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Waipahu’s LS Automotive Repair & Transmission Values Hard Work, Honesty
quires a hefty investment because, by Davis’ esti- mates, acquiring the nec- essary tools can cost about $100,000 to $150,000, so “the tool investment is bru- tal,” he shares.
“Everybody knows we’re honest and appreciates it,” Davis adds.
that the pandemic has also added major delays. For instance, if a manufactur- ing plant is shut down for a week due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the parts supply chain can be disrupted for a month.
“We’ve been open for 13 years, and in the paper (Honolulu Star-Advertiser), we’ve been Hawai‘i’s Best for the last three years. We’re fairing OK, but there’s peo- ple I know in the industry
“It’s just the nature of an economy, but we’ll be OK,” he adds.
As a business owner, Da- vis also says he’s devoted to charging fair prices for the work his shops provide.
LS Automotive Repair & Transmission is a full-ser- vice general shop that does all kinds of work, except body and fender.
Currently, the company — like many others across the country — is facing an unprecedented perfect storm of manufacturing- and shipping-related prob- lems.
Davis says he hopes that things can return to normal in the next six months.
For more information on LS Automotive Repair & Transmission, visit lsautomo-
 He notes that when it comes to auto repairs, his focus is on “fixing what’s needed, and diagnosing it correctly the first time.”
Among the jobs they can tackle are transmission re- pairs, electrical diagnostics, regular maintenance, timing belt replacements, air con- ditioning services, engine repairs and more.
Meanwhile, due to the chip shortages, the prices of new cars have gone out of control.
“We’re providing a com- munity service and I like helping people,” Davis em- phasizes.
“We’re having supply chain issues over here right now, I mean everywhere is,” Davis shares.
So, people are keeping and repairing their older cars for a longer period of time now, Davis notes.
In addition, he says that he doesn’t believe in selling unnecessary services.
“We’re especially known for transmissions and I’m known for my advanced di- agnostic skills,” Davis notes.
He explains that there’s a computer chip shortage, so if a car needs computer work, electronics can be in
Because he and his part- ner founded their company during a recession in 2008, they know how to overcome
He explains that he’s worked at various other shops where he quit because of upselling or dishonest practices that were only fo- cused on the bottom line.
LS Automotive Repair & Transmission has leased its Waipahu location since 2008. The company pur- chased the former Ace Transmission site in Wahi- awā in 2018 using a U.S. Small Business Administra- tion loan that became a true success story, Davis says.
short supply.
In addition, he notes
obstacles. Davis sees the cur- rent situation as a temporary hurdle to jump through.
that aren’t doing so well right now, it’s really bad,” Davis says.
Master technician and owner of LS Automotive Repair & Transmission, John Davis, provides quality service with a smile. LAWRENCE TABUDLO PHOTO
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