My family has been going to this mechanic for as long as I can remember. I grew up in the east bay but several years ago my mom moved 3 hours away, yet she still drives her Honda all the way to the East Bay for tune-ups. When I was in college (an hour away) she insisted I bring my Volkswagen back to Tom any time it needed care. I can't tell you how many times Tom has told me that he watches over my far as thoroughly as he would his daughter's, and it's clear he means it. The service at Nippon European Motors has always been exemplary and they do great work, but there are a few occasions on which the team at Nippon European Motors have gone above and beyond the call of duty: (1) A house I was living in a while back burned down in a pretty ugly fire, and my car was stuck directly adjacent to the fire source. I couldn't get back into the house and therefore had no idea if the room where my car keys were had been severely damaged. I called Tom and he stayed late at work trying to get a rush order for a replacement key from VW. When I recovered my car it was pretty damaged from the heat and burning debris, but Tom's team checked to make sure the damage was all superficial and that nothing needed repair, free of charge. (2) After being away for a month, I came home to a car that wouldn't start. I had it towed to NEM but suddenly it started just fine. Tom was out of town at the time so I was working with his team. Rather than giving it back to me saying that it seems to be fine, they kept the car for several days while they tried to figure out what the problem was, but only charged me the basic diagnosis fee. At the time they didn't have enough information to figure out what was going on, but they made it clear that if any further problems occurred there would be no further diagnosis fee. An additional problem did come up, which turned out to be unrelated, and they still waived the fee. When the original problem was came up again yesterday (FINALLY with a corresponding check-engine-light so they could actually diagnose it), I brought it back to the shop, and Tom figured out it was a faulty fuel injector cable, which he swapped out in 5 minutes and sent me on my way without charging me a dime. (3) There is actually no point 3 except to say that the service and expertise at this shop is exemplary. Every time I go into the shop they go above and beyond the call of duty and furthermore, I have only witnessed courteous service towards other customers during the (large amount of) time I have spent in their shop. I have no point of comparison because I have never needed or wanted to go anywhere else. When my car finally bites the dust I am buying another European import so I can continue to have the most reliable mechanic I know.