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Greg’s Take: Nationwide Technician Shortage

Greg’s Take: Nationwide Technician Shortage

There’s a nationwide long-term business health problem that has been growing for decades. There are fewer and fewer qualified technicians coming into any trades industry, including automotive. It has always been hard to find and keep qualified people; it’s only become harder and harder in recent years. I have observed that our middle and high school counselors have systemically steered young people away from vocational training. There is an assumption that the kids are going to go to college. This is great for some and not so great for others. Not every young person is going to excel in a college environment. To make matters worse, they will leave a four-year college with a degree in say, computer technology with a debt of (conservatively) $30,000-$50,000 and be in a situation where they are battling for a $35,000 a year position. Trouble is, without trained people to be electricians, plumbers, carpenters and auto technicians, we’re all going to be in a world of ... read more

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Client Spotlight – Aviation Author

Client Spotlight – Aviation Author

Mr. Christiansen gives Paul and Sara a history lesson on jet engines. You’d never believe the conversations we have with our clients here at Motor Works! Last week, Mr. Christiansen stopped by and we got a history lesson on the development of jet engines. Turns out Mr. Christiansen is a published author and has been driving back and forth to Delaware in his 2005 Acura TL. Why Delaware? He’s researching the development of the Westinghouse J-series jet engines (he’s already written twobooks on the subject) and all of the records are there. We heard ... read more

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Client Spotlight – Champion Irish Dancer

Client Spotlight – Champion Irish Dancer

Young Ms. Hoyt-O’Connor at the 2016 National Championships At Motor Works, you’re way more than just your vehicle. Behind every vehicle we service is a person or family with a story to tell. The Hoyt-O’Connors have been servicing their cars with Motor Works for about 8 years. Their 2003 Honda Odyssey, at 170,000 miles, has been all over the country for their daughter’s Irish Dance competitions. We got this email from Mrs. Hoyt-O’Connor… Of course, we wish her the best of luck in Ireland! Do you have a neat story to tell? Give us a call or email and let us know

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200,000 Miles and Counting

200,000 Miles and Counting

A big week here at Motor Works, as two more of our clients joined the prestigious 200,000 mile club. Mr. Gannon-Miller has racked up 202,509 miles on his 2009 Honda CR-V. (That’s nearly 80 miles a day!) We’ve been servicing this workhorse since the day it was new. Tom’s wife, Mary-Lois, is no stranger to high-mileage cars. She’s our current mileage record holder among active clients, with her 1995 Acura Integra racking up nearly 340,000 miles! Mr. Burrus also topped a milestone. He even sent us a picture the moment he crossed 200,000 — and thankfully it looks like he pulled over before taking the picture!) His 2004 CR-V is still going strong with nearly 204,000 miles. Our 200,000 mile club isn’t that hard to join. Proactiv ... read more

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The 2016 Civic is Here… And it looks amazing!

The 2016 Civic is Here… And it looks amazing!

The 2016 Honda Civic (courtesy of Honda of America) Have you seen the new 2016 Honda Civic? The 4-door sedan is on sale right now, with the Coupe, Hatchback and high-performance Type-R on the way. The auto blog Jalopnik just reviewed the ’16 Civic and they give it a resounding two thumbs up. The new Civic is full of tech, with tools like the Honda LaneWatch System Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Asssist and Adaptive Cruise Control. P ... read more

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Motor Works: Ethics Certified!

Motor Works: Ethics Certified!

Our mission statement is at the center of everything we do here at Motor Works. So it’s no surprise that we have been recognized as “Ethics Certified” by Elite Worldwide, a group of the top auto repair facility owners from across North America. We’re pleased to proudly display the Elite “Ethics Certified” seal. It’s a testament to what we do, and we appreciate the trust you place in us. You can visit Elite’s website for more information on the Ethics Certification program

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Rock Stars in and out of the shop!

Rock Stars in and out of the shop!

Doesn’t get much better than this! As you probably already know, our technicians maintain current certifications by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. What you may not know is that they also are working continuously to better themselves in other areas. Master Technician Chris Soares has been working hard, taking college classes when he’s not at Motor Works. His hard work and dedication really shows! We are incredibly proud of Chris and his efforts

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The Value of Maintenance – 334,000 Miles and Still Going Strong!

The Value of Maintenance – 334,000 Miles and Still Going Strong!

1995 Acura Integra — Still going strong after 20 years and 334,000 Miles! Here is a shining example of the benefits of proactive maintenance! 334,000+ miles and it’s still running like a champ! Emails like this is are WHY we do what we do. What a way to start the week! Thanks MaryLois! We fully expect to see this Integra through 400,000 miles and beyond. Honda and Toyota products are some of the toughest and longest lasting cars on the road. Love your older car? We’ll keep it in like-new condition for you

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Famous? MWI featured in Shop Owner Magazine

Famous? MWI featured in Shop Owner Magazine

Motor Works Inc. is the featured in the July/Aug 2012 issue of Shop Owner Magazine!Here’s the full article for your reading enjoyment! Download (PDF, Unknown)

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Honda and Toyota products definitely hold their value over time. Smart!

Honda and Toyota products definitely hold their value over time. Smart!

2014 KBB.com Residual Value WIN for Honda & Toyota! The Kelley Blue Book website (who tracks your car’s value) recently released it’s top 10 list for 2014 vehicles’ projected residual value out to 5 years. It’s no surprise the list is dominated by SUV’s as they still hold their popularity in the US. While these are projections, it is nice to see the vehicles that we’ve been supporting all along occupy 50% of the entire list

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Thankful Thursdays Introduction


Wellness: Our Top Priority


40 Weeks of Paying It Forward


ADAS Systems.... Going to Take Some Getting Used To!


New Year, New Look, New Brand... New Everything!...


Holiday Update


T.A.P. (Teacher Appreciation Program) Announcement!


“Are We There Yet?” Season is Almost Here!


Spring Car Care Tips!


What the heck is Variable Valve Timing?


Airbag Recall – Questions, Answers and Updates


Decoding your Dashboard


Blue Seal of Excellence


The Right Part for the Job


Inside the Tech: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)


Inside the Tech: Lane Departure Warning


Greg’s Take: Things Break!


Greg’s Take: Nationwide Technician Shortage


Squeezing a few extra MPG from your car!


Caliper Slide Pin Boot – What is it?


Traction Control Systems


What’s a Timing Belt?


What’s a CV Boot?


Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Check your Tires!


Oil Light? Stop Right Now!


Client Spotlight – Aviation Author


What’s a Catalytic Converter?


Client Spotlight – Champion Irish Dancer


“Gregsplanation” – What’s a Cabin HEPA Filter?


Keep Your Car Looking Like New


“Gregsplanation” – Why does water drip from my car on hot days?


What does VTEC mean?


200,000 Miles and Counting


The 2016 Civic is Here… And it looks amazing!


Motor Works: Ethics Certified!


Vehicle Wiring is Tasty… to Rodents!


Rock Stars in and out of the shop!


The Value of Maintenance – 334,000 Miles and Still Going Strong!


Foggy Headlights? Restore instead of replace!


Wheel Alignment 101


Veterans Day 2015


Colder weather could trigger Tire Pressure (TPMS) Warning Light


Get Your Car Ready for Fall!


Motor Works Featured in “Remarkable Results”


Car Optometry – Aiming the Honda LaneWatch System


Differential? What’s That?


Odd Fix of the Day – Sienna Brake Lights


When should I change my oil?


Check Engine Light On? We Can Fix It!


Famous? MWI featured in Shop Owner Magazine


Video: Consumer Compass


Honda and Toyota products definitely hold their value over time. Smart!


Prevention is Primary: Radiator Hose


Prevention is Primary: Maintenance Schedules – Confused?


Use our Diagnostic Worksheets


MWI Consumer Checkbook Top Quality Rated…Again!


Video: AARP Modern Maturity – 1985 TV show Clip at MWI


Video: He Did it for Love – Technician buys car for his mother!

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