skip to Main Content
(415) 621-0376 BOOK

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

Got time?

andrew-gescheidtChapter One
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.”

Chapter Two
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!

Chapter Three
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.




  • Pre-purchase Inspections
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Tires Alignments
  • Oil Changes
  • Service Smog Check
  • Brake Repair
  • Electrical Diagnostics
  • Safety Inspections


  • Customers will be treated fairly and honestly
  • We’ll identity the most cost-effective solutions for your repairs
  • We can loan you a car if needed


  • We use the latest technology to service your vehicle
  • We attend regular training to keep up with the technology
  • You can book your appointments ONLINE (HERE)

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!


The Team

Andrew Gescheidt, Owner

Andy attended Carnegie-Mellon University where he studied Computer Science. His first love has always been cars so instead of finishing his degree, he dropped out to pursue his hands on, ”Doctor of Motors,” which lead to the establishment of Popular Mechanix in 1983 and its many satisfied customers. In his spare time, Andy and his wife Karen, bike ride, attend Comic Book Conventions and are active members of the Yoga Society of San Francisco on Folsom Street.

"EJ", Senior Technician

EJ says his nickname stands for “energetic and joyful” and that’s the truth. A mechanic since 1969, EJ has been with Popular Mechanix for five years. He is a factory trained Saab technician and has specialized in Volvos for the past 10 years. He “cut his teeth” in Cleveland, Ohio working on BMW’s, Mercedes, Saabs and Volvos before moving to California in the early 80s. He’s a jack of all trades and can fix anything. In his spare time, he races cars, restores “old iron”, restores Victorians, creates beautiful stained glass and gardens. He loves the atmosphere at Popular Mechanix, the people, attitude, and customers.

Lawrence Fonseca

Lawrence is Popular Mechanix’ diagnostician. When your car has a problem, it’s Lawrence who figures out what’s the matter. He has worked for Popular Mechanix for 13 years and was hired just after he completed auto mechanical training at the Sequoia Institute in Fremont, California. He then went on to complete his ASE Masters Certification. He values the flexibility and people he works with at Popular Mechanix and likes serving its customers.

Ruth Otey, Office Manager

Bio coming soon!


Jon Miller, (enjoying retirement) Manager

After retiring from a 23-year career in public transit, Jon joined Popular Mechanix in 2000 to help Andy manage Popular Mechanix after his accident. Jon has a B.S. in bacteriology from Syracuse University and a Certificate in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Like Andy, he has always loved diagnosing and fixing car problems. He spends his hours away from Popular Mechanix with his wife Anne and children Matthew 18 and Sophia 12. His hobbies include origami, yoga, hiking, biking and camping.

Samson Kwong, Technician

Samson Kwong attended San Jose State University to pursue a BS degree in Computer Engineering which turned out to be the ideal background for modern automotive repair, so it was natural to attend Wyotech for Automotive theories and concepts to enter the field of automotive repair and earned his ASE Master Technician certification.
On his free time, Samson can be found fabricating and modifying his “24hr Lemons” and modern race cars in his garage or racing on famous race tracks like Laguna Seca, or Sonoma Raceway.

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!




Popular Mechanix, Andrew Gescheidt, Owner

252 14th Street San Francisco, CA 94103

7:30 AM to 5:30 PM | Monday – Friday

(415) 621-0376
(415) 580-1032 (Google Voice/Text)


© 2016 Popular Mechanix – All rights reserved

Web by BC Creative Digital Agency

Back To Top