Finally, A Local Mechanic That We Can Trust!

Finally, A Local Mechanic That We Can Trust!

Tired of wondering whether or not you can trust your mechanic? If you live in or near Dayton Ohio, you are in luck!
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In all business, trust is the best business!

Finally, I have a trusted mechanic. How bad does it suck when all of the sudden your car is making some outlandish sound similar to a garbage disposal, and you have no idea where to go? If you are like me, you can't trust a mechanic because they will overcharge you for work that you do NOT need, and they will charge you a ton of money for labor because the mechanics work off of commission.

Well, if you live anywhere near Dayton, OH, your worries are OVER! I found out last minute that I had to drive over five hours for a business meeting, and my car was in serious need of an oil change. Usually, I just go to Walmart, but their shop wasn't operating today, "CRAP!" So I Google shops around me, and I find this small little shop right up the street with great reviews: Kettering-Oakwood Automotive!




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Let's start with the phone call. I call the shop, after reading some immaculate reviews, and Terry (who also happens to be the owner) greets me with a calm and attentive greeting. I am not sure what he said, but what I heard was this, "Hello there, I am here to help you with whatever you need, and I will do it with a smile." I literally thanked him immediately for such great service and scheduled an appointment. He made sure to get me in the same day so I was set for my trip. I immediately called my girlfriend to tell her about how pumped I was to meet this guy (not my usual reaction to getting work done on my car)!

A few hours later, I get to the shop, meet Terry (yes, he is awesome!), and they get to work on my car right away. I decided that I would wait on the car so that I could observe what goes on and see if I would want to come back in the future. I will definitely be back. First, I talked with Terry about how he acquired the shop. Come to find out, Terry has only had the place for two years. Before that he was working at a dealership (which is how he knows they charge way too much) and was also running a shop out of his house. The guy worked over 16 hours a day to get his own shop, you bet he wants to do a good job!

But Terry's story wasn't what hooked me. In the course of a little over a half-hour (way faster than Walmart), I got all of my fluids topped off, my tires filled with air and a full car inspection. But even better, I saw something I would never expect, the reason why I will always trust this shop. One of the mechanics walks into the room, and says to Terry, "I know it took a little extra time, but I found a way that we can fix this guys wiring. We can save him at least a couple hundred."

At this point, I am mind-blown that a shop is trying their best to save the customers money. Then, as I am sitting there in awe, a lady walks in and asks if the shop had an air pump so she could put air in her tires. Terry politely responds by saying "Just pull up to the third garage, and we will fill them up for you, no charge." Wow, she didn't even have to get out of the car. Is this place too good to be true?

I thought, maybe they don't have enough work or something. So I ask Terry how the business is going, and the guy has tons of business; he just knows how to effectively manage his time, keeps an awesome team of mechanics and genuinely cares about his customers. This guy is the best!

To sum it up, Kettering-Oakwood Automotive is a gem. As a writer, I feel personally responsible to inform our local community about such a valuable resource. Their prices are competitive, they only use the best products (full synthetic oil & fluids) and they even LOAN YOU A CAR while your work is being done. I now have a trustworthy mechanic, and nothing tops that peace of mind!

Cover Image Credit: Kettering-Oakwood Auto Facebook

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

Some of the best advice I have been given over the years...

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There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

As someone who is often eaten away by their own worry and anxiety, this is a mantra that I try to constantly remind myself. While it may seem like a big deal now, you need to keep in mind the bigger picture. Will it matter in 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? And so on. If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it's probably not worth beating yourself up over.

6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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