Our experienced team of (ASE) Certified Technicians has been serving satisfied San Francisco Bay Area Volvo Owners Since 1983.
Andy attended Carnegie-Mellon University where he studied Computer Science. His first love has always been cars so instead of finishing his degree, he dropped out to pursue his hands on, ''Doctor of Motors,'' which lead to the establishment of Popular Mechanix in 1983 and its many satisfied customers. In his spare time, Andy and his wife Karen, bike ride, attend Comic Book Conventions and are active members of the Yoga Society of San Francisco on Folsom Street.
After retiring from a 23-year career in public transit, Jon joined Popular Mechanix in 2000 to help Andy manage Popular Mechanix after his accident. Jon has a B.S. in bacteriology from Syracuse University and a Certificate in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Like Andy, he has always loved diagnosing and fixing car problems. He spends his hours away from Popular Mechanix with his wife Anne and children Matthew 18 and Sophia 12. His hobbies include origami, yoga, hiking, biking and camping.
Lawrence is Popular Mechanix' diagnostician. When your car has a problem, it's Lawrence who figures out what's the matter. He has worked for Popular Mechanix for 13 years and was hired just after he completed auto mechanical training at the Sequoia Institute in Fremont, California. He then went on to complete his ASE Masters Certification. He values the flexibility and people he works with at Popular Mechanix and likes serving its customers. He spends his spare time being a Dad to his two daughters, 12 and 5, and playing softball.
Boutique Volvo Service meets MacGyver. Intelligent, optimistic, laid-back and resourceful.
EJ says his nickname stands for "energetic and joyful" and that's the truth. A mechanic since 1969, EJ has been with Popular Mechanix for five years. He is a factory trained Saab technician and has specialized in Volvos for the past 10 years. He "cut his teeth" in Cleveland, Ohio working on BMW's, Mercedes, Saabs and Volvos before moving to California in the early 80s. He's a jack of all trades and can fix anything. In his spare time, he races cars, restores "old iron", restores Victorians, creates beautiful stained glass and gardens. He loves the atmosphere at Popular Mechanix, the people, attitude, and customers.
Samson Kwong, Technician, was born and raised in San Francisco and has been with Popular Mechanix for three years. He went to San Jose State University to pursue a BS degree in Computer Engineering which turned out to be the ideal background for modern automotive repair. It was then only natural to attend Wyotech (aka Sequoia Institute) of Fremont for Automotive theories and concepts, to enter the field of automotive repair. Samson has earned his Master Technician Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and passed his exams in all 8 areas.*
*In his free time, Samson can be found tuning and modifying his track driven car in his garage or driving on world class tracks such as Laguna Seca and Infineon Raceway and is a proud member of NASA (National Auto Sports Association), NC Racing (Northern California Racing) and SCCA (Sports Car Club of America).*
Andrew: 25 years
EJ: 31 years
"Lo" Fonseca: 24 years
Jon: 5 years
Total experience: 89 years and counting!