Fred's Garage

  • 4.7 of 5 stars
16 reviews

416 D Street, Redwood City, CA 94063, us

(650) 368-5343


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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)
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
Feb 20, 1999
All the people at Fred's are fabulous. They always ask about my grandmother, who owned my '70 fastback originally, and they always do everything for incredibly cheap. Friends wish they had VW's so they could take them to Fred's. Every now and then something happens to the car in the San Francisco and I can't afford to have it towed to Redwood City. I will always call Fred's and explain my putt-putt's symptoms, and they diagnose it so I can take it someone local to have it fixed. Their diagnoses has never been faulty, even when the symptoms have totally stumped the local mechanic. I LOVE FRED'S!
Oct 11, 2002
I love Fred's. I used to have an '86 Jetta that I always took to Fred's. I got a new car and moved across town so I started going to a shop closer to my home. After several bad experiences at the new shop, I called Fred's. They took my car right away, assured me they could fix it and they fixed the problem that same day. They were polite! Their charges were reasonable! They knew what they were doing! I think I'll buy another Volkswagon so I can always be a customer of Fred's
Jan 22, 2004
They're nice people and really know their VWs. For mechanical work, they've always been super. For a couple electrical problems, they've been a little weak. They are very prompt and very concerned about keeping costs down. I think they're great.
Aug 19, 2006
I have an old (94) Audi Station Wagon. For several years, the check engine light came on intermittently, the fault code was always oxygen sensor related. The local Audi dealers - first Carlsen, then Stenven's Creek, then Rectors - had no idea other than replacing the oxygen sensors and the engine control unit (after charging $100+ to diagnose and not realizing that the O2 sensors already had been replaced). John at Fred's garage finally replaced the mass air flow sensor, and for the first time in years the check engine light is off, the car runs great!
Nov 07, 2011
Apr 13, 2004
Ok, Here goes. I have owned a 1983 Westfalia for around three years.One hundred and eleventeen bazillion bucks later,I have found a goldmine of a repair shop.Located in Redwood City, Freds Garage has been going strong since 1960.I didnt hear about them until after I spent enough money to pay down the national debt.Other mechanics may claim to understand the curse thats been bequeathed this rectangular box on wheels,but I wasent given any abbra-ca- dabra yak dung yada yada yada story at Freds Garage. My appointment was for 7AM and at 710AM Tom Umhofer had a work sheet in hand and was writing down the issues that I wanted him to address...I would like to add,that two other mechanics had told me that my problem was an air flow meter,and the part was about $600 new or about $ 225 re- built.I relayed this to Tom and he immediately told me without even looking at the air flow meter that that was NOT the problem. Once I was finished with my bitch list,I was escorted to a clean waiting room and was told he would run some tests to determine the problem. Sure enough,a few minutes later the engine cover was off and the tests were being done.About 15 minutes later Tom brought me back into the work area and showed me that what he had suspected was the problem,was the problem.Seems the ignition distributor plate needed to be replaced. The part was in stock and it was replaced. What really blew me away was that he checked the oil,the air pressure in the tires,and pulled a spark plug to see what condition it was in. Once every thing was back in its place Tom took my Westy for a 10 minute test drive. Once back at the shop,I was told that "every thing runs just fine".As my bill was being totaled up I glanced at their business card and it says "maintenance and repair of Volkswagon cars and trucks since 1960." I was back on the road by 830 AM,just in time for the traffic jam but I felt comfortable knowing that my Westy was properly cared for by an honest and competent mechanic.
Jun 01, 2004
I moved to the bay area 4 years ago and had no idea of the better mechanics in the neighborhood. For my first repair work, I took it to a random dealer. Owner of a 10 year old Jetta, I was not willing to pay high prices again. Subsequently, a friend of mine recommended Fred's - his family had been taking their cars to Fred's ever since he was knee high to a grasshopper. I have used Fred's for brakes, dropped window, leaks, won't start hot, problems unknown but successfully diagnosed. The one four I mentioned was because one leak was particularly troubling. It was difficult to locate and difficult to fix. Over the years, it would seem to come and go and I had resorted to just putting more coolant in the car. But they got it. They alert you to potential issues. They will give you a ride to the Cal train station. You could probably take a cab back to Freds to pick up your car, but I normally hoofed it to the shop about fifteen minutes.

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