New and Old Friends at Butler Kia Open House

 Butler owner, Linda Butler, and friend

Butler owner, Linda Butler, and friend

We at Butler Auto always enjoy our customer appreciation events because they give us a chance to get to know you better. The more we know you the more we can meet and exceed your expectations which makes for a more fulfilling business relationship for everyone involved. Sometimes, though, a friendship emerges, too. That possibility is what makes our Open Houses so much fun! Our event at Butler Kia last night was much more like a gathering of buddies than a business affair. We caught up with old friends, made some new ones, and even got some spontaneous car repairs taken care of! Thanks to all who attended!

Service Coupons

We know vehicle maintenance can be expensive but it’s nowhere near as expensive as neglecting maintenance can be.  So, in the interest of encouraging you to follow manufacturer recommended service guidelines we’re lowering prices on some of the most common procedures.  The coupons on this page can be printed out and redeemed at any Butler Service Center location.  Thank you for being loyal customers!

Tips for Cutting Fuel Costs

Remember $3.50 a gallon gas?  Weren’t those the good ol’ days?  Okay, we’re being facetious but seriously, with the average price of fuel in Oregon at more than $4 a gallon, we’re being faced with some harsh realities:  find a way to reign in that part of the budget or risk having to cut cable TV… or worse.

So, aside from the obvious (like driving a more fuel efficient car, driving less often, and carpooling) here’s a list of ways to bump up your fuel economy and knock a few cents off your gas bill.

  1. Tune up Make sure your engine’s running as efficiently as possible.
  2. Check tires Improperly aligned or underinflated tires make your engine work harder.  The goal is to take stress *off* the engine.  Also, if you’re one of those people (like this blogger) who likes tires bigger and beefier than she needs, know ahead of time that you’ll lose a few cents per gallon.
  3. Check air filter A clean air filter contributes to an efficient engine.
  4. Slow down CBS News quotes the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as saying “most cars’ fuel efficiency peaks at speeds from 35 to 60 miles per hour.”   Every 5 miles an hour over 60 adds almost a quarter to your cost per gallon.
  5. Be consistent Drive, accelerate and stop smoothly.  It takes more fuel to drive erratically, race off the line, and slam to a stop.
  6. Take your foot off the brake Resting your foot on the brake while driving creates drag and makes the engine work harder than it needs to.
  7. Resist junk in the trunk It’s okay to haul stuff when you need to but extra weight requires more energy to move.  So, resist the urge to use your car or truck as storage space.
  8. Turn it off If stopped more than 30 seconds turn your vehicle off.  If there’s no need for the engine to be working let it rest.


Predicted Mechanic Shortage Offers New Career Opportunities

Are you looking for a new career, one that will weather the economic uncertainty facing so many industries these days?  One that requires a multitude of skills, puts you on the cutting edge of technology, and makes you invaluable to most of society?  Yes?  Have you considered becoming an auto mechanic?

No, seriously.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics says demand for technicians is expected to grow 17% by 2020.  Combine that with the fact that more and more high school graduates are looking elsewhere for a career and you have a serious shortage of master mechanics coming down the pike.  That’d be bad news for drivers but great news for techs who’ll be in high demand.  The BLS says techs earned between $35,000 and $60,000 in 2010.  The law of supply and demand says those salaries would rise if the predicted tech shortage becomes a reality.

Part of the problem is that many of today’s mechanics grew up working on cars.  40 or 50 years ago anyone with the know-how and the right tools could mess around under the hood.   But today’s high school grads may not have had that experience given that the cars they grew up with ran on computer-operated systems, making home-repairs more challenging if not impossible.  Another factor is that many schools have had to cut auto shop classes as budgets got tighter.

But the education is out there if you look for it.  Butler gets many of its techs from the Automotive Technology Department at Rogue Community College.  To a terrifically small degree we even help teach the class.  Butler Service Manager Curtis Hancock spends time every semester participating in RCC’s Career Day.  He gives tips on finding a job in the automotive industry, sheds light on what life in a professional shop is all about, answers questions, and keeps an eye out for recruits.  He’s looking for someone with a passion for the work.

If you think that might be you, you’re in luck.  Put on your safety glasses ‘cause the future looks bright.