On Tuesday, 12/2I/10 I was driving my ‘03 Subaru Outback V6 down the 5 Frwy headed to L.A. from Northern California all loaded up with all my Christmas gifts and luggage when *wham!*your biggest nightmare, out goes my transmission! As it was dark, and no lights around and pretty poor cell coverage and the stress of your transmission going out in the middle of nowhere, it was very difficult to research a tow a mechanic and all. When you coordinate a tow, you need to know where you are towing it so I was frantically using my smart phone calling places and trying to line up a mechanic before the tow truck arrived, and I was about 300 miles from my trusty mechanic. As it was past 7PM, nearly everyone was closed. It’s also difficult to find someone who can work on a Subaru, especially out in the middle of nowhere! As I extended my search range, I got JC’s info and called him. I got him on his cell phone thankfully. As no one can ever know what the full extent of a repair can be until it’s inspected, JC told me to have my car towed to his shop and he would meet us there so we can get my car and it’s precious contents safely behind locked gates overnight and he said he would then give me a ride to the nearest motel to stay the night. I asked him if we can find one with internet connection so I can continue my research for coordinating a rental car, etc. He kindly obliged helping me find the proper motel with internet. As the transmission was beyond repair and needed to be replaced, JC referred me to another mechanic shop to get the work done properly. It turns out, JC is pretty well known in town and has been established in the community for a very long time as a great mechanic and the gentleman he referred me to who owns the other shop was trained by JC back in the day. The two gentlemen coordinated the tow to get my vehicle to the other shop. JC ended up only charging me a small fee for opening up the tranny to determine if it could be saved or not. He referred me to someone who could do the work when he couldn’t and he coordinated the tow to the new shop when I was away. I don’t even think I was charged anything for the tow. JC was a beacon of light for me through all the fog of stress of your vehicle leaving you stranded far from home in the middle of nowhere. It makes me well up even today as I tell the story and I remember back how grateful I was and still am that there are people like JC still in the world, looking out for a stranger and fellow human. He even offered me some oranges from his tree, which in kind, I gave him some extra persimmons I had. I wanted to share this story now as I just had my transmission double checked yesterday as JC had suggested as I am getting ready to head to Tahoe for some skiing and wanted to make sure my car / tranny had a 100% bill of health. Everything is perfect! Thank you JC for being a savior in a very tough time for me. Thank you kindly.
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4014 E Niles St, Bakersfield, CA 93306