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Introducing Ricardo Garcia our newest service advisor

Introducing Ricardo Garcia our newest service advisor

Hello A+ Japanese Auto Repair clients -      We wanted to introduce Ricardo Garcia, our newest addition to the shop! After being fortunate to have Rob Lucas for over 11 years, we have found another gem. Ricardo comes to us from a humble background of being a porter at a local dealership. As a porter, he would check in vehicles, greet customers, park cars, and then bring them back when the client returned for pick up. It turns out... clients wanted to work with him! About a year into the job, his wife had a vehicle breakdown and brought their family car to another shop. Ricardo interacted with the service advisor at the another facility and it was horrible. That is when Ricardo decided to entered the service advisor roll. For the past 6 years, Ricardo has been helping clients from local Acura and Toyota dealerships but it wasn't the right culture for him. He was looking for a place to call home were he can treat his clients fairly and honestly. We hired him ... read more

ROB LUCAS IS MOVING OUT OF THE AREA

ROB LUCAS IS MOVING OUT OF THE AREA

Rob Lucas is moving out of the area     It’s with regret that we announce the resignation of Rob Lucas as Service Writer, effective this Friday July 22nd, 2016. Since Rob joined our staff in 2005, he has worked with many of our clients, made many great local relationships, and has been known as one of the top service writers in the area.   We sincerely thank you for your over 11 years of incredibly hard work, your focus on honest and integrity, and your attention to treating each client to the best of your ability.   A+ Japanese Auto Repair is also fortunate to have two other top rated bay area service writers, Justin Mills and Naeem Subedar, who will be able to pick up and take care of any of your vehicle service needs or car questions.   It is with our warmest personal regards that we wish Rob and his family success as he assumes his new position, in Eureka CA at a new automotive facility.   Please feel free to ... read more

Overall poor results for headlight performance in small SUVs

Overall poor results for headlight performance in small SUVs

Learn if your small SUV headlights properly illuminate the road A recent study by the by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has concluded that many SUV do a poor job of illuminating the road. Among the 21 small SUVs that were tested, there were over 41 different available lighting options. They included halogen, HID, LED, Adaptive Headlights and a few other options manufacture options. The Insurance Institute used a headlight rating system which included acceptable, marginal, and poor. The Institutes rating system is different from the government agency which regulates headlight standards. In the government agency, they rate headlights in the lab for output and angle. In this study, they headlights are studied for illumination in real world situations. “Acceptable” ratings were given to the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and the Mazda CX-3. Each of these vehicles had been tested with the highest lighting package available.  A few small SUV ... read more

How Long Should My Car Battery Last

How Long Should My Car Battery Last

How long should my car battery last? Car batteries last anywhere from 3-6 years based on the size, quality, location, and the type of battery.  Flooded Lead Acid Car Battery Most car batteries are still using lead acid flooded batteries. The battery consists of lead plates, an acid solution in which the plates are flooded, positive/negative terminals, and a plastic housing which holds it all together. Lead is known as a toxic agent and it will effect ones health but the battery companies still use lead. It’s a great material for maintaining a batteries’ charge, accepting a new charge, and the more lead a battery uses, usually the more energy it’s capable to hold. Size Of The Battery, Bigger is Usually Better The size of a car battery is rated to the amount of the Cold Cranking Amps that a car requires to start. A larger battery will typically last longer than a smaller battery but it certainly depends on how it is being used and it ... read more

Our Mechanic Paul knows Toyota and Lexus

Our Mechanic Paul knows Toyota and Lexus

Paul knows Toyota & Lexus Paul is our head Toyota and Lexus technician.     For over 11 years, Paul has been a Master technician with A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos focusing on Toyota and Lexus products. Many of the cars he works with daily includes Toyota Sienna Mini Vans, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Highlanders as well as the other vehicles on the Toyota line. Most of the Toyota vehicles that he repairs require not much more than service items. Those items might be brakes, timing belts, major and minor services, electrical diagnostic, air conditioning, and check engine light work. With amount of experience & training that he has on these vehicles, he is one of the top technicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. And of course Lexus. Lexus is actually owned by the Toyota corporation. Lexus is the higher end line for Toyota but they really share quite a few parts and posses the ... read more

Do you bring your car to Jiffy Lube? You should read this.

Do you bring your car to Jiffy Lube? You should read this.

If you bring your car to Jiffy Lube for service, you should follow this article. After a 3 year investigation, the California Buerau of Auto Repair has found several violations against a northern CA family owned chain of Jiffy Lube stations.  The investigation is on going but we want all customers to be aware of what's out there. Brought to you by: San Francisco (KGO) State undercover agents say they've found a pattern of fraud at dozens of Bay Area Jiffy Lubes -- all operated by a family franchise. In a story exclusive to ABC7 News, state investigators claim those locations have been selling services customers don't need. (KGO-TV) http://abc7news.com/news/state-undercover-agents-allege-pattern ... read more

Are counterfeit parts being installed on your car?

Are counterfeit parts being installed on your car?

Are counterfeit parts being installed on your car?      At A+ Japanese Auto Repair, we take pride in installing the best parts on your car and was deeply disturbed by this recent article regarding counterfeit parts.       There was a recent seizure by Australian authorities of counterfeit Toyota parts. This issue seems to be showing up more and more in the world of products, not just automotive parts. The parts that we seized ranged from oil filters to air bags.        The issue that we see with this, besides the obvious moral issues, is the lack in quality control. People count on parts everyday for reliability as well as their safety.  Read more about this issue below... http://www.caradvice.com.au/448539/counterfeit-toyota-parts-destined-for-australia-seized-in-chinese-raid/ ... read more

3 Easy Ways to Safely Remove Ice Off Your Car Window

3 Easy Ways to Safely Remove Ice Off Your Car Window

With the cold days upon us, we wanted to share 4 easy and safe ways to remove ice off your window. Before you begin any of the below steps, do this: If your vehicle is parked in a well ventilated area, start the car, roll down your driver's side window (so you don't get locked out of the car), and turn the heater on to the defrost setting. Then turn the rear window defrost to the on position.  1. The Makeshift Ice Scraper Save an old credit card or gift card in your wallet. Place the longer edge against your glass starting from the top of the window and scrape the ice down. After you are done with the whole window, lift the wiper blades up and scrape the ice slush off the car. All done! 2. Water makes (Almost) everything Better With this method, be careful of two things... the outside temperature and the temperature of the water. If the outside temperature is too cold (32* F or below), you will build up more ice. If the water is too hot (anything o ... read more

2015 Thanksgiving Holiday Hours for A+ Japanese Auto Repair

2015 Thanksgiving Holiday Hours for A+ Japanese Auto Repair

A+ Japanese Auto Repair, Inc. - Holiday Hours Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!     We will be open to perform auto repair for our clients in San Carlos, Belmont, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, and the other local cities on Monday - Wednesday of the 2015 Thanksgiving week.      If you need any help during the long holiday weekend, please email us at [email protected] We will be responding to emails over the holiday weekend. If you have an emergency and please only an emergency, you can contact our head technician Eric 650-703-0973      Our Thanksgiving Holiday hours for 2015 are listed below:  Open | Nov 23rd - 25th | Mon - Wed 7:30am - 5:00pm Closed | Nov 26th - Nov 29th | Thursday - Sunday  

2015 Mazda Miata Touring - A+ Japanese Auto Repair's client

2015 Mazda Miata Touring - A+ Japanese Auto Repair's client

2015 Mazda Miata Touring - A+ Japanese Auto Repair's client A+ Japanese Auto Repair’s client Bob C. stopped by to show off his new ride. Have you seen the newest Mazda Miata Touring? It's sweet.   We have been serving Bob’s four cars for over 10 years. We have seen many cars on the day they were purchased but never a rare 2015 Mazda Miata Touring! Enjoy the beautiful new Miata and we look forward servicing the 5th car in your fleet!