Shop is geared to DIY mechanics
“There is a demand for this.” That is the simple reason Pierre La Rose opened the Do It U Self self- service auto maintenance business on Alexandria’s Main Street in May. The shop is geared for the car owner who has the basic skill set but lacks the necessary tools and space to carry out vehicle repairs and maintenance.
“A lot of people want to change their oil or their tires themselves,” notes Mr. La Rose. “But not everyone has a garage with all the equipment.”
Situated at 325 Main St. S., Do It U Self gives customers the option of bringing their own tools to the bay or renting them from the shop. An Internet connection and large screen enable amateur mechanics to browse the web to access how-to videos.
A former service station owner and a former flea market operator, Mr. La Rose figures this venture has traction. “At $15 an hour, the rental for the bay is not expensive,” he points out.
As far as he knows, his is the only do- it- yourself auto shop between Ottawa and Montréal.
Plus, he has another rare feature -- a mechanic is on duty on the weekends in the garage that is open seven days a week.