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Finding a good repair shop in a new-to-you area.

Old 06-11-2019, 10:59 PM
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I found a good auto repair shop in a relatively new-to-me area it's just so sweet. I started to pay attention to how many cars were in the local shops and how much the cars seemed move in and out.. Picked one that looked busy all the time, stopped in. I think it's a six plus bay shop and he was booked out 10 days. I took it as a good sign.. My 22 year old Jeep Wrangler had some leaking issues, steering box & radiator... I haven't done a major service to it since I bought it back in 16, and who knows before that.. So I dropped it off yesterday.. New steering box, new radiator, all new hoses, new serpentine belt, fuel filter, air filter, transmission flush, engine oil change & lube. $1350. I feel like I hit a home run!
Jeep Camp this week, inspection is Wednesday followed by three full days of trail riding. I am going to be a little tougher on her than the first 3 years as my confidence builds.... Like I was telling some new friends eating lunch out on the trail during the ATV rally last Saturday; it's different riding off road here than Florida, here we see a 3 foot rock, we drive over it, down there, we take a picture of it.
Well it's rained almost all day today.. Rained and snowed so much out here this spring, they just opened most of the trails in the national forests last weekend. We were lucky to be able to do a off road rally in Custer, SD... I'm told one of my favorite trails, a creek bed has actually been a creek for a while now... Really looking forward to the rest of the week!
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:52 AM
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I don't know that being that booked is a good thing or not. I run an 8 bay shop. We are full service. Been in business for over 40 years. I've been here for 16 years. The town I'm in has 3 reputable shops and 4 car dealerships. We bill 450-500 mechanical hours a month along with tires, lube, alignments and such. Never are we booked 10 days out. 2-3 days at the most. I honestly would even consider leaving my vehicle at a shop that told me it would take 10 days for them to even look at my vehicle.

Sounds like who ever runs that place needs to hire help or make his guys work faster.
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