We Are Now Celebrating Our

40 Year Anniversary

Now Servicing Honda and Acura Vehicles

Because you have asked and we listened, The Model Garage will now be servicing Honda and Acura vehicles along with our other brands, Volvo, Lexus, Toyota and Subaru.
We are in the process of collecting all of the necessary diagnostic and specialty tools. We are currently prepared to do maintenance and most diagnostic concerns that you may have.
We will be limiting our services to vehicles 1996 and newer.

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Catalytic converter thefts continue at an alarming rate. Don’t be the next victim!

We are authorized installers of “Cat Security”. It is a plate that covers the bottom area where the target converter is located. It is made of sturdy yet lightweight aluminum and attaches to existing mounting points on your Prius. Once installed it provides a strong barrier against catalytic converter theft.

We currently have kits that will protect all models of the Toyota Prius as well as 2005 – 2022 Toyota Tacoma’s with a V6 and four-wheel drive. We also have a kit for 2003 – 2011 Honda Element. We have been able to modify the Element kit to fit 2003 – 2011 Honda CRV. We will let you know when kits are available for other vehicles.

Even if you park your car in your garage at night, there will be a day when you need to park it on the street or a large, unprotected parking lot. It only takes a few minutes for the converter to be taken. It will cost you and/or your insurance company almost $3,000.00 and a few days, up to a week of your time to remedy the situation. So don’t get caught without some sort of protective measures.

The cost to install this protection is between $320.00 - $560.00 depending on the vehicle. Installation does not take exceptionally long but we do request about 4 hours and that you schedule an appointment.

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Your Quality Berkeley Auto Repair

We are the leading Independent Auto Repair Shop in Berkeley specializing in Volvo, Toyota, Subaru and Lexus including hybrids such as Prius, and Scion repair. We are proud to serve you, and the rest of the community. For over thirty years, we have taken pride in our solid customer service, and consistently reliable work.

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.

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Our highly qualified technicians have proven themselves and continue to strive for perfection. We are near BART, bus, and Berkeley Bowl. We want to be your one stop shop, and can ensure that you will be leaving happy and satisfied with the work that we do. We guarantee that with our 1 year or 12,000 mile warranty. You will drive your car out of our shop confident that it has been properly serviced or repaired.

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what people say about us

The best, most reliable, honest, garage in Berkeley. The staff is super nice and incredibly knowledgeable. You know you are getting top notch service when you leave your car with them!
5 star review by Lorrie G.

services WE OFFER

scheduled Maintenance
Alternator REPAIR
suspension repair
Timing Belts
Computer Diagnostic
Cooling System
Exhaust and Mufflers

Urgent alert regarding catalytic converter thefts

Recently, we have seen an alarming number of Prius that has been targeted in Berkeley and outlying areas.This comes at a cost of about $3,000.00 dollars to replace the missing parts. We have provided a link to a news story on KTVU... Read More

Specializing in Volvo, Lexus, Scion, Toyota and Subaru including Hybrids

Independent Auto Repair Shop in Berkeley specializing in Volvo, Toyota, Subaru and Lexus including hybrids

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