Welcome

We are a family owned and operated auto body shop in downtown Oakland. We specialize in complete collision repair and paint services on all cars, foreign and domestic. We’ve been in business for 135 years and are proud of the honest, quality work we offer our customers.

Three generations of Arths, with equipment from the 1800’s.

Three generations of Arths, with equipment from the 1800’s.

Our current location, just one block from Lake Merritt BART

Our current location, just one block from Lake Merritt BART

Our History

In 1877, George V. Arth arrived in the Bay Area having made the long journey with his family from Alsace Lorraine, France. A blacksmith by trade, he purchased a small local shop named the Oakland Carriage Manufactory and renamed it George V. Arth & Son. The business made a healthy living by repairing horse-drawn buggies, but as Mr. Henry Ford’s “horseless carriages” began appearing on the local city streets, the business adapted to the new technology and began repairing and painting the new motorized vehicles.

135 years and four generations later, George V. Arth & Son is still providing quality automotive collision repair in Oakland, California. To our best knowledge, our shop is the oldest family owned auto body shop west of the Mississippi River. We’re proud of our history and our longstanding commitment to our Bay Area community.

Oakland Carriage Manufactory / George V. Arth & Son

Oakland Carriage Manufactory / George V. Arth & Son

George V. Arth & Son, 1906

George V. Arth & Son, 1906

Trip Down Market Street, 1906

Our Service

We know you have a choice when it comes to which auto body shop you take your vehicle to. In fact, the law mandates this. Many of our local competitors are quick to point out their 15, 20 or even 30 years of service to the East Bay community. While that’s certainly a great thing to be proud of, our shop has over 100 years of experience on them. We’ve literally witnessed the entire evolution of the automobile and have continually adapted our business to keep up with the times. We understand your vehicle inside and out and can work quickly and efficiently to repair it to its original manufacturer specifications. We welcome fleet work and custom jobs.

     

Our business specializes in collision repair and painting of both foreign and domestic vehicles. Our technicians are ASE and I-CAR Gold certified and our painters are PPG certified.

Our Partners

We work directly with all major insurance companies to quickly and effectively repair your car to its original manufacturer’s specifications. We are proud to be a AAA Premier auto repair facility, and have extensive experience working with many other insurance companies including Nationwide / Allied and Safeco.

We encourage you to tell your insurance agent that you’d like to bring your car to our shop. After all, it is your right to choose where your car is repaired!

Our Reputation

We have been a Better Business Bureau Accredited business since 1964. We are proud of our A+ rating from the BBB.

We’re also longtime members of the California Autobody Association and the Oakland Rotary Club, and have helped sponsor numerous local organizations and events.

     

We value our customers’ feedback. Our business depends on word of mouth referrals and reviews of our satisfied customers. If you’ve had your car repaired by us and wouldn’t mind taking a minute to rate your experience, please visit a site such as Facebook, Google, or Yelp and leave a note to tell us and others about how we did.

Contact Us

We’re located in downtown Oakland, California. Just one block from Lake Merritt BART and AC Transit lines. We are happy to offer pickup or delivery service, if needed. Feel free to contact us for more details.

110 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

We can also be reached on the phone, fax, or via email.

P: (510) 836-2535
F: (510) 444-2784
E: arthandson@gmail.com

Our shop hours are 7am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. We’re closed on all major US holidays. We gladly accept cash and all major credit cards as payment, but are unfortunately unable to accept personal checks. Stop by for a free estimate.

Find us at the corner of 10th and Oak Street

Find us at the corner of 10th and Oak Street