Got a BMW, Mercedes or Volvo? Tired of getting reamed by dealers? Then you should check out Auto Analysts. They're an independent shop in SOMA that does great work at a fair price. Weird, huh?As an independent shop, Auto Analysts doesn't have the overhead of a dealer. So they charge you what it costs them in parts and labor. Period. No funny stuff, and they'll walk you through all the charges if you ask them. They have nothing to hide, and they do good work--I used to race cars in my youth so I know my way around an internal combustion engine and they're legit.When I first moved to San Francisco, we bought a 1995 BMW 5-series, and had to find a new mechanic -- next door to my office was Auto Analysts (they've since moved and I followed them). I noticed that most of the local NBC-TV affiliate employees took their cars there, so I tried them out.When I walked over to pick my car up, a man in his 60s walked over to me and said, "You are new here. I am Cesar. This is my shop." Needless to say, I was impressed that he knew his clientele that personally. Frankly, he couldn't have made a better first impression. From then on, I took my car there for every service and every problem. They did a great job maintaining my car and it was in top condition when we sold it with almost 250,000 miles on it.SERVICES: Oil change, Detailing, Troubleshooting, Repair, Safety Inspection, Pre-purchase Inspection, Diagnostics and probably other stuffMAKES: Most European cars -- Volvo, Mercedes, and BMWCANDY: Yes, lots.