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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

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

2006 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Mileage
191,128
Service Date
3/30/2021
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.
  • HOOKED UP SCAN TOOL AND RETRIEVED CODE #P0A93 WHICH REFERS TO INVERTER COOLING SYSTEM PERFORMANCE. TESTED COOLING SYSTEM AND PINPOINTED FAILURE OF INVERTER COOLANT PUMP NOT WORKING. NEED TO REPLACE FAILED PUMP.
  • REMOVED AND REPLACED FAILED INVERTER COOLING SYSTEM PUMP. TOPPED OFF COOLANT AND PURGED AIR FROM SYSTEM, CLEARED CODE, AND RETESTED. EVERYTHING CHECKS GOOD.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
 
KATY K. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/30/2021

2004 Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Mileage
134,260
Service Date
3/19/2021
Services Performed
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • VEHICLE'S BATTERY IS 6 YEARS OLD AND TESTING @ 11.5 VOLTS. ALTERNATOR TESTS OK. BATTERY WILL NEED TO BE REPLACED. REPLACED BATTERY PER CUSTOMER APPROVAL AND INSTALLED A NEW BATTERY. TESTED THE SYSTEM AND THE BATTERY IS NOW AT 12.42, 14.04 NO LOAD. BATTERY AND CHARGING SYSTEM ARE WORKING GREAT.
 
MARA P. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/19/2021

2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Mileage
32,238
Service Date
3/15/2021
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
 
GARY R. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/15/2021

2012 Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentra

Mileage
90,855
Service Date
3/12/2021
Services Performed
  • TECHNICIAN PULLED DOOR PANEL AND WAS ABLE TO GET THE WINDOW UP BUT IT IS STILL INOPERABLE. THE DOOR NEEDS A NEW WINDOW MOTOR.
 
SARAH R. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/14/2021

2011 Chrysler 200

Chrysler 200

Mileage
146,727
Service Date
3/12/2021
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.
  • REPLACED DIRTY CABIN AIR FILTER
  • REPLACED FAILED CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR AND INSTALLED CUSTOMER SUPPLIED OXYGEN SENSOR- BANK #1/ SENSOR #2. CLEARED CODES AND RETESTED. EVERYTHING CHECKS GOOD.
  • REPLACED FRONT BRAKE ROTORS DUE TO THICKNESS VARIATION CAUSING A VIBRATION WHEN BRAKING. ALSO REPLACED FRONT BRAKE PADS, DESCALED HUBS, LUBED CALIPER CARRIERS AND SLIDE PINS, AND BLED BRAKE FLUID. REAR ROTORS CHECKED GOOD, AND REAR PADS HAVE APPROX. 7MM OF FRICTION MATERIAL WHICH SHOULD BE GOOD FOR ANOTHER 15- 20,000 MILES. TEST DROVE AND BRAKES ARE SMOOTH AND WORK WELL.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • TECHNICIAN FOUND THE OXYGEN SENSOR WIRING WAS CHEWED ON – 1 OF 2 WIRES WERE CHEWED IN HALF. TECHNICIAN FOUND CRANKSHAFT SENSOR TO BE INTERMITTENT AND SHOULD BE REPLACED. CUSTOMER APPROVED REPLACING THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR, 03/11/2021 @ 1:05pm.
  • TEST DROVE AND CONFIRMED CUSTOMER'S CONCERN OF BRAKE VIBRATION. REMOVED WHEELS AND INSPECTED BRAKE SYSTEM. FOUND FRONT BRAKE ROTORS TO HAVE THICKNESS VARIATION WHICH WAS CAUSING THE WOBBLE/ VIBRATION. RECOMMEND TO REPLACE FRONT BRAKE PADS AND ROTORS.
 
KARA R. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/14/2021

2013 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

Mileage
107,081
Service Date
3/12/2021
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.
  • PASSED
  • SET TO 35 PSI
 
SARAH M. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/12/2021

2015 Honda Fit

Honda Fit

Mileage
29,244
Service Date
3/9/2021
Services Performed
  • CHARGED BATTERY FOR APPROXIMATELY 40-45 MINUTES. BATTERY TESTED LOW AT 12.4 VOLTS. ALTERNATOR TESTED GREAT AT 14.2 VOLTS WITH ACCESSORIES ON. CUSTOMER NEEDS TO REPLACE THE FAILING BATTERY. REPLACED FAILING BATTERY, PER CUSTOMER APPROVAL (03/09/2021), WITH A NEW BATTERY AND RETESTED. BATTERY TESTS GREAT AT 12…. VOLTS.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
 
DAVID&ERNIE R. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/11/2021

2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Mileage
104,999
Service Date
3/4/2021
Services Performed
  • HOOKED UP SCAN TOOL AND RETRIEVED CODE #P0301 WHICH IS A CYLINDER #1 MISSFIRE. FURTHER TESTING FOUND THAT WE WERE GETTING AN ERRATIC READING WHEN CHECKING VACUUM, AND THAT CYLINDER #1 WOULD LOSE PRESSURE WHEN PERFORMING A LEAK DOWN TEST. ALL OTHER CYLINDERS CHECKED OKAY, FUEL AND IGNITION SYSTEMS TESTED OKAY. REMOVED DRIVER'S SIDE, OR BANK #1 CYLINDER HEAD, AND SENT TO MACHINE SHOP. MACHINE SHOP TESTED AND FOUND #1 CYLINDER TO BE LEAKING FROM THE INTAKE VALVE. DISASSEMBLED AND FOUND #1 CYLINDER INTAKE VALVE TO BE BURNT. REPLACED VALVE, GROUND ALL VALVES AND SEATS, AND RETESTED. CYLINDER DID NOT LEAK ANYMORE. RESURFACED CYLINDER HEAD AND RETURNED TO US. WE REASSEMBLED WITH 4 NEW PUSHRODS, AND TWO NEW LIFTERS. ENGINE RAN MUCH BETTER, BUT WOULD STILL GET A #1 CYLINDER MISSFIRE CODE AFTER DRIVING APPROX. 10 MILES. THROUGH MORE TESTING AND RESEARCH WE FOUND THAT THE CAMSHAFT WAS SUSPECT. REMOVED CAMSHAFT AND FOUND 5 DAMAGED LOBES. REPLACED CAMSHAFT AND 5 MORE LIFTERS. REASSEMBLED, AND RETESTED. ENGINE RUNS VERY WELL NOW. TEST DROVE UP AND OVER GRADE, AND APPROX. 30 MILES. RECHECKED AND EVERYTHING IS RUNNING WELL, AND MISSFIRE CODE IS NOT COMING BACK.
  • SET TO 35 PSI
  • CUT HEADS, PERFORM A VALVE JOB, AND REPLACE #1 CYLINDER EXHAUST VALVE
  • GASOLINE
 
CARLOS L. gave our service a 5 star review on 3/4/2021

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  • Brakes & Brake Repair
  • Oil Changes
  • Tire & Tire Repair
  • Mufflers & Exhaust
  • Check Engine Light
  • Belts & Hoses
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Continental Motor Works
1101 Laurel Ln
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-1464