Autometrics (Berkeley & El Cerrito, CA)
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Re: Looking to buy a used car for my daughter
Try Autometrics in Berkeley. I think John Hafez is the owner. They
have a repair service on San Pablo Ave. next to REI but also have a
used car lot in El Cerrito. They are honest and will help you find a
road-worthy vehicle for a fair price! You can check some of the
inventory on line. Talk to John and he will help you out.
I recommend Autometrics on San Pablo in El Cerrito for a used car. I
recently purchased a car through Paul, the owner. He was low key, low
pressure and knowledgeable. The car checked out perfectly through an
independent mechanic. I will definitely work with him again if and
when the need arises.
Satisfied New Used CRV Owner
Re: Non Toyota Dealership Mechanic
I take my Toyota and Volvo to Autometrics in Berkeley. Victor and Alfredo
are great and very honest. They are on San Pablo next to REI. I have been
going there for years.
Re: Where to buy a reliable used car?
We purchased a used car for our daughter about three years ago at
Autometrics in El Cerrito. It's on San Pablo Avenue about 4-6
blocks north of Central Ave. We bought a used Honda Civic, about
four years old at the time. It has been great! The price was
reasonable (we checked Kelly Blue Book pricing) and have had no
problems at all with the car. I highly recommend them as a place
to purchase a used car.
Re: Reliable VW mechanic in Oakland/Berkeley
I've used Autometrics (in Berkeley on San Pablo next to REI) for a Jetta and Passat
over the past 6 years and have been very happy with their service. There are several
other good VW mechanics in Berkeley listed in the BPN archives
Re: Looking for a used minivan (Dec 2002)
Check out Autometrics on San Pablo in El Cerrito. The owner Paul
is incredibly easy to deal with -- no sales pitches -- and the
car you buy comes thoroughly checked and serviced.
I had a really nice experience with them in October this year
buying a used vehicle. I know they are big on Subarus, Toyotas,
Volvos and Saabs, but I don't know about vans or mini-vans
Re: Mechanic for Subaru Outback (Aug 2002)
We have had good luck with Autometrics, in Berkeley. While we have
a Toyota, I know they also service Subarus. They're on San Pablo,
next to REI (@ Gilman).
We bought a 1989 Volvo wagon from Autometrics in March of 1999. We've been
very pleased with it, and feel like we got a good deal. No major repairs,
and it's been driven pretty hard by my teenage stepchildren.
My experience with Autometrics has been very negative. We
had our Volvo serviced there at least 4 times, and each time
it seemed our stationwagon would have a new and different
problem when I brought the car home.
The worst experience was when we brought the car in to have
the timing belts replaced.a Within 2 weeks of having the
belts replaced, the car died on us on the way to the airport.a
I missed my flight.a Turns out, the belts weren't even attached,
and Autometrics gave me a lame story instead of taking responsibility
for this situation.
We bought an 87 volvo wagon from Autometrics a few years ago. It was a good
experience overall and the car is running fine. We took it to the Model
Garage to get it checked out before we bought it and they said it was in
good shape and gave a few things that should be fixed before we bought it.
Autometrics did those things and I think we paid what they were asking. The
price seemed somewhat higher than what you could find on a great day in the
paper but it was much less hassle all around. Plus everything in the car
worked and it was clean when we took it home (not always true in a used
We bought our wagon from autometrics 2 years ago on the advice of a friend.
We needed a car immediately - our other one just died on day. We had a
limited budget, and very limited time. To make a rather long story short...
to this day we are still thrilled with our volvo. We (quickly)
went to 3 other dealers, and nobody had the selection they had. Ours
is 10 years old, and it's still a champ. I think they buy their cars
at auction ours seems to have come from North Carolina! We were going
to them for mechanics as well, but they were inconvenient to get to. We
now go to Ackerman's on San Pablo. Roberta
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