A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc

(650) 482-8094
17 Verified Reviews

7:30am to 5:30pm
8:00am to 2:00pm


780 Industrial Rd
San Carlos, CA 94070 USA


  • Eric Sevim, Owner
  • Established 1997
  • 5 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 2 ASE Certified Auto Technicians
  • 72 Years of Car Repair Experience

A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc Reviews


17 Verified Reviews
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by - Verified Customer March 01, 2013

I liked them a lot and I'm going to go back to them. It was a little expensive, but if they charge a lot and do good work, I guess that's ok. They were very pleasant people to talk to. They called me on the phone to let me know when they were done. It was a very positive experience.

by - Verified Customer March 01, 2013

They were very knowledgeable and patient for what I went in there for. I wasn't sure about what I wanted for tires. They sat down with me and didn't want to just sell me any tires. I had one little issue with one of the tires, and I called them the next day, and they said to bring it and they fixed it. They definitely wanted to make sure I was 100 percent satisfied with the job they did.

by - Verified Customer February 28, 2013

I've been there multiple times, and I've recommended them. They're great. They always pick up the phone. They give me a ride home.

by - Verified Customer February 28, 2013

I think that the customer service is very good. They explain things to me very well, and they paid for my rental car. I thought overall it was a good business. I would go back there.

by - Verified Customer February 27, 2013

Great service, and fair. Just thoroughness about information and letting you know what work needs to be done and what they will do.

by - Verified Customer February 27, 2013

We have been going for 5 years and have always been satisfied with their service.

by February 26, 2013

You need to make sure you know what you need and to not let them pressure you into unneeded repairs.

Reply from A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc – by Eric Sevim June 07, 2013

Dear Verified Customer,

We are so sorry that you felt pressured into repairs. We don't pay any of our staff on commission so that we avoid this concern.

If you bring your car to our shop, we will never sell you anything you don't need. In fact, we layout a schedule for what should be done now and what can wait for later.

Please give me a call directly if you would like for me to look over your concern. Again we are very sorry that you had a negative experience and we would like to make it right.

Eric Sevim

by - Verified Customer February 26, 2013

It's true concierge service. Highly recommend.

by February 26, 2013

They got the job done the second time, but it wasn't done in a timely manner. They told me it was going to be done the next morning. They didn't get to it until two evenings later, and then they realized they had to order parts for it.

by - Verified Customer February 25, 2013

They are very knowledgeable. They suggest things that are important to the safety of my family.

by - Verified Customer February 24, 2013

They are very friendly. Great customer service. Good personalities in the office. Accommodating. I had to take my car back a couple times for adjustments, and they were very accommodating. They were very willing to look at the car.

by - Verified Customer February 24, 2013

They communicate well.

by February 21, 2013

I'm very pleased with the work. Anytime I need something done I take my car there.

by - Verified Customer February 21, 2013

There were a couple of things they tried to get me to do that were minor. They added that into the list of things that should be replaced.

by - Verified Customer February 20, 2013

They were very nice. They didn't seem like they were trying to do one over on me.

by - Verified Customer February 15, 2013

Highly professional. Work is very consistent. Never had to return for anything.

by - Verified Customer February 15, 2013

Both Cory and Eric where very friendly. They were very customer service oriented. They were very fair on price. They were very good to me. If anyone gets service there I don't see them going anywhere else again.

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A + Japanese Auto Repair Inc is an incredible family owned shop that has been serving the San Carlos community since 1997. We found this shop to have the highest quality tools and a commitment to green business standards. Eric Sevim is the manager he has many years of industry experience as a technician, service writer and shop owner. He manages a great group of technicians with over 72 years of combined experience, 3 are ASE certified, of those 2 have their ASE Master Certification. With these highly skilled individuals and some of the industries best available tools, it's no wonder why they offer a 25 Month 25,000 mile warranty. For your convenience they offer rental cars, early bird/after hours drop off, and free WiFi.



  • AC/Heating
  • Alignment
  • Check Engine Light
  • Diagnosis
  • Hybrid/Electric
  • Muffler & Exhaust
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Timing Belts
  • Tire Sales/Repair
  • Transmission Repair
  • Windshield/Glass
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  • AAA Member Discount
  • Car Delivery
  • Car Pickup/Dropoff
  • Car Wash
  • Child Friendly
  • Coffee
  • Early Bird Dropoff
  • Extended/Evening Hours
  • Heated Waiting Room
  • Open Saturday
  • Open Weekends
  • Parts/Accessories
  • Rental Car
  • Se Habla Espanol
  • Senior Discount
  • Service Guarantee
  • Shopping Nearby
  • Shuttle
  • Store
  • Towing
  • Warranty Accepted
  • Wireless Internet
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  • Bosch Service Network
  • iATN


Since our founding in 1997 A+ Japanese Auto Repair has seen a great many changes. One of the major changes occurred in 2001. Adam and Eric took over the facility from their parents and continued to expand the family business from a small "Mom and Pop's" to the 10 bay facility it has become. Today, A+ Japanese Auto Repair rivals dealerships in repair quality, technical diagnosis staff, and customer service. Yet, through it all, our small town auto repair shop is still dedicated to those who value quality auto repair, quality parts, and outstanding service. We have also stayed true to our cost efficient and quality auto repair services offer to all clients surrounding San Carlos, CA.

We specialize on all Japanese makes: Honda, Acura, Lexus, Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Infiniti, Hyundai and Kia.

We have been Voted the Best Auto Repair for 2013, 2014, 2015 by You will also enjoy our free shuttle service, free wifi, 24 month / 24,000 mile warranty, and the hig


  • Acura
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Kia
  • Lexus
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Scion
  • Subaru
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Questions Answered by A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc
where is the turn flasher relay physically...
They don't usually go bad.... maybe just a bulb if the flasher is fast or a switch if it is staying solid?

Relay location is bottom left kick panel in the fuse/relay box. It should be marked but it is located in the top right if you are looking straight on at it.

A+ Japanese Auto Repair San Carlos CA 94070 Eric Sevim
The vehicle does not respond quickly when ...
The lack of response could be anything from a slipping transmission / clutch, something under the gas pedal (like the driver's floor mat), worn ignition components, etc.

If that Forester is the turbo model, it may just be turbo lag or a bad turbo.

As for the inspection - $169.69

Eric Sevim - A+ Japanese Auto Repair -
My van failed smog twice because of this. ...
You will want to check out this site... this will help -

As for repairing it. You will first need a shop or someone knowledgeable to inspect what the problem is.

Eric Sevim
A+ Japanese Auto Repair, Inc. - San Carlos Auto Repair Shop
added a fuel additive, changed o2 sensors,...
Cold start morning roughness that clears up... possible leaking injector (over night or if you let it sit for a while), possible head gasket issue (coolant leaking into cylinder), possible oil leaking past valve seals (hence oil fouled plug until it clears up.

Check coolant level, has it dropped at all? Leaking fuel injector has to be tested with fuel pressure tested and some other stuff. The leaking valve seals... look at the exhaust, is there any coloration during the rough running? Black, white, blue? - Keep me in the look.

Eric Sevim - Co-Owner - ASE Master Certified Technician
San Carlos, CA 650-595-2277
My check engine light is on and it was ho...
Hello Pontiac G6 Owner,

I would start by having someone check your engine oil level. This code is related to the camshaft position and a valve that is controlled by oil pressure. If your oil is very low or dirty, it could set this code. Also, if you oil is low, you will start wearing out your new car's engine.

If the oil level checks okay, there is most likely an issue with the cam position sensor, control valve, computer, or wiring issue.

Let me know if you need anymore help,

Eric Sevim - ASE Master Certified Techinican
A+ Japanese Auto Repair - San Carlos CA 94070
Should water pump, AC belt and power steer...
Timing belt, water pump, upper and lower idler, hydraulic tensioner, coolant, both drive belts.

We don't normally change the seals, but we do inspect them. If they are dry we leave them be.

Lastly, you may want to do the thermostat and thermostat gasket as a preventative measure as long as the coolant is drained out.

Hope that helps!

Eric Sevim - ASE Master Certified Technician
A+ Japanese Auto Repair - San Carlos CA 94070
shaft, 2 LF CV axle assemblies and 1 LF wh...
I think miles auto nailed it. But do confirm that it is not the wheel bearing. Every time the axle is tighten, the wheel bearing is loaded up and it can do strange things to the bearing, including over load it.

Eric Sevim - ASE Master Certified Technician
A+ Japanese Auto Repair - San Carlos CA 94070
I need inspection cert and after visiting ...
Check all fuses... But most likely the shop's equiptment was the issue.

Check to see if when you turn the key to the on position, does the check engine light come on the dash? If it does you know that the computer is getting it's powers and grounds.

You can also look at the 16 pin OBD connector (located under the steering wheel area) and make sure that the pins are not bent or damaged.

Let me know what happens,

Eric Sevim - ASE Master Certified Technician
A+ Japanese Auto Repair - San Carlos CA 94070
van drives normal no hesitation in throttl...
Yes bad connection or bad fuel sender assembly. Due to the fact that the fuel gauge goes all the way up and back down, it sounds like the gauge is okay.

Eric Sevim - ASE Master Certified Technician
A+ Japanese Auto Repair - San Carlos CA 94070
changed fuel filter,thermostat,surpintine ...
Yes, check compression. Is it is a timing belt motor? If so, do check the timing if the compression is bad before you condemn the motor.

Eric Sevim - ASE Master Certified Technician
A+ Japanese Auto Repair - San Carlos CA 94070

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