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Brake & Wheel Center
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(510) 483-4575
1805 Washington Ave
San Leandro, CA 94577
Bureau of Automotive Repair License #253176
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) ASCCA (Automotive Service Councils of California) California Official Lamp Adjusting Station California Official Brake Adjusting Station

Areas Served: San Leandro CA, Castro Valley CA, Hayward CA, San Lorenzo CA, Ashland CA
Services: auto electrical repairs & diagnostics
Key Brands: OEM parts (Original Equipment Manufacturer), Interstate Batteries, Snap-on, Wynn's

Brake & Wheel Center Company Profile

To avoid getting ripped-off, you need an auto repair shop you can trust. But too many don't do business with integrity. So you should know about the one noted for their integrity during research phone calls to randomly selected customers. 

That Alameda County shop is Brake & Wheel Center in San Leandro CA owned by Master Technician Monte Benedick. 


Auto Repairs Done With Integrity at Brake & Wheel Center in San Leandro CA

Other auto repair shops cheat customers by using cheap parts that soon fail. So they only seem cheaper and actually cost you more in the long run because you have to replace them sooner.

Monte Benedick explains, "Manufacturers spend time and money developing OEM parts (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to fit their cars and give them the longest life possible. But those other shops using cheaper knock-off parts cause more problems for your car."

Brake & Wheel Center maintains integrity with OEM parts and keep their clients' cars running longer. And sometimes they do even better. Monte shares, "In cases where certain aftermarket parts last even longer and than OEM parts do, we give them to our clients."


Brake & Wheel Center: All The Repairs You Need, Done Right

Brake & Wheel Center is more than just an auto repair shop. They're also a state certified smog, brake, and lamp station. And they offer a range of services including muffler & brake work, check engine light testing, cooling system repairs, wheel alignment, and suspension repairs in addition to regularly-scheduled factory vehicle maintenance service.

And you get these services performed by ASE Certified Technicians who are at the forefront of the industry. And even though Monte Benedick and his staff have 20 years of experience, he tells us, "We invest in continuing education because technology changes so often, so our clients benefit."  

A client named Bryan said during a search phone call, "They're knowledgeable. They can handle whatever my problems may be." "Their workmanship was excellent," said another customer named Elizabeth.


Superior Diagnostics from Brake & Wheel Center  

In fact, even other auto repair shops take note of the integrity of the repairs at Brake & Wheel Center and send customer cars to them for the diagnostics and repairs they can't handle themselves. Monte told us why. "We do a lot of computer testing so we have several different scanners that help us pinpoint the problems. We even have original equipment scanners like the dealerships do, and in the cases where aftermarket scanners are better than the originals, we have those as well." Brake & Wheel Center even has the model-specific scanners to troubleshoot problems for GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Honda and German makes and models.

And the work at Brake & Wheel Center is so good they give you a 12 month, 12,000 mile warranty on parts and labor. And for some equipment, such as new radiators, Brake & Wheel Center even offers lifetime warranties.


Something Local

Monte Benedick is a Bay Area native who lives in Castro Valley with his wife and their three children. They're expecting their fourth baby, a daughter, in the spring. Monte jokes that even as a child, he's always loved to take things apart. He got involved in auto mechanics in high school and his natural inclination for accurate repairs earned him the respect of a teacher who helped him get his first job at a Corvette custom shop.

Even when he's not working on cars at Brake & Wheel Center, Monte Benedick is never far from the cars he loves. "I'm really active, and I love ride motorcycles and race cars. I started drag racing years ago, and then moved into road racing. Cars are really my passion." Brake & Wheel Center even has a racing car, a Toyota MR2 that Monte races.

Clients like and trust Monte and his staff. During research phone calls to customers, one named Dan said, "They are hometown, real people. I like that I can deal directly with the owner." Another one named Linda shared, "Monte is very knowledgeable and extremely honest. I totally trust him with my vehicle." And Claire, a customer agreed, "The owner is extremely competent. He knows what needs to be done and does not try to cheat me."

So for an auto repair shop with integrity, customers say that Brake & Wheel Center in San Leandro CA is your best choice. They're located at 1805 Washington Ave in San Leandro CA and open 7;30AM to 5PM Monday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment.  A previous customer named Ron summed it up best when he said, "I have gone to them for over 20 years. They are good mechanics and they are honest. "

 



—Lauren Bongard Schwarz
Associate Editor
The Prime Buyer's Report