At M & R Automotive, a team of ASE-certified-and-licensed repair mechanics and smog technicians works to keep cars running smoothly and in-line with emissions standards. Their services include oil changes, tune-ups, and engine diagnostics, as well as State of California–licensed and STAR-certified smog inspections and repair.
All Tune and Lube reaches out to cars with promises of tender loving maintenance and woos waiting drivers with the gift of free WiFi. In the garage's work bays, tools guided by skilled hands deal with everything from basic oil and lube services to in-depth engine and transmission work. All Tune and Lube's shock and strut replacement help forge a stronger symbiosis between wheels and pavement, and brake and electrical diagnostic services help keep both lone-ranging cars and massive company fleets humming melodiously. Headlight restoration focuses on improving visibility at night and improving the look of a vehicle by removing the hazer layer from the outer surface of the headlights. When not focused on automotive performance, staff members offer fuel-economy advice and maintenance tips.
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.
Signature service: Toyota Timing belts
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Nippondenso, NGK, Akebono, TRW, and
mostly OEM parts
Pro Tip: Enjoy coffee or lunch at the nearby cafes and restaurants while you wait in heart of downtown Mountain View
The technicians at Premier Star Smog Check have one goal in mind each time a vehicle rolls onto the premises, and that's to check its smog levels to ensure that they're in compliance with the law. If it has four wheels, a motor, and isn't some sort of scary robot, the technicians will perform a range of tests to check each vehicle's smog levels before awarding it a certificate or sending it back to smog school. Though each smog check takes only about 15 minutes, Premier Star Smog Check still offers patrons free WiFi and is situated near different eateries for those seeking a quick bite.
Mae de la Calzada founded LadyParts Automotive Services based on a simple observation: "When a woman's car breaks down, lives break down." Recognizing the strain of being a wife, mother, professional, and friend all at once, de la Calzada saw a way to ease at least one burden women often face. This vision helped her to turn the intimidating ordeal of auto repair into an empowering experience.
Today, when women—or men—walk into LadyParts Automotive Services, they are greeted by automotive technicians who eschew technical jargon and instead speak in the simple, clear language that both cars and drivers instinctively understand. Claiming certifications in hybrid repair, LadyParts's mechanics work on virtually all makes and models of vehicles, performing services that range from 50-point safety inspections to major repairs. To enhance each visitor's experience, the staff coordinates free shuttle service and furnishes a waiting area with free wireless Internet access, a 50-inch plasma-screen television, and well-maintained restrooms.
To further demonstrate its goal of turning auto repair into an empowering experience, LadyParts's team leads car-care clinics in which technicians demystify automobile maintenance. Such efforts have earned LadyParts Automotive Services consistent press, a vast network of loyal cars ready to do its bidding, and recognition that includes a 2011 Best Car Repair win from ABC7 The Bay Area A List, as well as a top-five finish in the 2012 race.