07/26/2016
By: Madlayn J.
Golden Gate Auto Repair
Granted I am still driving my college car, but it needs love, too! However, I really balk at repair shops that give me expensive quotes for repair because...it's just a GM vehicle. I tripped across this place because it's literally less than 5 minutes from my house, and I needed my brakes done. The owner was SUPER cool about bringing my car in at a convenient time (which is not that easy because my schedule is a nightmare) and the price was even better; furthermore, I was really impressed with the quality of the work!!! So, just on a whim I mentioned that my speedometer and gas gage weren't working. For reference, the GM dealership quoted a price of at least $1000 to MAYBE fix this--what a joke!!!! NO.WAY. Matt's price was $300 out the door. He had the parts in the shop within a week, and my gas gage and speedometer were working 2h after bringing my car into the shop. Super solid car shop. Any future work on my car will be here.
08/31/2016
By: John M.
Golden Gate Auto Repair
I was headed home from SF when my check engine light came on and my car started shaking violently. Of course it was 5:00pm on a Saturday. Not being familiar with the area I checked the yelp reviews on the mechanics nearby (my insurance would only tow me 11 miles) and decided to called Golden Gate Auto Repair. Even though they were technically closed, the owner answered the phone and told me to have it towed over - he would even wait. I towed my car over and waited for a phone call Monday morning. I seriously expected the worst, I could SEE my engine shaking like crazy. Well it turned out to be a broken valve, he fixed it that day and I was back on the road. I was impressed with how quickly he fixed the problem, his no nonsense attitude and extremely reasonable price. He also didn't give me the "this is what else is wrong with your car" talk which I have come to expect with most mechanics. I will take my car to Golden Gate Auto Repair.
07/12/2016
By: Kala S.
Golden Gate Auto Repair
I took my Honda here after reading some good Yelp reviews and this place definitely lived up to its Yelp reputation. The first time I took my car there, the front end was shaking like hell whenever I drove over 65 MPH, and the owner (Matt) quickly diagnosed the problem and sent me on my way.The office was small and messy, but don't let that fool you. Matt is an excellent mechanic, charges reasonable rates, and gives you a breakdown of exactly what they did to your car. There were quite a few cars there and a lot of people called in while I was there, which gave me the impression that this was a popular place to get your car fixed. There's absolutely no hard sell and he doesn't try to gouge you by telling you that you need to have unnecessary work done. In an age of unscrupulous auto repair shops, it's a relief to find places like this.
08/08/2016
By: Jaren N.
Golden Gate Auto Repair
I brought my car in to have the struts replaced and to have a weird noise investigated. I have to say that the people leaving bad reviews must have been rude first. That's the only reason I can think of that Matt would be rude to anyone. He was extremely helpful and thorough. He found the source of the noise, replaced my struts and replaced plastic clips another mechanic broke last year during a tune up(I did not ask him to do this for me) all before I had to pick my kids up from school. Matt is honest and cares about what he does. I was never once made to feel like I should have sent a man in with my car. Matt even walked out to my car with me and explained everything to me to make sure I understood. I will bring my other cars here should they ever need work. I have found my mechanic. Thank you for a job well done.
06/28/2016
By: Kay H.
Golden Gate Auto Repair
Matt is amazing! My car was broken into in San Francisco by the passengers side window being smashed in and I needed to get my car cleaned of the glass as well as have the window replaced. Not only was he cheaper than the other places but he cleaned out all the glass in my car by taking out my seat. He told me it took him about 2 hrs to clean it all out (which I believe for how much the glass flew all over the place) and he only charged me for 20 minutes! Feel free to call around for quotes, but you'll find that Mark has the best deals. He is genuine in his work and extremely friendly. Plus his hair is awesome (though he said he likes to cut it off on the summer so if you want to get the full effect only break your car in the winter time, haha).
06/15/2016
By: Yenri P.
Golden Gate Auto Repair
Matt did a great job! I took in my husband's 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser for some maintenance work such as new spark plugs, radiator flush, and drive belt replacement. He quoted me a price of about $255 which is about half the price of other dealers in town! I was a little skeptical because this seemed like way too cheap compared to other quotes I had gotten. This guy is the real deal. Very honest and fair. Not only did he do all the work I asked, he also called me and notified me that one of the pulleys needed replaced and with my permission he replaced it without any labor charge! I would highly recommend him to anyone, good and honest mechanics are hard to come by.
07/22/2016
By: Bessie K.
Golden Gate Auto Repair
Got a used Jetta and it needed the timing belt and water pump changed - it was overdue. New in town so didn't know who to take it to but randomly picked this place. Boy am I glad! Matt was really cool to deal with and addressed my check engine light at the same time and ran a smog for free. He even had his guy pick me up at my house so I could pick my car up when it was ready. Service was fast and courteous and he knows his cars. Definitely would recommend to others and I will be taking my other cars here in the future.
06/27/2016
By: Arace C.
Golden Gate Auto Repair
My car broken down on the way to Napa (with my mom and sisters in the car, for my mom's birthday weekend). Golden Gate was the only shop available in the area without needing an appointment on Saturday, had my part on-hand and also charged an honest price!I got my car fixed and was quickly on our way to Napa. Matt and his team made a very bad situation, a world of a difference. Can't thank him enough.
06/30/2014
By: Richard N.
Eagle Automotive
I found this mechanic, Keith Paulsen, through a friend who used to be his neighbor. I took my car to him and he gave about two hours of free labor/troubleshooting and advice. He told me how to find used parts and worked with me to save money. Since then, I've sent at least a dozen people to him, and they have all been really please with his honesty and level of service.
08/16/2016
By: Jane P.
Golden Gate Auto Repair
Got in and out! Fast services for my synthetic oil change with no appointment on a Friday morning. And my 'check in' on yelp was granted for $50 synthetic oil change, even tho i didnt get anything else done. Thanks to you matt, keep up the great customer service you provide. And thanks for showing me how to change my oil meter lol
Tips & Advices
Among the common scams pulled are needless repairs, where a garage charges you for work that isn't necessary. Another popular one is attracting customers through a cheap oil change or tire pressure check. Then, when you your car is being repaired, they give you a long list of other corrections they'd like to make, therefore boosting the total cost of your bill. The best way to combat these types of problems is getting a written estimate before work is done so you can see how much repairs are expected to cost. If the final bill is higher than the estimate projected, ask to specifically see the work. Make sure information is put in writing as well. If a problem remains, you can have proof that work was not done to your satisfaction.
For winter driving, features such as the defroster, heater and exhaust system are paramount. Look in your owner's manual for specific directions on how features should be checked and repaired. Many newer cars have a cabin air filter that can be replaced when needed, allowing warm air to continue to flow in. Also, check tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures, overheating is a common problem. Look over the system by ensuring there is enough coolant available. If it needs to be refilled, it is best to open the hood and add more to the car before it gets too warm out. Also, clean out fan ducts and other ventilation sources necessary for summertime driving.
Some fixes to your car can be done without paying a specialist. Issues like replacing oil and air filters are relatively simple, with instructions provided in the owner's manual on how to make these changes. The same goes for replacing broken windshield wipers or burnt-out headlights. Such issues should be repaired quickly to guarantee safety, but don't require a visit to a garage.
Yes. Not every type of auto repair work needs to be done by a certified mechanic. You can fix some of a vehicle's issues just by paying attention to how the automobile is running and having a basic understanding of auto repair. Look over the ways weather may impact your car and what preventative measures you can take to avoid having to take it into the shop.

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