Sev­eral ex­tra kilo­me­tres

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement - - News -

At one point, ev­ery car owner will be obliged to make The De­ci­sion: Re­pair the cur­rent set of wheels? Or trade it in on a new car or an­other used ve­hi­cle? Many mo­torists are go­ing with the first op­tion. At Mr. Ra­di­a­tor Auto Cen­tre on County Road 34 north of Alexandria, Tim Gor­don (photo right) is re­plac­ing the trans­mis­sion in a mini­van. The job is not cheap, but it is a sound in­vest­ment con­sid­er­ing the al­ter­na­tives, points out Joey Ladouceur. “A lot of peo­ple are spend­ing money and keep­ing their cars longer be­cause of the cost of buy­ing new cars,” he adds. “It also gives them more time to look around for an­other one,” notes his brother, Lee, (photo left) who is cut­ting a piece of metal that will be used to patch a gas tank. “I tell peo­ple to cal­cu­late the re­pair cost spread out over 12 months. When you look at that, ver­sus the cost of new car pay­ments, it makes sense to hang onto to your car a lit­tle longer,” says Joey Ladouceur. “When peo­ple used to keep their cars for 200,000 kilo­me­tres, they are now try­ing to get them to last for 300,000.”

De­spite its name, Mr. Ra­di­a­tor of­fers bumper-to-bumper car ser­vice. Started by Lau­rent Ladouceur in 1977, the ra­di­a­tor shop grad­u­ally grew into a com­plete car care cen­tre.

The founder con­tin­ues to work at the shop as a mem­ber of the four-man crew.

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