PALMYRA, NJ (CBS) — A South Jersey auto repair shop is saving drivers hundreds of dollars by teaching them how to repair their own vehicles.
U keylocated in Palmyra, allows drivers to rent space in the store by the hour, where trained technicians guide drivers on how to perform common auto repairs, such as oil changes and brake pad replacement , or complex projects, such as replacing an engine.
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“[I] I really try to empower everyone to save money and do things themselves,” said Matthew Alphonse, owner of U Wrench It. “Seeing the real emotion that is drawn to repairs is truly awesome to experience.”
According to auto parts retailer AutoZone, mechanics typically charge between $115 and $270 per axle to replace brake pads.
As gas prices reach record highs, South Jersey drivers are looking for creative ways to save money. Coming at 5:15 p.m. @CBSPhillyhow a new DIY shop is saving drivers hundreds of dollars while teaching them how to fix their car. pic.twitter.com/EkzEoqXEQH
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Alphonse charges $50 an hour to rent a car lift, receive one-on-one advice from a technician, and have access to all the equipment needed to complete the job, which typically takes an hour.
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Matthew Roana came to U Wrench It to replace the engine of his BMW SUV.
“I basically had two options. Get rid of the car or try to shell out a little over $18,000 for the BMW dealer,” Roana said. “I was a little worried because it was a big job. .”
Alphonse guided Roana, who is not a qualified technician, through the repair process.
Roana estimated that he would eventually spend around $1,200 to replace his engine.
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“When the car is running, you have a sense of pride,” Roana said. “It’s a very unique feeling that I haven’t felt since I was a kid.”