Foreign Auto Clinic

  • 4.9 of 5 stars
4 reviews

6315 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530, us

(510) 527-9363


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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 14, 2004
They have fixed small things for free or a very little and have never taken the opportunity to charge for more than you came in for.
Nov 07, 2008
This is a terrific repair shop, I've no reluctance recommending them... they'll often fix small things without charge... I just brought in the car for a new starter and our driver's side door made a dreadful sound when opening/closing... it no longer did when the car was returned but they said nothing of this obvious repair done on the "sly"... they do this over and over... their prices are reasonable and the owner is professional, friendly and simply exudes a presence of competence and trust... (did I use "exudes" correctly? I'll let the car guys figure that out) I'm happy to have found this shop.
Apr 12, 2009
This shop is outstanding. The owner, Leo, is Chinese and is a bit difficult to understand at times, but he clearly loves what he's doing (he's even open on Saturdays!) and is VERY knowledgeable, competent, and honest. The last repair he did was on the balky transmission linkage of my '91 Nissan Sentra with 215K miles. When he found out that repairing it would require replacing the whole cable, which would've cost quite a bit, he just FABRICATED a bushing for the existing cable and the repair ended up costing me a fraction of what it would've cost otherwise. So if you live in or near El Cerrito, you won't go wrong using this shop!
Mar 16, 2013
  • Brog
I found this shop on the Cartalk website. The owner is the mechanic I always was hoping to find. "Leo" is friendly, thorough, honest and experienced. Despite the shop name he works on both kinds of vehicles, foreign and domestic. "Leo" was familiar with the Subaru's 2.5 liter boxer engine head gasket problems leading to random overheating and had done replacements before. When we brought the car in he showed us failed head gaskets from other engines so we could understand the work before the repairs began. As a do it yourself mechanic from the era prior to computer cars I appreciate knowing about the work done on my vehicles. Although California requires that shops retain the replaced parts for customer inspection so that repairs can be "verified", With all previous mechanics I have had to ask even insist that the parts be produced when concerns or questions emerged. When we picked up the car without being asked he showed us the failed parts while discussing the work that had been done. During the repairs when he had the engine apart he identified other "optional" repairs and/or preventative maintenance that he recommended be done. Doing the work with the engine apart would save considerable expense rather than re-exposing the parts at a later date. When he identified the issues he called to discuss his findings, his concerns and recommendations. There was no hard sell but an informative discussion of the optional identified repairs which he explained would most probably get worse or fail over time. Some of his recommendations were issues overlooked by other mechanics who previously replaced the timing belt or the water pump. He had recommended replacing the timing belt because it showed signs of heat damage from the recurring engine overheating. The timing belt had previously been replaced and was expected to last longer. He showed us the timing belt that he removed that had significant cracking and deterioration. We are grateful that he looked at the engine overall rather than focusing on the repair that brought us in. Replacing the timing belt during this repair saved a lot of money and perhaps the engine from a potentially catastrophic failure. It is the kind of work one would do on your own car if you wanted it to last. I cannot remember doing business with a mechanic that is so through. His estimate for the repair was competitive but the quality of the experience made the repairs most reasonable. He takes pride in his work and really wants his customers to know that the work he he does is warranted. He confidently showed the damaged parts and provided a mini-course on engine mechanics before we paid the bill. What a breath of fresh air. On my recommendation a woman I know took her older car Foreign Auto Clinic and said her experience was very good. He gave her a detailed explanation of the problems he identified and repaired on her car. She confessed that she only partially understood his explanations but was grateful that he took the time to explain his work. She said her experience made her feel that he was not dismissive of her understanding or concerns unlike her experience with many mechanics. Did I say enough good things about this mechanic? If not I could go on and on. I hope he stays in business and can take care of my cars for many many years.

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