Shop is geared to DIY me­chan­ics

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

“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.

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