Well Rats, 40 Years
glemon last edited by glemon
I don't often take my cars to a mechanic, but when I do I have a guy. Does the jobs I don't have the tools, time or expertise to do. Took the the car in to have some new tires mounted, he said he is retiring at the end of the week. One man shop, what they used to call a service station, gas station with a couple of bays. Shut down the pumps when the cracked down in the 80s (LUST program), kept the shop open. He would let me supply my own parts (rare), knew what he was doing, and charged reasonable rates (also rare). Getting hard to find shops like that anymore.
Shop-Teacher last edited by
@glemon That's a bummer. I have an independent mechanic who runs a similar shop. The dude is just awesome, and charges very reasonable rates. He's not getting any younger either. I'm going to be very sad whenever he decides to hang it up.
VincentMalamute last edited by VincentMalamute
@glemon I agree. I had a guy like that in Milwaukee. If he screwed up, he said he did and made it right. His son worked there for a while and he wanted his son to take over. The son said making a living fixing cars is too difficult and went off to Oregon to study forestry or something.
For some reason, I'd see cars like a local Chinese restauranteur's 1956 Rolls-Royce and often other unusual cars in there. A Lotus Europa was one.
Oddly enough, I first found him through Tire Rack's approved tire installer feature.
Just Jeepin' last edited by
There's an experienced Jeep mechanic about an hour from here. He's great to work with, but his rates are too reasonable, so he's always backed up for months. I keep encouraging him to charge more so I can get mine in for him to look at.
jminer last edited by
There is one of these by me, run by the 3rd generation right now. I buy most of my tires there and get all my state inspections. I'm too cheap to pay anyone to do any other work but they're an amazing shop!
It's called Bennet's Service Station, they're in the middle of nowhere, have no web presence and always have a wait but they're great.
ClassicDatsunDebate last edited by
@glemon we were lucky enough to find an awesome local independent shop when my daughter started driving high school beaters. Knew they raced Datsun and a great family run place.Trust them 100% ...which is a rare commodity now a days.
Dr. Zoidberg last edited by
@glemon That's depressing. Good help is impossible to find. I've yet to meet an honest mechanic.
Silver lining is you own a Ranger and IS300. Not the worst cars to work on for maintenance.
WhoIsTheLeader last edited by
My family's current mechanic was found in an attempt to find someone who actually knew their way around Ford era Volvos. They are so good and charge such reasonable rates we take all our vehicles there. It's so hard to find a good mechanic but with how much the Volvo broke we had plenty of opportunities.
glemon last edited by
@dr-zoidberg no, they haven't needed much, I had my mechanic do the timing belt on the Lexus, hopefully good to go for another 100,000 miles.
Chariotoflove last edited by
man, so hard to find someone actually good who you can trust. i feel for you.
pip bip last edited by
@glemon that sucks.
Roundbadge last edited by
@glemon My gf and I live in a city neither of us are native to. She works for an insurance company as a repair rep, and has developed relationships with numerous body shops in our area. One of those shops has become our go-to for anything more complicated than I can handle, as she's on a first-name basis with the owner and the mechanics in the shop. Those guys have given us tremendous peace of mind, and the rates they've charged us have been incredibly reasonable.
Some might say it's a conflict of interest to take our vehicles to them for everything, since she's already had a working relationship with them...but I can say that her days of handling customer claims through their shop have come to an end. She primarily works with other shops now.
kiltedpadre last edited by
I had a similar mechanic that I met through my grandfather. He hasn’t retired, but his shop was taken through eminent domain. He just works out of his house for a few long term clients like my grandparents.
I tried not to use him much anyway because he was under contract with two cities to do work their maintenance department couldn’t and part of his contract was their vehicles got moved to next in line status and it really slowed down getting things back from him.