Meet Your Master Mechanic - Alan Graves
If you’re old enough to remember vehicles with crank windows, power windows are the best thing out there. That is, until they don’t work. One of VIP master tech Alan Graves’ most vivid repair stories includes a limo with power windows (or rather, lack thereof). After several failed repairs, a limo with no working power windows rolled into Alan’s repair bay.
After a few minutes of investigation, Alan not only found the problem but was also able to figure out why none of the previous repairs had worked. Some incorrect wiring within the power window electrical system was creating a short, causing the windows to lose power and eventually burn out the motor. Once Alan completed the repair, the limo was able to quickly resume its chauffeuring duties, power windows to boot.
With the arrival of 2017, Alan will be celebrating seven years as an ASE-certified Master Tech at the Lewiston, Maine VIP Tires & Service location. He’s always loved auto mechanics and over the years has watched the industry evolve. “Everything is electronically controlled now,” says Alan, which turns out to be a blessing and a curse. “Vehicle issues are easier to find and diagnose nowadays but the wrong person can make one heck of a mess in there!”
If there’s one piece of advice that Alan wished all vehicle owners would heed – whether or not they are his customers – it’s to keep up with routine vehicle maintenance. “I know we’re all busy and might forget a service here and there, but routine maintenance is the key to a better and longer lifespan of your car or truck,” says Alan. “Plus, it means you get to see me less and under better circumstances!”
When Alan isn’t busy being a VIP Master Tech, he’s wicked busy being Dad and also Coach. Father to four very active boys, ranging from five-months to 12 years, sports are a huge part of his family life. Alan also coaches his kids’ teams in the Lewiston area. And, if that weren’t enough to make you want to take a nap, Alan is a huge fitness enthusiast and enjoys body building as well.
Why you can trust Alan Graves to be your local auto mechanic:
Alan has always enjoyed working in auto mechanics and holds that passion every day and with every vehicle he works on. He wants to earn the trust of his customers and he feels the best way to do that is to empower the vehicle owners. Education is an important piece of that, so if you don’t understand what’s going on with your vehicle or why a repair is needed, Alan is more than happy to get you out into the bay to explain what’s going on.
When and where can you find Alan Graves?
VIP Tires & Service
520 Lisbon Street
Lewiston, ME 04240