September 2012 Hyundai Owners Open House

Thank you to all who joined us last night for our last Hyundai Owners Open House of the year.  The weather was perfect, attendance was great, and a fun and educational time was had by all!  And we mean that; While we put lots of effort into making sure all your questions are answered and needs are addressed, we’re bound to miss some things so, we’re open to any ideas you may have as to how to make the events better.  To those wo offered suggestions, like Mark who requested vegetarian food, we thank you.  Stay tuned to our facebook page for the announcement of last night’s raffle winner!

Centenarian Sets Rare Service Example

Photo credit: Mike Cardew / Akron Beacon Journal

At an age when many of us might consider giving up driving, if we hadn’t already, a 102 year old philanthropist is not only taking road trips but doing some of her own maintenance.  Yes, her maintenance.  Margaret Dunning is known in historical circles as a philanthropist whose generosity has largely benefitted the Plymouth (Michigan) Historical Society.  But the automotive world knows her for her gorgeously renovated classic cars, especially a 1930 Packard 740 Roadster she’s owned for 63 years.

Not only owned but, serviced!   Dunning says she changes her own oil every 3,000 miles, and even swaps out spark plugs when necessary.  When in need of additional expertise she turns to a select group of people including a 90-year old friend who she says works “magic”.

The Packard is one of several classic vehicles in Dunning’s garage that she regularly drives to car shows.  She told the Akron Beacon Journal she’s loved cars since she started driving at the age of 8. Her driver’s license followed four years later.  Henry Ford’s family lived just a couple miles away and, at one point, Dunning even worked in a Ford plant.  And while she takes great pride in her Packard, Margaret Dunning doesn’t see a whole lot to crow about in her abilities under the hood.  Working on her cars, it would appear, comes naturally.  “I love the smell of gasoline,” she says. “It runs in my veins.”

Photo credit: Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times

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Predicted Mechanic Shortage Offers New Career Opportunities

Are you looking for a new career, one that will weather the economic uncertainty facing so many industries these days?  One that requires a multitude of skills, puts you on the cutting edge of technology, and makes you invaluable to most of society?  Yes?  Have you considered becoming an auto mechanic?

No, seriously.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics says demand for technicians is expected to grow 17% by 2020.  Combine that with the fact that more and more high school graduates are looking elsewhere for a career and you have a serious shortage of master mechanics coming down the pike.  That’d be bad news for drivers but great news for techs who’ll be in high demand.  The BLS says techs earned between $35,000 and $60,000 in 2010.  The law of supply and demand says those salaries would rise if the predicted tech shortage becomes a reality.

Part of the problem is that many of today’s mechanics grew up working on cars.  40 or 50 years ago anyone with the know-how and the right tools could mess around under the hood.   But today’s high school grads may not have had that experience given that the cars they grew up with ran on computer-operated systems, making home-repairs more challenging if not impossible.  Another factor is that many schools have had to cut auto shop classes as budgets got tighter.

But the education is out there if you look for it.  Butler gets many of its techs from the Automotive Technology Department at Rogue Community College.  To a terrifically small degree we even help teach the class.  Butler Service Manager Curtis Hancock spends time every semester participating in RCC’s Career Day.  He gives tips on finding a job in the automotive industry, sheds light on what life in a professional shop is all about, answers questions, and keeps an eye out for recruits.  He’s looking for someone with a passion for the work.

If you think that might be you, you’re in luck.  Put on your safety glasses ‘cause the future looks bright.



Recall Protocol

With a slew of recalls making news this summer we thought a recall refresher course was in order. When a recall becomes necessary manufacturers put the word out in the press to alert owners to the potential problems and tell them when to expect a recall notice in the mail. The notice usually goes out a few weeks to a month following the initial announcement. But owners can take action before that notice arrives. Recall
press releases can usually be found on the manufacturer’s website (or at, and frequently include a couple numbers: one to identify the campaign, the other a phone number to call for more information. If you think your vehicle might be the subject of a recall you can wait for the notice in the mail or call the manufacturer-provided phone number to see if your vehicle is affected. Then, find a local dealer to fix the problem.

Since Butler Auto Group is a dealer of Ford, Acura, Kia, Hyundai and Suzuki vehicles, we’re the ones to contact if any of these makes are recalled. Here’s the way it works:

  1. Call us (see service department contact info below)
  2. We’ll work with you to determine which recall, if any, affects your vehicle
  3. We’ll check to see if new parts are necessary and, if so, when they’ll be available
  4. We’ll schedule you an appointment
  5. You’ll bring us your vehicle and we’ll fix it, free of charge

It’s that easy!

Here’s how to reach us:

Butler Acura Service Ctr.
1899 Highway 99 N Ashland, OR 97520 (888) 306-4801
Butler Ford Service Ctr.
1977 Highway 99 N Ashland, OR 97520 (888) 715-3972
Butler Hyundai Service Ctr. 5000 Crater Lake Hwy. Medford, OR 97504 (800) 393-8793
Butler Kia Service Ctr.
4950 Crater Lake Hwy. Medford, OR 97504 (888) 259-7623
Butler Suzuki Service Ctr. 5000 Crater Lake Hwy. Medford, OR 97504 (800) 393-8793