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August 1, 2013
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Do-it-yourself auto business offers tools and workspace in Mesa County

Gearheads, rejoice!

Mesa County is now home to a new business aimed at do-it-yourselfers who want to fix their vehicles in a professional environment.

U•Fix•It Garage, which soft-opened at the end of July, offers nine rentable bays at 2757 Highway 50 (located near Mesa County Fairgrounds). Regular business hours run seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“U•Fix•It is a self-service vehicle repair facility that lets customers work on their own vehicle in a safe, comfortable environment,” a recent news release said. “Vehicle bays include a set of hand tools with hundreds of other tools available to rent on an hourly basis. U•Fix•It accepts appointments for cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and small tractors.”

“It gets you out of your gravel driveway, parking lot or street,” U•Fix•It Garage owner Glen Nickerson said. “It gives you a clean working environment to do the repair you need to do.”

According to Nickerson, he’s offering three standard, open bays for $20 an hour; two mid-rise lifts — up to 30-inches high for oil changes and tire rotations — for $30 an hour; two four-post lifts — used for oil changes, transmission-fluid changes, plus front differential and rear differential — for $35 an hour; and two air benches for ATVs, motorcycles and more for $30 an hour. Workspace and tools may be rented by the hour, day, week, or even month.

“For most any job, I’ve got them covered on tools,” Nickerson said.

The for-rent garage also offers computers with printers so customers can research and print out directions for repair jobs. Computers can also be used to order parts if needed.

The concept of U•Fix•It Garage is essentially based of “hobby shops used in the military,” Nickerson added. “Most military installations have an auto hobby shop. My wife was in the military. I’ve used auto hobby shops on bases, and I ran an auto hobby shop in Hawaii for three years.”

Being a Colorado native who grew up in Montrose, upon release from military service the Nickerson family decided to make the Western Slope their home again.

“We’ve been here for about 20 years now,” Nickerson said.

For more information about renting workspace, visit www.ufixitgj.com or call 970-243-0966.


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