Thorough, Competent, Caring. Dealer quality without the price.
Welcome to Art’s Automotive! We provide Japanese car service and repair for Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, Kensington, and Montclair. We’ve been in the same Berkeley location since 1980 — 43 years now!
Toyota, Subaru, and Honda make up about 80% of our business, but we also repair some Mazda, Lexus, Acura and Nissan cars. Our certified technicians can maintain and repair your car and keep your car’s warranty intact.
DEALER TOOLS AND SKILLS
We use the same scan tools and software as the dealerships: Techstream for Toyota, HDS for Honda, SSM4 for Subaru, IDS for Mazda, and CONSULT for Nissan.
Toyota hybrids like the Prius, Camry, and Highlander are our specialty and we can do everything from regular service and repair to advanced electrical diagnosis. If you car has a computer problem, we’ll be able to fix it.
AND A WHOLE LOT MORE!
Art’s is best known for hybrid repair and electronic car repair, but we offer a lot of other services as well. If you’re just getting to know us, you can learn more about our shop here. The people who work at Art’s are introduced on this page. We work by appointment for non-emergency repairs. We are also available via email. If you have questions, feel free to contact us. The searchable articles page has tons of original content and the blog posts feature shorter works.
We do our best
We do our best to support our community and planet. For instance, we’re members of the ASCCA and abide by the ASCCA code of ethics. It’s basically a longer version of the Golden Rule, worded specifically for automotive repair shops. The solar panels we installed in 2003 provide a good portion of the electricity we use. Paul teaches hybrid repair at a local community college, and we also serve on community college advisory committees from time to time. We signed up for the Bay Area Green Business Program in the early 2000s and do our best to limit waste and pollution. Finally, we believe that supporting local organizations is a much better use money than advertising. If you have a team, a theater group, a non-profit, or other worthy organization, it never hurts to ask.
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|Tuesday||8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM|
|Wednesday||8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM|
|Thursday||8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM|
|Friday||8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
If you have trouble picking up or dropping off during business hours, we offer Early Bird drop-off and Lockout service once the car is complete. If you need help getting to work or back home, here are some suggestions.
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