Welcoming all manner of automobile, the ASE-certified technicians at Planet AutoWerks are especially adept at all things Saab and Subaru. The shop boasts factory-certified experts fluent in the mechanics of the Swedish- and Japanese-made roadsters, and can administer factory-recommended checkups or major repairs. When it comes to environmental stewardship, however, they set their sights on protecting the health of the entire planet, recycling everything from old metal components and waste oil to the cardboard boxes that make up the office fort.
The mechanics at Schwerin Brake and Automotive have kept engines running smoothly from the days of the Model T. In 1926, William J. Schwerin opened the shop, soon passing the reins to his son, Wilfred, in 1956, and grandson, Bob, 20 years later. Though the shop left the Schwerin family’s care in 2011, the tradition of honest, dependable auto care remains under owners Oscar Valencia and Thom Moulton. Together, the duo carries out scheduled maintenances, such as oil changes and tire rotations, as well as quality repairs and any other automotive services, always taking care to inform customers of their vehicles’ needs and help break the news gently to overly sensitive cars.
When Yamato Auto Repair first opened its garage doors in 1947, many alive could still remember a time when San Francisco's streets were filled with the clatter of horse-drawn carriages. Though cars have changed almost beyond recognition in the intervening 65 years—and mechanics' skills have evolved with them—Yamato's tinkerers have remained steadfast in one respect: their commitment to quick, honest repair work. Though they specialize in Japanese and Asian makes, these auto gurus can service any vehicle.
Motivated by a simple, straightforward agenda, the technicians at Auto Smog & Oil Changers are on a mission to minimize vehicular pollution. During service appointments, they examine vehicles for smog-producing emissions, helping owners determine whether their cars are meeting state standards. Their work is part of a smog-control program that helps the state prevent as much as 100 tons of smog-forming emissions from entering the air every day. And when not analyzing hood or tailpipe fumes, the techs keep vehicles running smoothly with regular oil changes, since well-lubricated engines produce fewer harmful gases and fewer requests to move to Florida for the winter.
The ASE-certified mechanics at Alameda Oakland Tire-Brake & Muffler maintain automotive health with oil changes, repairs, and inspections. Punch-card carriers are privy to a trio of one- to two-hour oil changes, during which mechanics extract old oil, replace it with standard or synthetic libations, and listen as the lubricated car parts hum "Happy Trails" in unison. Punch cards come with additional free benefits, such as tire rotations to prolong wheel performance, free flat-tire repairs, and battery recharges and system analyses. Additionally, certified mechanics check all fluid levels and perform a 50-point inspection to scour the car for signs of malfunction, damage, or broken windows held together by hope.