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I found this site by accident and have been really impressed with the information it contains.  I've been a tech for around 28 years, the first 19 at new car stores and the last 9 at a used car store.  I am in the process of purchasing the store and I know this site will greatly help me to succeed .  This is a 3 bay shop in Southeastern Wisconsin and I've been the sole service employee during my time here.  I believe this to be a great opportunity in that the location is excellent and the previous owner is going to continue his business here not only providing me with rent, but service work as well.  I know this cooperation will be an advertising nightmare but I believe the benefits will outweigh the negatives.  Anyway, just wanted to say hello and I welcome any comments. 

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