Auto Mechanic

Meet the Leale Family & Get to Know Our Auto Repair Shop

Leale's Auto Repair and Transmission is owned and operated by Jim Leale, a second-generation mechanic and auto repair shop owner. His father opened the shop in 1963 through hard work and determination, and he had a passion for servicing people—traits he passed down to Jim, along with the family business. (As a side note, Jim’s father chose to work on transmissions because he didn’t like leaning over fenders!) Like his father did, Jim strives to make each customer feel special, and it’s now his life’s mission to continually improve and make Leale's the best auto repair shop in San Jose.

Auto Repair & transmission repair Shop in San Jose - Leale's Auto Repair and Transmission
Jim Leale owner of Leale's

“My father used to say, ‘My number is listed, and I sleep well at night.’ After years of following his example and serving our customers well, I like to think I can say the same.” – Jim Leale

From Local Transmission Shop to Full-Service Auto Repair Shop Serving All of San Jose

When Jim started at Leale's, working alongside his dad, he spent his time cleaning the shop, and then went on to work on cars and help the auto repair technicians. Eventually, he was building transmissions and managing the shop before his dad retired in 1995 and sold the business to him. Quickly, Jim realized he needed to understand how to run the shop, in addition to knowing how to repair vehicles, so he began training in business management, which he continues to pursue with the goal of running an efficient auto repair shop. Jim is driven to find solutions and creating an environment that makes that possible.

Jim’s Credentials

  • 30 years of auto repair experience
  • ASE-certified auto repair technician
  • Business Management Certification
  • Solution-driven Leader

If you live in San Jose, we hope you’ll come in and get to know us in person the next time you need auto repairs or vehicle maintenance!

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