Ocean Works Japenese Car Rpr

  • 4.5 of 5 stars
21 reviews

2703 10th St, Berkeley, CA 94710, us

(510) 849-1383


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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, 2003
I'm amazed at the comments suggesting "good pricing" from this shop. They do good work, but their pricing is outrageous--he wanted $350 for a tuneup of a 91 Honda Civic with 20,000 miles on it, ridiculous. I suppose if you're an affluent Berkeley-ite, you'll be willing to pay these prices, simply because Angus is "intellectual," but he's also a stuck up jerk who charges too much. YAS Auto is 1 block away--cheaper, friendlier, and recommended.
Jan 23, 2004
What can I say? Friendly, fair, competent and quirky cool in that oh so Berkeley way. Nice folks.
Jul 11, 2009
Ocean Works is owned by Angus Powelson and staffed by a long time crew of pros. We have been going to Oceanworks since shortly after buying our Camry wagon new in 1988. The dealer where we'd bought the car overcharged, and did not understand the phrase "customer service". On a recent Saturday loyal 1993 Celica stopped in the middle of an intersection (of course all those helpful souls behind me just lay on their horns and didn't offer to push). Suddenly, from across the street I heard my name being called. There was was Angus hopping off his bicycle and coming to the rescue! After helping to push the car to the curb, he diagnosed the problem, called the tow truck and ordered the parts he'd need to fix the car on Monday morning! Everything at Ocean Works is done in that spirit.
Feb 07, 2005
Very honest. They don't do repairs they think you don't need. Very reliable.
Oct 18, 2005
One of the reasons (8 years ago) I bought a Toyota was to be able to go to Oceanworks. My kids and neighbors have been going there for years. Not one bad experience in any one's experience.
Jul 11, 2009
Owner Angus Powelson, hlmself an expert mechanic, took over the shop many years ago; I've had my Camry, Accura & Lexus serviced there for the past 15 years; always super-friendly service, they always explain what's wrong, show me the broken part(s), advise what work may need to be done next time, have a permanent-lowcost loaner if one is needed, they call if they find more work is required & have a pleasant, comfortable waiting room. Several cafes/ restaurants are a block or two away which makes leaving the car for 1/2 a day a pleasure. Angus has a bulletin board of cars for sale which his staff has worked on, making them a trustworthy source & available for his customers. He's a guy of superlataive integrity; I've recommended them to many friend & my family who are also satisfied. He's worked on mhy son's VWs too; just does foreign cars. You mostly see Toyotas & Hondas on one of the 4 bays/racks.
Nov 07, 2011
Jul 11, 2009
Absoutely an excellent mechanic. You can't go wrong!
Nov 07, 2011
Oct 20, 2006
I trust these guys; I've been happy with the work they've done on our '94 Nissan Sentra. They are personable and very supportive of my husband's and my biking habits. But MAN they are expensive--I just took my car in for a tune up (steep at $350 to start), and am coming out $1000 later with other suggested repairs. $200 of this is due to a problem that arose while changing the brake pads. I trust their judgment, but this is hard on a graduate student budget!

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