From blacksmiths and horse drawn carriages to computers and electric cars—we've seen it all.
In 1877, George V. Arth settled in Oakland, California after making the long ocean journey across the Atlantic. He had arrived with his family from the region of Alsace-Lorraine, France. A blacksmith by trade, George set up shop in the East Bay when he purchased a small local business named the Oakland Carriage Manufactory, which he later renamed to George V. Arth & Son. The business made a good living by repairing and painting horse-drawn buggies, but as Mr. Henry Ford’s “horseless carriages” began appearing on the local Oakland streets, George V. Arth & Son adapted to the new technology and began repairing and painting the new motorized vehicles.
138 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 extremely proud of our history and our longstanding commitment to our Bay Area community, and we invite you to stop by our shop to learn more.
As a family owned small business, our reputation is everything.
We know you have a choice when it comes to which auto body shop you take your vehicle to. In fact, California law protects this. Compared to the 15, 20 or even 30 years in business that many of our local competitors boast, our shop has over 100 years of experience serving the East Bay community. We’ve witnessed the entire evolution of the automobile and have continually adapted our business to keep up with the times.
Our business specializes in collision repair and painting of both foreign and domestic vehicles. We also welcome fleet work and custom jobs.
Our technicians are ASE and I-CAR Gold certified and our painters are PPG certified. We have been a Better Business Bureau Accredited business since 1964 and we’re proud of our A+ rating. We’re also longtime members of the California Autobody Association and the Oakland Rotary Club helping to sponsor numerous local organizations and events.
We work directly with all major insurance companies to quickly and effectively repair your car to its original manufacturer’s specifications. We are proud of our extensive experience working with many insurance companies including AAA, Mercury, Nationwide / Allied and Liberty Mutual / 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 legal right to choose where your car is repaired!
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.