Auto shop nominated for chamber award
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce has taken the opportunity to show a little love to three new nominees for this quarter's Sandy Area Sensational Business award.
Among the top three nominees for this quarter's award, to be celebrated at the next quarterly luncheon, are Mt. Hood Hospice, Sander's Automotive and Timberline Meat.
The Sandy Post will feature each nominated business in an effort to better inform the community's voting process in the coming weeks.
Sanders Automotive is a fairly new Sandy business. Owners Nick and Adrienne Sanders opened shop at 16584 S.E. 362nd Drive in May 2017.
Although this is Nick Sanders' first venture as a mechanic, he has worked in the automotive industry for nearly 25 years.
Originally from Reno, most of Nick Sanders' experience came from working in the military as a reservist in Portland and working for independently owned shops in the area. He started working on cars in high school out of "necessity."
"I couldn't afford to not know how to fix my own car," he said. "I like being self-sufficient. I'm more of a dig in and figure it out kind of person, and I like cars. To me, it's not monotonous. Every day is a new (challenge)."
Owning his own shop was the next logical step.
"It almost seemed like it was the right progression," he said. "It's kind of been an aspiration of mine since I started. You can only go so far in this business as an employee."
The couple chose Sandy because they "the market (was) in desperate need of professional mechanic," Nick Sanders said.
"The people out here are very loyal," he noted. "You're not just servicing one person's vehicle. We're servicing the whole family's vehicles. That's kind of our bread and butter — that personal touch."
"It's nice to be part of the community," Adrienne Sanders added.
Nick Sanders' range of experience means he can work on "a little mix of everything."
"There's not a whole lot we turn down," he explained. "That's been the benefit of not working for a dealership. I've gotten to work on a spectrum of vehicles."
Nick Sanders added that he thinks the reason his business was nominated for this award is that "we take the time to listen to customers, and we don't try to oversell."
The couple tries to keep prices reasonable and works to maintain long-time connections by not charging more than their customers can afford.
Sensational Business Award nominees are chosen by local residents who are invited to vote online by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z5MLDHS.