- 1 Parts
- 2 Mechanics
- 3 Insurance
- 4 Registry of Motor Vehicles
Napa Auto Parts
163 Worcester Ct., Falmouth; 508-548-6333. Hours: Mon-Fri 7:0017:30, Sat 7:30-17:00. 10% Discount for WHOI employees.
64 Davis Straits Rd., Falmouth; 508-457-9431. Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-21:00, Sun 9:00-18:00. Employees are generally very friendly and helpful (even helping students install new batteries and wiper blades purchased in the store).
There is a large selection of auto repair mechanics in the Woods Hole area.
486 Main St., Falmouth; 508-548-7100. Recommended.
A To Z Auto Repair
858 Rt. 28A, Falmouth; 508-540-0443. One guy who works out of his home garage. Many WHOI employees use him. Good value, good work.
40 Davis Straits, Falmouth. (508) 457-1526. Usually very fast service; nice, honest mechanics; and good prices.
244 Teaticket Highway (Rt. 28-S), Falmouth; 508-540-4290. Exhaust and brake repairs on all types of cars. 1-3 day service. Labor prices are fairly steep for other jobs. Check for good sales on brake drums and pads. Several students have had bad experiences here
James Ace Auto Repair
435 Palmer Ave., Falmouth; 508-548-3164. Recommended by Troy (the WHOI mechanic). They get the job done quickly, fair prices.
Paul’s Precision Automotive Repair
464 Main Street, Falmouth. (508) 548-3164. Right across from Betsey’s Diner. Mixed reviews, some highly recommend, some say it is overpriced and has gone downhill in the past several years as Paul has become less involved in the daily operations. He is fairly busy, so an appointment is recommended. Specialized in European vehicles (VW, Volvo, Saab, Audi, BMW, Mercedes) but will also work on your Toyota or Ford, etc.
East Falmouth, on Rte. 28, near Subway. Free tire rotations if you buy your tires there. Nice guys, reasonable prices.
Oil changes. Expensive but fast.
Falmouth Auto Works / Rotary Collision Center
Specialize in auto body work/collision repairs. They will direct bill to most insurance companies. Very professional and conscientious.
Clement’s Auto Service
171 Worcester Ct, Falmouth, MA 02540; (508) 548-5922,
153 E Falmouth Highway, East Falmouth MA 02536
Have always found Jim Curtis to be fair, honest and upfront about work his shop is doing to my family’s vehicles.
Town Fair Tire
111 Teaticket Highway, Falmouth, MA 02540 – Free seasonal tire changeover, even if you didn’t buy your tires from them! They only do tires and alignments. Phone: (508) 548-2047
10 N Main St, Falmouth, MA 02540 – No nonsense and won’t fix your car and leave something else broken. They have a steady flow and just want to get you out of there, so they fix it right the first time. Great guys and great prices. They can do the annual state inspection.
Cape and Islands Tire
735 Teaticket Highway, Teaticket, MA – Phone: 508-457-1300 – Offer WHOI discount – http://capeislandstire.com/
There are two options for getting car (and home, etc.) insurance in MA. Prices range widely.
1) Choose an independent agent/agency who represents a bunch of companies and they will send you quotes from multiple companies.
Just a few examples in Falmouth: Calfee Insurance (www.calfeeinsurance.com), Hub International (www.hubinternational.com), Northeast Insurance Agency (www.neinsure.com),
2) Choose an insurance company that has their own agents, and they will give you a quote.
Examples: Progressive (www.progressive.com), Liberty Mutual (www.libertymutual.com)
For Joint Program Students: Car insurance in Woods Hole is considerably cheaper than in Boston and Cambridge, but you must prove residency. (You should know that if you primarily live elsewhere but try to save money by registering and insuring your car in Woods Hole using your WHOI address, and then you make a claim, and your insurance company finds out that your car is not really garaged primarily on Cape, you’re in trouble and they are not obligated to pay your claim at all.)
Registry of Motor Vehicles
For a Massachusetts ID, a driver’s license and/or vehicle registration you should visit the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Check their webpage for complete information, requirements and office hours. http://www.mass.gov/rmv/
There is no RMV in Woods Hole or Falmouth but here are the addresses of the nearest branches.
Branches near Woods Hole:
- Martha’s Vineyard; 11 A Street, Edgartown, MA
- South Yarmouth; 1084 Route 28, South Yarmouth, MA
- Plymouth: 40 Industrial Park Rd, Plymouth, MA
- New Bedford; 278 Union Street, New Bedford, MA
- Boston; 630 Washington Street, Boston, MA