The ASE-certified mechanics at A1 Imports Autoworks keep both foreign and domestic vehicles humming smoothly down thoroughfares. Helmed by JP Cadoux, a seasoned motorsports enthusiast with professional racing experience, the auto-savvy team of techs brings a love for all things automotive to every oil change and tune-up. The staff, which specializes in BMW rebuilds, skillfully cares for coaches of any make and model. For quick care, A1 also performs basic work such as oil changes in about 45 minutes, or approximately the time it takes to microwave, eat, and regret 15 Hot Pockets.
Drawing on half a century of automotive service, Midas helps drivers to prolong vehicle vigor with factory-recommended maintenance services. Mechanics pop car hoods to perform oil changes with standard and temperature-durable synthetic solutions, taking time to inspect belts, hoses, fluids, and the air conditioner's resident penguin. Armed with EPA- and CARB-complying catalytic converters, the staff helps to shrink harmful emissions during muffler and exhaust-system checks. Trained technicians augment brake services with lifetime guarantees and curate healthy, evenly worn tires with rotations or replacements from Falken, Cooper, Michelin, and BFGoodrich.
Owner and mechanic Victor Amaya brings a decade of experience to AmayaS’ Auto Repair, where foreign and domestic cars can hop on a lift and forget their problems. Victor and his crew offer services that run the gamut from basic oil changes and tune-ups to replacements for finicky brakes, axles, and alternators. The technicians can also root out the causes of motor troubles and run diagnostics for the check-engine light, which typically illuminates when a good Samaritan leaves a cash prize under a car’s hood.
Cars roll into Bob’s Auto Service for quick and convenient oil changes. The shop’s skilled technicians tap engines for dark, murky oil before replenishing them with translucent quarts of conventional or synthetic fluids. Next, they hook up motors with brand-new filters, which allows oil to flow smoothly through the engine without dragging along destructive dirt and debris. They can also replace or repair squeaky or broken brakes to help drivers stop on dimes or stop on silver-plated slugs that are even smaller than dimes.
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.
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.