Orinda Auto Repair

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Why is Orinda Motors such a Stand-out in the East Bay Region?

Orinda Motors is truly one in a million. Our care and compassion for both our customers and care are what separates us from other auto repair shops in the Bay area. And we are proud that families throughout the community are continuing to choose us for auto repair for both new and classic cars and auto rentals.  Here are a few reasons why Orinda Motors is such a stand-out in the region:  We are a Diamond Certified company and AAA™ Approved Auto Repair Shop, and no other facility holds both of these certifications.  Since the 1920s, we have been providing exceptional auto repair to families throughout Orinda and beyond. For ample experience and expertise in car service, you are in the right place.  Our shop is equipped with the latest and greatest state-of-the-art technology.  We are actively involved in the Lamorinda community, are founders of the Classic Car Show, and host a Car Clinic for Women.  Not only do we have expertise in the maintenan ... read more

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Safety Tips for Driving in the Bay Area Fog

Safety Tips for Driving in the Bay Area Fog

Fog can occur at any time and anywhere, but the Bay Area is more prone to this pesky weather. And as fall progresses to winter, fog may even become more common. It becomes a serious and dangerous hazard on the roads, and our team at Orinda Motors put the safety of you, your family, and your vehicle above all else. Here are a few ways to combat the infamous fog that afflicts our area:  It may go without saying but make sure you slow down even if you know the road like the back of your hand.  Low-beams headlights and foglights are best for visibility.  Four-way flashers are an excellent way for other vehicles on the road to notice you, mainly when fog affects the visibility of your car.  If you can’t see any traffic, try listening for it. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there, and fog is known to impact your vision negatively.  Keep your driving speed in line with your vision, reaction time, and stopping distance ... read more

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The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Inspection

We consider our customers and therefore their vehicles members of our extended family, and when we are looking to add someone to our circle, we have to go through several precautions, including a pre-purchase inspection. A pre-purchase inspection is imperative to make sure that your potential vehicle is reliable and safe. When you bring this car to our auto repair shop, a technician will perform a thorough examination, leaving no stone unturned. We will look for both cosmetic and mechanical issues and anything else that may jeopardize the safety of your vehicle. The power of a pre-purchase is not to be underestimated, as this can prove extremely helpful in the buying process. Armed with this knowledge after a pre-purchase inspection, you can either decide to pass on the vehicle or go back to the seller with a counteroffer, especially if our technicians have come across any issues that will need to be fixed now or in the future. Without a doubt, a pre-purchase inspection is the most ... read more

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Maintenance for Cars of All Ages

Orinda Motors is a full-service, family-owned and team-operated auto repair facility in the heart of Orinda. We service and maintain all makes and models of vehicles, both new and old. We strive to be your one-stop solution for all things auto repair, from new car maintenance to classic car restoration.  At Orinda Motors, we make it our mission to be able to provide you with a stress-free, positive experience from the moment you walk through our doors. If you own a newer Honda Accord, for example, our technicians will provide thorough and accurate service. We also are able to service and repair your classic Ford Thunderbird. With us, you can expect to receive the best of both worlds: cutting-edge technology for the service and repair of both new and older cars.  Here are a few examples of the services we provide to vehicles of all ages (from vintage classics to brand new cars):  Scheduled Maintenance  Preventative Maintenance  Computer control Coolin ... read more

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Why Choose Orinda Auto Rental Over Other Rental Companies?

There are many rental companies for you to choose from, but we think your best choice would be Orinda Auto Rental. With an array of affordable vehicles for you to choose from, including compact and full-sized models, you will be ready to explore Orinda after a stop at our facility for one of our rental cars.   We are an affordable alternative to a rental car agency. Our location is at 63 Orinda Way, right here at Orinda Motors. You will receive kind, considerate service, along with a rental car that either compact, mid-, and full-size.   Because we understand how busy your day can get, Orinda Auto Rental offers complimentary, local pickup and delivery service. If you are at the Orinda BART station, we can pick you up and bring you to your rental car. As a bonus, we offer a 10% discount to AAA members.   For a rental company that recognizes how valuable both your time and money is, look no further than Orinda Auto Rental. We are a 3-minute walk from the Orinda BAR ... read more

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Entertainment for Summer Road Trips

We are starting to see neverending blueness when we turn our gaze toward the sky and are beginning to feel the temperatures start to rise when we step out into the sun. The school year is almost coming to a close, as we navigate schedules filled with graduations and end-of-the-year parties. All of these signs point toward summer, which means it is the perfect time to start planning your summer activities. For many of us, this means summer road trips.   Even though summertime road trips spell fun, it can be challenging to keep our little ones entertained throughout the drive. Here are five summer road trip activities:   Edible Necklaces: Thread snacks with holes, such as pretzels, cheerios, or dried apple rings onto the string, tie a knot, and instantly keep your children both full and engaged in an activity for a reasonable amount of time. Audiobooks: Avoid both boredom and car sickness with audio books. You can set up your child with their audiobook or find one you a ... read more

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Unusual Car Noises and what they Mean

Sometimes, our car is known to make an unusual sound every so often, and it can be stressful when we hear our beloved vehicle whining around a turn or grumbling every time we start it. But most of our vehicles are going to make an unusual noise from time to time. The auto mechanics at Orinda Motors are excellent at deciphering what those noises mean, how we can fix the problem, and have you back on your way in no time. Here are some unusual car noises our technicians have experience troubleshooting and fixing:   A humming or groaning noise originating from your tires: If you are hearing something along the lines of hum or groan coming from your tires, it could indicate premature wear along the inside of your tires. This wear could expose the steel belts on the tires, which puts your tire at greater risk of falling apart. Growling when turning: Do you hear a growling noise coming from your vehicle? This noise could be an indication that your front wheel bearing is defective ... read more

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The Time to Spring Clean Your Vehicle is Here: Bring Your Car to Orinda Auto Detail.

With winter behind us, it is the perfect time to clean your vehicle. After dealing with the dredges of winter, your car is going to need a little extra TLC inside and out. Our team at Orinda Motors will ensure your car is performing in tip-top shape, and our team at Orinda Auto Detail will make sure your vehicle is shining in the spring sun. Bring your car to Orinda Auto Detail, and our vehicle appearance specialists will get rid of that winter mess. Using the best products, we will polish, wash, and condition your car. We can offer full-service interior cleaning and full paint correction. If the winter elements have wreaked havoc on your car, our team at Orinda Auto Detail will restore it to its former glory. Have you ever heard of the saying “April showers bring May flowers?” If your answer is yes, then it’s important to get your car ready for the onslaught of spring showers. Our team can eliminate any side of the effects of the winter season with these detailin ... read more

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Valentine’s Day for Your Classic Car

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we imagine you are already planning the big day. However, we don’t want you to forget about your classic car. Let’s make sure to show your classic car some love this Valentine’s Day, and Orinda Classic Car Center is here to help give your vehicle so much needed TLC.   It doesn’t matter if your classic car or even truck needs complex engine work, authentic restoration, or auto detailing. We can handle virtually anything your vintage vehicle needs, as our team possess the experience and finesse to service your car with the precision and accuracy it needs. Just tell our team at Orinda Classic Car Center your dream for your classic car this Valentine’s Day, and we will figure out to turn your vision into reality. With us on your side, Valentine’s Day for your classic car will be a success.   At Orinda Classic Car Center, we aim to do whatever it takes to complete a project, whether that ... read more

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New Year, New Car? How to know when it is the right time to purchase a new car.

Happy 2018 everybody! With the New Year upon us, you may be thinking “out way the old, and in with the new.” However, does this saying apply to your car; is now the right time to purchase a new car? We, at Orinda Motors, have compiled a few questions for you to answer. If you are saying yes to most of these, then you may think the New Year means getting a new car.   Are repairs costing more than the car is worth? If you are unsure about your answer to this question, bring your vehicle to Orinda Motors, and let our technicians have a look. We will be honest about the condition of your car. Is safety becoming an issue? It doesn’t matter how well maintained your car is. If it is unsafe to operate, it is time to go. We don’t cut any corners with safety, and we don’t think you should either. Is the cost of auto insurance rising? Older cars, on average, tend to be more expensive to insure, but pay close attention to your premium. You may end up payin ... read more

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