2nd Annual Repair it Forward Winner announcement

precision auto repair and sales west springfield MA Repair it Forward

Last year we started a program called Repair It Forward. For those that don’t know, Repair it Forward is a program we created to give back to the community that supports us by helping a family that has fallen on hard times and can truly benefit from having a safe and reliable vehicle. The Repair it Forward Winner will receive up to $3,000 in repairs for their vehicle. While this may seem like a lot of money, and we assure you that it is. We found that the people that really needed a program like this had been putting off repairs for so long that that some of the minor and inexpensive repairs had now become major ones.

Applicants were asked to submit their hardship through our website using an online form. From there the panel would pick one winner. This year we had almost 300 participants!! Which is about 100 more than last year. This made the decision making process much more difficult because like last year, we found that there were a lot of very deserving families.

After careful consideration we were able to come up with one family that really stood out. So today we are happy to announce the winner of the 2nd annual Repair it Forward Program….

Congratulations to Patrick Driscoll of West Springfield. Patrick is a veteran, father, and husband. We hope that this $3,000 in vehicle repairs will help you advance your career as your wife Shelby was very concerned about the safety and reliability of your vehicle while traveling to and from work. Patrick also uses this vehicle daily as his work vehicle.

Patrick’s repairs will also be backed by our 2 year 24,000 mile Nationwide Warranty and 12 months of Roadside assistance. So the peace of mind doesn’t end once the repairs are finished.

Precision Auto Repair Repair it Forward Winner
From left to right: James Stephenson (Owner/ President, Precision Auto Repair and Sales), Shelby Driscol, Patrick Driscol

I personally want to thank all of our customers that come in and trust us to service their vehicles. A portion of all repair bills go towards this program, so without your trust in us we couldn’t afford to have Repair it Forward. I would also like to thank Autopart International of West Springfield for helping to sponsor this program.

Congratulations again to Patrick and Shelby. And to everyone else that applied for the program. We wish you all the best of luck.

 

-JS

 

Precision Auto Repair and Sales West Springfield MAMy husband has a jeep that has literally been falling apart for years. Precision offered a program called Repair it Forward and I entered my husband. By some small miracle we were chosen by James and his employees. They were incredible and not only repaired our car for free but they went over budget to make sure my husband would be safe in his daily driver. The work is fantastic and I can’t thank them enough for what they do. I won’t go anywhere else for my repair needs. Impeccable work, honesty, and they do what they can to help.

                                                                    Shelby Driscoll

West Springfield, MA

Auto Repair for Charity

Western Mass News and Melha Shriners at Precision Auto Repair and Sales

One of our passions here is giving back to the community that supports us. We will never be a business that takes and takes without helping as many people as we can along the way. So a few times every year we are presented with an opportunity to help someone without looking for anything in return. When we’re presented with this opportunity we go big. With all of the causes we have helped through the years and continue to support such as Brakes For Breasts, Repair it Forward (this is actually our own charity that my wife and I fund), Brightside for Families and Children,

Western Mass News and Melha Shriners at Precision Auto Repair and Sales
A great group of people all helping with an awesome cause

Shriners Hospitals for Children, Melha Shriners, Open Pantry, and many more. Today presented us with an opportunity to partner with The Western Mass News Big Y SurPRIZE Squad and give an Auto Repair for Charity. I’ve got to say that this was my favorite of anything we’ve ever done!! There’s a twist at the end, Allow me to explain;

Western Mass News reached out to us about a week ago and told us that they were interested in surprising 1 customer by paying for up to $500 of their bill. We thought that this was a great idea! So we took it a few steps further….. First, we decided to match the $500 from Western Mass News and The Big Y SurPRIZE Squad. The reason being is that most people that are REALLY in need of repairs have put off issues for so long that there is subsequent damage (issues created by other issues) and the bill can get out of control quickly. We felt that $1,000 was a good number (It gets much better).

Ricardo Cumba

We first met Ricardo a few months back. We see a few thousand customers every year and this class act stood out among the rest because of how genuinely polite he was. He brought in his 2009 Honda Civic for a major issue and ultimately didn’t have all of the money to address all issues with the vehicle. Like many people he was left in a situation where he had to prioritize by repairing the issue that was causing the car not to run at all and push aside some other issues until he could get some more money together. The hardship comes in because Ricardo is Active Duty in The US Army National Guard, has 2 children (1 of which turns 5 today), and a baby on the way. He’s doing everything he can to make ends meet for his family and to provide for them, so even though there are issues with his car he just has other priorities that top that list. Which we can all relate to. Ricardo puts his butt on the line for us protecting our country, the least we could do is fix his car for him. To learn more about this repair process you can find it here.

Take a minute to watch the story;
Western Mass News – WGGB/WSHM

So as promised, there was a twist at the end. Ricardo’s bill came out to $1,000 (slightly over actually). We took the $1,000 ($500 from us and $500 from The Western Mass News Big Y SurPRIZE Squad) and gave it all to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Then we paid the remainder of his bill for him. The hospital is in need of an EOS Imaging x-ray machine that will help assess the needs of children by using Ultra-safe low dose radiation technology that reduces the risk of cancer for patients who receive repeated x-rays. It uses Nobel-Prize winning technology. This machine will cost just under $900,000.

shriners hospital for children donation
I could probably use a lesson in handwriting, or just print checks like other businesses do.

Thanks to Western Mass News, Brittany Decker, The Big Y SurPRIZE Squad, Melha Shriners, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and our wonderful staff that fixed Ricardo’s car. Today was a great an awesome day!!!

If you’re interested in donating to Shriners Hospitals for Children you can click here. Every bit helps….

Are you or do you know an Automotive Technician that shares the same passion for helping the community and fixing cars as we do? We’re looking to hire 1 more Superstar Technician. Learn more here.

 

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“I can’t believe this happened to me and my family. I do my job because I love it. I’ve never looked for any recognition and never will. But to be noticed in this way and receive a gift like this… It’s really special. This is something I will never forget. Thank you to everyone that made this possible for me and my family. You don’t know how much it means to us.”

Ricardo Cumba

Westfield, MA

Oil Change Part 1

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It’s no secret that we all want to drive our cars as long as possible, staying as safe as possible, while spending as little as possible, and ultimately have no breakdowns. The truth is that with very little planning this is a very realistic goal for every one of you. But if you are one of the many that think by just getting an Oil Change a few times every year that is going to help you reach this goal, I’m sorry to say that you won’t. Our experience shows that the customer that only gets an Oil Change once or twice every year and doesn’t perform any other maintenance will pay up to 5x more (based on ownership up to 150,000 miles) to keep their car running safely than someone that follows the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.

In this 2 part post I’m going to explain what Factory Scheduled Maintenance is, how to properly check your engine oil, how performing these services actually cover what some call a Tune Up, the difference in services based on driving habits, and why you need to use this schedule if you don’t want to pay for expensive and unexpected repairs and keep your factory warranty current.

Checking your oil level

Cars are definitely built a lot better than they were years ago. They’re much more efficient and are built to much stricter specifications which typically means that they won’t burn through fluids, last longer, and can go longer between services. With that said, the life blood of your engine is the oil. I typically check my oil every other time I fill my gas tank. This helps me monitor the condition and level of the oil regularly so I can spot an issue before it becomes a major problem. Here’s how;

Factory Scheduled Maintenance

The manufacturer that built your vehicle came up with a plan for your vehicle. This plan was laid out to ensure that all essential systems in the vehicle get checked or serviced at specified times. The plan was also made to ensure that you will have worry free driving so that you will stay loyal to the brand you drive and ultimately buy another one in the future. The example below is actually the plan for an Acura RL (your plan will vary based on the vehicle you drive, this is just an example. If you need information for a specific vehicle, feel free to call us and we can get that for you);

The chart breaks down mileage and specific services based on the exact mileages
The chart breaks down mileage and specific services based on the exact mileages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see the plan is broken down into specific mileage based sections that point out exactly what needs to be checked and/or replaced as well as when. These services are commonly referred to as “K Services”.

In Part 2 of this post we will cover K Services  based on driving habits, how “K Services” are the new Tune Up, and how performing these services not only adds value to your vehicle but it will help save you money and time by keeping the car running like new while maintaining the factory warranty.

Follow me over to Part 2 now.

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Local auto repair shop helps customer make it to deployment

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I’ve never been very fond of the expression “It’s just business” because for the staff here “It’s personal”. We show up everyday and give 110%. We reach this goal by making it a habit to go out of our way for every single customer that comes through the door, every single day. For the customer it’s also personal because they’re spending their hard earned money at an auto repair shop on their vehicle and want value for that. The only thing we’re always looking for in return is that the customer’s like the level of service we provided and that they return.

This story actually originated about a week ago in an earlier blog post. It turns out that Western Mass News heard about the story and wanted to give us a “pat on the back” for going the extra mile….. literally! The story went viral.

Take a minute and watch;

Western Mass News – WGGB/WSHM

In all reality we give this level of service to everyone. But we can all agree that the circumstances surrounding this Dodge Repair were much different than what we’re used to seeing. I can’t even imagine the level of anxiety that Bryan faces when getting ready to deploy. I stress out when I drop my kids off at daycare and I know I’m going to see them in a few hours. Can you imagine knowing you have to go to a job where you won’t see your family for 6 months, 1 year, and unfortunately sometimes never again…..? The staff here just didn’t want to add to that anxiety and needed to do whatever we could to make the situation right, immediately.

Not to mention that Army or no Army, he paid for a service. The part went bad and we sold it to him. We needed to make that right because it’s the ethical thing to do. Normally we would have just put the customer in a rental car until the new part came in but due to his deployment the solution had to be a little more outside the box than that. So we did what we had to do to make it right. It was/is truly flattering to be acknowledged for our efforts in this way.

I just really want to express our sincerest “Thank you” to everyone that reached out to Bryan and his family to show support for all he does to help protect our freedom. “Thank you” to Western Mass News for sharing Bryan’s story. Last but not least “Thank You” to all of our Active Duty Military and Veterans, for all that you have done and continue to do for our country. We hope that this story will help influence others to go out of their way for someone without expecting anything in return.

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