Saturday, July 21, 2007
Quick, straight-forward service!
I called 4 area (read: SE Portland) auto shops looking for a diagnostic on a starting issue for my 91 Fox. While I originally left Scott Rife (owner, mechanic) a voice mail, he returned my call in less than 20 minutes and spoke with me over the phone about my problem for a solid 20 minutes.
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It's been 3 weeks since I picked my car up at his shop and I haven't had a problem starting at all! :) The shop itself is immaculately clean, though the neighborhood is a tad off-putting. Rife had no problems being straight-forward with me, and I had no troubles communicating with him about my wants. His hourly rate is completely reasonable (lowest of the 4 shops I had originally called!), and his rate of turn-around is faster than some other area shops who specialize in VW (I dropped my car off after hours one Monday night and it was ready for pick up Tuesday by 3pm!).
Given my experience, I would recommend Rife Motors if you'd like a) quality personal interaction with your mechanic before and after the work, b) a respectable hourly rate and very clean shop, and c) to support a one-man shop who works with passion. ;)
Pros: Mechanic-Customer Communication, Clean Shop, Reasonable Prices!
Cons: Slightly seedy characters hanging out around the neighborhood.