PJW Automotive: We take care of your vehicle like it was our mom’s


Automotive technician Mike London manned the computer terminal for receiving orders.

Tom Richter worked the brake and rotor machine at PJW.

Dave Schackelford fixed one of many cars in for repair at PJW.

0ffice assistant Sara Hall is the friendly voice at PJW Auto Service and Repair.

The recent economy forced many folks to put off routine maintenance on still usable vehicles, PJW Automotive owner Pat Whalen says, but now it’s time to catch up.

It’s a wise idea to maintain older vehicles and keep them on the road. For many, it’s the most economical path, when compared to a monthly car payment, with the increased taxes and insurance premiums, Whalen points out.

Budget for the life of your vehicle

Beware the loss leaders, Whalen cautions. “If the shops that advertise the $20 oil change did nothing else, they’d be out of business in a year. They will find other work that ‘needs to be done,’” says Whelan. PJW Automotive, located in New Brighton just a half-mile north of Beisswenger’s on Old Highway 8, keeps a detailed record of every vehicle’s repairs, and its technicians will always be honest about what needs to be fixed immediately and what can wait, Whelan says. “We’ll take care of your vehicle in the most affordable way possible.”

Either service adviser Mike London, a 15-year PJW Auto veteran, or owner Pat Whelan, with 34 years in the business, can best advise you on what needs to be done so you don’t have to tackle that scary, 300-page owner’s manual on your own.

Just bring your vehicle in — car or light truck, American made or import — a couple of times a year for a thorough courtesy inspection.

Preventive maintenance is key

“The owner’s manual is the only part of a vehicle that’s never touched,” Whelan says with a smile, before turning serious. Pay attention to the dashboard warning lights; they are there for a reason, he says. They transmit valuable information that will let you know when your vehicle is misbehaving. Get it taken care of and you may very well avoid being stranded and towed. 

PJW Automotive has the same level of diagnostic equipment as any Ford or General Motors dealership in the Twin City area, Whelan notes, and now has full-wheel alignment capabilities as well.

Mechanics at PJW Automotive are ASE-certified and receive re-certification each year through classes and web-based training.

The 34-year-old shop is active in the community, too. From Free2B, Inc., a program that supplies free car repair to needy families, to sponsoring teams in the Irondale Youth Hockey Association, Whalen recognizes the importance of giving back.

“It’s a good community to be a part of,” he says. 

A bright, spacious waiting area, complete with beverages, Wi-Fi, even a small male Pomeranian named Max, are there to entertain you should you care to wait while your vehicle is being serviced. And beginning this spring, bicycles from CARS Bike Shop nearby will be available at PJW Auto so you can go for a ride while technicians get your vehicle ready for the road.

PJW Automotive
2087 Old Hwy. 8 NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
651-636-6141
www.pjwauto.com

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