- Factory-Trained Toyota Mechanics
- 100% Customer Satisfaction
- Same day Toyota repair and service
- Free Courtesy Shuttle - To and From San Carlos Facility
- Open / Transparent Process - including photos - helping you understand any recommendations
- Family Owned & Operated Toyota Repair
- Competitive Pricing - Excellent Quality
A+ Japanese Auto Repair specializes on servicing and repairing all Toyota models. In 1997 our auto repair facility was opened to the public for all Toyota repair and service needs. A+ Japanese Auto Repair quickly became known as the place for your San Carlos Toyota repair and service needs.
Since our opening in 1997, we have been voted the #1 Independent Toyota auto repair facility many times over the years. Our ASE certified auto repair mechanics are specialists at servicing and repairing Toyota vehicles right the first time, every time. Our family owned and operated auto repair facility gives clients a great customer service experience and creates trust in auto repair through our open and transparent inspection and auto repair process. Please make an appointment.
To find out more about our 25 Month / 25,000 mile Toyota repair warranty, please visit our warranty page. We look forward to meeting you and helping with any Toyota repair or service needs you may have.
Toyota - A Brief History:
Toyota Motor Company started in 1933 as a division of Toyota Automatic Loom. The invention of the Toyota Model G Automatic Loom patent was bought by a British company which gave Toyota Company the Capital to start Toyota Motor Corporation which was run by the founders son, Kiichiro Toyota. Kichiro Produced many vehicles. The first vehicles were the model A1 which was a passenger vehicle and the G1 was produced shortly after the A1 in 1935. Toyota Motor Corporation has come a long way since the A1. In 2008 Toyota vehicle sales blew past the amount of vehicle General Motors sold to make Toyota Motors the number one car company in the world.
Toyota and A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc.
The start of the explosion of Japanese vehicles (mainly Toyota) entering US markets really took hold in 1984 when Toyota entered into a joint venture with General Motors called the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. This is a local company also known as NUMMI which was established in Fremont, California. In 1989 Lexus was born at the NUMMI plant which is Toyota's Luxury vehicle line. In 1997 A+ Japanese Auto Repair was founded in San Carlos California. At this time we realized the reliability and safety of the vehicles Toyota was producing would likely cause a large number of Americans to find these vehicles desirable. Between 1997-1999 We established ourselves as the best place to have your Toyota car repaired in the bay area. It so happens that in 1997 Toyota also began production of the world's best-selling hybrid car, the Toyota Prius.
Prius Conversions by A+ Japanese Auto Repair:
In 2004 A+ Japanese Auto Repair was asked by A123 Systems to become an installer of a battery pack that extended the EV (electric Vehicle) Range of the Prius by 40+ miles. This battery pack was installed into the back of the Toyota Prius in place of the spare tire. A Section of this article was taken from the San Mateo Patch which best describes the conversion.
A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos is one of a handful of auto shops in the U.S. certified to convert Prius cars into plug-ins. For around $11,000, this local auto repair shop can install a battery pack in a Prius, enabling the car to drive from 30 miles to 40 miles on one electrical charge before switching back into hybrid gear.Unlike charging the Volt or LEAF, you won’t need to install a special home charger; you can plug in your revamped Prius to any standard 110-volt outlet. Recharging an empty battery takes about 5.5 hours and costs about 50 cents for a typical Peninsula utility customer, says Eric Sevim, owner of A+ Japanese Auto.
Sevim points out that an ideal client for the plug-in conversion is someone using the Prius for their daily commute, rather than a few short trips during the day. Due to state regulations, Sevim says, the gas engine runs for about two minutes to warm up the catalytic converter every time the car starts. A driver using the plug-in for a few stop-and-go errands throughout the day would use up gas every time he turned the car back on."