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New Tires With Wheel Alignment Scam - Avoid Rip Offs: Two Shop Owners React
We are at the NAPA Expo joined by the 2022 Napa Technician of the Year, Meg Lewis. She is the first female winner and is a huge advocate for automotive training and reaching the youth in schools. I’m also joined by Matt Fanslow from the Diagnosing the Aftermarket A to Z Podcast. We discuss goals, passions, work-life balance and advice to women in the industry.
Meg Lewis, BJ’s Automotive Diagnostic Center, Belfast, ME, NAPA Auto Care Technician of the Year 2022
Key Talking Points
Advocate for automotive training- starting as young as you can with schools, especially nurturing women Motivation- her Dad, Meg was tinkering with cars “Tinkerbell” and she expressed interest and fascination. Natural curiosity. Worked previously in hospitality- learned customer service quickly Goal-oriented person- be a technician and own her own shop as an endgame. The succession plan will be complete in 5 years as owner. What do you love to do in the bays? Gets thrill from fixing something that is broken and helping customers. Tool share program with local BDG group Work-life balance- Meg’s two kids have always been supportive, brings kids to events Advice- surround yourself with people that support you and your passions Attracting new hires- incentive program with basic knowledge in automotive, providing training/tools/toolbox to get them in the door. Growing your own technician. ASE exams- tool for showing areas of improvement Being the ‘winner’ shouldn't matter if you are a man or a woman Advice to women- don’t be discouraged; you will face challenges. It will make you stronger
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This may sound brusque but I have my reasons, you are welcome to have your opinion about buying new vs used and such, but please understand that I have my reasons and contribute accordingly, please. I only write this because I know how some strings of comments can go.
But, to my query and I truly and sincerely appreciate everyone’s opinion, professional experience and reasons in their answers. I am wanting/needing to replace my current truck. I made a mistake buying it, but I did. I have a 2021 Toyota Tacoma Limited that I absolutely hate and is the biggest POS I have ever owned and that includes the Suburban that puked a motor a month after I bought it used. I would really prefer a mid-sized truck but given my domestic situation I also want to replace my small but very nice camper trailer with something a little bit bigger, so my girlfriend and I have more room and comfort. Anything decent weighs in the 7000 + CGVW range topping out around 9000 for what we would likely want. So that puts the mid-sized out of the picture since most are limited to 7000 or slightly over. Fuel economy is also very important, but I know that a full-sized truck will not be great. I was spoiled with my 2018 Colorado Centennial Edition which would regularly return 22+ on trips on the expressway and 24+ on rural highways. But the transmission was one of those 8 speed beasts that did more shuddering that shifting so it was replaced by this POS Tacoma on the strong recommendation of a friend who had owned 3 Tacomas over the years and currently had a 2020. To make matters worse, besides the dismal fuel economy, it won’t break 19 mpg on the expressway, it shudders too.
Okay, this is getting long but you have the background and needs for a new truck. I would prefer a new as opposed to used for some reason. What trucks would you recommend or recommend staying away from? Decreasing the pool of possible candidates is the very strong desire to have a moonroof. An integrated brake control system would be nice but not necessary since I have a very nice Tekonsha unit now. I am not a fan of Chrysler products but I am also looking for something to buy and keep for an extremely long period of time. Thank you to all who read and respond, I a truly grateful.