Berkeley Motor Works

(Auto Repair)

Berkeley Motor Works
736 San Pablo Ave
Albany, California
Voice: (510) 528-1214


  • “We’ve been going to them for about 5 years, through 3 different cars, and we enjoy using them. They are honest, and they get the job done in a reasonable amount of time, for a reasonable price.”

  • “This company is special—they go out of their way for their customers. I’ve been with them 12 years. They are like family, really know what they’re doing, and handle insurance companies and warranties. Anyone who goes to them is lucky.”

  • “Heck yes I would recommend them! They offer perfect service and excellent work. I’ve been going to them for about 3 years, and I think they’re outstanding. They’re the only car service that always gives my car back cleaner than when it went in! A-1!”

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A long way from Germany, but only a mile from Berkeley, you’ll find one of the East Bay’s best BMW repair shops.

Berkeley Motor Works was recommended to us by the owner of another business listed in The Good Service Guide. She says that owner Mike Schwarzbart is the East Bay’s best BMW repair technician – and so do the other dealers and independent shops who send Beamers to be serviced there.

Berkeley Motor Works is a small, family-owned business. Mike manages repairs, his wife, Jane, runs the office, and his father-in-law, Willy, a retired mechanic, just can’t stay away from the shop. Then they have their service writer, Carol, and three BMW and Mercedes-trained and certified mechanics.

“We’re a neighborhood repair shop with dealership expertise,” explains Mike. “We have all the latest equipment that the dealers have, but we’re easier to deal with!”

Recently they moved into a state-of-the art facility with six lifts, an easydrop-off, and internet parts ordering.

“We do everything mechanical: from minor tune-ups to major overhauls, and everything in between. We also do basic warranty servicing and minor repairs. We have highly sophisticated diagnostic equipment.”

Because they only work on BMW’s, they are extremely knowledgeable. They can diagnose and fix problems fast – and at their hourly rate, not at dealers’ pre-set job prices.

“We really know how to make BMW’s run well,” says Mike. “We offer expert service, at competitive prices. We stand behind our workmanship: we guarantee all our labor for 12 months or 12,000 miles.

“We’re members of the International Association of Independent BMW Service Professionals. We will be caring for BMW’s for decades to come.

While your BMW is being serviced, you can relax in their comfortable lounge, or Mike or Carol will drive to your home, or to the closest BART station. They’ll gladly tow your BMW to their shop, and they can arrange rental cars at good rates.

“If your BMW or Mercedes breaks down, simply call us and ask us to tow it here.

Whatever’s wrong, we’ll fix it.”

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Oakland/Berkeley - 4096 Piedmont Ave, Ste. 134 - Oakland, CA 94611 - (510) 452-3958