Popular Mechanix auto service & repair
San Francisco’s independent Volvo repair shop. And other cars too.
We buy cars too, running or not.
FREE "Pickup & Repair" Service
We’ll come pick up your car, make the repairs you authorize — DISINFECT your car — and then drive it back to you.
And it’s free. Due to its popularity, please allow 1-2 days for this service. Make your appointment below, now.
- All repairs fully guaranteed for 2 years
- Free loaner Volvos by appointment
- a refreshing, uh, shall we say, “Dealership Alternative”
- Inspections of used cars you’re considering buying
- Maintain your New Car Warranty with our service!
- Volvo factory software downloads & updates
- an independent Volvo specialist in San Francisco
- Servicing all Volvo models and years
- Top rating by NPR’s Car Talk radio show
- Humane rates
- Serving Bay Area Volvo owners since 1983
Volvo specialists. And other cars too.
Many loyal customers asked us to work on their other, non-Volvo car, so we’ve added this service.
Our ASE-certified master technicians Lawrence, EJ, and Samson loved the idea of adding variety to their job.
We applaud their enthusiasm and know their decades of experience prepare them for any mechanical conundrum.
Bring in your “other” car (BMW, Audi, Toyota, etc.) — we can help.
What People Say About Us
I’ve been going to Andy for years. He’s pragmatic and will never up-sell you on service you don’t need. He finds a way with every service to go above and beyond – washing the car, fixing something small without charging me. Also, his shop is one of the few that you could eat off the floors it’s always so clean. He works on other cars aside from Volvo and if I had one, I’d take it there too!
As usual a perfect result—solving impossible problems promptly and with incredible skill.
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!
Great service from an exemplary small business.
Andy and his crew always take fantastic care of my Volvo XC 90. Now, in these scary times [April 2020 pandemic] 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.
Straightforward, truthful, thoughtful communication every single time. Top-notch work. Popular Mechanix should be the model for how business is done.
Thank you to Andrew, Samson and the team for taking a look at my car quickly, providing text updates and getting the job done! Appreciate their communicating everything very clearly.
I had a great experience with Popular Mechanix. When I picked up my car, it was all fixed up and ready to roll (which was expected, and should be of any shop), however, the customer service was top notch. After I dropped off my Volvo, I received a text from Andrew within a day. Throughout the whole process, they were transparent about pricing & timing. Great service, would recommend!
Beware! They are more meticulous about your car than you! I originally brought my 2007 Volvo S60R, since they billed themselves as Volvo specialists, and was very satisfied with their work. Then I brought my 1990 Audi 90 to see if they could get the engine running smoothly. Now it runs like a charm, something no other shop or even the Audi dealer could do in more than 10 years. (One German specialist shop even declined the work because my car was “too old.”) It turns out the best mechanic for my Audi is my Volvo shop! Very good with communications to keep you updated, and very accommodating.
I am excited to see that they are expanding beyond Volvo. They’ll look after my Audi as soon as the free dealer maintenance is over!
Popular Mechanix cares about the 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!
Popular Mechanix does everything possible to protect and preserve our environment by properly disposing of used oil products, recycling and selling used car parts, and offering used cars for sale. You can help protect our ecosystems from automotive waste by making sure your car doesn’t have leaks that run into the street to drain into sewers, and waterways.
Leaks can come from a variety of sources in your Volvo. If you detect one, often a puddle under your car, call us. You’ll ensuring the safe, efficient operation of your car — and protect our precious, fragile environment. Or call us, and we’ll check for you!
WE OFFER Terraclean ENGINE TREATMENT
Terraclean decarbonizes — removes carbon deposits from — the entire fuel system, including the oxygen sensors, using chemicals safe for the user, vehicle, and environment.
Different from treatments using detergents or solvents, which emit emissions after the cleaning. Terraclean’s technology does what it claims; it’s the only decarbonizing treatment of its kind that absolutely works.
Terraclean requires an experienced, registered Terraclean specialist — like Popular Mechanix.
A Team with Expertise and Experience
Keeping San Francisco Rolling for over 35 Years
Popular Mechanix’s Origin Story
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.”
Andy established Popular Mechanix in 1983 by joining forces with Perpetual Motors owner Ed Wolf, together specializing in Volvos. They became partners, with their new business name in the same building on 14th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District it occupies today — over 35 years later! Andy became 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. (Oh, back in the day…) Peter has since owned five Volvos and remains a loyal customer to this day!
In 1998, Andy was the victim of a freak accident, which almost took his life and shut down Popular Mechanix. A trolley pole from an electric San Francisco Muni bus de-wired, fell toward the sidewalk — and struck Andy in the back of the head as he was walking along a Market Street sidewalk, minding his own business on a Saturday afternoon. He was knocked down to the sidewalk, unconscious, 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.
Andy’s been back at work full-time for over two decades — loving and appreciating every minute of his new lease on life, with renewed passion for his work. When he says it is a pleasure to see you and to serve you, he means it in a sincere and profound way most people can’t imagine! He wants to credit 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.
We're Here to Help
Andrew Gescheidt, Owner
#252 14th St.
(betw. Mission & S. Van Ness)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(closed Saturday & Sundays)