John Ellis Garage's eponymous founder, his son Dave, and their successor Bob Pugh put down the foundation for the garage's 80-year reputation of repairing automobiles with a focus on customer service and honest work. Despite a lineage dating back to the Roaring Twenties, the garage maintains its original, welcoming persona with double doors sliding open just off the street. Now under the helm of seven talented mechanics, the full-service garage fills its spacious bays with repair jobs, including transmission flushes, carburetor service, and antenna-flag ironing. The staff also keeps automobiles street legal with certified smog checks, performed by the garage's two full-time smog technicians.
The state-licensed technicians at Berkeley Smog Test Only Center have conducted more than 50,000 smog checks all in the name of California's air quality. They welcome cars of all makes, models, and ages, gauging the emissions of convertibles and mobile homes alike. Their expertise enables them to complete most tests in approximately 20 minutes—though vehicles with complex parts may require a bit longer—and they cut down on long lines and exaggerated sighs with online booking. Clients can submit their rides for any reason, whether they are keeping abreast of biennial certification requirements or transferring their car to a new owner who could never love it like they did. Regardless of motive, the staff preserves a cheery and professional ambiance.
The expert mechanics at Prestige Auto Works back up their work with heavy credentials. They're ASE certified, licensed by the state of California, and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Further, all parts and labor are covered by warranty. Preventative maintenance is this full-service auto shop's philosophy, but the technicians' skills run the gamut from routine oil changes and tune-ups to complete engine replacements. To make maintenance as easy as possible, they also email or text reminders, recommendations, and recipes for making healthy dishes for your car at home.
Since 1993, the ASE-certified technicians at Smog Mart Plus have kept vehicles operating smoothly with a full-service repair shop and California-licensed smog testing services. They’re dedicated to quality service, enough so that the owners back up their brake and engine repair services with extended warranties for parts and labor.
While technicians conduct auto repairs in the garage, feel free to kick back in the waiting area and take advantage of the free WiFi, or sit in front of the flat-screen TV as a mechanic gives behind-the-scenes commentary on Herbie: Fully Loaded .
With 15 years in the automobile industry under their toolbelts, the proprietors of 2K Performance know how to run an auto repair shop right. First, they fix and maintain just about everything: fuel pumps, fluids, filters, cooling systems, exhaust and emissions, front and rear differentials, and complete engine rebuilds. Because of the technicians' comprehensive knowledge of all things on wheels, customers never have to take their rides elsewhere for more extensive upkeep. In addition to their basic and comprehensive services, the team at 2K Performance also offers an array of soup-up services to transform buggies into rubber burners, and the shop is adjoined to SacTown Pros for those seeking new windows and hi-fi sound systems.
In roughly 15 minutes, Speed E Smog Check gives drivers reassurance that their cars are legal for the road and not excessively polluting the skies. This state-licensed facility only performs smog tests, which means a quick turnaround time and no tricky essay prompts to make your car nervous. Speed E specializes in tests for out-of-state drivers and those who just purchased their cars, but the facility welcomes all vehicles, including diesel and heavy-duty trucks.