For seven years I lived in San Lorenzo, which is very near to the main Termini train and bus station but without the whores, homeless sleeping rough and the drug pushers. Well we have some pushers but mainly it is a great area full of pubs, bars and eating houses plus students as it is very close the the main University. We have some homeless and many students, sometimes it is difficult to tell them apart…..
I run an old Vito van as well as an Audi A5 plus some bikes and a Quad so I needed a good service man. I have tried several official dealers (BMW and VW/Audi) in the past and found them all a massive rip off, so I looked round for a good independent service man and I found Beppe, he runs his small service operation as well as a covered car parking facility near to my place.
Firstly I negotiated a monthly fee for parking the van OR the car, and in the price he agreed that I could also leave my moped too which was great for me as the city is famous for vandalism and theft of vehicles, my van had already been broken in to below my house which cost me a few hundred Euro for a new window. The garage is a 400m walk from my house, through a lovely park so the exercise is also useful….
Well, one thing led to another and over the years he has become my official service man and he specialises in VW Group cars but is good at all 4 wheeler servicing. He is also ok with 2 wheelers. I am a very fussy devil so I always insist on supplying my chosen engine oil (for instance) but he will always supply and fit the bits that you supply or specify. I recently asked him to fit new brakes to the Audi so we chose Brembo discs and pads, and they work great.
Also, we purchased an excellent software for VW Group cars (he has a VW Golf and now Tiguan, I have the A5 and my lady also has a Tiguan) which we bought from the States and it works really well. He studied it as it is mostly in English and he now uses it frequently with ours and with customer cars.
So if you need a car park or a service or repair or whatever when you are in Roma, give him a call or a visit. He gives EXCELLENT service and he is totally honest. I call him Prof cos he loves to study difficult problems and he almost always wins!!