Curtis Dean, owner

ERS Auto Repair and Bumble Bee Transmission

34744 U.S. Highway 101 Business

Astoria

Along U.S. Highway 101 at Miles Crossing is ERS?Auto Repair and Bumble Bee Transmission, both owned by long-time mechanic Curtis Dean. The shop performs all manner of auto maintenance and repair and specializes in rebuilt transmissions. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and for emergency calls on Sundays. For more information, call 503-791-1007 or visit http://ersautorepair.yolasite.com

What do you do?

“Things that we do is everything with automotive, as far as alternators, radiators, fan belts, starters, replacement of motors, replacement of transmissions, rebuilt transmissions – just about everything you can think of to make a car go down the road – brakes, wheel bearings, drivelines, things like that. Rebuilt transmissions: That’s our specialty. We rebuild them here locally and stand behind them locally.”

How did you get started doing this?

“Got laid off from a real job and started my own; that’s how I got started doing this. In the general automotive world, I’ve just been wrenching since I was about 10 years old, going around to different people’s garages and stuff and hijacking ’em and learning how to do it. Couldn’t find a job. Nobody could keep me employed, and I had a family to feed. The previous owner was Rob Condon. He decided he was going to move away, and I took over. (I took over) two years ago today (Monday).”

What is the volume of your business?

“We serve about 500 people in our community a year, and we’d like to serve more. Most common (jobs) are brakes, starters, alternators – things that put their car out of commission right away. During Christmas time, it’s valley, and during summertime, it’s peak (business). When we start getting tourists out here, we start getting a bigger volume of people, of course because we’re open on Saturdays. Tourists are breaking down around here, and when they come, being open on Saturdays gives us the opportunity to take care of those tourists and get them back on the road.”

How does the economy affect your business?

“The economy is still affecting the business quite a bit, actually. We’re still in a recession. We haven’t come out of it yet, as far as I can tell, business-wise. People are not fixing all the cars they have; they’re just fixing exactly what they need to have fixed to keep their car running, and that’s pretty much where we come in handy at. We’ll actually fix what they need to have fixed, so they can get on the road. We also give them a free diagnosis of what’s going on, what they need to have fixed next and approximately how soon they need to have it done. People don’t like to walk on the rain. When it’s raining outside, people don’t want to have their cars fixed, not a prolonged fix.”

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