Quick Oil Changes: A Proactive Business
For years, the quick oil change industry has been lumped in with repair shops, dealership service centres, or even in the all-encompassing “automotive repair” category. However, there is a huge difference between quick lubes and places that do repairs.
At the Lubrication Station, we are in the proactive business. This means we do our best to make sure our customers’ cars are maintained to a standard that all car manufacturers would approve. Any time your car is broken down and out of service (for even the shortest time frame), it can be a major inconvenience, especially if it is your only mode of transportation.
Our job is to do the routine maintenance that will keep your vehicle operating in all weather, road and driving conditions. I know it may sound silly, but every time I see a car on the side of the road in difficulty, I always wonder, “Did we do something wrong?” Then I check and make sure it does not have our service reminder on the windshield.
Because Lubrication Station is in the proactive business, there is no benefit for us to find something wrong with a vehicle because we do not repair mechanical issues with our customers’ cars. As a neutral third party, we let customers know about issues if there is something wrong. Mostly we find minor stuff, but that “stuff” can snowball into major repairs.
Then there is the reactive business — the mechanical repairs — when a car definitely has issues that require a qualified mechanic... so that the vehicle is safe and sound… so that it can keep coming into the Lubrication Station… so we can keep the fluids clean and the car is able to do its job long after the warranty has expired.
No one wants to have their car in the shop for an extended period of time. Heck, that’s how quick lubes started, but the reality is that it has to happen sometimes. My staff and I at Lubrication Station want to reduce those times, shorten the pit stops, and maybe, hopefully, prevent them from happening.
There’s a Benjamin Franklin quote we have adapted that fits our ethos: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of remedy.” We stand by that quote with every oil change and inspection we carry out — from the tiniest bulb to the largest engine.
Lubrication Station on 8th
1-3401 8th Street
Lubrication Station on Circle
614 Circle Drive East