If your brakes are wearing out from driving down steep hills in Rossland, there’s a new mechanic shop to go to in town.
Jon Chang officially opened up In The Clouds Garage at 1958 Second Ave. in July.
Chang said his idea of becoming an entrepreneur came to light during the COVID-19 crisis.
“I worked as a mechanic in Burnaby and moved to Rossland where I worked at a car dealership in Castlegar for a few months. Then, COVID-19 hit and it made me want to reevaluate the whole reason why I moved here,” said Chang.
“I bought this nice house with a huge garage and I thought ‘hey, let’s take advantage of this.’”
Chang has transformed the garage into his own personal mechanic shop and is now open Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
While Chang’s specialty is working on European cars like Volkswagen and Audis, his shop provides general maintenance for all makes and models.
Oil changes, brake repairs and diagnostic tests are some of the services that Chang provides.
There are a couple of challenges starting a mechanic shop in the Kootenays compared to the Lower Mainland, according to Chang.
“It’s definitely been a bit of a challenge trying to get my name out there, primarily because it’s a smaller community and it doesn’t have all the classified boards that Vancouver does,” he said.
“It’s also a challenge because there’s not as many people walking by your business here and seeing your sign.”
Chang has worked in both private automotive shops and dealerships and holds an impressive 18 years of experience in the industry.
You can also remain up-to-date on the mechanic shop by liking its Facebook page.