Model Garage

  • 4.8 of 5 stars
29 reviews

2920 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705, us

(510) 540-5899

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They are always honest
4.7/5
They are competent
4.9/5
Their repair price is reasonable
4.6/5
They complete the work in a timely manner
4.9/5
They respond well when they screw something up
4.9/5
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
4.7/5
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
4.9/5
They are always honest
4.7/5
I would use this mechanic again
5.0/5
I would recommend this mechanic to others
5.0/5
They fix the problem the first time
4.6/5
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
4.4/5
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
4.4/5
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
4.6/5
Jul 19, 2000
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I haven't been there yet, so no comment, but I intend to go soon and will let you know how it worked out. In the meantime, please add their address and phone number to your database: 2920 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; 510/540-5899.
Dec 28, 2000
My wife, Peggy, and I have patronized Model Garage for the last 15 years. I could not imagine going to anyone else. We never feel manipulated or jerked around. The business is run by honest, responsible people.
Nov 06, 2011
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Nov 06, 2011
Jun 22, 2009
Took my 94 940 in for a belt replacement and got the timing belt checked free of charge, battery checked free of charge (and as it turned out it had to be replaced) and everything was good. Peter recommended a very good cafe a couple blocks away. When I turned on my headlights afterward, one wasn't working. It turned out the mechanic had had to disconnect it to change the battery and had forgotten to reconnect it. I called, and they offered me a credit on my next service. They specialize in Volvos and Toyotas, and that's what all the mechanics drive. I'm happy to have one of their plate frames on my vehicle!
Jul 22, 2004
We love Model Garage! When we bought a used 240 wagon, the folks we bought it from suggested Model Garage, so when we needed to take it in for a scheduled tune-up, we called them. They are honest, reliable, super- knowledgable about Volvos, and nice guys. Never patronizing like every other shop I've been to (I'm a woman). My neighbor takes her Volvo there and was given a bottle of champagne when her car hit 200K. My dad takes his Volvo there, too, and has been very, very happy with the service--and he's really picky! He was totally dissatisfied with the local dealer, and after we took our car there and told him how good the mechanics were, he made the switch. Our only problem is that our other car is an old Isuzu Trooper, and they don't work on them!
May 26, 2010
Don and his staff are terrific: competent, patient and not at all judgemental. We've been going to them for a long time and will definitely continue to do so.
May 26, 2010
98 Toyota Rav4 with 170 K, needed to replace the original clutch. Called The Model Garage on Monday morning, they said bring it in. They were obviously busy, but very accomodating. Gave a reasonable estimate for this nasty job and final bill was below their original estimate. Very close to car rental and very close to BART. I recommend them.
May 26, 2010
We have used the model garage since 1984 on our Volvos (it is Berkeley after all). They have always been honest, reliable and resonably priced.
May 26, 2010
They know Volvos and Toyotas very well, will tell you that certain years and models are likely to have specific problems, if you are thinking of buying a used car.

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