It’s happened to everyone: You’re cruising down the highway without a care in the world, singing along to the radio with the windows down. Then — just like that — your beloved auto starts to make a peculiar sound. It’s probably nothing, you tell yourself, but then you start to notice a little knocking noise. A mile later, you’re by the side of the road, praying for a miracle. Consider your prayers answered. Hooshi Ghassemi, the charming proprietor of this MacArthur Boulevard garage, may not be able to turn water into wine, but when it comes to troubleshooting and repairing pesky car trials he is something of a miracle worker. Hooshi and his staff of magical grease monkeys specialize in tough cases with older imports (especially bestial old Volvos), but they’ll get under the hood of just about any troublesome jalopy. Best of all, their services are affordable and the mechanics won’t scoff at you for not knowing what the hell a crankshaft pulley does. Before you know it, you’ll be on the road again.
3048 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-3939