Established and serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983
About Popular Mechanix
- Your Independent Volvo-Only Specialists in San Francisco
- Maintain your New Car Warranty with our service!
- Serving Satisfied Bay Area Volvo Owners Since 1983
- Your “Dealership Alternative”
- Complimentary Loaner Volvos By Appointment
- Volvo factory software downloads & updates
- All Repairs Fully Guaranteed For Two Years
- Pre-purchase inspections
- Same Day Service available
- Free Morning Shuttle Service
- Servicing All Volvo Models and Years
- Rated Tops by NPR’s Car Talk radio show.
- Humane Rates
In 1981, Popular Mechanix founder and owner Andy Gescheidt opened a repair shop called Million Mile Motors in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood between 9th and 10th Streets and Folsom and Howard. “We fixed anything that rolled,” Andy recalls.“We shared the building with another repair shop called Perpetual Motors. But Million Mile Motors and Perpetual Motors weren’t destined to continue. In 1983, the San Francisco Fire Department condemned our unreinforced masonry building and both auto repair shops found themselves homeless.”
Andy and Perpetual Motors owner Ed Wolf decided to join forces and specialize in Volvos. They became partners, named their new business Popular Mechanix and established Popular Mechanix in 1983 in the space on 14th Street it still occupies today almost 20 years later. Andy became full owner of Popular Mechanix in 1992. One of Andy’s first customers Peter Nagai-Rothe helped Andy start Popular Mechanix through its predecessor Million Mile with a $500 loan as working capital. Nagai-Rothe has since owned five Volvos and remains a loyal customer of Popular Mechanix to this day!
In 1998, Andy was the victim of a freak accident, which almost took his life and shut down Popular Mechanix. A dewired trolley pole from a Muni bus fell and struck Andy in the back of the head as he was walking down Market Street on a Saturday afternoon, throwing him to the sidewalk and fracturing his skull. He was in a coma for a month and was not expected to live. But live he did, and he has made a miraculous recovery. He is now back at work full time still continuing, in his words,”to get better and better each day” – and loving and appreciating every minute of his life and his work. When Andy says it is a pleasure to see you and to serve you, he means it in a profound way! He says he owes his recovery in large part to Dr. Claudia Osborne, whose book Over My Head, about her own brain injury suffered in a car accident, helped him know what to do.
Did you know Popular Mechanix service and repair
models other than Volvo?
Our loyal customer requested this added convenience and our ASE certified master technicians Lawrence, EJ and Samson love the idea of adding variety to the shop. I applaud their enthusiasm because I know they can arm wrestle any mechanical conundrum to the ground. So bring in your “other” car and let’s see how we can help.
Popular Mechanix cares about the Environment!
Popular Mechanix does what it can to protect and preserve our environment by properly disposing of used oil products, recycling/selling used car parts, and selling used cars. You can also protect the environment by making sure that your car does not have leaks that drain into the street, wash into the sewers, and into streams, rivers, bays, lakes and the ocean. Leaks can come from a variety of sources in your Volvo.
If you detect a leak, call us immediately. You will not only be ensuring the safe and efficient operation of your car, you’ll be protecting our fragile environment as well. Americans spill 180 million gallons of used oil into our waterways each year. That’s 16 times the amount of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska!
Yes – We also have parakeets!
Refreshingly pleasant folks!
Straightforward, truthful, thoughtful communication every single time. Top-notch work. Popular Mechanix should be the model for how business is done.
I get my maintenance done there religiously and have not been disappointed. They wash the car after each service and are always done on time. Couldn’t ask for more!
WHERE TO FIND US
Popular Mechanix, Andrew Gescheidt, Owner
252 14th Street San Francisco, CA 94103
7:30 AM to 5:30 PM | Monday – Friday