Welcome to Bert’s Automotive in Langley!
Bert's Automotive Transmissions in Langley has been providing high quality transmission service and repairs at affordable rates for decades now. A 160,000 km/3-year warranty for automatic transmissions - ask us for details! We provide expert transmission service and repairs to both automatic and manual transmissions for front and rear wheel drive, four wheel drive, trucks and rv’s. We have a vast inventory of remanufactured transmissions, transfer cases, differentials and clutches as well as replacement parts including high performance upgrades. We also offer FREE engine and transmission error code testing. Call George now at 604-530-2565 to book your appointment.
Bert Laakmann came to Canada from Germany as a journeyman machinist in 1955, at the tender age of 18. It didn’t take Bert long to get into the automotive business, and on his 21st birthday he had a Texaco service station at 41st and Carnarvon in Vancouver.
After two years, Texaco decided that they wanted their stations to focus on selling gasoline—not heavy mechanical work. Bert felt otherwise and soon opened the first location of Bert’s Automotive not far from its current main location on Kingsway. Bert’s offered service and repair of manual transmissions (standard, as they were called then, as, of course, automatics are standard today), added differentials, and now they do automatics as well.
The original Kingsway location was expanded and expanded again. Other locations sprang up over the years in New Westminster, Surrey, Langley and Port Coquitlam. Bert is also a partner in two Volkswagen dealerships.
Through all of this, Bert was a racer. He tells the story of travelling to Germany in the 1960s to get the S-model of the Porsche 911 that he wanted to race. His long-time pal and fellow German immigrant, Charlie Godecke, wanted one, too, and when Bert returned home they flipped a coin to see who would get the 911S. Bert lost, so he got back on the plane and immediately returned to Germany to fetch another one. Bert and Charlie successfully raced throughout Western Canada and the US Pacific West Coast for years.
While Bert was known mostly as a sports car guy for his racing, Bert’s Automotive is a faithful supporter of all kinds of motorsports. Bert’s has had exposure at Digney Speedway, both the original and current Mission drag strips, Langley Speedway, Westwood and now the Mission road racing circuit. Bert’s has sponsored cars, drivers and events. We are a real supporter of the sport.
On top of all this, Bert Laakmann is a real nice guy; his management style has mixed racing and business and created long-term loyalties with his various staff and partners. He recently said he had to miss his regular “boys’ night” beer because he had to work late to help rebuild the transmission on a 1927 Riley that was passing through town—and he really enjoyed doing it, too!
We provide automatic and manual transmission services for vehicles with front- and rear-wheel drive. Our transmission services include:
Filter, gasket and fluid replacement
Computer scans for identifying fault codes
Plus, we house a vast inventory of remanufactured transmissions and replacement parts, such as bearings, synchro rings, gears and more. We can also take care of your high-performance upgrade needs.We carry a large inventory of remanufactured transmissions and replacement parts (synchro rings, bearings, gears, etc.).
We also offer high-performance upgrades, including high-stall torque converters, transmission coolers, shift kits and H/D parts.
Our inventory offers transfer cases of a variety of models, allowing us to do replacements and provide case-saver upgrades for most vehicle models.
Our inventory offers new and used pinions and crowns and we install axle shafts, bearings, nest kits and seals.
What's more, we can optimize your car's performance with our ratio changes, posi tractions, new gasket and oil services, cover removals, oil changes and gear inspections.
We supply a range of heavy-duty and superior stock clutches for most automobiles, such as performance cars, as well as 4x4s. Come to us to replace your car's slave cylinders and hydraulic master. We also offer same-day flywheel grinding!
For fast-responding brakes, let our team handle your brake maintenance needs. Our complete service for brake repairs consist of replacements for:
U-joints and gears