In commuter-friendly Hesperia, it's a case of too many cars and too few mechanics.


At least that's what Ed Lujan, the manager of the newly opened Freedom Automotive, says about the local auto repair shop scene.


"There's a whole lot more customers than shops," said Lujan, whose shop will host a grand open extravaganza on Saturday, March 29. "Many of the repair shops are good, I'm sure, but some people can't find reliable and trustworthy mechanics. That opens up a market."


Freedom Automotive has several auto repair bays with three mechanics on site, including owner Roy Jameson, a master mechanic who also owns Freedom Automotive in Redlands.


Like its Redlands location, the Hesperia shop offers a full service of repairs and service.


"We do brakes, tuneups and electric. We do all matter of maintenance. We pretty much do it all," Lujan said. "They key is good customer service."


The repair shop will soon be able to perform smog checks.


Freedom Automotive mechanics keep abreast of the technical advances in the auto industry. It's important that mechanics continually update their knowledge and learn new repair codes, he said.


"It used to be that when you tuned up a car you listened to it. Now it's all done by computer."


But the key to keeping loyal customers, he said, he going the extra mile for your customers.


"We have very personal service. The phone is on 24 hours a day. In case you have an emergency we can even meet your here."


In some emergencies, Freedom Auto has picked up a customers car that's broken down on a road.


"You can't treat them like numbers. They're people. Don't put them off, and be on time with your repairs."


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The Freedom Automotive grand opening celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. The event will feature drawings, give-aways, and free hot dogs and soft drinks. A funny car will be at the location, and a troop of motorcycle stunt drivers are scheduled to make an appearance.


Freedom Automotive is located at 16941 Walnut, Hesperia. The shop is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. For more information, call 956-9993.