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Safe Travels This Memorial Day Weekend

With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, and many of you are heading out of town. To insure your family has a safe trip make sure to check a few things on your vehicle before you head out.

  • Windshield wiper blades and fluids: Make sure to top of your wiper fluid and clean your blades, if you notice your blades are getting worn, stop in to any Greg’s location and they will be happy to install new ones.
  • Turn and Directional Signals: Make sure that you test all turn signals, this is especially important if you are towing a trailer.
  • Brake Lights: Make sure while you are checking your turn signals you also check all brake lights.
  • Tires and Tire Pressure: It’s always good to keep a tire pressure gage in your glove box, checking your tire pressure before any long trip is very important.
  • Oil: Checking your oil every time you fill your vehicle with gas is always a great habit to get into, checking it before any long trip is highly recommended. Also, when is the last time you looked at that little sticker in the corner of your windshield? Are you past due, if so it’s not too late to call Greg’s and get an oil change before you hit the road.
  • Proof of Insurance: It is always good to double check your glove box and make sure you have all the up to date paperwork you need. Insurance card, registration things like that.

We hope that all our family, friends, customers and neighbors enjoy this long weekend. We hope you all have safe travels and a relaxing weekend. We are closed on Monday, but will be back and ready to help with all your vehicle needs on Tuesday. If you find you have squeaking breaks, tow oil and noisy belts we are here to help!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Thank you to all our Veterans

Thank you to all our Veterans

Greg’s Japanese Auto

Keeping It Local

Most people don’t know this, but Greg’s Japanese Auto is family owned and operated. Two Brothers; Greg and David Huntley established Greg’s Japanese Auto in 1987. Their first store was in the Renton Highlands. Many times I have been asked the question is there really a Greg? Or is Greg Japanese? Well yes there really is a Greg and no…. he is not Japanese. He lives, works and plays right here in the Puget Sound. He has a house in Kent and a lodge in Cle Elum. His brother David also lives in Covington with his wife and Family.

As most of you know the economy has been taking a nose dive. We have seen more and more small mom and pop shops close up, as more and more people start shopping at chain stores. But, talking to a lot people in the Kent and Auburn areas I think we all are trying to keep our money right here in Washington! Greg and David feel the same way, and they run their business the same now with 8 locations as they did with one. Each one of us working for Greg’s Japanese Auto is treated like family. We all work hard and we do so, not just because it is our job, but because of the respect and encouragement we receive from Greg and David. Everything is done in-house, from the Marketing, and Accounting to a full Parts Warehouse. Nothing is hired out, Greg has never wanted it that way, he believes in creating more jobs, not taking them away!

So for my first blog post, I thought you all should know how great both Greg and David Huntley are, and what all they have done to give back to the community. Last year, when the horrible earthquake shook Haiti, Greg and David both said…..”we need to help!” We held a “Week of Relief” where they donated all the money from every oil change to the Friends of the Orphans. We also held a shoe drive at the same time, the response was so overwhelming!! You see, I think most people do want to help, they just don’t know how and Greg’s Japanese Auto gave them that opportunity. We donated over 1,200 pairs of shoes in honor of Molly Hightower who was fatally injured during the earthquake. But yet, Greg and David still wanted to give more. Working with the Friends of the Orphans and Mike Hightower we are still working on getting Greg and some of our technicians over to Haiti to get service vehicles up and running again. Other charities include the National MS Society, Susan G. Komen race for a cure; several little league foundations around all of Western Washington and High School sports!

If you are asking yourself, why should I go to Greg’s Japanese Auto, over the dealer? To me this question answer’s itself. Greg’s prides itself on customer satisfaction and quality. We use the same OEM parts; our technicians are highly trained ASE certified techs. We are not trying to sell you a car; we just want to keep your running right! None of us works on commission; we do not have selling quotas to meet at the end of the day! We are here for you and your car! Even our warranty is better than any dealer is going to offer you 15 month, 15,000 miles! But for us, it’s our family, and we will welcome you, our customer, into our family!