When you say you have been around the block or two with mechanics, I could definitely relate. Having reliable transportation is always a concern in the back of my head. I know, I could ride a bicycle and save the world, but a Maserati sounds more like it.
Have you ever been ripped off by a mechanic? I know my son paid some “Moses” mechanic in Fairview to remove an engine and check it out to repair. Come to find out that the engine was never touched. What about my mom? She was having trouble with her Jeep and took it to a mechanic in Woodfin and he told he she needed an engine and he would do it for $3000. She got upset and drove over to the Exxon Station on Merrimon and her problem was diagnosed, solved and less than $200. It is still running strong today.
As far as I am concerned, I want a company backed by people I can trust. I have been going to 2 mechanics in the Asheville area and they have never let me down. Jimmy Sexton, owner of Jimmy’s Automotive has been in the community for 25 years and has kept a great quality shop all along. I have taken about 5 different types of vehicles there and was always given professional service, estimates and repair. Their customer base is huge and satisfied. I recommend Jimmy’s all the way!
The other Asheville mechanic that I use is Derek Hall of Asheville Diesel and Performance in Woodfin NC, a little north of Beaver Lake. They take care of my full monthly vehicle maintenance. Many of my good friends go here for all of their auto repair needs.
Then we have North Asheville Exxon which my mom loves unconditionally. and Allen’s BP which is her backup. Comment and tell us who you recommend or don’t, and why.
Lots of great businesses, large and small, in Asheville North Carolina. Here are a few recent highlights:
Derek at Asheville Diesel & Performance is a full service mechanic in the Woodfin area that works on all makes and models. We have been using this establishment for about a year now and both the preventive and repair work is great. Before heading out of town on a road trip; I usually stop by there for a quick 10 minute check up. An awesome running vehicle and peace of mind is what I get in return.
The Western North Carolina AIDS Project is dedicated to providing HIV related services to the people of WNC through client support, preventive education and outreach activities. Part of their yearly fundraising is an event called “Dining Out for Life” where over 100 Asheville area restaurants give 20% of all proceeds for one day. Pictured above is Peggy from WNCAP and Peggy from Rise N Shine Cafe.
In the market for a new vehicle? Robert Smith from Anderson Nissan is giving great deals and incentives to everyone, but even more to his cyber friends in the social media world. He also supports many local businesses in the Asheville community! You can find Rob Smith on his YouTube Channel, Blog, or on Twitter @RobTheCarGuy.
Asheville Musician Ben Hovey jams on the Trumpet and Keyboard, and at the same time! He is a music technologist and has done wonders for the musical atmosphere of many places in the area including The Marketplace Restaurant, the 151 Boutique Bar & Kitchen, the Grove Park Inn, & 5 Walnut Wine Bar. Also pictured above with Ben is another local music legend Kat Williams.
And… in Beer Business News… The 21st Amendment Brewery which is based in San Francisco California has announced plans to open up a brewery in Asheville North Carolina! MORE BEER FOR US!!! Their 1st tweet about it was “21st Amendment Brewery announces plans to build new production brewing facility in Asheville, NC.” and the next tweet said “I’m sorry that last tweet was suppose to say, the 21A plans to serve watermelon wheat today in their outdoor beer garden. autocorrectfail” so either they announced it prematurely on Twitter or they are teasing us!! Lol
Update: 5/7/12 Tony Kiss from the Asheville Citizen Times just tweeted “21st Ammendment Brewing in San Fran denies that is coming to Asheville after tweeting that they were. #avlbeer #ncbeer”
And talk about teasing… DO NOT MISS ABSFest, the Asheville Burlesque Festival coming May 25-27, 2012. Best entertainment festival of the year!! Pictured above is the Vaudevillian Revue Troupe!
Asheville’s @FunkyVilleUSA does a “Funky Biz of the Week” shout-out and promotion on Twitter. The businesses chosen for the month of April 2012 were:
1) Tall Garys: @TallGarys is a fun and Funky lil cantina located in the heart of Asheville.. theres fun, food and great entertainment for all.. always some type of drink special going on.. Tall Garys is doing their part to promote and discover new Asheville local musical talent.. get discovered at Tall garys.. 4 College St. #FunkyBizOfTheWeek. 2) Tomato Jam Cafe: @TomatoJamCafe is located near the hospitals in Asheville.. if you havent discovered this little gem of a cafe you need to get busy and find it.. 379 Biltmore… You’ll enjoy getting to know the owners of this cute little place.. Its always nice to be on a first name basis with folks who provide a healthy and delicious lunch or breakfast for you..tell them FunkyVilleUSA highly recommends them for healthy and local food choices..Enjoy!! #FunkyBizOfTheWeek. 3) If you’ve lived in Asheville very long you probably have heard of Hop Ice Cream@HopIceCream .. if you havent you need to get there soon….They are always busy creating new and exciting flavors for their HomeMade Icecreams and desserts.. who’s ever heard of an icecream store with live entertainment??? of course we have one in Asheville…!! Hop Ice Cream.. 640 Merrimon #FunkyBizOfTheWeek. 4) We are 8 hours away from that famous fishing hole the Atlantic Ocean and yet Blue Water Seafood@BlueH2oSeafood seems to come thru everyday with fresh and exciting new seafood dishes… Asheville’s own lil seafood joint with dishes that are big on flavor.. visit them today .. We know youll enjoy the funtimes and great food… 94 Charlotte St #FunkyBizOfTheWeek
I have been in the Asheville area for about 18 years now and have worked with a dozen or so mechanics in the area. Most recently a family member took their car out to a place run by “Moses” in Fairview NC to get an engine removed, checked and repaired. He told them that the engine was no good and charged about $600. So they sold the vehicle to a another mechanic and he called my family to tell them that the engine had never been removed or checked. On another occasion, a family member of mine took their Jeep to a mechanic in the Asheville area and he called back saying we needed a new engine for $3000. We took it for a second opinion and the engine was fine; it simply needed a tune-up etc which ending up costing a mere $170. It kind of reminded me of the big city mechanics that would take an alternator out, clean it up, spray it with chrome paint and charge the customer for “a new alternator” or nothing really. What a rip off! What is worse than a messed up vehicle? A bad mechanic to compliment it!
My prayers for a great mechanic were recently answered when I met Derek Hall of Asheville Diesel and Automotive in North Asheville. Every little detail about my vehicle is completely up to par and he is so transparent when it comes to issues, costs and potential problems. I like knowing the proper fix that is needed, and the cheap alternative if there is one lol. The work he does on my vehicle is guaranteed and it lasts. I love stopping by there before a road trip and having Derek do a quick inspection on my SUV to make sure it is safe and ready for the haul.