NBG, Andersen auto shops offer learning opportunities
Auto hobby shops on U.S. Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) offer a place for patrons to repair and maintain privately-owned vehicles (POV).
Morale, Welfare and Recreation Guam Facilities Director William Ray said the shop on NBG is an automotive skill center, which provides automotive craft enthusiasts with a quality, value-based program for repair and maintenance.
“Automotive skills centers are not full service stations,” he said. “They are facilities where patron self-help is fostered and automotive skills are learned. Guidance wherever necessary is provided from trained automotive skills staff personnel.”
Open to authorized base patrons, both facilities are equipped to handle all vehicle-related services such as alignments, air-condition recharging, sand blasting, tire replacement, brake rotor and drum turning, engine diagnostics and minor welding and brazing.
“We have a resale outlet for patrons that includes oils, filters, batteries, miscellaneous cleaning chemicals such as engine degreaser, brake parts cleaners, fuel injector additives and much more,” Ray said. “We also have the capability to order auto parts at a reduced price compared to out in town and the Navy Exchange Auto Center.”
At Andersen AFB, classes are regularly scheduled for tire repair, front brake replacement, oil changing and equipment safety and procedure indoctrination.
“It’s very beneficial, especially for active duty to come and work on their own POVs with our assistance or even to do minor repairs,” said Ike Evangelista, 36th Force Support Squadron Auto Hobby Shop manager. “It saves them a lot of money when they come in and do their own oil change.”
Ray said the NBG facility will soon offer classes for brake change and repair, oil change and vehicle undercarriage safety check.
“Service members, their families and all authorized patrons can come and learn how to perform any and all maintenance items on their cars,” Ray said. “The cost of repair of their vehicles is approximately $75 or more off-base and even on post at $60 to $65 per hour.”
He said patrons can save tremendously by using the facility and learning skills they can continue to use.
“Everyone knows the cost of vehicle repairs,” Ray said. “Why would anyone want to continue paying the outrageous costs that shops charge? We provide you with the tools and knowledge to perform these skills yourself, which can be passed down to our children for a lifetime.”
For more information about the NBG Auto Hobby Shop, call 564-1827. For more information about the Andersen AFB Auto Hobby Shop, call 366-2745.