Toyota Mechanic in Berkeley

When looking for a Toyota mechanic, it makes sense to look for a Toyota specialist. Over 50% of the cars we service are Toyota, so of the makes we repair, Toyota is what we’re most comfortable with. We have three Toyota Techstream scanners and subscribe to Toyota’s Technical Information System (TIS). Anything a Toyota dealership can do, we can do too, usually for a lot less money.

We offer the following services for Toyota vehicles:

  • Routine service for your Toyota (5K, 15K, 30K, 120K, tune-up, etc)
  • Toyota hybrid repair (we’re Toyota Prius specialists!)
  • Computer reprogramming / reflashing
  • Immobilizer programming / registration, including “all keys lost
  • Electrical diagnosis and repair, including component level repair and micro-soldering
  • ADAS calibration
  • Transmission service
  • ABS / VSC light diagnosis and repair
  • Plug-in charging diagnosis and repair
  • Off-vehicle ultrasonic fuel injector cleaning
  • Linear valve reset and calibration (learning)
  • Tire repair and replacement
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Brake pads and brake repair
  • Replacement car keys, including smart keys
  • Key repair and replacement shells
  • Ignition and door lock repair and recoding
  • Axle and wheel bearing replacement
  • Head gaskets and engine repair
  • In-house machine shop
  • and everything else you’d need from a Toyota mechanic!

Why should Art’s be your Toyota mechanic?

One reason you might want to choose us is that we do just about everything. We’re a true Toyota dealer alternative. You won’t need to coordinate repairs between multiple Toyota shops with different capabilities, or pay markups on work that your shop needs to sublet. But obviously that’s not all there is. If it were, many people might just stay with a Toyota dealer.

Art’s original motto when he opened Art’s Automotive in 1980 was “Thorough, Competent, Caring, and Honest”. After a struggle with a particularly difficult car he once joked, “One day I hope to be all four”. Most people want more from their Toyota mechanic than just one or two of those attributes. Some Toyota dealers are indeed competent, but lack the other attributes entirely. That’s why most people don’t have their Toyotas serviced at the dealer, other than warranty repairs and recalls.

At Art’s Automotive, our aim is give you our honest assessment of what your car needs. There can be differences of opinion here; not all mechanics agree on what service your Toyota should get. But we’re open to discussion, and our customers are grownups and can make there own decisions. We’ll tell you what we think and why. You make up your own mind. No pressure or judgement.

All of our mechanics and service writers are paid hourly. There’s no incentive to recommend any unneeded repairs. Having said that, I know many mechanics who work flat-rate or with production pay that are honest as the day is long, so I don’t want to imply that everyone with that type of pay structure is corrupt. It’s just not how we do it. Anyway, a good culture is something a shop either has or doesn’t.