Automotive in Alum Rock

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The technicians at South Valley Auto Specialists have kept automobiles running smoothly since 1993. With longevity in mind, the team pairs oil changes, wheel alignments, and other automotive services with complimentary 27-point inspections and washes. They also offer lifetime warranties on paint and repair jobs, plus collision-repair services that leave rides looking clean thanks to computerized color-matching technology, a Spies Hecker paint system, and a resident sculptor who can take out dings and modify hood ornaments to resemble one’s favorite Monopoly piece.

1802 Angela St
San Jose,
CA
US

With America's Best Car Care Plan, ASE-certified technicians keep autos running smoothly by injecting car insides with up to 5 quarts of clean conventional oil (upgrades to synthetic require additional charges) and performing a host of auto-maintenance services. Brake inspections and adjustments grant drivers the peace of mind that cars are safe and equipped for inclement weather and duck-crossing signs that come out of nowhere. Two tire rotations ensure automotive equilibrium can find long-lasting balance and tire grooves wear evenly.

390 East Gish Road
San Jose,
CA
US

For more than 30 years, Precision has helped vehicles of all sorts run smoothly with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Professionally trained mechanics whet engine appetites with a premium oil change with up to 5 quarts of oil, and then rotate tires to allow for an even distribution of wear and tear while on the road. The automotive pampering lasts about an hour, during which mechanics dispose of all waste and crumbs from half-eaten parking tickets stuck in the engine. Technicians conclude the ride renovation with a brake inspection to ensure effective stopping post-drive-away. After motor coaches have returned to their youthful, showroom condition, drivers can register for online service reminders, never again relying on their car's unreliable telepathy abilities.

4954 Almaden Expy
San Jose,
CA
US

Owner Philip Wells opened The Smog Man Test Only Center to help take the pain out of auto-emissions testing and provide passing grades to in-shape exhaust systems. The shop's friendly team eases the stress of chariot maintenance by completing the tests in fewer than 20 minutes, and charging a flat rate for all vehicles, including regular-size cars, SUVs, motor homes, and motor jacuzzis. A DMV requirement for all autos that must be performed biennially, standard gas and diesel smog checks run even smoother when clients follow The Smog Man’s four pro tips before visiting the shop, such as warming up the vehicle for at least 10 minutes.

985 Auzerais Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

To keep your vehicle in top shape, gear heads generally advise getting an oil change every 3,000 miles or three to six months—or after every seemingly coincidental encounter with that mysterious goat. Fortunately, the friendly, certified technicians at Pennzoil Speed Oil Change Center can provide your full-service oil change for up to five quarts of regular Pennzoil oil in 10 minutes flat. At the same time, they'll perform checks and top-offs of essential fluids, including power-steering, transmission or transaxle, battery, window-washer, radiator, and differential fluids. Likewise, they'll insert a new oil filter, properly inflate the tires, check wiper blades, adjust flux capacitors, lubricate the chassis, and scope out the air filter (of most cars) for any suspicious activity. These show-offs will even slap on a 3,000-mile or three-month service warranty, and Groupon customers will also receive a free promotional gift, rewards card, and $10 gift certificate.

3601 Pearl Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

For half a century, car lovers have souped up their engines and spruced up their auto bodies at Goodies Speed Shop, putting their prized vehicles in the hands of seasoned mechanics and technicians. The garage traces its origins back to 1962, when founder Richard Guess began outfitting an up-and-coming racing community enamored with the compact size and roaring horsepower of hot rods.

Today, the speed shop enhances engines of all sizes and types with exhaust systems, programmer modules, and suspensions from more than 150 brands. Dyno-pull services and laser wheel alignments keep rides running fast and true, while routine maintenance, tire rotations, and oil changes guard against expensive future overhauls. Those without a racer of their own can take a Mustang GT for a spin on a professional racetrack, and even learn the basics of car control, passing protocols, and wearing giant cola logos from pro driver Perry Richardson.

345 Lincoln Ave
San Jose,
CA
US