7500 Sq. Feet of Auto Repair Shop

Our auto repair shop is bigger than it looks from State St. DFM Auto Repair runs for almost half a city block on the Mill St side. With 11 service bays, and six lifts we are one of the largest auto repair shops in the area! Our facility includes a secure parking lot, an alarm system for added security and our ceiling is even tall enough for a RV to drive inside. In addition to this we have a comfortable waiting room stocked with current magazines and a toy box. Our building is bigger than it looks from the outside but we small enough to offer the pride of personal service to each and every one of our customers. Our auto mechanics have been a proud part of this community for over 50 years. Chances are you will be talking to one of the owners when you come in.


Looking For Long Term Relationships

At DFM Auto Repair, we are looking for long term relationships. Our auto mechanic technicians feel the best way to accomplish this is to explain automotive repair work or maintenance in easy to understand terms and provide a detailed estimate so you can make an informed decision prior to authorizing work. Over many years of service to the Ukiah Valley, our auto repair shop has learned a picture is indeed worth a thousand words. With this in mind, we use many educational tools, if needed, when explaining what your vehicle needs. We will not surprise you at the counter with a bill which is higher than you authorized. Our auto mechanic team will fix only what you authorize us to fix. However, in the interest of your peace of mind, we may make recommendations or alert you to potential problems so you are well informed. Our motto is “knowledge is power, inform and let the customer decide”. We would be doing a disservice if we did not keep you abreast of what we see. We save the old parts until the end of the job so if you want to see them – just ask. We believe in both honesty and integrity; that’s the reason we have been around for 50 years and counting.


An Auto Repair Shop with Experience

  • Computerized Service and Repair Manuals
  • State of the Art Diagnostic Equipment
  • Two ASE Master Technicians Marlin and Ben with over 56 years experience
  • Skilled Employees Who Care

What Does DFM Mean?

Ever Wonder What the Initials DFM Stand For?

We have been asked many times, what does DFM stand for? In 1961, three guys, David, Fritz and Mac, were working for Ford Motors (at that time located in our building). The car mechanic team went on strike. When the strike was over, they had already decided to start an auto repair shop of their own. The first DFM was located across from Ukiah Grange. The year was 1962.

Six months later, the Ford dealer moved to its current location on 575 S. State St. Ukiah, CA 95482, leaving the building empty, DFM moved in. In 1977, Marlin, the current owner, came to work at DFM as a mechanic. In 1983, David, Fritz and Mac retired and sold the business to Marlin and Bonnie.

DFM is for David, Fritz and Mac…

We just say: “Darn Fine Mechanics since 1962” Stop by we would love to talk to you and pamper your vehicle.


Areas We Service

Ukiah, Redwood Valley, Talmage, Hopland, Calpella, Willits, Boonville, Philo, Potter Valley, Cloverdale, Mendocino County and Lake County.