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Voted Best Repair Shop in the Bay Area - 2014

Voted Best Repair Shop in the Bay Area - 2014

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!  A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc. has won best auto repair shop in the bay area for the second year in a row.  We won best auto repair shop out of 158 auto repair facilities that were nominated.   Eric and I would like to thank our staff.  Our technicians and shop support staff who provide the highest quality auto repair and service to our clients every day.  Our service advisors and front office staff strive to make the auto repair experience an empowering one.  We educate clients so they can make the right decision about how to fix their car in a manner that suites their needs.    We do this by providing pictures of problem areas, inviting clients to come to our shop and inspect vehicles with us while on the rack or over video feed.  These are just a few examples of ... read more

5 things you need to check before taking a road trip.

5 things you need to check before taking a road trip.

Family broken down on a vacation. 5 things you need to check before taking a road trip. If you are heading out on a road trip, it is best to check over your car a least a few days before you travel. Don’t find yourself stranded on the side of the road or waiting for a tow truck… especially on a family vacation. 1. Check all exterior lights This is one of the easiest things to check before you take your vehicle on a road trip, but it is commonly forgotten. Turn the key to the “on” position and check the turn signals, brake lights, tail lights, low beams, high beams, and backup lights. The easiest way to do this is to have a friend or family member inspect the lights while you operate them. If you are unable to find a willing person to help you, back your vehicle up to a wall and watch for the reflection of the lights while you check all of the lights ... read more

A Plus Japanese Auto Repair leads Yelp in number of reviews

A Plus Japanese Auto Repair leads Yelp in number of reviews

A+ Japanese Auto Repair leads Yelp in number of reviews A+ Japanese Auto Repair, a San Carlos Auto Repair shop, leading Yelp with over 500 reviews in the “Auto Repair and Service” category for the San Francisco Bay Area The Down and Dirty – Yelp for Auto Repair Yelp is one of those love hate relationships. LOVE – our business is rewarded because we are honest and work hard for our clients. HATE – when our client’s reviews are filtered or when a competitor thinks it is a great practice to write a bogus review and it sticks! Of course, from time to time, we have a client who has an auto repair experience which is unfavorable, and while I don’t love it, I look at the review as an opportunity to fix something that may be an issue with our process, staff, or just a misunderstanding that can be corrected. The Yelp Process at A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos We see about 10-15 new auto repair clients from yelp and ... read more

Memorial Day Weekend Hours

Memorial Day Weekend Hours

Hello A+ Japanese Auto Repair clients, The shop will be closed starting Saturday May 25th through Monday May 27th 2013. We will re-open at 7:30 am on Tuesday May 28th 2013 for normal business hours. We hope that you and your families have a safe holiday weekend. Travel safe! Your San Carlos Auto Repair Shop A+ Japanese Auto Repair Team 780 Industrial Road San Carlos CA

The top 5 reasons a car won`t start and what to check

The top 5 reasons a car won`t start and what to check

The top 5 reasons a car won`t start and what to check This article discusses a few common reasons a car won’t start. We also describe a few things for you to check to save you money. All of these scenarios are assuming your turn the key to the start position. 1. There are no lights on the dash, there is no noise from the car Starter Motor If you need further help, please contact San Carlos Auto Repair Typically, this means that you have a dead battery. But before you call for a tow truck and tell them that your car won’t start, you should check your battery connections. Locate your vehicle battery and one at a time try to move the battery connections via twisting motion (there should be no movement at all). After that go try to restart the vehicle. Okay… still no luck?? Now it’s time to call the tow truck. 2. I hear one click, but still, the car won’t start When you get one loud click, that typically is the star ... read more

Voted 2013, 2014, 2015 Best Auto Repair Shop

Voted 2013, 2014, 2015 Best Auto Repair Shop

Thank you for voting us Best San Carlos Auto Repair Shop! We are so proud to receive this award for the 3rd time in the last four years. Offering great repair prices, treating each client with a high level of respect, honest reporting about what’s needed, and employing factory trained mechanics have allowed us to be the leading auto repair shop among many. What is the contest and when did that start? SF City Voter (a CBS creation) verified more than 42,000 votes to determine the 2013, 2014, and 2015 winners. The 175 winners competed with more than 10,000 nominees to be named the BEST of San Francisco Bay Area A-List. Check out the BEST of San Francisco Bay Area A-List to discover something new. There were several different categories in the automotive section including auto repair, body repair, and glass repair that received votes this year. The list of nominees have grown to restaurants, night life, gyms, personal training, food tours ... read more

What to do when your tire pressure monitor light comes on

What to do when your tire pressure monitor light comes on

What to do when your tire pressure monitor light comes on The tire pressure monitor light first started showing up in luxury car in the late 90′s but now is standard in all cars sold in the United States as of Sept. 01. 2007. It is time to introduce you to the Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) and the sometimes pesky tire pressure monitor light. Tire Pressure Monitor Light As we come out of fall and winter arrives, our temperatures begin to drop drastically over night. When it comes to our cars, steep temperature drops can trigger a sign of fall that we don’t welcome: a yellow or orange low tire pressure warning light. We have good news for you, though. When your light comes on, your car is simply telling you that you need more air in your and this time of year, the warning is usually related to chilly nights. Here’s what’s happening Several vehicles that are 2000 and newer cars and trucks are equipped ... read more

Auto Repair and Service Special Winter Car Savings!

Auto Repair and Service Special Winter Car Savings!

Hello A+ Japanese Auto Repair Clients! Due to popular demand, we brought back our winter seasonal auto repair & service special! This special winter car savings offers an oil change, battery test, brake inspection, tire rotation, two free wiper blades and much more. Take advantage of our winter service special before the holidays start so that your car will be safe and ready for all of your holiday travels. Make an appointment Savings on your auto repair and service A+ Japanese Auto Repair of San Carlos is offering this seasonal special to our existing and new clients. You can use this car service to in place of your oil change. It doesn’t cost much more but it offers quite a bit more! Get your belts and hoses inspected, tires and brakes, test the battery, install two front wiper blades, and of course includes the oil change. If you drive a Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Toyota, Lexus, or any other Japaneses made vehicle this a great deal! 5 star yelp.com – Auto Repa ... read more

5 Tips To Save Gas

5 Tips To Save Gas

Fuel saving tips for your car, truck, or suv. 5 Tips to Save Gas We have explained 5 simple way for you to save gas while driving your vehicle. Learn when most of your gas is being used, how to avoid it, and ultimately save gas & money. 1. No heavy acceleration – This is where your car swallows up most of it’s fuel. Acceleration in general is where you are moving a few thousand pound vehicle from a complete stop to 35 miles an hour and beyond. If you accelerate reasonably you can see about 25% increase in fuel savings, try it for one tank! 2. Avoid using the air conditioning - Understandably, this is not-popular, but it is worth mentioning. When clients bring their vehicles in for service, the air conditioning is usually on the low setting. The air conditioning compressor is like a small engine and it takes extra fuel to run it. You will see a fuel savings of about 5-10% depending on the type of car. 3. Obey the speed limit - M ... read more

Toyota Land Cruiser – FJ80 – Project Part 1

Toyota Land Cruiser – FJ80 – Project Part 1

PROJECT CAR: A 1993 Toyota Landcruiser, also known as an FJ80 – Performed by A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos CA The FJ80 - 1993 Toyota Landcruiser (aka. "The Avacado") This is the beginning of many blog posts about Toyota Land Cruiser builds at A+ Japanese Auto Repair. We will gather photos and information to share about products that we recommend, installation instructions, and our on going reviews from our clients about their experiences. Over the next 6 months, we will showcase rock sliders, undercarriage armor, front and rear bumpers, tires, lift kit, mechanical work, body work, and a few photos of these vehicles on the trail. FACTS: Over 200,000 miles – odometer stopped working at 203,486 miles. Typical forest green paint damage on the hood and roof . Great donor car with front, center, and rear differential lockers come factory from Toyota 4.5 liter 1FZ-FE in-line 6 cylinder engine paired with A442F Transmission ... read more