We’ve already written about the demise of the much-loved Claremont 76 service station. With more than 150,000 miles on my car, I had come to rely on John and his crew of mechanics to keep me safe and on the road. One of the frustrations of the sudden move was that a prominent sign encouraged passersby to follow Claremont 76 at their new location, but the web address didn’t work.

Now it does, and I’m delighted that I can keep my car in trusted, capable hands. It will mean hauling over to Grand Avenue on the Piedmont/Oakland border, but I’m not sure my car is ready for a new relationship.

If I tire of the journey, are there other Berkeley-based mechanics that people trust?

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...