- When I first moved to Seattle about 20 years ago, I lived near a local firehouse. Being single and unsure how to shop for a mechanic that wouldn't take advantage of my lack of knowledge on car maintence, I asked the local firemen for a recommendation. They sent me to Matt. I was a loyal customer with Matt for nearly 15 years when I owned a Honda. When my Honda bit it, and I bought a Mercedes, I had to leave Matt. It was like I broke up with the nicest guy for no reason. I wanted to bake him a pie. He said I was always welcome to come back--when I buy another Japanese car. And you know what, I totally would!