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PARAMOUNT MOTOR WORKS, Owner, Jeff Peters, 35, of El Dorado stands next to a 2007 Cadillac Escalade in his shop at 4241 Business Drive, in Shingle Springs. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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Paramount Motorworks uses finicky focus to keep customers coming

By From page A3 | February 08, 2013

“I can always find a solution to a problem and have never worked on a car I couldn’t fix,” said mechanic Jeff Peters.

Owner of Paramount Motorworks, Peters, 35, has had his own vehicle service and repair shop in Cameron Park for a year and a half. But he said he’s had years of experience as a mechanic, including nine years working for the Folsom Buick Pontiac GMC dealership and three and a half years at El Dorado Dodge.

Certified as an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician, Peters got his initial training through a Ford Motor Company apprenticeship program called ASSET, which stands for Automotive Student Service Educational Training.

The mechanic said he decided to start his own business because he didn’t receive much appreciation for the work he did at the dealership. “The atmosphere really changed once the economy took a dive,” he said. It was then that he decided it was time to go out on his own.
Since opening up his own shop he has built a steady clientele of customers who can’t praise him enough for the quality of his work, fair pricing, and level of customer service.

Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa of Sacramento said her car broke down and had to be towed to Paramount Motors for repairs. “It was a big job,” said Peters, “and it was going to take all day.”

So rather than have her wait for her car, he drove her home to Sacramento. Then the next day he drove the repaired car back to her in Sacramento.

He was a “very nice guy to deal with,” she said.

“I do a lot of things different,” said Peters. “I try to always use original equipment parts. I have a lot more current training than many mechanics because I just came from a dealer where training was always available. I’m an AC Delco dealer and sell their parts. I can also do factory training for General Motors.

“I take the time on vehicles so the car is fixed right the first time and people don’t have to come back. That’s what’s really big. I try to be very finicky and get it right as well as always try to wash every vehicle that comes through the door.”

Bearing that out was one of his customers who came by during the interview to pick up his car.

When asked what he thought of him, Peter Parla, who lives in El Dorado said, “This guy is phenomenal. I needed brakes. I’m not a car-savvy guy and I have gone to plenty of mechanics. I always feel I’m getting ripped off. It was frustrating.

“I was referred to him. He took care of everything and had great pricing. He went out of his way to do extra things. He got it done quickly and saved me when I needed it. I trust him.”

Peters says he can work on domestic or foreign cars but specializes in American-made vehicles. He also does a fair amount of diesel engine repairs. He can do interiors, trim, windows, electrical, transmissions, engines — basically any kind of repair. “I do it all,” he said.

Peters is also a genial soul. “I think personality wise, I’m pretty easy to get along with. I get along with anyone. It makes it easy to do business that way,” he said.

Paramount Motorworks is located at 4241 Business Drive in Cameron Park. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment. The company phone number is 530-350-2202.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

 

Dawn Hodson

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