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Do you remember car repair in 1980? James Auto Center opened its doors in September 20th, 1980. Our mission was to take care of customer’s car service and repair needs. Things have changed a lot since 1980, labor rates were $22.00 an hour, and minimum wage was $3.10. Cars had points and condensers that needed to be changed every 3 to 5,000 miles. The most popular oil weight was 10w40 and 20w50. Carburetors needed to be rebuilt every few years to keep the gas mileage respectable. Cars rarely lasted 100,000 miles before they were ready to go to the salvage yard. Repair information for shops consisted of two or three service manuals (depending if you worked on "foreign" or "American" cars). A test light, dwell meter, compression gauge and vacuum gauge and volt/ohm meter were about the only diagnostic tools needed to diagnose and repair cars and trucks. Repair tickets were written by hand and collected sales tax was sent by mail to the state of Florida by the 20th of every month. Labor rates now are close to $100 per hour. Minimum wage is $7.67. Electronic ignition systems go 100,000 miles between spark plug changes. Fuel injection provides better performance and better fuel mileage. Two hundred to three hundred thousand miles on a car is common to still be on the road. Most cars over 7 years old have more than 100,000 miles on the odometer and still run well and are dependable. The proper weight oil to use now is 5w30 or 5w20. Information needed to diagnose/repair cars can be purchased instantly “on line". Diagnostic equipment consists of laptop computers, digital lab scopes, and special software with sophisticated programs. Sales tax must be submitted on line, so that it will come out of the business checking account instantly. Yes, there have been a lot of changes over the last 32 years. What has not changed is customers wanting to have a locally owned family business that is trustworthy and professional that treats its customers like family. On Friday the 28th of September James Auto Center @ 1301 E 11th Street Panama City, Florida will have an open house for all. From 11:00 to 1:00 we will be serving refreshments and demonstrating different kinds of diagnostic equipment we are trained to use in taking care of your car. Please mark your calendar and join us Friday, September 28th @ James Auto Center from 11 to 1 pm. We look forward to seeing our friends, customers and former employees to help us celebrate our 32nd anniversary. Peace and Prosperity to all, James Morris

Do you remember car repair in 1980? James Auto Center opened its doors in September 20th, 1980. Our mission was to take care of customer’s car service and repair needs. Things have changed a lot since 1980, labor rates were $22.00 an hour, and minimum wage was $3.10. Cars had points and condensers that needed to be changed every 3 to 5,000 miles. The most popular oil weight was 10w40 and 20w50. Carburetors needed to be rebuilt every few years to keep the gas mileage respectable. Cars rarely lasted 100,000 miles before they were ready to go to the salvage yard. Repair information for shops consisted of two or three service manuals (depending if you worked on "foreign" or "American" cars). A test light, dwell meter, compression gauge and vacuum gauge and volt/ohm meter were about the only diagnostic tools needed to diagnose and repair cars and trucks. Repair tickets were written by hand and collected sales tax was sent by mail to the state of Florida by the 20th of every month. Labor rates now are close to $100 per hour. Minimum wage is $7.67. Electronic ignition systems go 100,000 miles between spark plug changes. Fuel injection provides better performance and better fuel mileage. Two hundred to three hundred thousand miles on a car is common to still be on the road. Most cars over 7 years old have more than 100,000 miles on the odometer and still run well and are dependable. The proper weight oil to use now is 5w30 or 5w20. Information needed to diagnose/repair cars can be purchased instantly “on line". Diagnostic equipment consists of laptop computers, digital lab scopes, and special software with sophisticated programs. Sales tax must be submitted on line, so that it will come out of the business checking account instantly. Yes, there have been a lot of changes over the last 32 years. What has not changed is customers wanting to have a locally owned family business that is trustworthy and professional that treats its customers like family. On Friday the 28th of September James Auto Center @ 1301 E 11th Street Panama City, Florida will have an open house for all. From 11:00 to 1:00 we will be serving refreshments and demonstrating different kinds of diagnostic equipment we are trained to use in taking care of your car. Please mark your calendar and join us Friday, September 28th @ James Auto Center from 11 to 1 pm. We look forward to seeing our friends, customers and former employees to help us celebrate our 32nd anniversary. Peace and Prosperity to all, James Morris

 

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