Judy Rae

Best of the Beach 2018 Transportation

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Manhattan Toyota general manager Ron Vartanian and owner Brad Sperber. Photo by Brad Jacobson

Car dealership

Manhattan Beach Toyota

Last November, the car belonging to the mother of Manhattan Beach Police Department’s soon-to-be chief, Derrick Abell, suffered a transmission meltdown. The chief, a doting son, picked up his mother and drove her to Manhattan Beach Toyota. To her great surprise, as they walked into the dealership, he handed her a set of keys to a new Camry and pointed to the staff.  “I’ve got to get back to the station,” he said. “You guys take care of it.” The story in a nutshell gets at what sets Manhattan Beach Toyota apart —  it’s a dealership deeply embedded in the community, with a staff truly dedicated to taking care of its customers. “We have great customer service,” says owner Brad Sperber. “Because we have the best employees, as well. We just truly care about the customer and treat each one as if they are family. We really take pride in it.”

Sperber carries on the legacy of his father, Darrell, who passed away in 2015 but whose vision for how a car dealership should run is ongoing. MB Toyota is among the most active local businesses in its charitable endeavors, a priority established by the elder Sperber, who was honored by the MB Chamber of Commerce posthumously with the Bob Meistrell Local Legend award for his deep involvement in the community.

Last year, Brad Sperber and his wife, Andrisa, also fulfilled another of his father’s dreams, unveiling a sparkling new $7.5 million remodel of the 5.5 acre dealership on Sepulveda.

“I think one of the nice things about the whole South Bay area and especially Manhattan Beach is everyone looks out for each other,” Sperber said. “We eat local, we shop locally, and we take care of our own neighbors, really…. I love Manhattan Beach, and I take pride in the fact that I can hold my head up when I run into a customer outside a grocery store. I know they bought a car that can hold up, and I know they they have been taken care of and had a good experience with us.”

Everyone who buys a car at the dealership is welcomed to bring it back once a week for a free car wash. It’s small detail that speaks volumes about how Manhattan Beach Toyota does business.

“The relationship just starts as soon as you buy a car,” Sperber said. “We look forward to customers coming back…It’s all about what you can do to help them out.”

Manhattan Beach Toyota

1500 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Manhattan Beach

(310) 546-4848

Manhattanbeachtoyota.com

Runner-Up: Subaru Pacific

14700 Hindry Ave.

Hawthorne

(424) 634-7766

Subarupacific.com

Del Amo Motosports’ Redondo Beach strikes awe into the most experienced mortocyclist.

Motorcycle dealer

Del Amo MotorSports

Del Amo motorsports started out as a modest 6,000 square foot showroom and mechanic station on Aviation Boulevard in Redondo Beach three decades ago. Today, it is the largest motorcycle dealership on the West Coast, with a 45,000 foot showroom in Redondo Beach, a showroom in Orange County, and a showroom in Long Beach. Del Amo carries a wide variety and the top brands of motorcycles, dirt bikes, scooters, UTVs, side by sides, ATVs and personal watercraft. And the increasingly popular three-wheel bikes like the Can-Am Spyder. There showrooms’ enormous inventories dazzle even the most experienced motorcyclists.

Del Amo Motorsports

2500 Marine Ave.

Redondo Beach

(310) 220-2223

Delamomotorsports.com

Runner-Up: South Bay Customs

115 Penn St.

El Segundo

(310) 982-1300

Southbaycustoms.net

Used car dealer

Jama Auto House

The frequency with which one sees license plate holders in the Beach Cities that read Jama Auto House is evidence of its popularity. Former Porsche racing driver Lars Jacobson has been matching his customers with cars that suit their driving and finances over three decades ago. He specializes in high end cars, but insists they are less expensive to own than new mid priced cars because his full service garage makes certain no car leaves his lot without being in factory condition. In addition, Club Jama members are entitled to service at $85 an hour, a fraction of the rate charged by new car dealers and qualified service garages.

Jama Auto House

700 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Hermosa Beach

(310) 318-1639

Jamaauto.com

Runner-Up: CarMax

18020 Hawthorne Blvd.

Torrance

(310) 896-3810

carmax.com

Dave and Zoie Carney with the crew at Hillside Auto

Domestic Auto Repair:

Hillside Auto Repair

“What sets us apart is our people,” said Dave Carney, who co-owns the shop with his wife Zoie. “We hire people who love doing what they’re doing, and allow them the freedom to go ahead and make magic. We live in the community, and we’ve been doing this for 33 years. We have some amazing people working for us, and very little turnover. We take good care of our customers.” Customers say the Hillside mechanics are honest, thorough, and able to explain their work to the layperson.

Hillside Auto Repair

24467 Hawthorne Blvd.

Torrance

(310) 373-7676

hillsideautorepair.com

Runner-Up: Ocean Tires and Service

1017 Aviation Blvd.

Hermosa Beach

(310) 372-7800

Oceantire.com

Foreign Auto Repair

Toyo-Tech

Owner Jody Romero, a successful businessman with small-town roots, said Toyo-Tech approaches each repair job as if the client was the mechanic’s mother. “Our clients are more like family than customers,” he said. His family owned, independent shop repairs Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan and Infiniti. Customer Karen Rogers said, “I have trusted Jody completely to maintain my 2002 Lexis for the 14 years I have owned the car. In fact, when I traded in my Toyota Supra, I bought a Lexus so I could continue to have him service my vehicle.”

Toyo-Tech

4607 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Lawndale

(310) 536-0993

Runner-Up: Lexology Auto Care

1437 Aviation Blvd.

Redondo Beach

(310) 379-0543

Lexologyautocare.com

Tire shop

American Tire Depot

“Customer service combined with price” sets the shop apart, said manager Ro Verme, who has guided American Tire Depot to ‘Best of the Bay’ top honors four of the five years he’s been at the helm. “We have a lot of return customers. We do a lot of work for the Hermosa Beach Police Department,” he said. “We keep it local.” In addition to selling tires and wheels, American Tire Depot offers brake, oil and strut service, and battery installation. Customers buying tires receive free lifetime rotation, free brake inspection and free flat tire repair if needed. Customer testimonials praise the shop for quick, efficient service and “always fair prices.”

American Tire Depot

1414 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Hermosa Beach

(310) 798-7929

For more locations visit: americantiredepot.com

Runner-Up: Globe Tire & Automotive

500 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Manhattan Beach

(310) 376-8866

Globetireandautomotive.net

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