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Spotlight: Relationships and Vehicle Repair Go Together at this Guelph Garage

Plus: Why Spring is the best time for general vehicle inspections.

With a friendly greeting and a great big laugh, Sal Iezzi will take the time to talk to you about your vehicle with integrity and honesty.

His love for what he does is clear. “It’s an amazing rewarding thing when you can take something broken and make it all good again. Figuring out complicated problems with today’s technology – it’s incredibly rewarding. The best part is helping people to keep driving.”

Growing up, Sal always had an interest in taking things apart and figuring out how they worked. Now, Sal has been in the auto mechanic industry for over thirty-five years and opened his own shop ten years ago.

The shop is small and Sal likes it that way. In a small shop there is the opportunity for the customer to set up a rapport with the mechanic, which Sal believes is very important. He gets to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life and it is clear that Sal values customer contact. “I treat my customers like my friends.”

There’s also a sense that Sal enjoys the responsibility. He’s the one who fixed your car and he’s the one who will tell you all about it. He wants to help people be comfortable enough so that they can discuss what is wrong with a vehicle. In order to do that, he ends up sharing his knowledge. In the end, it’s all about the relationship.

Sal is the owner of Automechanix and a proud member of the Guelph Garage Owners Association. The GGOA is a network of like-minded garage owners who have a reputation of doing the right service at the right time at a fair price. Their member list, code of ethics, and community involvement projects can be found listed on their website.

Why Spring is the Best Time for Vehicle Inspections

By the time spring rolls around, a Southern Ontario winter has taken its toll on our spirits and on our vehicles. “Winter driving is the most taxing type of driving you can do in Canada,” notes Sal. “At this time of year, when you install your summer tires, it’s a great opportunity to inspect that vehicle.”

A general inspection should include looking at all safety systems, suspension, springs, and brakes.

It’s not just the salt and sand on the road that can wear your vehicle down in icy conditions. “Cars today have traction control so your braking system is involved even when you are not stopping. When you are trying to leave that slippery ice, your breaking system is activated to keep your tires from losing traction and spinning. So, brakes don’t last as long as they used to.”

The suspension system also has extra work to do during the winter. The suspension system is responsible for the car’s ability to smooth out a bumpy ride, to accelerate, brake, and corner. The suspension will also transfer the weight of the vehicle so that the tires can maintain maximum grip on the surface of the road. Ice and snow create rough road conditions so a vehicle’s suspension is working much harder during the winter to keep you safe.

A general inspection can catch problems with these systems before they can occur at an inconvenient time, but also before they get bigger and more expensive to fix.

Book an inspection with Sal at Automechanix or with a member of the Guelph Garage Owners Association:
Auto Cool
Big Wheel
College Auto Tech
Grants Auto
Hayden’s Garage
JMH Auto
Mister Transmission
True Centre
Ted’s Tire Discounter

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