Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day Special 2015

20% Off Labor to
     ALL Veterans & Active Duty Military

It's that time of year again - time to show gratitude to our military!

Mastermind Enterprises Auto Repair Shop in Denver 
thanks our military veterans for their service
with one of the biggest discounts we offer to our customers.

This month only - 
November 11th - November 30th, 2015

Take advantage of this special today!
If you drop off your vehicle anytime this month and approve repairs,
you can take advantage of this Veterans Day Special.
Must show proof of military service.

Our shop is OPEN today to serve you!

Happy Veterans Day 
from our family to yours!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NCO’s drive pays off in a novel auto

I love this newspaper article about Norm Olsen, Sr.'s custom car. It's a great read. Now you know where Norm gets it from! Enjoy! ~ Heidi

NCO’s drive pays off in a novel auto

       “I don’t want something that rolls off the production line that 50,000 other people have,” said Air Force T. Sgt. Norm Olsen.
       Olsen, a food inspector assigned to the naval hospital here, can make that claim about his car. He drives a bright red 1932 Ford convertible, which is propelled by a 1966 Chevrolet Super Sport V8 engine. The whole thing sits on a Chevy chassis.
       The 35-year-old airman bought the Chevy, then took it to a man in Cavite who transformed the body into a replica of an old time Ford.
       “None of the parts came from Ford,” said Olsen. “The only things that may have come from an antique car are the door hinges.
       “Most of the parts came from the States. I ordered parts through J.C. Whitney and J.C. Penney’s - like the mag wheels, the lights, the steering wheel, the gauges, the stainless steel tubing – everything that’s mass produced.”
       The shop in Cavite refashioned the body using ball-peen hammers, cutting shears and welder.
       Olsen took the Chevy to Cavite in March 1975 and brought it back to Subic in October. He rebuilt the engine at his house.
       He paid the body man in Cavite 8,750 pesos, or about $1,268.
       The convertible top and upholstery was done in Manila, but the materials came from the States.
       He paid the Navy Exchange $514 to paint the car bright red. “They did beautiful work.”
       The whole thing cost Olsen $4,500.
       Few people in this are have actually reproduced a car such as Olsen’s, but he was turned on to the idea by someone who did.
       He saw a car similar to the one he drives now soon after arriving in 1973. “I told my wife that anyone that would bring a car like that over here is crackers,” said Olsen. “So one day I saw the guy who owned it and I asked why he brought it over here. He said he didn’t, that he built it. He took me up to Cavite and introduced me to the people, and I got fired up on the idea.”
       The biggest problem, Olsen said, was getting parts from the States. “Even as much advance time I gave myself to get parts from the States, it wasn’t enough. It took me from three to 12 months to get all the parts.”
       “The guys in the garage asked me what I would do if someone offered me a new Cadillac for my car. I told him I would turn the offer down,” said Olsen. “What value can you place on a year of your life?”
       “Even if it didn’t take me a year of labor, a lot of it was mental. I was tied up worrying about the car, writing letters, going over to Pass and I.D. and talking to the customs people to make sure there would be no problem shipping it back to the States.”
       Olsen is determined not to sell the car, and he’s doubly determined not to let anyone take it from him. He’s installed an auto burglar alarm that emits a siren when anyone so much as touches the running board.
       “I copied all the original serial numbers,” he explained. “In fact, I covered one of the serial numbers up with body putty and paint. If anybody rips that car off, they can erase all the serial numbers they want, but I’ll know where that one is.”
       Ironically, Olsen thought one night his whole project was going up in smoke.
       “So I could bring the car home, they did a hurry up job on the wiring,” he related. “We were up on the zig-zag road and it started raining. The windshield wiper wires overheated and melted the insulation. Smoke started boiling out of the car. I was terrified! I had a vision of the car going up in smoke.”
       Fortunately for Olsen, only the windshield wipers were affected. All the other electrical systems worked, and he got home OK.
       And today he drives a car which most certainly did not roll off the assembly line. “That car,” Olsen said, “has my name written all over it.”

By PO 1.C. Paul Long – S&S Philippines Bureau

*This article was originally posted in the Pacific Sunday paper in Manila, Philippines in 1976.*

Friday, July 31, 2015

Why Fixing Your Car Yourself Costs You Money

We all know how auto repair is not cheap. That's why it's very tempting to fix your car yourself. There are YouTube videos and forums all over the Internet claiming to give you "correct" information on how to fix your car all by yourself. Even if you have the correct information, you probably don't have the expensive, special tools that a lot of cars require to fix it correctly.

Fixing your car yourself is a lot like playing a slot machine. If you're lucky you'll get three cherries and save a ton of money. But, usually what happens is you get three lemons and that slot machine reaches out and grabs your wallet for much more than you would've paid a qualified mechanic to fix your car in the first place. It's a lot easier knowing what to do, then what not to do. That's why we won't always be able to help you if you've completed a job and still have problems. We don't know what you've done and what you forgot to do. We also don't know what parts you forgot to include or bolts you forgot to tighten.

Fixing your car yourself is like playing a slot machine.

We had a potential customer call this week with a 2006 Mazda 3 who had changed his own timing chain. He was now getting multiple engine codes coming from his ECM. Because of the complex nature of this engine AND the special tools required AND one time use parts that must be replaced when doing this repair, we told this customer we could not help him. Unfortunately, now this person is in quite a pickle because (as he admitted to us) not even the dealer will work on this vehicle.

2006 Mazda 3

If you do decide to fix your own vehicle, please make sure you are able to successfully complete it. Changing your own battery or a fan belt is one thing, but attempting a major repair without the special tools or more importantly the knowledge to do it can costs you way more than you could be saving.

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Proverbs 19:20

Happy Friday!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Why Quality Matters in Life

We all learn quality lessons in life. You can always find a product or service cheaper in life. But why? Sometimes you can save money and do good, but most of the time you're sacrificing quality for the great price.

Saving money is not always the best idea in life. We recently learned this lesson again when we bought what we thought was a quality camera system with a great warranty at a great price. We bought it at a reputable store and the cameras even came with an extended warranty. Within a year, we started experiencing major problems like failing cameras and horrible picture quality. We called the company to use the warranty and they asked us a million impossible questions. The warranty meant nothing to us as a consumer except a good feeling when we first opened the camera system. We purchased this system because of the great price tag that saved us $200. By "saving" $200, we cost ourselves $800 and a lot more work to install the new camera system when we had to replace it!! That's 4 times what we thought we had saved and more time to install another system. We would have been much better off if we just purchased the quality camera system because we really would have saved $800 and time, too.

At our auto repair shop in Denver, we don't make crazy promises or sell our services dirt cheap to make you feel good. We give you quality and lasting value with a real warranty to protect you if something goes wrong like a part failure. We're not the cheapest shop in town AND we're not the most expensive. We give you quality and honest auto repair service at a good price that lasts. We stand behind our work, so you can have peace of mind. We take care of our customers like family. We want to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. We want you to worry about what song on the radio you are listening to, not the quality of your auto repairs.

Remember - Cheap work isn't good and good work isn't cheap!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Why Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

Do I really need to have the timing belt replaced on my car because it's running good? A broken timing belt will stop the engine from running and may cause severe internal engine damage and costly repairs (even engine replacement), so it's important to have your timing belt serviced at the recommended intervals. 

Do you like walking, getting rides, or being stranded at an inconvenient time? Timing belts usually don't give you a warning they are about to break. Your car can seem to be running good with no problem, then your car just quits running. That's why Mastermind Enterprises Auto Repair Shop in Denver recommends replacing your timing belt at or before the manufacturer's recommended schedule. If you wait, you could be facing a much higher repair bill than if you had replaced your timing belt on time.

Are you looking for a well-respected, honest, Master ASE Certified auto repair shop in Denver to replace your car's timing belt at a good price? This is what we do at Mastermind Enterprises!

We can't stand to see people destroy their engines because of a timing belt replacement, so we're offering 20% off Parts AND Labor on all timing belt replacements in our shop through July 2015!  We will be happy to discuss all of your auto repair service needs with you, including helping you find a convenient time to have your car’s timing belt replaced (most services are completed in just 1 day!). We want to help you keep your car running dependably for years to come.

Call us today at 303-297-2886

Save yourself costly engine repairs or even engine replacement!

Don't take a chance on costly engine damage! If you are over your vehicle's recommended timing belt change intervals, do not even start your car! It is very common for timing belts to skip a tooth or break when you turn off your engine. Then, when you go to start your car again, you can actually cause more damage. You can avoid major engine damage like this by replacing your timing belt at or BEFORE your manufacturer's recommended mileage. If there is any doubt about the condition of your timing belt, we recommend you have your vehicle towed down immediately. Watch this video and learn more about timing belt replacement.

We specialize in timing belts at Mastermind Enterprises. Our lead ASE Master Certified Technician has been replacing them for over 25 years! We replace timing belts on most asian and domestic vehicles from Acura to Toyota AND we guarantee all of our work with a warranty!

What can happen if your timing belt 
is serviced improperly by an unqualified mechanic
(or not serviced at all)

Unsure of when your timing belt is due?
Don't take a chance, call us today!
Trust the PROS!

If you are in Denver, 
try us and see how easy auto repair can be!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Historic Vehicle Recall

Takata has agreed to double the number of vehicles recalled in the United States to almost 34 million due to defective airbags! This makes it the largest recall in NHTSA’s history!

Takata, a Japanese company, is one of the largest suppliers of airbags for car manufacturers. Takata refused to admit for over a decade that its products were defective! They did this in spite of their airbags being linked to 100+ injuries and six deaths. The airbags "blow up like a grenade" when deployed, sending shrapnel pieces into the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

HISTORIC RECALL: Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corporation agrees to declare nearly 34 million inflator mechanisms that can “blow up like a grenade” as defective. Find out if your car or truck is part of the largest auto recall in US history.

Posted by Shepard Smith on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Get your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) located in the driver door jam, in your dash, on your insurance card, or your vehicle's registration and go to the website and find out if your car is being recalled, then CALL YOUR DEALER! 

Vehicles included in this recall currently include:

BMW – 627,615 vehicles affected
    • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
    • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
    • 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
    • 2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
    • 2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
    • 2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible
Chrysler/Dodge – 3.3 million vehicles affected
    • 2005-2008 Chrysler 300
    • 2007-2008 Chrysler Aspin
    • 2006-2007 Dodge Charger
    • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Ram 2500
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Dakota
    • 2005-2008 Dodge Durango
    • 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 3500
    • 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 4500
    • 2008 Dodge Ram 5500
Ford – 502,489 vehicles affected
    • 2004 Ford Ranger
    • 2005-2006 Ford GT
    • 2005-2007 Ford Mustang
    General Motors – 133,211 vehicles affected
      • 2002 – 2003 Buick LeSabre
      • 2002 – 2003 Buick Rendezvous
      • 2002 – 2003 Cadillac DeVille
      • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer
      • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Impala
      • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
      • 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Venture
      • 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy
      • 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy XL
      • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora
      • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada
      • 2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette
      • 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Bonneville
      • 2002 – 2003 Pontiac Montana
      • 2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
      • 2005 Saab 9-2x
    Honda – 5.4 million vehicles affected
      • 2002-2003 Acura CL and TL
      • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
      • 2005 Acura RL
      • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
      • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
      • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
      • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
      • 2003-2011 Honda Element
      • 2003-2007 Honda Pilot
      • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
    Mazda – Approximately 330,000 vehicles affected
      • 2003-2007 Mazda6
      • 2004-2008 RX-8
      • 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6
      • 2004-2005 MPV
      • 2004 B-Series
    Mitsubishi – 11,985 vehicles affected
      • 2004-2005 Lancer
      • 2006-2007 Raider
    Nissan – 717,364 vehicles affected
      • 2001-2004 Infinity I30/I35
      • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
      • 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
      • 2006 Infiniti M35/M45
      • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima
      • 2001-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
      • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra
    Subaru – 17,516 vehicles affected
      • 2003-2005 Baja
      • 2003-2005 Legacy
      • 2003-2005 Outback
      • 2004-2005 Impreza/WRX/WRX STI
    Toyota – 877,000 vehicles affected
      • 2002 – 2004 Lexus SC
      • 2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla
      • 2003 – 2004 Toyota Matrix
      • 2002 – 2004 Toyota Sequoia
      • 2003 – 2004 Toyota Tundra
    Go to to find out if your car is being recalled. Blessings to all who are traveling in cars equipped with these airbags. Drive Safely!