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Old 11-23-2012, 02:13 PM
 
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Hi Folks:

I was going to put this in the Auto area but I think the subject I want to chew on is the nature of Auto Service where I am living now.

Currently, I am gearing-up to change-out the wheel Hubs---Front wheel bearings--- and will probably get it done pretty well in an obscure corner of the apartment parking lot. I've had to visit a couple of auto parts stores for the Hubs and picked up a decent tool set---all mine are still up North---- have some jack stands and what-not. I can also say with some confidence that I know which end of my arm goes in my pocket and can release a socket from a rachet drive in under an hour so the task is not that daunting. But it did leave me wondering.

The stereotype about Southern boys revolves around a culture of shade-tree mechanics and NASCAR. But, I'm wondering how close that is to true. What does the typical Mississippian do when his favorite ride starts giving him fits? I see plenty of Chains like Meineke, and Midas and I know that places like WAL-MART do some work as does Sears but its not like there are huge lines of people kicking down the doors. I also notice that there are plenty of Independent Auto Service places as well as Dealerships but they don't seem to be awash in Business either. Now, I DID pass a Boneyard the other day and noted that it was better organized and tidier than some Military Bases so I'm thinking that there must be a flow of Business though their door that makes it worthwhile to keep things that freakin' neat! All the same, there weren't many cars there on the day I went by. Anyone have any thoughts? When it comes to getting the car fixed what do people do? Where do they go? Comments?

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Old 11-23-2012, 04:29 PM
 
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The stereotype about Southern boys revolves around a culture of shade-tree mechanics and NASCAR. But, I'm wondering how close that is to true. ?

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Old 11-30-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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if you have the money go to the major dealership franchise of the make of your car. not saying shade tree cannot be proffessional and great, but most of dealership techs are up to spead with proper certified training, and alot of these shade tree mechs will go to dealerships and flip through there certified books to get solutions for their problems. of course if you know someone you trust that has auto tech experience is also a plus.
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