About Martinez Auto Body Shop

Our History

Martinez Auto Body has been part of the downtown Martinez community since its inception in 1952 when it was established at 412 Ward Street. The present owner, Gary Hernandez became an employee in 1975 and purchased the business later that same year when the previous owner retired.


Growth under Gary’s leadership caused the need for more space so the business was moved to 635 Escobar Street in 1981, 701 Escobar Street in 1986, and in 1996 moved to their permanent location at 615 Alhambra Avenue (corner of Alhambra Avenue and Escobar Streets).


Philosophy

“We strive to keep our prices competitive. Nevertheless, we believe that our continued success and growth depends primarily on quality. Our prices reflect quality materials and quality workmanship by trained technicians. Our customers know that and depend on that.” – Gary Hernandez

Certifications

Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair

I-CAR Certified Technicians

I-CAR, short for   Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is a national organization the sole purpose of which is to insure that technicians in the auto repair industry have the necessary knowledge and skill to repair an automobile to its pre-accident fit and form.  All our technicians are I-Car trained.

Automotive Service Excellence Certified

Automotive Service Excellence Certified

Our technicians are also ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified. This certification requires successful completion of a series of rigorous tests designed to test a technician’s knowledge and experience with respect to various aspects of collision repair. 

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Automotive Service Association Certified

Gary is ASA (Automotive Service Association) Certified Master Tech. 

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Spies Hecker Paint

We use Spies Hecker paint material exclusively. Martinez Auto Body repair facility in Martinez is Spies Hecker Certified with factory trained paint technicians. Because of this certification we are able to offer extended warranties not available from our competitors. 

Community Involvements and awards

Charities

Martinez Auto Body has made a commitment to community support and involvement:

  • Alhambra High School Sports Program
  • Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley
  • Martinez Bocce Federation
  • Martinez Education Foundation
  • Martinez Rotary
  • Martinez Youth Baseball & Softball


Community Service

Owner, Gary Hernandez has held various positions including:

  • Elected as City of Martinez City Clerk 1996 – present
  • Past President of Martinez Rotary – 1993-1994
  • Vice Mayor, City of Martinez – 1986
  • Martinez City Councilman – 1984-1990
  • Pastmaster Pittsburg Masonic Lodge – 1974


Awards

Martinez Auto Body was voted by customers from Lafayette, Martinez, Pacheco, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Concord the “winner” of 2013-2017 Reader’s Local Favorite business.


Gary Hernandez's Community Awards 

Owner, Gary Hernandez has received the following community awards:

  • State of California Assembly “Small Businessman of the Year,” 1992
  • Martinez Rotarian of the Year, 1998-1999
  • Small Business of the year from the Martinez Chamber of Commerce, 2006


Featured in the News 

September 2010 – Parts and People magazine “Martinez Auto Body owner’s community involvement and eye for technology has kept him competitive and successful”