It pays to leave car work to the pros

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When it comes to tak­ing care of a ve­hi­cle, do-it-your­self is the wrong route to take, stresses Ken Bourque.

“A good tech­ni­cian is the ex­pert. You should lis­ten to a tech­ni­cian like you would a doc­tor,” adds the owner of Ken’s Auto Cen­ter, lo­cated at 3925 County Road 45, be­hind the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice sta­tion.

“Peo­ple may want to change the oil them­selves. But when they bring their ve­hi­cle in here, we can get the ve­hi­cle up on the hoist, and at the same time check the un­der­car­riage and sus­pen­sion,” says Mr. Bourque.

Mo­torists can­not spot flaws that are eas­ily de­tected by trained me­chan­ics.

Lack of reg­u­lar maintenance is a com­mon cause of prob­lems, ob­serves the grand master tech- nician, whose team con­sists of ser­vice man­ager Craig Gibbons, tech­ni­cian Robert Marenger and ap­pren­tice Vin­cent Bourque, his son.

Mr. Bourque, who started in the trade in 1985, opened his busi­ness in 2008. The op­er­a­tion re­cently grew when the num­ber of bays was dou­bled to four.

At this time of year, the team is busy chang­ing tires. “We of­fer tire stor­age,” says Mr. Bourque.

Es­ti­mat­ing that 95 per cent of his customers are re­peat clients, Mr. Bourque re­marks, “We look at a ve­hi­cle like it was our own mother’s. We make sure it is safe and we will not sell you some­thing that you don’t need.” En­vi­ron­men­tally friendly Mr. Bourque takes pride in the en­vi­ron­ment­lally friendly na­ture of his shop. “We are very green. Every­thing that can be re­cy­cled here is. We put out one garbage bag a week, which is pretty good for a four-bay garage.”

EX­PERT EYE: Grand mas­ter tech­ni­cian Ken Bourque ad­vises that main­te­nance be en­trusted to trained pro­fes­sion­als.

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