Humble Volvo dealership beginnings
Ali Ashtiani began his professional automotive career servicing and diagnosing autos for a local Volvo dealership in 1985. An avid Volvo enthusiast, he focused on every available training opportunity and easily achieved each technical certification level. He quickly learned to effectively diagnose and troubleshoot problems using state-of-the-art tools and equipment, while climbing the hierarchy of ASE technician certifications.
Master Volvo Technician status earned early in his career
In 1989, Ali earned his ASE Master Technician certification. He quickly became one of the most highly sought after Volvo mechanics due to his accurate and efficient diagnostic abilities. Customers appreciated his ability to understand a wide variety of technical and repair issues, quickly zero in on a problem, and solve it efficiently. As his reputation grew, more customers returned requesting that Ali "take a look" at their challenging automotive issues.
Montclair Auto Tech is born
In 1993, a friend offered Ali a spare stall in his local automotive repair shop in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland, California. He enjoyed getting to know his local customers directly without the bureaucracy and politics of dealership sales and service. He dedicated himself to building a Volvo specialty business he could be proud of. His hard work began to pay off, and his dedicated service-oriented business began to grow and thrive.
Early move to current North Oakland facility
By 1996, the business expanded almost exclusively by word of mouth, and Ali quickly outgrew his Montclair garage. He moved the shop a few miles west to it's current location on Telegraph Avenue in North Oakland, where it has remained ever since. The convenient location is near Downtown Oakland, BART and several freeway exits. Montclair Auto Tech's loyal customers come from all over the bay area, but his core neighborhood client base is concentrated in the immediate vicinity of North Oakland and the Oakland Hills, Berkeley, Emeryville, Temescal, Elmwood, Fairview Park, Claremont, Rockridge, Piedmont, Grand Lake, etc.