San Francisco Automotive Solutions
My car (1995 Volvo 850 Wagon) had a dead battery, and the hood release was caught and wouldn't pop open. I tried to get it open for a while, failed, called AAA, they sent out a tow truck today, whose driver tried to get it open for a half hour with me. Also failed. I called the two independent Volvo shops I've worked with before, know, and trust -- they both said "can't do it today, but it'll cost at least $120 (and hour) plus probably replacing the part". The tow truck driver suggested his buddy's place, this shop, and that they'd be able to do it today. I liked the driver (Louis of Larry's Towing), so agreed. The shop mechanic took a screwdriver, wiggled it around for a minute, and popped the hood -- I was SURE he'd have to at least jack it up and go in from underneath. He then started slow-charging the battery, said come back in an hour. I did so; he hacked a hood release pull out of zip ties, as he obviously didn't have the original part, and if we closed the hood to drive home, I wouldn't be able to open it again. The zip-tie hack works as well as the original lever ever did. The car battery is charged. And, when I said "so how much do I owe you" the boss said, "nothing, happy holidays" and sent me on my way.Total repair cost: $0. Another honest mechanic in San Francisco found. I'll still probably take my car to Exclusively Volvo (or Centrum Volvo) in San Francisco for anything major, since they specialize in just my car, but I can recommend this shop as an honest, reliable car repair place, and that statement is worth 5 stars.EDIT: And they seem to have a Yelp ad going for a free tow to their shop; if I didn't have AAA, that'd be really good to know.