Bob's Auto Repair Offers Auto Repair Services You Can Count On!
Since 1965, Bob's Auto Repair has provided motorists in the Fremont, CA 94538 area with comprehensive auto repair services that include Car & Truck Care, Collision Repair Services, Electronic Services, Electrical Services, General Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Engine & Transmission, Miscellaneous Services, Undercar Services, and Brakes. Our goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get you back on the road in no time.
You'll be hard-pressed to find the same level of expertise that our auto mechanic specialists provide! We have years of experience working on both domestic and import vehicles of all makes and models and can work with you to find cost-effective repair and maintenance alternatives.
For a high-performing vehicle, trust Bob's Auto Repair with your car, truck, or van. To learn more about the services we offer, please contact us by phone at 510-657-5080 or send us an email. We also invite you to learn more about our dedication to you, our valued customer.
According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.
Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, or more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.
Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, or more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.
Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.
Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.
Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.
Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.
Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.
Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.
Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.
Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.
Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.
Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.
Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.
Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision-crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.
Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.
WOW! GREAT SERVICE! Others have mentioned how honest they are, but I want to talk about how friendly they are, and how important that can be. My elderly in-laws' car wouldn't start, even after a replacement battery from AAA just 9 months ago. I found the oil-change reminder postcard from Bob's Auto repair for their 96 Toyota Camry and called to schedule an appointment. Chris, the woman I talked to, was SO warm, friendly & helpful. She looked up their record, knew of the problem that other elders in our neighborhood had with dead batteries & talked about possible solutions after it was checked out. I told her I had to travel down from SF to jump my in-laws car before I brought it over, so she scheduled me midday so I could beat the traffic. Steve, the mechanic greeted me & put on a mask before we talked. I dropped off the car & went to Roundtable for pizza. Before I had finished my green pepper, garlic & black olive pizza, he had changed the oil and determined the problem. A bad battery! He could have sold me a new battery, but he pointed out that AAA should replace it for free. He knew they might argue with me about it so he provided the battery test paperwork to give them to prove the battery was the problem, NOT the alternator. Chris had told me that some of her elderly clients had a gadget they hooked up to their cars to trickle charge the battery since they don't drive often. But she said to be careful since you have to remember to unplug them! Considering they have memory problems, that could be a problem! When I got back to my in-laws I called AAA. They took over an HOUR to come out. The car started, since it had just been running. AAA's tech was going to make me drive it around, BUT I HAD BOB'S BATTERY TEST PAPERWORK! (See attached) The AAA tech said that because I had that, I didn't have to drive the car around or wait for the next time it didn't start. (Which was likely to be an emergency and I wouldn't be there to get a new battery). The battery was replaced for free, my in-laws didn't have to deal with AAA and their car was lubed and running smoothly. I also asked about fixing the hydraulics on the hood, since it wouldn't stay up, he said he could order them & gave me a good price, I decided the stick I was using would be more cost effective. BOTTOM LINE Their friendliness, knowledge of the issues and understanding of their clients needs was wonderful. Chris and Steve did more than just fix a single problem with my in-laws' car, they helped me deal with the other downstream problems caused by the circumstances of not driving much during the pandemic, saved them money and helped to prevent future problems. HIGHEST RATING! 5/5 stars!! This is what I posted on Yelp. Thank you!
Everyone should be happy to find an honest shop like this place.
I have been using Bob's Auto Repair for over 20 years now. Bob and Steve are completely trustworthy. Their costs are fair, they communicate well and explain the problem in detail. My best review would be that I would NOT take my car to ANYONE else! These folks are that good! And, in this day and age, that is hard to come by!
I have used Bob's exclusively for going on 18 years or so. As I often tell Bob, he's the only man that gets to look under my hood. They've fixed every kind of repair, big and small, on two different cars, without any problems. They aren't cheap but the rates are competitive, and the work is done right the first time. I read some of the negative reviews and can tell you that none of that has happened to me. Bob always tells me up front how much it's going to cost, and if they're not sure, they will give a range depending on how complicated the job can be. No surprises ever. When I had a blown head gasket in Truckee, I towed my car 150 miles to Bob's. The engine was not damaged - whew - and I took Bob's advice to get a new radiator and all-metal fittings. These guys know their stuff.
I've been taking all of my trucks to Bob's for years, service and quality is always there. Steve is the man when it comes to repairs. I've never had any issues with them. They deliver exactly what they promised. One thing for sure is that they'll never offer extra fix too get more money out of you. They'll gladly inspect and tell you the condition of ... more of educate you rather than try and charge you more for something that doesn't necessarily need fixing. We can't afford to have trucks down for two or more days and that's why we can count on Bob's to get it done in no time. If you're looking for cheap you won't find it here. This place is not about cheap. It's all about quality, service and customer satisfaction and that comes with price. We highly recommend Bobs. Definitely a "bang for you buck"
Very nice and helpful crew.