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DIY Garage in Acton London

PostPost by: Jason1 » Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:58 pm

You lucky people in London.

At last there is a DIY Garage in London, open 7 days a week 24 hours a day; hopefully this will catch on and we will get lots of these near to where I live.

http://www.pitstartgarage.com/index.html

When I was working in a Motor Vehicle college over 10 years ago I suggested we do this with the college facilities. If local colleges charged £10 p/h for bays and £20 p/h for ramps I would jump at the chance and the college would be able to fund new equipment.

I believe you guys in the US have been doing this for years?

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PostPost by: dusty » Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:38 pm

What a fantastic idea and 24/7.

Bet their insurance bill is steep though!
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:12 pm

They're certainly fairly widespread in this part of Germany, not 24/7 though, that's a bit OTT
Most of the car parts places close down at midday on Friday for the weekend, so it's a matter of good planning;which is not a bad thing?
The extended shopping hours in GB are IMHO crazy, who needs to go shopping on Sunday?
Surely it puts the cost of the goods up?
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PostPost by: dusty » Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:16 pm

A lot of people who have a 9-5 job will want to do this kind of work in the evening or at weekends. I agree though not many will want to do it at 3am!
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:26 pm

not many will want to do it at 3am!


I would, kids are in bed wife is asleep. Think I'll pop out for a couple of hours.

I got my oil changed in Kwik-fit the other day I had to make a 4pm appointment and then waited over a hour for the car to get on the ramp and then over a hour for them to change the oil and filter. If I could book a ramp for 30 mins I would have done it on my way home from work.

I love the idea of 24 hour opening; how often has a 30 min job taken all day? I remember trying to change a Mini 'A' series distributor for a 'A+' electronic one. Discovered the dizzy drive was different so tried to swap it over; 'plonk' the drive fell into the gearbox. :oops: Now my 30 min job turns into an engine out and gearbox off, retrieve the dizzy drive and refit. Fortunately it was Sunday in my bosses garage so I had lots of time. These things do happen. :roll:

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