Service Center Standard and Procedures


All MN pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget critical steps. It is also how they can assure a predictable outcome.

That is why Minneapolis and Columbia Heights automotive service centers including Wagamon Brothers have procedural standards for each service they perform. Wagamon Brothers service specialists are trained step by step. And they perform the procedures step by step, the same way each time. By training to procedural standards, MN centers can assure a quality outcome. The job is done right every time and Minneapolis car owners leave happy with how their sedan performs.

Each company trains its technicians to standards. The MN automotive industry as a whole is very committed to standards of excellence and encourages individual MN service center operators including Pat Wagamon (manager at Wagamon Brothers) to apply them to every vehicle they service.

An example is how Wagamon Brothers service specialists grade problems and communicate their recommendations. If your service specialist tells you that a repair or replacement is required it must meet the following criteria:

The part no longer performs its intended purpose
The part does not meet a design specification
The part is missing

The service advisor may suggest repair or replacement if:

The part is close to the end of its useful life – just above discard specifications or likely to fail soon
To address a customer need or request – like for better ride or increased performance
To comply with maintenance recommended by the auto maker
Based on the service specialist’s informed experience

Here are some examples:

An exhaust pipe has rusted through and is leaking. Replacement is essential because the part has failed. If the pipe were rusted, corroded or weak, but not leaking, the service advisor may suggest it be replaced because it is near the end of its useful life and replacing it now may be more convenient for the Minneapolis client.

Suppose a customer wants to improve his car’s handling, but his shocks haven’t failed. The service professional may suggest replacement of the shocks to satisfy the customer’s wishes.

Under these guidelines the Minneapolis car repair shop must refuse partial service of a required repair if the repair creates or continues an unsafe condition.

Let’s say a customer has a cracked brake rotor. This is a dangerous condition that must be repaired. If the customer does not want to replace the rotor, but instead just wants new brake pads installed, the shop must ethically refuse the partial repair. That can be an upsetting conversation, but understanding that Minneapolis service centers operate under service standards and procedures is comforting. You want your service to be done right and to have confidence in your technician’s recommendations.

The MN automotive service industry and Wagamon Brothers want the best for you and for you to keep coming back. AutoNetTV is committed to providing automotive maintenance information to help you be confident in your service decisions.

Wagamon Brothers

3719 3rd Street NE

Columbia Heights, MN 55421

763-789-7227

Thanks to you, I have found a trustworthy mechanic I can stick with.

Gregory Rance
Date: Mar 19, 2010
  • Family Owned and Operated since 1957
  • 17 service bays
  • Our shop is equipped with the most modern and sophisticated computerized equipment available.