Paris Garage

  • 5.0 of 5 stars
3 reviews

380 Railroad Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959, us

(530) 265-4167


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They are always honest
They are competent
Their repair price is reasonable
They complete the work in a timely manner
They respond well when they screw something up
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
They are always honest
I would use this mechanic again
I would recommend this mechanic to others
They fix the problem the first time
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
Dec 30, 2005
They work ONLY on AMERICAN cars. Ray, the owner, is a Chevy guy and knows them inside out. I once lost the rear end of my 1959-60 Willy's Overland Pick-up (well it wasn't 'LOST' it was busted) and it was the really low ratio rear end -- the hard kind to find -- and he found one and had the ruck on the road in ONE WEEK! -- Amazing. The job is always done when he says it will be -- and if there is a design problem he's a good enough mechanic that he will put in a part that will WORK! -- he also will call you if he finds a problem that can (or should) be fixed while he's fixing the problem you brought it in for -- so you don't have to pay double to R&R the same parts to fix the other problem he found. Honest as the day can be long. My grandfather was going to him when he was working for old man Paris, and two generations later our family still goes to him. That must say something! But I have to go to another Mechanic for my Toyotas --
Jun 28, 2006
RETIRED 29 JUNE 2006 RAY AND JOHN ARE TWO OF THE BEST MECHANICS I'VE MET! I've been going to them since the early 1970's. But they'll still do some work from their homes. RAY (265-2149) "I don't want to do real mechanic work like rebuilding engines and transmissions and stuff. But if it's other stuff, sure, I'll do it. But remember, I'm retired. So my overhead will be cheaper -- and heck, it'll keep me busy -- so tune ups and minor repairs are OK, but engine rebuilds -- find a real mechanic!" JOHN (265-6045, 477-3900) "Sure, I'll do stuff like rebuild an engine or transmission if it needs it -- and I can make more money than Ray so I'll probably work more. Now remember, I don't have a hundred thousand dollar SUN computer so don't come expecting one. But if you have the codes, I can fix your car! And remember: since my overhead is now nearly zero, I can work a LOT cheaper. I do tune-ups too. But I might not be as fast as I used to be. I'm retired too, remember?" NEXT BEST BET: VOLTZ BROTHERS, GRASS VALLEY, CA -- 5-6 MILES AWAY. By reputation these guys are great. But I've never used them. So what do I know?
Mar 21, 2010
Ray is retired, so his hours revolve around hunting and fishing. You can't expect to get in RIGHT NOW! Sometimes you have to fit in around his personal schedule. I used to drive from about 100 miles away to have my truck serviced. Now he's retired, and often YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR OWN PARTS SEARCH if it's a factory only. But he knows good used parts sources. And if they don't have the part, you have to be responsible enough to ask where else you could look. Sometimes this takes a few hours, but you get an idea of how much the part cost, because you are paying for it yourself, and can have it shipped to you, or to him. He now works on foreign cars, and you MIGHT have to buy your own service manual ($30-$100), but his rates are low, and he doesn't like long days as he is in his 70's now. So, when it's really cold or really hot, he'll knock off for the day or might need to get his old partner to come up and help on two man jobs. But when you have the part, the work gets done. He works from his house, but will give you a lift home within about 10 miles or so, better to have a ride lined up. He started mechanic work at 10 years old, and even worked as a mechanic through his time in the service, and came out and kept at it. Never advertised a day in his life. That says it all. Next best in area is what another customer mentioned, Voltz Brothers in Grass Valley, but good luck getting a quick appointment if you aren't established, though I know they take 'emergency' work at times. I have used them when Ray is in Montana hunting or fishing. He's a Chevy man for sure. I've only had one problem he couldn't fix, but another mechanic had worked on it first and fried a few computers before he went out of business to rectify the problem. After about $500, Ray worked for parts only. And then said, he was stumped that it was probably a Dealer Only job because so much could be wrong it would take someone who knew what should be where and did a lot of Chevy work and had a good new computer to see what was and wasn't good. Then mentioned a Chevy dealer who was NOT going to be closing in a city near by.

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