It might not seem like an issue to those living in the UK, but here in the USA Aston Martin dealerships are few and far between. If you live in a Major metropolitan area you usually have an option, but in smaller cities they just can’t manage to survive. I live in Sacramento, California with a population north of one million, but no luck. My nearest dealership (up to now) was 130 miles and at least 3 hours away in Silicon Valley. If you are an avid reader of this blog you know occasionally I sneak my car over to the Maserati dealership in town, I just just heard that they’ve given up and are closing in September.
I was pleased to have just received a form letter from Aston Martin The Americas President Laura Schwab (read the entire letter here). It’s not like Laura knows me from a hole in the ground (I would like to meet her though if someone out there can arrange it). Aston Martin has just opened a dealership in Walnut Creek, California. For those of us in Northern California this is considerably more accessible than the Silicon Valley dealership in Los Gatos, CA. For me its now ‘just’ 75 miles and about a 90 minute drive [half a day minimum out and back for an oil change still].
I’m not a huge fan of dealerships in general. Like most people I consider them expensive, and this blog is dedicated to helping readers like you do many of the basic Aston Martin service items yourself. BUT, there comes a time that certain items shouldn’t be tackled by an amateur (like me), and should be left to those with the proper knowledge and tools. When you car has a serious issue that needs fettled, you’ll want a dealer close at hand. Now at least this one is closer for me.
There has actually been an Aston Dealership at this location before. In fact, if you’ve seen on this blog where I had to get an oil leak fixed on my front timing cover, it was this dealership that did it a few years back. They actually dropped Aston from their lineup a few years ago, probably not even a year after adding it. They had a terrific Aston Martin Master Mechanic Tim Lyons, but Tim moved on as the brand was dropped. I don’t know who they have now as a master technician. From the letter it appears that the dealership is owned by the same parent company as the Silicon Valley dealership in Los Gatos, the Price Simms Group.
The details about the dealership are:
Aston Martin Walnut Creek
2330 North Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I tried the www.luxurycarswc.com website, which errors out and then ultimately links to the dealerships overall website www.tlcwc.com. ‘The Luxury Collection’ is a collection of luxury brands (Bently, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, McLaren, etc) all generally located in the same block. At least while they work on your car you’ll have some eye candy to wander around and admire.
If you are an Aston Owner in Northern California its good to know you now have a new option nearby. If you stop by this dealer share how your visit went with me and others in the comment section down below.