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.
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.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
More than 2 million vehicles owe their reflective finishes and sparkling chrome to Autopia Carwash. Since its opening in 1994, the single wash has blossomed in size, scale, and clientele. A tiered menu of wash packages caters to the needs of all cars, from those that need a quick five-minute clean to those that need to buff away the phone number of a cute sedan that stopped calling. Detailing services range from hand wax and paint-sealant applications to carpet cleaning, promising personal attention to cars’ every nook and cranny. Thanks to Autopia Carwash’s rain policy, customers can cruise through the wash for free if it rains within 72 hours of their previous visit.
Rich’s Smog & Repair keep cars on the road with a menu of maintenance, bodywork, and inspection services. Rich’s technicians specialize in smog testing and repair, checking for and maintaining eco-friendly emissions levels, and also primp rides by detailing cabins, removing dents, and repainting surfaces marred by the elements or improperly wielded nail clippers. Inside the auto shop, the staff mends all makes and models, including Mazdas and BMWs, using quality and high-performance parts from brands such as AC Delco, NAPA, and Yokohama.
The two ASE-certified mechanics at MPG Auto Service have gone to great lengths to turn their garage into a viable alternative to pricy dealership repair shops. The owner has achieved the title of Toyota certified master technician and has slain the diesel-powered dragon needed to earn his certificate as a Toyota hybrid-system-qualified mechanic. The team also knows its way around the engines of Fords, Porsches, Volkswagens, and more than 25 other foreign and domestic makes. They put their knowledge to work performing California smog and emissions testing, exhaust-system and electrical repairs, and routine engine maintenance. The shop maintains a user-friendly vibe, encouraging potential patrons to drop in with questions about their limping or coughing automobiles.