The Bristol Press| www.BristolPress.com Wednesday, August, 21 2013 | PDF: 2013-8 Aug
By BRIAN M. JOHNSON, CORRESPONDENT
TERRYVILLE – “I love what I do,” says Cliff Jones, owner of Cliff’s Auto Repair.
Jones, an automotive mechanic for 25 years, opened his one-man auto-repair shop at 410 Main St. in 2008. His services include general repair, oil changes, tires, brakes and exhaust for foreign and domestic cards and light trucks. The shop’s hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.a. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For Jones, his work is his passion. “It’s an enjoyable practice,” he said. “A lot of people hate going into work, but I’m not one of them.”
Jones said customers appreciate the personal attention he provides. “I run the shop all by myself, so you’re dealing with one person throughout the whole process of repair,” he said. “I also treat people fairly, like they should be treated, I may be the bearer of bad news, but I’m honest with people. I show them what’s wrong with their vehicle, and take care of them. Maintenance is key to a vehicle’s longevity.”
Jones said business has been up and down, but he always gets the job done right. “The economy is not great for anybody, but I’m still here working out any problems as they arise,” he said.
Jones said a majority of his business comes from word of mouth. “My advertising is almost completely done by word of mouth, and the little bit I do in the Bristol Press,” he said. “However, there are plans to create a website in the near future.”
Jones donates to several community groups and events. “I donate plaques fro the winners of the Terryville High School automotive show,” he said. “I also donate to Bristol Police Explorers, local car shows, the Elks Club, Terryville Fairgrounds, and the fair itself.”
Jones has also raced cars that he has worked on in Lebanon Valley. “I have a 97 Cobra Mustang which I’ve brought to Lebanon Valley for a couple quarter mile drags,” he said. “It’s something I do for fun.”
Cliffs Automotive is located at 410 Main St., Terryville, CT. Call the garage at (860) 314-9528 to set up an appointment or just stop by and say hello.