I live in Pleasant Hill it’s extremely convenient for me to get my oil changed at Wal-Mart in Altoona. Even though it’s convenient, all they do is change the oil. They don’t look at the tires and let me know that I’m due for a new set in the coming months; or that I have a tail light out. I know these are things that I can see for myself, but I just don’t. It’s an added benefit that I enjoy receiving when I take my car in to be serviced.
Growing weary of Wal-Mart’s tunnel vision, I sought out a local shop in Pleasant Hill – BUY LOCAL – right? They did take a look at the whole vehicle during the oil change. I even purchased a new front tire from them when I got a flat. The problem was that they put the wrong tire on my car which ended up damaging the front axle which they wouldn’t repair…so much for buying local.
So, needless to say, I got behind on the maintenance of my vehicle because I just didn’t know where to turn. Until I get my daily Groupon email. That day’s Groupon was for an oil change, tire rotation, wiper blades AND a 41-point courtesy safety inspection from Car-X. I thought to myself, “Why not…” Even though they’re a national chain with more than 175 locations, “buying local” wasn’t meeting my needs.
And, the NE 14th Street location has FREE WI-FI!!! I was in heaven this afternoon while I spent my Groupon. The staff was courteous, I got some work done, they told me my rear taillight needed a new bulb and replaced it for free…I’m sold…
Has there been a time where you received better service from a national chain versus a local establishment? Do you feel guilty spending your money at a big-box retailer versus the mom-and-pop shop around the corner?