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Lee Garage closing.....

Hi all,

My understanding is that the Lee garage is to shut its doors in just over six weeks, if any of you have any jobs you were putting off perhaps now is the time to book them in.....

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That would be unfortunate for at least one of our number.
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Heard the same thing myself, now we're gonna have to find somewhere new to get the car serviced

Sad to see them closing, they've been there for years and the people in there are good at their work
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Are you guys kidding me? I have a clutch job booked with them, just waiting for the parts. Also, they seem to always have quite a few cars lined up outside (not just Alfa/Fiats, mind you)!

And yes, they are really good...I wouldn't really trust your average Irish mechanic around an Alfa (how many times did you get the "ah, why an Alfa!" treatment?).
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If you must go to a stealer, there's always Dan Seaman out on the Kinsale Road. Does anyone have any experience of their work?
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If you must go to a stealer, there's always Dan Seaman out on the Kinsale Road. Does anyone have any experience of their work?
Nope, never went to them - well actually once to see the 4C

I'd be happy with an Alfa specialist but, as far as I know, there aren't many in Cork - if any at all. Small jobs I can do for myself, but anything that requires lifting and/or tools bigger than what can fit in a box - not a chance.

Most mechanics/garages, at least in Cork, don't strike me as very professional if I have to say - lots of unsolicited advice which is, in essence, simply repeating hearsay. Coming from somebody who should know about cars, sounds pretty terrifying!

Recently saw a funny one with a colleague: he's looking for a 4-doors saloon and would like to go premium. So amongst the other things, he asked me about the 159 - even 'though he's more inclined to go German. He narrowed it down - either an A4 or a 3-Series, with a thought about a 159 if a really good, hi-spec one pops for sale somewhere. Then he talked to his "mechanic" uncle - who essentially told him "screw that, get a Skoda Octavia, they're bulletproof!". Becuase his uncle is the "mechanic" and "knows stuff", he's now looking for an Octavia (which ain't even a 4-doors saloon but a hatchback!), even if he actually really wants a BMW
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Nope, never went to them - well actually once to see the 4C

I'd be happy with an Alfa specialist but, as far as I know, there aren't many in Cork - if any at all. Small jobs I can do for myself, but anything that requires lifting and/or tools bigger than what can fit in a box - not a chance.

Most mechanics/garages, at least in Cork, don't strike me as very professional if I have to say - lots of unsolicited advice which is, in essence, simply repeating hearsay. Coming from somebody who should know about cars, sounds pretty terrifying!

Recently saw a funny one with a colleague: he's looking for a 4-doors saloon and would like to go premium. So amongst the other things, he asked me about the 159 - even 'though he's more inclined to go German. He narrowed it down - either an A4 or a 3-Series, with a thought about a 159 if a really good, hi-spec one pops for sale somewhere. Then he talked to his "mechanic" uncle - who essentially told him "screw that, get a Skoda Octavia, they're bulletproof!". Becuase his uncle is the "mechanic" and "knows stuff", he's now looking for an Octavia (which ain't even a 4-doors saloon but a hatchback!), even if he actually really wants a BMW
I know what you mean - two guys have impressed me in recent years - Paul in Lee Garage and Don O'Donovan ex of Drive (Land Rovers etc.)

Happy to recommend either of them to anyone.
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Thanks for the heads up Ned, much appreciated, I'll be booking mine in for some work in the next couple of weeks.

I dropped in today when I was passing & as you say they are closing sometime around the end of the March

It's a real shame as they've always been great to deal with & always very helpful, there's going to be a lot of very disappointed Alfa (& Fiat) customers in the county & beyond.

And yes I'm always happy to recommend Lee Garage & Paul as they've seen after mine & familys cars for the last few years.
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Hopefully, Paul might get to work somewhere else, as he's such a nice guy and top notch Alfa man!
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Really sad to hear this... I was planning to have my Giulietta serviced there when it came due (I live between the two garages, but going to town is a lot more convenient for me than getting to Dan Seamans).
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Think we'll have to stalk Paul and find out where he's going next
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Sorry to hear this news. They were a pleasure to deal with when I bought my GTA from them in 2006. The alfa brand needs more dealers who will operate like Lee Garage did if it is going to survive and thrive.
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The 31st of March is the day they are closing , apparently Paul is taking a "siesta" but there is another guy in there that started with Paul and he has his own business and will be looking after my Motors from now on . I have'nt asked whether he wants to be "our" mechanic here as he is extremely busy in any case , he has every piece of equipment and 2 lifts so not a small operator..

I will ask him and see if he wants the work if anyone is interested
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Thanks for all your positive comments, I have enjoyed working for Lee Garage it been a great experience, we have grown quite a number of loyal Alfa customers over the years, with customers returning from as far away as Dublin and Limerick.
I think one of the best things about Lee Garage was that we always as technicians were able to listen to the customers concerns ourselves, and if needs be bring the customer in to the workshop to look at the car up on the lift and show them the problem and explain how to fix it, this is more often than not the case in the 'MODERN MAIN DEALER', where you only get to see a service advisor and are not afforded the opportunity to speak to the technician working on your car, however that is the way of the modern dealer and the way the manufactures want it.
I am going to a different franchise in the future so I will not be continuing on with Fiat/Alfa.
I can not help but feel they as a brand have not only left their customers down with their ever dwindling range of cars,but also the dealers who many of which have been loyal to the brand for many years, lets face it the Guiletta is the best kept secret in Ireland, if you stopped a person in the street to ask what they thought of the Alfa Guiletta 49 out of 50 would probably never of heard of it, any wonder why?? little if no advertising in Ireland, also imo priced too high for the Irish market with an uncompetitive finance package available, perhaps Fiat should look at Renault,s advertising and finance model, there selling loads of cars and there French Cack.
For a company who had such a great range of cars in the past not only in the Alfa range but also in the Fiat range, they seem to have lost their way completely. I only hope that the new models of Alfa that have been promised over the last 3-4 years and that we are still waiting for will be worth the wait.
Anyway thanks to everyone who supported Lee Garage over the years. I will miss the Alfa brand.
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.... I think one of the best things about Lee Garage was that we always as technicians were able to listen to the customers concerns ourselves, and if needs be bring the customer in to the workshop to look at the car up on the lift and show them the problem and explain how to fix it, this is more often than not the case in the 'MODERN MAIN DEALER', where you only get to see a service advisor and are not afforded the opportunity to speak to the technician working on your car, however that is the way of the modern dealer and the way the manufactures want it ....

Yes as a customer it's always been great to be able to talk to you & ask for advice etc, it means a lot. Talking to a service advisor is okay but second hand info just isn't the same.

As you say it's rare to be allowed to talk to a mechanic these days in most dealerships & it's even rarer to be allowed step foot inside the workshop door which is a real pity, probably even more so for Alfa owners who are often more interested in their cars.

As already said other Alfa Dealerships & Service Agents could learn a lot from how Lee Garage interacted & treated their customers, unfortunately I doubt they will which long term won't do much for Alfa in Ireland.

Anyway all the best for the future Paul & the same to everyone else at Lee Garage

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Thanks for all your positive comments, I have enjoyed working for Lee Garage it been a great experience, we have grown quite a number of loyal Alfa customers over the years, with customers returning from as far away as Dublin and Limerick.
I think one of the best things about Lee Garage was that we always as technicians were able to listen to the customers concerns ourselves, and if needs be bring the customer in to the workshop to look at the car up on the lift and show them the problem and explain how to fix it, this is more often than not the case in the 'MODERN MAIN DEALER', where you only get to see a service advisor and are not afforded the opportunity to speak to the technician working on your car, however that is the way of the modern dealer and the way the manufactures want it.
I am going to a different franchise in the future so I will not be continuing on with Fiat/Alfa.
I can not help but feel they as a brand have not only left their customers down with their ever dwindling range of cars,but also the dealers who many of which have been loyal to the brand for many years, lets face it the Guiletta is the best kept secret in Ireland, if you stopped a person in the street to ask what they thought of the Alfa Guiletta 49 out of 50 would probably never of heard of it, any wonder why?? little if no advertising in Ireland, also imo priced too high for the Irish market with an uncompetitive finance package available, perhaps Fiat should look at Renault,s advertising and finance model, there selling loads of cars and there French Cack.
For a company who had such a great range of cars in the past not only in the Alfa range but also in the Fiat range, they seem to have lost their way completely. I only hope that the new models of Alfa that have been promised over the last 3-4 years and that we are still waiting for will be worth the wait.
Anyway thanks to everyone who supported Lee Garage over the years. I will miss the Alfa brand.
Paul,
To speak on behalf of my Cork bretheren, I know you are regarded extremely highly by them and I do feel for them and you in this tricky situation. I'm sure we'll all wish you the very best in whichever brand it is you will now be looking after.
On a lighter note, I suggest you buy a few Alfas to scratch that itch!
Take care mate,
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Thanks Rory, already have, 2006 147 1.6TS needs a little work, but glad to be back in another Alfa.
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Sorry Paul I meant a few at the same time!!!
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