By John Kitts, CityScoop Staff Writer

Nestled between the rolling hills of Contra Costa County, California, seated in the flats of the Pleasant Hill / Concord basin begins the story of the auto repair professor…

Just kidding! Wrong tone for this tale, but it’s still a cool story…

It’s kind of a David and Goliath, or an underdogs vs champs story.  In the auto repair world there’s the auto repair shops, and there’s the “almighty” dealers.  Not exactly the Capulets and the Montagues, but you can see where the debate might begin; dealer vs shop.

There are pros and cons on both sides of the equation and typically both will plead their cases admirably.  But in the end, the dealer often seems to profess a better technician, better service and thus, appropriately, a higher price.  Conversely, the auto repair shop argues equal service at a more affordable price. 

So who’s right?  Who wins?  Who’s the victor of this timeless debate?

I have no clue.  But I do know one such tidbit that is particularly interesting…

Doug Mueller is an auto repair expert that’s been helping people in the Contra Costa area for a long time.  And when I mean people I mean other auto repair experts.  You see, he runs an automotive training program where he holds advanced classes for those looking to further develop their automotive skills and knowledge.  With classroom sessions and hands on training he helps take technicians to the top of their potential. 

Where it gets particularly interesting is he trains professional mechanics from dealerships.  Local dealerships send him problems that their technicians can’t figure out.  So if you think back to what each side is saying, something doesn’t quite add up.  That’s all I’m saying!…

So if you have a tough problem that needs solving, you can either (a) take it to a dealer, or (b) you can take it to the professor.

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