Christina


“Over the past twenty-eight years as a customer of Dakota K I had come to appreciate their honesty and ethical attitude in dealing with each and every person that comes in the door. This was reinforced and magnified when I retired from my career as a newspaper advertising representative and took a position at Dakota K as their marketing manager. In this new capacity I am involved in the day to day decisions that effect the image that Dakota K portrays to their customers and to the community that they strive to serve.”

“Joan and Neil Koebernick have spent the past thirty plus years attempting to build and maintain their business on the highest of ethical and moral standards. They will not allow anyone associated with the company to deviate from these standards.”

“Any and all advertising or marketing that bears the Dakota K name must be 100% truthful and direct and never be misleading or false. Over the years the most productive advertising has been “word of mouth”, the many satisfied customers that have recommended others to become regular customers speaks volumes for the high standards that the people at Dakota K have set for themselves.” – Ron Gottlieb

2006 - A few "One Liners"

“This is a great repair shop! A good find” – Truman

“I’ve used your company’s auto service for over 30 years” – Len Z.

“I’ve been a customer for over 20 years. Completely Satisfied.” Mitch N.

“Always pleased with your courteous service.” Fran M.

“It’s always nice doing business with Dakota-K.” Adriane D.

“Everyone is courteous & cheerful – That is nice.” Helen S.

“Great service station – has been honest with me.” June F.

“Always liked dealing w/Dakota-K!” Paul G.

“Wonderful at all levels – highly recommend.” Darlene Z.

“You guys are the best.” Debbie G.

“I appreciate the wonderful service at Dakota-K.” Bruce F.

“One of the best places/experiences I’ve had with car repair.” Kelly N.

“Strongly recommend Dakota-K to everyone. We love them!” Chris & Anne K.

“1st time customer! Service was excellent.” Lorraine S.

“Customer for over 30 years – First class shop.” Ray W.

“Consistently good service.” Jerry S.

“I really appreciated the time and the phone calls to keep us informed!” Alicia H.

“Dakota-K has always been a place of excellance. We’ve been customers for over 25 years!” Patricia K.

“The ride to work after dropping my car off was wonderful! Thanks for supporting OMNI!! Sarah T.

“Always leave feeling good about the work.” Roger J.

“You have a new customer. I couldn’t have been happier!” Jay H.

“I go no where else to have my car serviced than Dakota-K. I rely on their judgement.”


To the Koebernicks and Staff: I hae owned “a car” since I was 16, so I have had many repairs done over the years; considering that I’m now 50. I want to sincerely thank you for the care and service I received. It was my best car experience EVER!!! All the staff – from the desk to the guys that drove me to work and the mechanics were all great. You have definitely given me the “Peace of Mind” and the trust that I need. THANK YOU!! Susan E.


“I was very pleasantly surprised at how my first experience with Dakota-K exceeded my expectations. My problem was accurately diagnosed – I just needed new tires and an alignment. I could have been easily ripped off had I been told I needed shocks or other suspension parts or CV joints. These were inspected and deemed to be alright. My bent-up wheel covers were even straightened out. Thanks for a job well done.” Michael B.


“Problem with power steering was promptly diagnosed and cost and time estimate was made for repair. Burt and his crew followed-through and did an outstanding job. I will be returning with my wife’s van shortly. I highly recommend Dakota K.” Gil & Pat R.

“I’ve now been to Dakota K twice and have experienced outstanding customer service each time. The first visit was for a set of well-priced new tires and the second time was for a regular oil change. I never expected to be given a ride to work nearby and picked up later in the day to get my car back – just for an oil change! Great service and no hassle – I wish every business ran this way. I look forward to coming back for the next routine maintenance trip.” Eric S.


“Excellent service. Always friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. I have referred many people and they have always been happy as well. I trust Dakota K with any vehicle.” Tom B.

“It is so nice to see a family business still in business. It is always been a good experience bringing my cars to Dakota K.” Sharon B.

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