Dealership and Local Mechanics Hurricane WV

Training and experience can make the difference between going on your way after repair work and limping back through the garage doors a week later. Factory service shops tend to have the resources to keep their worker bees up to date on training and new vehicle systems, where as smaller outfits may not.

Maaco - St. Albans
(304) 460-9900
6124 MacCorkle Ave
Saint Albans, WV
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Body Shops, Painting
Service Types and Repair
Auto Frame, Auto Glass, Collision

Appalachian Tire Products Inc
(304) 757-5242
3865 Teays Valley Rd
Hurricane, WV
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Napa Auto Parts
(304) 562-9741
2902 Putnam Ave
Hurricane, WV
Services
Auto Parts, Car Washes, Car Detailing

Hodges Select Pre Owned Cars
(304) 757-6600
4121 Teays Valley Rd
Scott Depot, WV
 
Teay's Valley Auto & Truck Service
(304) 757-6866
4403 Teays Valley Rd
Scott Depot, WV
 
The Body Shop II
(304) 397-0907
511 3rd Ave
South Charleston, WV
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Body Shops, Detailing, Painting, Rustproofing, Pre Purchase Inspections, Welding
Service Types and Repair
Auto Frame, Auto Unibody, Collision, Dent, Fleet, Post Inspections

Rick Duttines Precision Transmission
(304) 562-3143
State Route 34
Hurricane, WV
 
Autozone Inc
(304) 757-7063
4110 State Route 34
Hurricane, WV
Services
Auto Parts

Johnsons Garage
(304) 757-1615
167 Hedrick Rd
Scott Depot, WV
 
T & E Machine Incorporated
(304) 757-6052
4000 Teays Valley Rd
Scott Depot, WV
 

Dealer vs. Local Mechanic

Where Should You Take In Your Car, The Dealer or The Local Mechanic? By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributor

Taking care of your vehicle can save you serious money in fuel and resale value, but you may have found yourself wondering if you can save even more by taking you car into to the local mechanic rather than the dealer.

Maybe the ghost stories about cars coming back from local guys with more things broken than fixed have kept you away, or you're perhaps you are just worried about voiding your warranty . Either way, the truth is there are benefits and drawbacks to both the big boys and the local guys.

Paul Yotka, Service Manager at Steven Toyota, Kia and Scion in Harrisonburg, Va., will tell you that there's no question about whether or not you should bring your car home for regular checkups and maintenance.

"We have factory trained technicians who will diagnose the problem right the first time," he said. "A lot of little shops don't have the tools to do so."

According to Yotka, one of the dangers of going to a smaller garage is that diagnosis is a guess and check situation, meaning that you may end up paying to replace perfectly good parts. That doesn't mean misdiagnosis can't happen under factory care, but the service manager says his one-two combo of experienced personnel and high-tech tools limits that likelihood.

Randy Faul, the owner of a two-bay family shop in the same town, represents the flip side of the coin. Faul says his biggest expense is keeping up with changes in technology and the tools necessary to repair today's increasingly computerized cars.

"We've got all the scanners to test pretty much anything," he said, "but the dealers don't let all of the information out on newer cars, so we can't do everything."

Training and experience can make the difference between going on your way after repair work and limping back through the garage doors a week later. Factory service shops tend to have the resources to keep their worker bees up to date on training and new vehicle systems, where as smaller outfits may not.

Yotka was proud to point out that one of his Kia service techs was ranked third in the world among technicians after a competition in Korea. "It's easy to fix cars when you've got guys like that," he said.

Faul says dealers are constantly searching for new auto technicians, meaning there's a significant turnover rate and a good chance a greenhorn is going to be wrenching on your ride. The Local Joe says that his son, the only other worker in the shop, has over four years of technician school behind him.

Faul also claims a level of personal service that many large dealer shops can't offer. While that warm fuzzy feeling is hard to quantify, it means a lot to be comfortable letting a stranger poke around under your hood.

"I'm able to help people," Faul said. "It's not all about the bottom line at the end of the week for me."

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