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Come See Our New Shop

Come See Our New Shop

Our Grand Opening rocked!  It was so cool to have classic cars lined up in the lot, friends eating great food from Pockets Grill catering and family present on a warm Tuesday evening in August right at the beginning of one of our favorite local events, Hot August Nights. We are grateful for Geno Martini, Mayor of Sparks, Len Stevens from the Reno Sparks Chamber, Harry Reids office and a representative from Mark Amodei, who were present to support our success.  The certificates of recognition and appreciation were icing on the cake after achieving a long term goal for our business in a  community we love!     Can you believe it has been over 11 years we have been serving our community like family?   Speaking of family. Our shop is built on family values and community spirit.  These guiding building blocks remain strong and support our company's culture.  This is the perfect time to thank both family and our ... read more

Why have we grown?

Just last week Jeff and I returned from the first two weeks’ vacation in ten years. And part of it was for work. We traveled to Florida for a Worldpac Expo. We learned more about how to run our business in the BEST manner possible for customers and went to Disneyworld for the first time (We are both in our 50’s). We stayed with friends and drove up Coco Beach (Can you say - yes Master?), peered across the water at Cape Canaveral, visited Daytona and ended up at a nice dinner in St. Augustine, after touring the oldest fort in America. When we were gone - we of course, checked in on the shop and our employees. Everything went beautifully, employees worked together as a team, took care of business and were happy when we returned. All was well, except one thread of communication, in one phone call. We found out a local fellow business owner told one of our customers that we were a “box store” now. You could not have stabbed at our hearts and made it hurt any more than that. We ... read more

We are excited spring is here!

To all of our valued customers, Time sure flies when you are busy, and we have been busy this past year! Here comes spring and we are excited to share this next year with all of you! Both personally and professionally 2013 has held lots of GROWTH for us! Jeff and I had been saving for years to someday buy a building of our own, but we have gotten attached to our location. So, instead we invested in making our current location a better place to be and do business for our customers. You can still find us at 2255 Glendale, with a whole new look and a great big sign out front! Personally, we welcomed our first grandson into the family. Jayden Jeffrey Pheasant was born on July 30th and continues to grow and bring joy to our family! (He is crawling and working on walking at just seven months old!) With growth, comes change and we have added some new services for our customers;We have an alignment shop with a state of the art, Hunter alignme ... read more

Denim Drive 2013 Is Here

Denim Drive 2013 Is Here

A Master Mechanic is one of many Official Collection Centers for the 2013 Denim Drive. This Denim Drive runs from November 11 - December 16. It is time to bring in NEW jeans, NEW socks and NEW underwear for the Reno Rodeo Denim Drive! We just received our box to fill from the Reno Rodeo Foundation. Each year, at this time, we ask our customers to participate in helping our local foster kids have new clothes. There are children who need all sizes of jeans, outfits, socks and underwear, from toddlers to size 18, for high school girls and guys. No New clothes are refused! All clothing is for abused and neglected teens, children and infants who have been rescued from unsafe homes in 13 Northern Nevada Counties. The A Master Team would love to see the box fill up each day, Please take a moment from your busy schedule, to support the community in way that gives hope to those in need.  Experience the joy of giving Today

The blogging begins ~

Blogging has to be one of the hardest things to do. Think about it - once you post something it is out there for all the world to see and read - and critique. But, I can't be the only one who is worried about that - typing something in a manner that prevents my true meaning from being understood. Of course, I can always edit it - so I guess we are good to begin. Be kind, be supportive and be INVOLVED!!!! Here goes nothing! I would like to invite comments, suggestions and ideas to be sent to me at shari@amastermechanic.com. I would like this blog to be helpful, informative and fun! 2013 has been a challenge - our first full year since the expansion. It has been important to us to stay true to our company culture - a strong, local, family atmosphere - but allow our company to grow and flourish. Working between the four sections of our building has been a challenge - but between Louis's bike, our intercom, telephone, and radio systems - we are perseveri ... read more

Denim Drive Kicks Off This Week

It is time to bring in new jeans, new socks and new underwear for the Reno Rodeo Denim Drive! We just received our box to fill from the Reno Rodeo Foundation. Each year at this time, we ask our customers to participate in helping our local foster kids have new clothes. There are children who need all sizes of jeans, outfits, socks and underwear. Everyone from toddlers to size 18, for high school girls and guys. No new clothes are refused! This year we will perform a complete system starting and charging check on your vehicle at no charge when you bring in any clothing to add to our Denim Drive! Offer expires 2/25/2012 Please help us raise the self esteem of children in crisis through a program that gives back 100% in our own community! Stop by, drop off your donation and your name will go into a drawing for one of our “flushing system services” also, kind of a grand prize for someone. This is our way of thanking you for participating! God Bless and dnjoy your family ... read more

We Welcome Fellow Business Owners

Back in September 2010 we attended a meeting in California and met nine automotive maintneance & repair shop owners. We also met Kelly Bennett, the instructor for the SmartGroup named Calvada. Although we were quite confident we were going to sparkle & shine that day, it wasn’t much into the meeting before we learned about the benchmarks we weren’t reaching and were given an overhwleming amount of information to fix them. Our sparkle dimmed and our shine needed some elbow grease. Everyone was gracious and open to sharing their ideas and they welcomed us with open arms. Although we were the only shop from Nevada in the room, we, by all means, were not the “only ones”. Everyone in the room had already experienced their very first meeting, and they came away with a lot of the same “teachings” we did. So, onward we went. Since that time we have attended four out of town meetings where we gather in a room and talk about best practices, strategic managment and sha ... read more

No leaks are good leaks

Has the summer heat brought out the fluids in your car? There are several fluids that need to be maintained to keep you car in it’s optimum running condition. To maintain our “fluids” we only need to make sure to drink eight glasses of water daily, but our vehicles have five “fluids” that must be maintained. We know not to let our vehicles oil go dry but what about your transmission, brake, power steering and differential fluids? And don’t forget about your anti freeze/coolant? The health of your vehicle degrades when it is low on fluid or the velocity of the fluid has broken down over time. As a responsible car owner you need to make sure your fluids are in their “optimum condition”. We all know what happens when we run out of oil, but some fluid levels or leaks are difficult to spot. Leaks do not always show up on your driveway. For instance 2% moisture in your brake fluid can cause rust in the lines and ABS controllers, but you will never see this leak. These ca ... read more

Kicking off our website!

We are excited to offer our customers access to our newly designed, interactive website. It is ready to be formally released as of tomorrow. So, we go LIVE on FRIDAY, APRIL 22nd, just in time for, what we expect to be, our busiest season yet! Please come back often to check out our blogs, new recommendations and especially, the just for you page.We also have a page to LIKE on facebook and you can follow our tweets on twitter! As always, we are here for you. Any suggestions are welcome, just email us at webmaster@amastermechanic.com! Enjoy the ride

Just For You!

Whether on the internet, phone or in person we want to be as helpful as possible. This page is just for you. Constructed to offer our customers what they want and need. SO check back often, as we receive requests for information, services and opportunities you will find it here. Smog check information Did you know that your smog certificate is valid for 90 days? You do not need to wait until you are notified by the DMV that your registration is due to stop in and get your car smogged. If you take a look at your registration sticker and your renewal is coming up in the next 90 days, work your appointment into your schedule rather than getting it done last minute. This way you aren’t taking care of it on a cold or busy day. Once your vehicle passes the smog test, it automatically shows up for the DMV via the computer. Then, when it is time to register your vehicle, you can take care of it, conveniently online! If you have already received ... read more

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