The Model Garage, in Berkeley CA, is an independent auto repair shop (not a dealership) that specializes in Volvo, Toyota, Lexus, Subaru and Scion cars. We have current factory diagnostic systems for all of the cars we service. Our five mechanics are conscientious professionals who will keep your car purring. We offer, customer-friendly service and repair. In business since 1981, we love dealing with the customers in our area. Quality and honesty are our strengths.
The Model Garage was featured in the November 2014 issue of Parts and People! Click here to read the article!
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Robert came to the Model Garage in 2011 and was the first service advisor to work the counter other than Peter or Don. A real car guy, Robert has put together his own replica Cobra and is currently working on another car build project with Bruce. He has worked in the automotive field since the late 1970s, including Volvo’s at another shop across town in the early 1980s. A short stint owning a cocktail lounge helped round out his ability to listen. He has an infatuation with cars and is a tremendous source of knowledge about how they work and what it takes to repair them. Always happy to discuss cars and answer your questions.
Alen started with us in January, 2012 and was a great addition to the Model Garage team. He is efficient and clean, so much so, he is responsible for keeping the shop clean as well as repairing cars. Family is very important to him and, with three children and a side job, he never gets bored.
Kyle joined us December of 2014. He's young and energetic, yet has a great deal of experience for his age, having worked at a Toyota dealer prior to joining us. Cars are his hobby as well as his job. He is ASE certified and a consummate professional. His attention to detail is outstanding, his work is flawless.
Betsy is a lifelong Berkeley resident, practically a neighbor of the Model Garage. She brings with her years of knowledge and experience working with Volvo, Subaru, Lexus and Toyota vehicles. Having driven a Volvo and a Subaru for many years, she can offer practical advice from both sides of the steering wheel.
Frida, the Wonder Dog! At under 4 pounds, many that see her, wonder if she really is a dog. If nothing else, she is truly wonderful. Her duties include Head of Security as well as Customer Relations Manager. She is also working on a new book, “How to nap the day away and get away with it”. Come by just to say hi, she is sure to brighten anyone’s day.
Doreen takes care of The things behind the scene. Without her the entire operation would come to a halt. With a keen motherly instinct and great sense of humor she has a knack for keeping the guys and Frida in line.
Robert Mitchell, or RMIII as he is known in the shop. He’s part of the Robert collection here at the Model Garage. An ASE master tech, he has years of experience working on Volvo and Subaru vehicles. A family man and all around good guy, he is the big man on campus.
Rob is also part of the Robert collection. You’ll find him behind the service counter when you arrive. With years of working on cars as well as working behind the service counter, he is a good listener and will always greet you with a smile.