Col-Gen is unique in that the owner Angelo started working for Alfa in the 60's in Italy. Angelo and a partner started Col-Gen when he came to the U.S.A. His sons grew up in the shop. Michael has become an excellent mechanic in his own right, and is obsessively meticulous. They are also 110% honest. I can't say enough good things about Col-Gen, and I have been taking all my cars (non-Alfas included) to them for seventeen years.I also live in Hudson County, and I use Col-Gen motors in Newark. I have a '74 Spider and they rebuilt my engine last year. The car purrs now. I'm pretty happy with them - they're good people and they live and breathe Alfas.
840 N 6th St
Newark, NJ – 07107
Tel: (973) 481-1143
The other places that I've heard about:
Bobcor in Maywood 201-587-9000
Eurotec in Livingston 973-992-2800
Sal Malanga in Boonton 973-335-5373
I didn't check any of the others out because I instantly felt comfortable with Col-Gen when I met Michael.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
I'm sorry to read this... I don't speak for Col-Gen, but I have known them for many years, and have seen Angelo do this many times. The first time he did it to one of my cars, I asked about it. Angelo explained that he was using exhaust paint on the exhaust. He told me, in his heavy accent, that he likes to keep things "fresh". It's not an indiscriminate approach, nor does the undercarriage look like it has overspray anywhere - at least not on my cars. (It does smell awful though, but the smell goes away quickly. It was the smell that prompted me to ask.)... First, while working on my car on a lift, I noticed Angelo using a can of silver paint under my car spraying over areas indiscriminately. I have no idea why he felt he had to do this. ... but after the paint can experience, I couldn't go back there.
David,Hey guys I'm located in New Jersey as well, I felt I should add my two cents about Col-gen. In my opinion the father Angelo knows about about Alfa's very well, yet the sons ESPECIALLY Micheal I find to be very untrustworthy! Aside from delayed dates of completion, quoted prices dramatically changing UPWARDS, in the end I felt ripped off after they did a complete drive tran swap to my Alfa! O yeah, Micheal told me that it was ok to leave my old motor & tranaxle at the shop until i was able to retrieve them...little did i know he would "get rid" of them without contacting me....That was the last straw. I will NEVER deal with that shop again!
glad you had a great experience with col-gen motors.David,
I am an owner of a 1978 Alfa Romeo Spider that Col-Gen Motors Incorporated EXCLUSIVELY works on MECHANICALLY & COSMETICALY. I have been servicing with Col-Gen Motors for approximately 6 YEARS now. I had the pleasure to have met Angelo and expand my Alfa knowledge due to his wealth of experience & knowledge.
Pertaining to Michael. Michael is, as you will see in many other posts, a STRAIGHT SHOOTER. I find Michael to be a very well-mannered & TRUSTWORTHY individual. Whenever I bring my car in for servicing I often speak to Michael. He would show me what the problem is and where it was located. He would always give me the BEST CASE SCENARIO & WORST CASE SCENARIO to prepare me FINANCIALLY. As UNEXPECTED issues arise OBVIOUSLY the date of completion will change. An Alfa HOBBY is OBVIOUSLY not a CHEAP HOBBY. Patience is a VIRTUE and you come to understand that more in this HOBBY. It's very hard to believe that Michael would "get rid" of your parts without contacting you. I still have parts at the shop that Michael contacts me about picking up. I am going to have to DISAGREE with your post in its ENTIRETY.
Pertaining to Tommy. I had the pleasure of having my entire Alfa restored cosmetically by Tom. He provided me with an IMPECCABLE job. Obviously, as an owner of a wonderful car you get anxious for the completion and we came across a few delays due to UNEXPECTED discrepancies arising. Tom likes to do things right the first time and when he found any discrepancy that would require my attention he would contact me IMMEDIATELY. Obviously, he would contact me and not proceed with any work until I made a final decision on the issue. What I love most about Tom is that he asked for me to be involved in the restoration because ULTIMATELY I need to be satisfied. During the process Tom called me plenty of times to come over on a Saturday to have a WONDERFUL ITALIAN lunch while reviewing my car. After the completion of my Alfa I had Tom spray my daily driver which AGAIN came out RIGHT ON!
To this day I enjoy servicing with Col-Gen Motors. As all of the major issues on my Alfa have been corrected by Col-Gen Motors I have not had any serious issues. I bring my Alfa to Col-Gen twice a year now and that's because it is well maintained. My Alfa makes its way to Col-Gen in the winter to be winterized & in the spring to get ready for the driving season. We are all entitled to our own opinions but as humans lets only let our opinions be based upon FACTS. GOOD DAY EVERYONE!