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Sunday, March 31, 2013
I have been a loyal customer of Grandin Automotive for the past 20 years. So when I learned the owner planned to close the business in December, I was upset. I cheered up immediately when he later changed his mind and decided to sell it instead.
Like many women, I have a hard time dealing with guys who fix stuff. Far too often, they take advantage of our lack of knowledge and try to cheat us. But I do know a thing or two about cars, and Grandin has always been fair with me. In return, I try to buy all of my gas from them, even when it’s a few cents higher than elsewhere. After I had foot surgery, the full-service pump was worth every extra penny.
Over the years, they have gotten me sets of new tires the day before I went on vacation, maintained the cars I buy and run into the ground, patched flats and taken test drives while straining to hear weird noises I’ve described. On a hot August day 17 years ago, they rescued my then-8-month-old son after I accidentally locked him and the keys in my car.
So when I took my son to the garage in February to show him how to get his — that’s right, his — car inspected, it was a sentimental moment.
“I feel old,” I told Tim, the mechanic, who has known my son since he was born.
“I do, too,” he replied, and we both sighed and shook our heads .
I hope there is a service station of some kind there for years to come — even if they’re selling hydrogen or electric charges. A business you can trust is an invaluable asset to a neighborhood.
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