When your late model vehicle has a problem, or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your car’s so important to your life in Washington DC, you need to back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.
If you’ve ever checked into some of the technician training Metro Motor professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8’s. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to sixty.
Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep Washington Navy Yard gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers at the leading vehicle manufacturers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern cars driven around DC freeways are so much more complex from a mechanical standpoint that it makes your head spin – not to mention the electronics.
Some late model vehicles have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle operations as well. Washington Navy Yard motorists take all of this sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks. It’s a real challenge for Metro Motor technicians to keep up, but we work hard to stay ahead of the technology. It requires a high level of commitment on the part of the technicians and the Washington Navy Yard service centers as well.
Metro Motor technicians receive training through a combination of formal classroom training, training provided at Metro Motor by parts and equipment manufacturers, on-line courses and home study courses.
In addition to the expensive training, there’s the financial commitment for Metro Motor to purchase the diagnostic and repair tools.
There are many independent certifications available at Metro Motor all the way up to Master Technician. The ability to repair your late model vehicle requires a strong combination of training and resources. No one can know everything, so we subscribe to data services, technical libraries and even on-line communities that can help them when they run into a difficult problem.
It’s like those medical diagnosis shows on TV. Here are the symptoms – what’s the diagnosis and treatment? Diagnosis is every bit as much an art as a science. At Metro Motor, we want everything to be simple, straightforward and inexpensive – but sometimes it just isn’t.
The next time you bring us your late model vehicle, don’t worry. You’re in good hands at Metro Motor.
Vehicle care information made available by Metro Motor is presented as helpful advice for general maintenance and should not be construed as instructions for at-home vehicle service. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual and a licensed, professional mechanic for diagnostics and repair.