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About tdmart

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    Martin's Repair Service LLC
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    750 Old Ridge Road, Hanover, Pennsylvania, 17331
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  2. Well, I look at it this way. Cost is what it is and when I consider the options - the cost of the Mitchell Package is minimal, especially if I consider trying to do automotive repair without it. We use it every day all the time. Comes out to cents per hour. Why are we fussing?
  3. Not a chance that I will give business to Advance Auto Parts. The ones in our area only sell parts that the customer does not need. They are a parts retailer, nothing else.Then when the vehicle still isn't fixed, the owner comes to us and asks what is wrong. When we take a moment to tell the owner that we do not know what is wrong until we see the vehicle, the owner gets all bent outa shape cause ............... he already spent a bunch a money to Advance. My biggest complaint to Advance is that in their strategy in the parts retailing business, they are perceived as more knowledgable than the
  4. Well, as I read over the posts so far, I am at the point of concluding that I must be weird or at least an oddball. Here is the thing though, I so much enjoy what I do, fixing problems on vehicles. Seriously. I do. Here at our garage, we all (5 of us) enjoy what we do. We have, shall I call it fun? all day long. However, for diversion, I do gardening which produces alot of the food my wife and I consume. I also enjoy lawn work and deleting items from the wife's 'honey do' list. For extra diversion I study history (especially church history) and family genealogy.
  5. Well, here is how I relate to a negative world. First, let me say that there is various ways people use in doing this and I respect those that differ with me. But, for me, I rely on my faith and trust in my Maker. It is He that created me and knows more about me than I myself do so why wouldn't I trust Him to help me when I need it the most. My reliance on an almighty God is not a sign of weakness on my part but rather a dependence on a power that is greater and better than I am. Now that I have said that, by nature, I tend to be rather positive and as I relate to the negative wor
  6. Well, ya know, I have been watching this development and pondering what effects the Tesla line will have on our industry. Obviously, there is no way we can be sure of what all will happen, my thought is that in the next number of years there will be more electric vehicles. However, that will be only for the commuters. So far, I have not seen anything much beyond the car level in the electric vehicle field. Probably half of the vehicles we work on here are diesels. And with the diesel engines getting much more efficient than earlier ones, I predict they will be around for a long time and give u
  7. Well, I have been in this business for most of my life. And at age 59, I admit there is times I think about getting out. However, when I step back and reflect on the reasons why I would consider quitting, at the same time, I also reflect on the reasons I should keep on. For me, the reasons to stay in business far outweigh the reasons for quitting. What I find is that my reasons for quitting are mostly selfish in nature. Here is the thing, this business of auto/truck repair is largely a service oriented business. At the same time we are fixing cars, we are building relations with others, custom
  8. My thought when I said that was not to have getting rich as your main objective and goal, customers real fast pick up on that.
  9. For me, I grew up in my Dad's garage back in the sixties and seventies. I held the light while he worked, I pumped the brake pedal while he bled the brakes out. I turned the engine over while he was checking compression on an engine. He would have me pull an engine out and take it apart for rebuilding. In looking back, that is perhaps the easiest way to get into the business. So, by the time I was ready to go on my own, I had a number of years of experience and had pretty well mastered the basics. When I went on my own, I bought an old ambulance and made it into a service vehicle and went out
  10. Well, after reading this thread, I feel compelled to reply. First of all, what I say may not apply to all shops but here in south central PA, some shops hardly have enough business to pay bills awhile others are swamped with work. One shop said to me recently that they are a month behind. We have been extremely busy for most of this year. Personally, I do not agree it has anything at all to do with politics. Rather, many customers are weary of shops that do less than sup par work. The slow shops here in this area are characterized by (1) not keeping up with technology (2) no current diagnostic
  11. Well fellows, here at our shop, it's not all about the profit for us. It is about the type of service we provide to the person paying our wages and providing our income. We only buy online in extreme emergency. Most of our customers would try and go elsewhere if we constantly told them that the part would not be here till tomorrow or so. Furthermore, we here want service after the sale. That is one principle we consistently operate by. When I need labor for a warranty part, I can get it because I have a good relationship with our vendors. Will Amazon or Ebay give us labor? Probably not. If our

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