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About Popular Mechanix

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983.
We are open Mon. thru Thurs. during the 2020 health crisis, an essential city service.

TESTIMONIAL

Andy and his crew always take fantastic care of my Volvo XC 90.
Now, in these scary times they went one step further by coming to my house to pick up,
and then dropping my car off when the service was finished.  They also thoroughly disinfected my car
to help keep me and my family safe from the coronavirus. Wow.

–  Nancy & Mark, April 3, 2020

  • Your Independent Volvo Specialist 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 2 years
  • Pre-purchase inspections
  • Same-day service available
  • FREE morning shuttle service
  • Servicing all Volvo models and years
  • Top rating by NPR’s Car Talk radio show.
  • Humane rates
  • HOURS (for Coronavirus): Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-5:45pm

Got 5 min?

Covid-19 Safe, Sanitized PICKUP & DELIVERY Service

If you’re working from home, or sheltering-at-home, get your car serviced, SAFELY, while staying at home!  Now may be the right time to have your car repaired or serviced if you’re not using it much, but want it ready to go when you do.

We’re now offering a safe, mindful and FREE pickup & return service. We’ll make the repairs you authorize (as usual), and then DISINFECT your car before returning it to you. Your car will be cleaner — free of germs virus, bacteria — than it was before.

We will protect you and your family; we will protect ourselves and our families. We’re all in this together.

Schedule an appointment online: CLICK HERE
OR CALL: 415-621-0376  |  TEXT: 415/580/1032 |  EMAIL: pmvolvo@gmail.com

spray-bottle-disinfect-illustration-Popular-Mechanix-Volvo-repair-San-Francisco.pngOUR Covid-19 SAFETY & DISINFECTING POLICIES follow the best science on how to eliminate virus transmissions.  We want to protect you and your families. We want to protect ourselves and our families.  We’re all in this together.

  • only our employees who are asymptomatic work in our shop (which to date is everyone);
  • all of us will maintain the recommended safe “social distance” from you, our valued customers; bowing replaces handshakes
  • everyone in the shop, our service writers, our manager, to our technicians wear gloves when in contact with anything YOU might touch (including, obviously, your vehicle)
  • new gloves are used for each car we work on
  • after completion of repairs, each car’s non-porous surfaces — door handles, steering wheel, seats (if not fabric), arm rests, etc. — are wiped down with a disinfectant solution that kills all viruses (and germs and bacteria) in 30 seconds
  • Fabric seats, and all seats, are covered with paper mats so our team’s clothing won’t come into contact with your car’s interior

Questions, concerns, or comments?  Please call us: 415-621-0376, or email us: pmvolvo@gmail.com

Chapter One
In 1981, Popular Mechanix founder and owner Andy Gescheidt opened a Volvo specialty repair shop with the spiffy name, Million Mile Motors, in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood between 9th and 10th Streets, and between Folsom and Howard.  “We fixed anything that rolled,” Andy recalls. “We shared the building with another repair shop called Perpetual Motors. But neither shop was 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, specializing in Volvos.  They became partners, named their new business Popular Mechanix and established Popular Mechanix in 1983 in the space on 14th Street it occupies today, over 35 years later!  Andy became the sole owner in 1992. One of Andy’s very first customers, Peter Rothe, helped Andy start Popular Mechanix through its predecessor Million Mile Motors with a $500 loan as working capital.  Peter has since owned five Volvos and remains a loyal customer 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 trolley pole from a San Francisco Muni bus de-wired, fell toward the sidewalk — and struck Andy in the back of the head as he was walking down Market Street on a Saturday afternoon. He was knocked down to the sidewalk, fracturing his skull. He was in a coma for a month and fought for his life. But live he did, and has since made a miraculous recovery. He’s been back at work full-time for over two decades — loving and appreciating every minute of his life and his passion for his work.  When Andy says it is a pleasure to see you and to serve you, he means it in a sincere and 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 his recovery immeasurably.

Services

Popular Mechanix, the Volvo specialist,
services and repairs other makes too!

Many loyal customers have requested we work on their non-Volvos too, so we added this convenience.  Our ASE-certified master technicians Lawrence, EJ, and Samson loved the idea of adding variety to the shop.  I applaud their enthusiasm and know their decades of experience prepares them to tackle any mechanical conundrum.  So you can bring in your “other” car, and we can help.

SERVICES

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

OUR COMMITMENT

  • 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

TECHNOLOGY

  • 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 our environment!

Popular Mechanix does everything it can to protect and preserve our environment by properly disposing of used oil products, recycling and selling used car parts, and offering used cars.  You can also protect our ecosystems by making sure your car doesn’t have leaks that run into the street, then drain into sewers, and streams, bays, and the ocean. Leaks can come from a variety of sources in your Volvo.

If you detect a leak, call us immediately.  You’ll ensure the safe, efficient operation of your car — and protect our fragile environment. Americans spill 180 million gallons of used oil into waterways each year — 16x the amount of oil spilled in Alaska by the Exxon Valdez!

TerraClean

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!

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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!

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Testimonials

Refreshingly pleasant folks!

LANDON

Straightforward, truthful, thoughtful communication every single time. Top-notch work. Popular Mechanix should be the model for how business is done.

CHRISTINE

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!

VINCENT

CONTACT US

WHERE TO FIND US

Popular Mechanix
Andrew Gescheidt, Owner

#252 14th St.
(between Mission St. & S. Van Ness)
San Francisco, CA  94103

7:30am-5:45 pm
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
(closed Fridays during Covid-19 crisis)

(415) 621-0376
(415) 580-1032 (Google Voice/Text)
pmvolvo@gmail.com

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