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We are now open normal business hours and ready to serve you during these difficult times. Our staff has intensified our cleaning program to provide a clean, healthy environment for our customers and employees. Call us at (805) 541-1464 if you have any questions, or to schedule your next visit. Thank you for trusting us with your vehicles.
1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Welcome to Continental Motor Works

Premium Automotive Service in San Luis Obispo, CA

If you’re looking for auto repair in San Luis Obispo, CA, you’ve found us. Here at Continental Motor Works we work hard to earn your trust and loyalty. We know how important it is to find a San Luis Obispo car service you can rely on, so your satisfaction is our top priority each and every day.

Our professional automotive service offers you years of combined expertise from our well-trained technicians. We treat our auto repair professionals well because we value their skill and can-do attitude. We know our team sets us apart, saving you time and money, not to mention worry. When it comes to auto repair in San Luis Obispo, we are totally confident that Continental Motor Works is the best option in town!

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Continental Motor Works
1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-1464
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun: Closed
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Continental Motor Works
1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-1464
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun: Closed
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Why Choose Continental Motor Works

For nearly 40 years Continental Motor Works has been the local auto repair shop that you can trust.

Our focus has always been providing our friends and neighbors with dependable, trustworthy auto repairs. Whether you need a minor tune-up or a major overhaul, our trained service technicians can quickly diagnose problems and zero in on remedies; saving you valuable time and money.

Our cutting-edge diagnostic technology combined with the real-world experience of our ASE Certified Master Technicians, means we are able to get your car back on the road in less time than it takes other shops to simply figure out what’s wrong!

And, because of our ongoing training and certification, Continental Motor Works can offer you an affordable alternative to dealership pricing on almost any make and model vehicle made.

  • Smog checks, air conditioning, check engine lights
    … just part of our expertise
  • 36 Month/36,000 Mile Warranty
  • Supervised by Owners/Master Mechanics,
    John Fiorentino and Jaines Coloma
  • 2009-2010 AAA Quality service Award and Outstanding Member
  • Serving San Luis Obispo, CA for nearly 40 years

LONG-TERM BUSINESS

​John Fiorentino and Jaines Coloma, owners of Continental Motor Works and Jeff Spevack, the founder, feel strongly about being goods neighbors and in giving back to their San Luis Obispo community.

The following is a partial list of organizations that benefit from regular donations from the crew at Continental Motor Works:

  • Stand Strong SLO- we provide service for their vehicles
  • Donations to San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
  • Donations to Transitions Mental Health
  • SLO High School Band – We participate in their fundraisers

About Continental Motor Works

John Fiorentino and Jaines Coloma went into business together in 2018 and purchased this small town shop from previous owner Jeff Spevack who opened Continental Motor Works in 1983. Our focus has always been providing our friends and neighbors with dependable, trustworthy auto repairs. Whether you need a minor tune-up or a major overhaul, our trained service technicians can quickly diagnose problems and zero in on remedies; saving you valuable time and money.

We are passionate about fixing cars and keeping customers confident in the safety and reliability of their vehicles. We strive to give our customers a positive experience, where vehicle maintenance and repair is as stress-free as possible. We even serve free popcorn!

The Absolute Best Car Service in San Luis Obispo, CA

What sets Continental Motor Works apart from all of the others in San Luis Obispo, CA?

Trust: When it comes to auto repair in San Luis Obispo, CA, it’s all about earning loyalty and trust by doing our very best every day. We are determined to earn and keep your trust.

Talent: At Continental Motor Works, you can rest easy knowing that our highly-skilled, experienced auto service professionals are handling your car. Our technicians bring years of experience, skill, and education to the San Luis Obispo auto repair table.

Time: We take the time we need to provide you with top quality car service in San Luis Obispo, CA, and we take the time to talk to you about what that means. We listen to you so we understand your needs and goals for your auto repair.

Recently Serviced Vehicles

2017 BMW X3

BMW X3

Mileage
70,700
Service Date
5/5/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
 
LISA C. gave our service a 5 star review on 5/8/2021

2012 RAM Pickup

RAM Pickup

Mileage
198,681
Service Date
5/4/2021
Services Performed
  • REPLACED DIRTY ENGINE AIR FILTER WITH A NEW AIR FILTER. TEST DROVE VEHICLE – VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT.
  • REPLACED LEAKING HEATER HOSE CONNECTOR WITH A NEW HEATER HOSE CONNECTOR. PRESSURE TESTED THE COOLING SYSTEM FOR ADDITIONAL COOLANT LEAKS AND FOUND NO OTHER COOLANT LEAKS. VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN PRESSURE TESTED THE COOLING SYSTEM AND FOUND A LEAK AT THE HEATER HOSE CONNECTOR, INLET. TECHNICIAN RECOMMENDS REPLACING THE LEAKING HEATER HOSE CONNECTOR AND RETEST FOR ADDITIONAL COOLANT LEAKS. CUSTOMER APPROVED REPAIRS, 05/04/2021 @ 11:50am
  • TECHNICIAN REPLACED CRACKED SERPENTINE BELT WITH A NEW SERPENTINE BELT. TEST DROVE VEHICLE – VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT.
 
KEN S. gave our service a 5 star review on 5/6/2021

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer

Mitsubishi Lancer

Mileage
89,148
Service Date
5/4/2021
Services Performed
  • COULD NOT CONFIRM CUSTOMER CONERN, BUT WE DID NOTE IDLE WOULD DROP VERY LOW AT TIMES WHEN COMING TO A STOP. INSPECTED AND FOUND NO TROUBLE CODES, BUT FOUND THROTTLE BODY AND INTAKE MANIFOLD DIRTY. PERFORMED UPPER INDUCTION AND FUEL INJECTOR CLEANING, ALONG WITH CLEANING MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR AND THROTTLE BODY.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
 
KATIE P. gave our service a 5 star review on 5/4/2021

2007 Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

Mileage
96,436
Service Date
5/3/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
  • COMPLETELY FLUSH BRAKE FLUID AT THE BLEEDER SCREWS. TEST DRIVE TO CHECK PERFORMANCE AND INSPECT AFTER TEST DRIVE FOR ANY LEAKS.
  • COMPLETELY FLUSH POWER STEERING FLUID, REFILL WITH PROPER FLUID, AND PURGE AIR FROM SYSTEM. VISUALLY INSPECT FOR LEAKS. ROAD TEST FOR OPERATION.
  • REMOVED THE RIGHT SIDE CRACKED WIPER AND INSTALLED A NEW WIPER. INSTALLED A WIPER BLADE ON THE MISSING LEFT SIDE.
  • REPLACE DIRTY ENGINE AIR FILTER WITH A NEW AIR FILTER.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN REMOVED CRACKED BELTS AND INSTALLED NEW SERPENTINE BELTS. TEST DROVE VEHICLE – OK. VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT.
  • TECHNICIAN REMOVED FAILED BATTERY. CLEANED OF BATTERY TERMINALS AND INSTALLED A NEW BATTERY. TESTED BATTERY AND CHARGING SYSTEM: 826/730 COLD CRANKING AMPS. AND 14.12 VOLTS.
  • TECHNICIAN REMOVED THE LEAKING POWER STEERING PRESSURE HOSE AND INSTALLED A NEW POWER STEERING PRESSURE HOSE AND SEALS. SEE FLUID FLUSH LINE, RECHECKED FOR LEAKS AFTER FLUSHING. EVERYTHING CHECKS GOOD.
  • TECHNICIAN REMOVED VALVE COVERS AND REPLACE THE FAILED GASKETS WITH NEW GASKETS. TECHNICIAN FOUND A SPLIT O-RING AT THE OIL FILLER TUBE AND SOME MARKS ON THE TUBE. WE REPLACED THE OIL FILLER TUBE WITH A NEW TUBE AND NEW O-RING AT NO CHARGE TO THE CUSTOMER. ASSEMBLED THE VEHICLE IN REVERSE ORDER AND CHECKED FOR LEAKS – OK. TEST DROVE VEHICLE – OK. VEHICLE DRIVES GREAT.
  • ALIGNED
  • BALANCED NEW TIRES
  • TIRE SHOP DISMOUNTED ALL FOUR WORN OUT TIRES AND MOUNTED FOUR NEW TIRE.
 
SCOTT G. gave our service a 5 star review on 5/3/2021

2013 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

Mileage
53,393
Service Date
4/23/2021
Services Performed
  • REMOVED FAILED DRIVER SIDE DOOR CHECK STRAP AND INSTALLED A NEW CHECK STRAP. DOOR NOW STAY OPEN AS DESIGNED.
  • TESTED CHARGING SYSTEM – INCONCLUSIVE. BATTERY CHARGE IS BASED ON MULTIPLE CONDITIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WEATHER, DRIVING STYLE… THE VEHICLE'S BATTERIES ARE STILL UNDER WARRANTY. CUSTOMER IS ADVISED TO TAKE VEHICLE TO THE DEALER TO HAVE DIAGNOSED/REPLACED.
 
BERT T. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/26/2021

2013 Fiat 500

Fiat 500

Mileage
94,429
Service Date
4/15/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
 
BERNARD B. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/19/2021

2017 Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Mileage
103,156
Service Date
4/12/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
 
SCOTT K. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/15/2021

2008 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

Mileage
142,695
Service Date
4/14/2021
Services Performed
  • ALL NEEDED REPAIRS BEFORE TRIP WERE TAKEN CARE OF AT THIS VISIT. THE REAR BRAKES HAVE 3MM OF FRICTION MATERIAL LEFT, AND CUSTOMER WILL GET THOSE REPLACED WHEN SHE REACHES HER DESTINATION.
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER, LUBRICATE CHASSIS FITTINGS, ROTATE TIRES AND PERFORM BRAKE INSPECTION. COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING SUSPENSION, STEERING, EXHAUST, COOLING, FUEL, AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. SERVICE AND TEST BATTERY. TOP OFF ALL FLUIDS. ROAD TEST FOR VEHICLE PERFORMANCE.
  • COMPLETELY FLUSH POWER STEERING FLUID, REFILL WITH PROPER FLUID, AND PURGE AIR FROM SYSTEM. VISUALLY INSPECT FOR LEAKS. ROAD TEST FOR OPERATION. WE PERFORMED THIS OPERATION AT NO CHARGE, BECAUSE WE HAD JUST DONE IT AND THE POWER STEERING WAS NOISY, LIKE WE HAD AIR TRAPPED IN IT.
  • REMOVED AND REPLACED FAILED RADIATOR AND A/C CONDENSER FAN ASSEMBLES. RETESTED AND THE FANS WORK WELL.
  • REPLACED LEAKING CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR.
  • SEE A/C SERVICE LINE AND RADIATOR FAN REPLACEMENT LINE.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • T.P.M.S. LIGHT IS BEING TRIGGERED BY BAD SENDING UNITS. ALL TIRE PRESSURES ARE AT 35 P.S.I. AND THE RECEIVING SYSTEM AND CONTROL MODULE ARE WORKING WELL. WE FOUND 3 OF THE SENDING UNITS TO HAVE FAILED. RECOMMEND REPLACING ALL 4 SENSORS. MUST BREAK DOWN TIRES ON THE WHEELS TO REPLACE THE SENSORS. MOST TIRE STORES PROVIDE REPLACEMENT.
  • VISUALLY INSPECT A/C SYSTEM FOR ANY LEAKS. HOOK UP A/C SERVICE MACHINE, EVACUATE AND MEASURE REFRIGERANT RECOVERED 10 OUNCES FROM SYSTEM, SYSTEM CAPACITY IS 17 OUNCES. TEST FOR VACUUM LEAK. ADD REFRIGERANT 7 OUNCES, OIL, AND DYE AS NEEDED. CHECK FOR ANY LEAKS WITH FREON DETECTION TOOL, AND TEST FOR PERFORMANCE. FOUND HIGH SIDE PRESSURE 160 P.S.I., LOW SIDE 30 P.S.I., AND TEMPERATURE AT CENTER VENT 42 DEGREES.
 
MOLLY F. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/14/2021

2013 Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze

Mileage
122,191
Service Date
4/9/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
  • DRAINED COOLANT FROM THE VEHICLE. REMOVED THE SERPENTINE BELT. DISCONNECTED COOLANT HOSES FROM WATER PUMP AND REMOVED LEAKING WATER PUMP. INSTALLED A NEW WATER PUMP AND ASSEMBLED THE VEHICLE IN REVERSE ORDER. FILLED THE VEHICLE UP WITH COOLANT AND BLED THE SYSTEM OF AIR. PRESSURE TESTED THE COOLANT SYSTEM FOR ANY OTHER COOLANT LEAKS. TECHNICIAN FOUND…
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN PRESSURE TESTED THE COOLING SYSTEM AND FOUND THE WATER PUMP IS LEAKING COOLANT. THE SERPENTINE BELT HAS BEEN SOAKED WITH LEAKING COOLANT. NED TO REPLACE LEAKING WATER PUMP AND SERPENTINE BELT. CUSTOMER APPROVED REPAIRS, 04/08/2021 @ 4:20pm.
 
RONALD M. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/9/2021

2004 Toyota Avalon

Toyota Avalon

Mileage
192,564
Service Date
4/9/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER, LUBRICATE CHASSIS FITTINGS, ROTATE TIRES AND PERFORM BRAKE INSPECTION. COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING SUSPENSION, STEERING, EXHAUST, COOLING, FUEL, AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. SERVICE AND TEST BATTERY. TOP OFF ALL FLUIDS. ROAD TEST FOR VEHICLE PERFORMANCE.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
 
KEVIN,MIKE C. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/9/2021

2005 Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

Mileage
173,655
Service Date
4/9/2021
Services Performed
  • CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. LUBRICATE ALL CHASSIS FITTINGS. PERFORM COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION INCLUDING, STEERING, SUSPENSION, BRAKING, FUEL, COOLING, EXHAUST , AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS. TEST DRIVE FOR PERFORMANCE.
 
STEVE & LAURA I. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/9/2021

2007 Nissan 350Z

Nissan 350Z

Mileage
48,186
Service Date
4/1/2021
Services Performed
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN TEST DROVE AND VISUALLY INSPECTED THE VEHICLE. SHIFTER FEELS GREAT WHEN VEHICLE IS NOT MOVING. TECHNICIAN DID FEEL STIFFNESS UP SHIFTING AND DOWNSHIFTING TO 2ND GEAR. IF TIMED JUST RIGHT THE SHIFTING IS SMOOTH. CLUTCH IS ADJUSTED PROPERLY AND FLUID IS FULL. SHIFT LINKAGE CHECKS GOOD. TECHNICIAN NOTICED THAT THERE IS SOME FLUID SEEPAGE AT THE TRANS. CASE, BUT, THIS WOULD HAVE NO EFFECT ON THE SHIFTING PROCESS. FROM WHAT WE GATHER THERE MAY BE AN ISSUE WITH THE SYNCHRO IN THE TRANSMISSION.
 
Karla B. gave our service a 5 star review on 4/1/2021

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Continental Motor Works
1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-1464