By: Reggie Jolly and Stephanie Wolff
When it comes to car repairs, convenience is key. Tow fees are expensive and with Blood, Sweat and Gears, that’s one cost you don’t have to front. Michael Wiley and Bryan Seaton met in college and after working together in customer service, they decided to create a business doing something they’re passionate about.
Seaton and Wiley worked together in a variety of customer service positions, but they
“got tired of the whole corporate aspect of working” Seaton said. “We’ve been talking about it for a while and we just decided to drop what we were doing and make it happen.”
Their company does a variety of different repairs ranging from normal maintenance and tune-ups, to A.C. jobs and interior work. However, they do experience some restrictions working remotely.
“There’s not a lot that we can’t do. And if there is something we can’t do mobile-y, sometimes we’ll find a location to do it at another time or we can usually recommend somebody that can take of the job for them,” Wiley said.
They work mostly out of Mandarin and North St. John’s County. They have a 20-mile service radius from where they start every day, but they do travel outside of it for a small fee.
Their long-time customer Ian Harrison appreciates the convenience of a mobile repair shop.
“I can leave my car at the house. They can swing by and work on it when I’m not there,” Harrison said. “I don’t have to take it somewhere or take time out of my day to go to something like that.”
Being in business for three years, Michael and Bryan have worked on a variety of vehicles from ranging from vintage trucks to modern sports cars.
“The way we market our business right now a lot of it is word of mouth and it’s been really great,” Seaton said. “We have a huge impact in the automotive community here. And a lot of our friends and family have been passing out cards and getting our name out there. But we also do have a Facebook page, so that does help.”
“I’ve had some bad experiences in the past with other shops and such like that just not getting the job done or problems still being there afterwards. I know them and I know they’ll do a quality job,” Harrison said.
Blood, Sweat and Gears has been in business for about three years, and one day, they hope to expand it to a larger customer base.