I have lived in Santa Cruz since 1974, for nearly 40 years, but this is the first review I have written for a local business. In those years I have only owned second hand cars, including a Ford Falcon station wagon, a Ford Fiesta, a Ford Granada, a 1965 VW Bug, a Diesel-powered VW Jetta, a gasoline-powered VW Jetta, a VW Dasher, and a 1991 Toyota Tercel. It originally took me a year or two to find Gino’s Santa Cruz Carco, a recycler of cars and trucks. Since then, for well over 30 years, Gino’s (at two successive locations) has been the parts house for all of my cars. Things I have bought from Gino’s include a Toyota engine, body panels, plastic brake light fixtures, wheel rims, tires, hubcaps, rear view mirrors, gas tank caps, windshields, a steering mechanism, carpet replacements, etc. The staff was always helpful, the parts were always of good quality, if they were not in stock they were found rapidly, and the prices were always reasonable and cheaper than elsewhere. I highly recommend Gino’s! Francis de Winter
Visited Santa Cruz Auto Parts twice in the last couple of weeks and had complete success each time. I needed axle bearings and front wheel bearings for my '65 Mustang. They had the bearings, races and seals for this 50 year old car, on the shelf and the prices were at least as good as Summit online (which sent me the wrong parts anyway). In addition to having the parts in stock, they have a complete machine shop in back where my axle bearings were removed and installed, with the correct equipment, while I waited. This is the parts store that professional shops use, thus their hours are not ideal (8-5), but I recommend them for sure.
The owner and staff at Glenn's Auto Repair are the gold standard by which auto shops should be judged by. They do great work and go beyond what is expected. I was going on a road trip and needed my car checked out before the drive. I also needed someone to check my bike hitch, as it seemed way too wobbly for such a long drive. The owner, Glenn, went way out of his way to help me, making sure the rack was secure. He even a called a friend who owns a bike shop to get his opinion. I couldn't have been more impressed with this place. Fast work, reasonable prices, and honest work practice- you won't find better.