Why choose Holland?
Welcome to Holland Car Care in beautiful San Mateo, California! We've been your trusted local source for premium automotive service and repair for years. Our ethos centers around delivering top-tier craftsmanship while ensuring that each client leaves with complete satisfaction.
Real Google Reviews
"I Always have a great experience with Holland. Brought two cars for service recently. They were friendly, experienced and most importantly, did quality work. Blake was great to work with."
"I have been going to Holland Auto for many years - and four different cars. We have been treated very well at Holland and recommend them to all friends that have German cars."
"I received very kind and professional service when I brought a car in for a buyers inspection. I definitely recommend Holland Car Care to everyone."
"Holland Car Care has been my go to service provider for the past couple years. They always do an excellent job, are very honest and transparent, and are able to get the work done in a timely manner. I have done thorough diligence on auto-repair shops in the San Mateo area, and Holland Car Care is at the top of my list!"
"Went in with check engine light at 9 am. Diagnosed and repaired by 2pm and $100 less than expected because they said that they didn’t need a particular part. Fast and very honest service. Have been going here for 15 years with 2 different BMWs without any issues!"
"As always, Holland did a wonderful job. Scheduling an appointment was easy and convenient. I trust Holland with my car and the costs have been very competitive. The work was completed earlier than promised and when I picked it up, it had been washed. David is efficient and kind and makes the whole process a positive experience."
"Always great - prompt, helpful and don’t unnecessarily suggest extra work just because we don’t know any better. Highly recommend."
Transmission Repairs – what does your car need?
The answer here is honestly – it depends. Transmissions have many moving parts including a clutch, gears, a transfer fox, a drive shaft, and a whole electrical system itself. Sometimes we replace just one of two parts which are identified as a problem, but we also tend to replace entire transmissions because the effects of one bad part have impacted others.
The same is true for modern CVT, or continuously variable transmissions. These transmissions use a metal reinforced belt to pull you up to speed. They don’t truly switch gears. In many cases, we’ll help you replace a CVT instead of putting individual parts in.
What are signs I need a transmission repair?
A standard transmission and a CVT have similar signs of serious wear. The vehicle might have a hard time shifting from one gear to the next – and you’ll feel a harder “kick” than normal switching gears and accelerating. Especially in a standard transmission (not a CVT), you’ll feel your engine rev up, gently kick (if you even notice it) then rev back down.
Your engine revving higher is an indicator the transmission is having a hard time shifting to the next gear to pick up speed.
A bad transmission also can smell like burning as the fluid within the transmission gets too hot and the metals themselves heat excessively as well. A check engine light is also another potential sign, and when combined with other symptoms, indicates you should get your vehicle to us at Holland Car Care right away.
What does Holland Car Care do about transmission repairs?
Our solutions involve inspecting the transmission and the gears within to see the source of the problem. From there, we’ll be able to make a recommendation about whether or not you will need a complete transmission replacement, just a few parts – or even just a transmission flush.
Transmission flushes apply mostly to vehicles with “open” transmissions. Some vehicles have sealed transmissions which you aren’t meant to access. These kinds of transmissions have a transmission fluid – which is like oil to an engine, which is meant to last the life of the vehicle.
Experts like us at Holland Car Care have the tools and experience to potentially flush or check a sealed transmission. We wouldn’t suggest doing so at home as opening a sealed transmission voids your warranty and can cause permanent damage to your vehicle.
Holland Car Care would love to work on your vehicle – especially if you notice signs of problems with your transmissions. Our team is full of certified technicians – and problem solvers, who will quickly diagnose your problem and present a solution. In the meantime, we can offer you a comfortable waiting area, professional staff, and either a company shuttle or loaner vehicle to get you and your family around while your vehicle is safe with us.