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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Schedule 2014

Day shift will celebrate with their families (and not be at work):

Wednesday, December 24th - Friday, December 26th


Thursday, January 1st - Friday, January 2nd

Dayshift will be OPEN:

Monday, December 29th
Tuesday, December 30th
Wednesday, December 31st

Our normal hours: 8am - 6pm

Night shift will be closed the evenings of the 24th, 25th, 31st, and 1st.  The shop will otherwise be open normal night hours 6pm-4am.

If you have an emergency, please text us: 415.683.0588
and we will get back to you ASAP.

Happy Holidays!

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

How to check the oil on your Gen 2 Prius

Kits for sale for $7.50.  We’ll offer them to you during check out if your Prius engine is burning oil.  Or buy your own stuff.  We recommend 10W30 weight for Prius that are burning.

Most importantly, CHECK YOUR OIL! 

It may seem like you’re driving an iPhone, but you’re not.  That thing needs oil just like the car you had before.  Oil consumption is a common problem, and your best (and cheapest) defense is just to check and top off as needed every so often.  Engine replacements run around $2500, if you need motivation.  Or watch this vid of a Prius with a blown rod…

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Timelapse Video - Day to Night Shift

March 26th, 2014
Roughly 2pm to 10pm, compressed into 60 seconds

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hybrid Taxi Repair


In November 2010 Luscious Garage added a night shift dedicated to hybrid taxi cabs.

The San Francisco taxi community is predominantly hybrid based, due to regulations that incentivize the technology.  So-called “alternative fueled vehicles” (read: hybrids and natural gas) command a higher “gate fee”: what a company or individual owner-operator may charge a driver for use of the vehicle.  Drivers prefer these vehicles, despite having to pay the higher “gate”, because the fuel savings is greater than the fee increase.  Essentially money that was previously paid to oil companies is now being transferred to taxi cab owners and drivers, with the benefit of decreased carbon emissions overall.

Luscious Garage has been servicing hybrid taxis since we opened in 2007.  SF Green Cab was one of our first customers; Thomas George-Williams, co-founder of SF Green Cab, actually wrote our first Yelp review.  And as the taxi fleet has transitioned to hybrids, LG has increasingly focused on taxis.

In our new space, taxi business has grown in addition to “regular” customers, which is a good problem.  It’s challenged us:

  • To meet taxi demand without compromising our attention to private vehicle owners
  • To accommodate taxi priorities, given that repairs are drop-in, often critical, and need to be done ASAP
  • To maintain our standards for transparency, competency, and environmental responsibility, while staying price competitive with other taxi shops

imageIn response we piloted a second shift in November of 2010, running overnight.  Today we serve commercial vehicles 80 hours a week:

Monday - Friday
8am - midnight
Drop ins welcome

The shift has succeeded in meeting the needs of San Francisco taxis, as well as Ubers, Lyfts, SideCars, and Homobiles.  We leverage the same expertise, equipment, and outstanding facility of the “day” shift, at extended hours most convenient for commercial service.  It is now common for vehicles to be lined out the door, with a circle of drivers chatting in the kitchen or smoking on the curb, speaking languages from all over the world.

As an independent service provider, LG caters to taxi owner-operators; individuals whose cars are their business.  Despite heightened consciousness for turnaround and price, taxi owners share one important need with private hybrid owners: a mechanical advocate.  At its core, bridging the technical divide is LG’s work, and our dedication, fluency, and honesty are highly appreciated by our customers regardless of their background.

We are also proud to support the city’s cab fleet and its effort to lower emissions.

Pictured: Night Shift Techs Rick Vogel, Mike Hardin, and Gil Caramanzana


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Friday, April 11, 2014

RepairPal TopShop Reviews

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