Mechanica Automotive

  • 4.9 of 5 stars
8 reviews

788 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, us

(650) 320-8116


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Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Happily gives binding estimates
Specializes in Radiator work
Specializes in Engine Rebuild work
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)
Apr 21, 2005
I usually never write reviews, but Mechanica Automotive deserves one. Ed Pak, owner of Mechanica Automotive is the most honest mechanic I've ever met. He was recommended to me when I asked my coworkers for a good place to get the 60k mi service done on my Volvo V40. The dealer in Palo Alto quoted $750. Ed Pak quoted $250 and stuck to the price. They do everything by the book, just like the dealer would. Ed will tell you what's worth fixing and what's not. I highly recommend this shop. By now, at least 10 people from work have gone there, and I have not heard anything negative so far. I subsequently brought in my Boxster to have the breaks replaced. Ed asked me about the type of driving I do and came up with a couple of recommendations for pad/caliper parts. His price for doing all four brakes was about what the Porsche dealer quoted for just the front brakes. Mechanica is a small place and does not have loaner cars. Twice though Ed has given me a ride to work.
Apr 21, 2005
The first mechanic I trust. Willing to explain problems in as much detail as you can stand.
Jan 26, 2006
Ed is just my style. I have a very old car and i am only interested in keeping it running until i can get a new one. he never suggests unnecessary repairs or or cosmetic touches. he even fixed my hanging bumper with what looked like a disposable handcuff!
Oct 07, 2009
Took time to explain the problem. Recommend just the right amount of work given my constrains and the age of the car. Honest! And didn't try to make an extra buck off of me!
Jul 05, 2011
See local Yelp reviews for more info, but as a 6-year customer I can say that if there's a Car Talk Mechanic Hall of Fame, Ed belongs on it. He and his wife go out of their way to make it a smooth experience, and he is truly an expert both of cars and of pragmatic and efficient solutions. I'm happy to see that his honest approach has paid off in so much repeat and word-of-mouth business.
Jun 07, 2005
This is by far the best mechanic I've ever been to. I was referred by a co-worker and was pleasantly surprised. Ed Pak, the owner, works with you every step of the way making sure that you know all the options. He doesn't do tires or body work but has recommendations if you need that done. He managed to give me better deals than other shops on both price AND time - routine maintenence that the dealer said would take all day was done by lunch! They don't have loaner cars, but they will shuttle you to nearby cities ... in Ed's car, no less. I'll be going to see Ed for a long time to come ...
Jun 07, 2005
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Ed is really competent and honest.
Aug 09, 2008
"Honest Ed" is what I call him! Growing up in Houston, Texas, we had shop which everyone in the entire subdivision took their cars to (Copperfield Automotive). It took me years to find a mechanic like it again here in the bayarea. I've worked on my own vehicles and have a Mechanical Engineering degree. This makes me a very picky customer when others work on my car. Whenever I take my car to Ed, I feel very confident that he will always do the right thing. I've sent many friends to Ed with similar experience. Ed will not think twice about telling you if something does NOT need to be done. When it comes to picking out replacement parts you can ask Ed to pick the cheap parts or the right parts based on his experience. I always do the latter unless it's for a friend with severe financial constrains. The right part is rarely the most expensive nor the cheapest.

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