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Custom Painting & Vintage Restoration April 03, 2010

Cambridge Auto Center is happy to announce that it is offering custom painting options and vintage restoration work.  We have recently completed a custom two tone paint scheme on a late model Scion that will be competing in area car shows.  We have also completed repairs for 1965 Chevrolet Impala convertible that included frame replacement, extensive body work, and full paint color change (back to its original color).

Although we are limited to the amount of custom work we can accept, we are happy to meet for consultation to discuss pricing, scheduling, and length of visit.

Click here to view an enlarged image of our custom painting work.

We've Gone Green! August 12, 2011

Cambridge Auto Center is happy to announce that we are now using enviromentally friendly PPG Waterborne paint refinishing products.

Making the switch to waterborne paint is an effective and responsible solution for lowering the VOC emissions and pollution we create and improving the air quality and enviroment for our employess and most importantly our neighbors in this metropolitan enviroment. We recognize that the tight confines of city living can cause stress on the surrounding businesses and neighbors when we are adding pollutants to the air.

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Pre-owned Sales December 19, 2011

We take the worry out of buying a pre-owned car!

Used cars for sale in Cambridge MA! Cambridge Auto Center is proud to offer high quality late model vehicles for sale. Each car we sell is thoroughly inspected and all service is brought up to date. Because we are part of a much larger auto group, we are able to locate cars in our network that we do not have in stock should there be a specific request. At Cambridge Auto Center our reputation is important to us. We provide a full service car buying experience including running services to your insurance company and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. All car purchases include the initial MA state inspection and a full tank of gas. You can have the confidence that Cambridge Auto Center will be here to stand behind all we sell for years to come.

***NEW SUMMER SPECIALS*** June 12, 2015

Cambridge Auto Center has released 6 new specials for the upcoming driving season. Be sure to click on the service specials dropdown link!

Cadillac Day at Larz Anderson Auto Museum May 17, 2015

CAC visited Larz Anderson Auto Museum for the Cadillac Day Lawn Event and also viewed the new motorcycle exhibit in the museum on May 17th. Please click the link below to our Facebook page to see some pics. There were some really cool cars and bikes on display. Also visit the Museum's link for upcoming events. There is something there for everyone!


Convenient, Versatile, Easy to use mobile platform coming in the next week.

Cambridge Auto Center and it's website designer have developed a mobile version of to make it easy to reach us on the go at anytime and especially if your are in an emergency situation.   You will be automatically directed to the new version by logging on via smartphone. By one touch of a button you are able to reach CAC 24 hours a day for emergencies or make appointments. 


Cambridge Auto Center has enlisted the help of METRO PDR (paintless dent removal)  to process your insurance claims and repair your car as fast as possible. While combining our talents with  Metro PDR we are able to dismantle the vehicle to gain access to the backside of your body panels and let Metro take over. After the magic happens and  ALL the dings have been removed, our staff will professionally reassemble the vehicle and then buff and polish the paint. All the while, our staff of appraisers and administrative helpers negotiate and process the claim with your insurance company to make your claim process trouble free. We are very grateful that Metro PDR was able to relocate from Beyonne, NJ and take up residence at Cambridge Auto Center, working with us  until all the claims have been completed.

MAJOR HAIL STORM August 04, 2015

A major HAIL STORM passed through parts of Boston and Cambridge on August 4th 2015 damaging many vehicles. Most vehicle owners were unaware of the damage intially.  Paintless dent removal companies are currently heading toward Boston from out of state the to assist in the repairs.  All major insurance companies expect to be overloaded with work once again this year with claims. The last such period of heavy insurance related repair activity came in February and March 2015 with the unprecedented amount of snowfall. 

Prius/Corolla Tire overstock blowout November 16, 2016

CAC currently has an overstock of P195-65R15 tires. This size is commonly found on 2010-2015 standard Prius and some late model Corolla and other makes amd models.

If this is the size that exactly fits your vehicle, we have them on sale for $59.00 each. Tax, mounting and balancing and alignment are extra.

Please give us a call today for consultation.

HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY at CAC! October 19, 2016

1280 Cambridge St has passed it's 100th birthday doing only one thing...Automotive Repair.

Since 1916 , as the date is branded in the building's facade, 1280 Cambridge St  has been home to more than six automotive related business such has the historic Inman Sqaure Garage and later Jenney Oil, Standard Oil Company of New York, better known as SOCONY, Gene Datsun, Cambridge Nissan and of course Cambridge Auto Center.

Cambridge Auto Center has been the owner since 1984, previously known as Cambridge Nissan, we are still specializing in start to finish insurance collision repair, customer pay body work and painting, pre-owned sales, maintenance, mechanical work and everything in between with mechanics on duty 6 days a week. 

We are the preferred repair shop in the immediate area for Mapfre Insurance, Commerce Insurance, Met Life Insurance, Liberty Mutual, Safety insurance, Arbella Insurance, Amica Insurance, USAA insurance, Geico Insurance, Progressive Insurance,  Vermont Mutual Insurance, Plymouth Rock Insurance, Travelers Insurance, Quincy Mutual Isurance, Allstate Insurance and Pilgrim Insurance.

We hope to keep the spirt alive for the next century, keeping in mind the Motto from the 1st owner Edward J Conley in 1916, which was         "Satisfactory Service Always!"

How the manager got his start in the auto repair world. November 29, 2016

Click the link below to see how the manager Brian got his start in the auto repair business.

Winter driving tips from AAA February 13, 2019

Here are some tips for driving in the snow from AAA

Tips for driving in the snow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.