This week on People Profile: Lloyd Eccleston (Auto Mechanic)

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Just like many other jobs, being an auto mechanic is a pretty dynamic job especially if you are the owner of the establishment. It is a far cry from the “punch the clock, do the same task, then go home” type job. Because of this I wanted to talk to someone and seek their perspective about that particular profession. It is with pleasure that this week on People Profile we have as our guest Lloyd Eccleston the owner and operator of MARS auto repair in Sunrise Florida.

Dr. C

Welcome to People Profile Lloyd, what do you do for a living?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

Thanks for having me on People Profile Dr. C, it is truly a pleasure to speak with you. I am an automotive technician and the proud owner of MARS Auto Performance.

 

Dr. C

Yes Sir, how would you describe what you do?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

Perform basic maintenance, oil change, tune-ups, brake service and repairs, identifying mechanical and electrical issues using updated computerized diagnostic equipment.

 

Dr. C

What does your work entail?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

My work entails, explaining to customers their automotive issues, discount the work to the technicians, dealing with parts suppliers, order parts, answer phone calls and set up appointments.

 

Dr. C

Wow! That seems a like a lot of work. What does a typical work week look like?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

Yes Dr. C it is a lot of work. I usually start out with a clean shop, deal with all vehicles that were dropped off overnight. Check out problem vehicles, get prices, call customers, and repair vehicles. After repairs, they get rechecked, cleaned and returned to the customers.

Dr. C

How it all started?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

After working for Toyota for so many years and gaining all that knowledge I decided to do it on my own and employ a couple guys to help me out.

 

Dr. C

What do you like about what you do?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

The good thing is to see the satisfaction on customers face after the repair has been done. This is usually the case especially if they have been to one or two other repair shops before coming to me. Also, when you do a repair that another shop told them it’s a lot more money and they got it done at a lower cost at my shop.

 

Dr. C

Yes, customers are always looking for a lower cost work and more inexpensive parts, hey, nothing wrong with that! Lol

What do you dislike?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

It’s a disrespected, misunderstood job. A lot of stereotypes still exist. However, I don’t like working on cars with roaches in it. Also, nickel and dime customers that question every penny. Also, I some people don’t want to pay taxes on repairs as if the don’t understand that taxes are a part of the business.

 

Dr. C

What education or skill are needed to do this?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

A high school education is a plus, or a complete vocational automotive program is a big start. Get your ASE certification, tools, and an automotive attitude and you are good to go, lol.

 

Dr. C

What is most rewarding about this job?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

Most rewarding is having our customers’ vehicle repaired at an affordable price.

 

Dr. C

What is most challenging?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

Challenges come when you have to fix another shop’s mistake, or you screw up on a job.

 

Dr. C

How much time off do you get/take?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

Sometimes a day, or public holidays.

 

Dr. C

What’s a common misconception people have about what you do?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

That we make a lot of money.  I agree that a lot of money goes through my hands but to say that we make a “truck load” of money is an overstatement.

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Dr. C

What are your goals and dreams for the future?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

Hope to have my own building where I can provide more services and employ more workers.

 

Dr. C

What else would you like people to know about what you do?

 

Lloyd Eccleston

Apart from being an auto repair shop, we are a full house body and paint repairs. We also source specialized parts at low cost for our customers.

 

Dr. C

I would like to use this opportunity to thank you for you Ad in our 2016 People Profile Awards magazine. I also noticed that you were not in attendance.

 

Lloyd Eccleston

Yes Dr. C why do you have to mention that? Lol….circumstances Dr. C circumstances…lol. But I heard it was excellent, congratulations are in order.

 

Dr. C

Yea, yea, yea…..what about the lion’s den, why is it that Camperdown’s crest is so small in comparison to the other schools? After all, we are the diamond in the east! Lol

Lloyd Eccleston People Profile thank you for your time and effort in sharing your experience, walk good my Rabalac brethren.

 

Lloyd Eccleston

Yes Dr. C, thanks for the opportunity.

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