I had the chance to stop by the MCAS Beaufort Auto Hobby Shop on 7 June to speak to Mr. Gordon – the Auto Skills Manager for MCAS Beaufort – about what the Auto Hobby Shop has to offer our patrons & how everyone from the beginner to the experienced mechanic can utilize the facility.
Most commonly, the Auto Hobby Shop is utilized for routine maintenance (i.e. oil change, rotating tires, turning rotors, mounting and balancing tires, etc.). However, this does not mean that more intensive maintenance on your vehicle can’t be done here. With a wide array of tools at your disposal (that are entirely free), flat stalls, 4 lifts (with support ranging from 7,000 lbs – 25,000 lbs), and the expertise of our extremely capable staff, you can do just about any work needed on your vehicle. The best part? There are absolutely no labor fees!
While all work that is performed on your vehicle is done by you, the help of our staff is at your disposal. Our Auto Hobby Shops are meant to be a learning environment, providing our patrons with the best equipment and supplies available at the lowest possible cost, and no matter what your level of experience is, you are welcome to utilize the facility and learn! While personally falling in to the unexperienced category, in my short time spent at the Auto Hobby Shop, Mr. Gordon walked me through some basic dos and don’ts when it comes to fixing tires, leaving your car idle for long periods of time (think deployment) & even some advice in regards to a finicky AC system.
Oftentimes, when it is time for vehicle maintenance and you take your car out in town, it comes at a high cost and there is no guarantee in knowing that the work is done right. At the end of the day, Mr. Gordon wants our patrons to know that coming to the Auto Hobby Shop aboard either MCAS Beaufort or MCRD Parris Island means “Safety, Savings and Assurance” for you and your vehicle.
For a complete list of services, pricing and hours for both bases, visit autoskillspricelist.pdf
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Photos by: Alyssa Karim | Story by: Alyssa Karim