Two weeks ago, Berkeleyside broke the story about the likely closure of Inca Service, Hugo Cornejo’s long-standing auto repair shop at the Chevron station on Ashby. Reader comments poured in. There are now 42 comments on that original post and five on the follow-up. The comments have been overwhelmingly positive, with many arguing that Chevron must retain a valuable community resource instead of building an unwanted mini-mart.

It looks like the community’s voice matters. Cornejo writes:

Good news for Inca Service! I had a meeting with my Chevron representative last Wednesday and presented her with my final proposal as we were preparing for the exit door. Also I showed my representative the Berkeleyside article and the response from some of our customers.

We were supposed to close our doors as of April 30, 2010. Our closure will not be taking place in as much as we were able to negotiate a mutual agreement between us and Chevron Products Company. I feel that this agreement will be beneficial, as it has been in the past, for both our companies. It will be a benefit to our customers in the automotive repair department on my side and fuel sales on Chevron’s side.

I am going to be trying my hardest, as we have always done, for all our long time loyal customers and new customers. We welcome new customers to try us for a first, second or third opinion with their automotive needs.

We have had an amazing response from our customers in supporting and backing us up in this time of need.

I very much appreciate all your help! I can attribute Berkeleyside as being the main motivator for pushing our last effort to remain in business as we have done for the last 27 years.

According to Cornejo, Inca Service has been granted another one-year lease, which has been the terms under which he has operated under for the last 10 years. He comments: “I am comfortable with that. As long as we stay busy, we will be here.”

Photo: Tracey Taylor.

Lance Knobel

Lance Knobel (co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain,...

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  1. Hugo was an extremely valued and loved employee of my Fathers in the mid 1960’s- 1970’s on Telegraph Avenue. Hugo and his Family were considered our extended Family. Unfortunately I was a bit young to recall…
    Hugo is one of the best Mechanic’s and Businessmen that I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I attribute a bit of this to my Father’s (Robert M. McClintock, aka; Bob, aka; Moe) influence, along with my Uncle Red’s (Autowerke, Porsche Services, and Elmer McClintock) offbeat input. They guided him and loved him, as we all do… To lose a Businessman of this magnitude in Berkeley is a travesty!
    Hugo Cornejo has been a part of my life for the last 46 years and I could not name a finer person. I have been blessed in knowing him and hope that I can expand on that knowledge. Berkeley should not suffer such a loss.

    Kimberly McClintock

  2. When Wright’s closed its Ashby service in late 2005 they referred me to Mr. Cornejo’s Inca Service. I have been a devoted customer ever since. My 1997 Toyota just purrs along. I have the greatest respect for their mechanical professionalism and the best of customer relations.

    Long may Mr. Cornejo be here, until that sunny beach in Peru finally calls him back!

  3. WOW Community participation really works! Hugo we are happy for you and your staff at Inca Service, we will continue to support you and refer friends, and family,so the business stay afloat. Best to you always.

    BerkeleySide is great to have you in the community and to let us know what’s going on. Way to go!