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Rapid and reliable: Chehalis auto shop upholds award-winning track record

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Looking for quick and reliable car service that won’t break the bank? Ernie’s Rapid Lube has been providing such service for the last 31 years to local residents, and you won’t have to drive farther than Chehalis.

"We stand behind our work and our parts," said owner Ernie Schmitt, whose business has been awarded Best of Lewis County by The Chronicle newspaper five times in the last decade for oil change services.

Schmitt said fluids and filters are his mainstays, as well as brake pad replacements and repair, and his staff can usually have a vehicle inspected and freshly-lubed in around five or ten minutes. He added basic inspections are done at no cost to the customer, and showed a fond enthusiasm for preventative maintenance when it comes to prolonging the life of a car or truck.

"Most people go too long, and then they have to replace everything," said Schmitt of routine maintenance, stating such components as cabin filters are often overlooked and can become very important as the weather starts to warm up. "If you’ve got allergies and stuff and you don’t have a cabin filter, you’re going to die."

He added antifreeze is important this time of year to keep an engine cool and said his staff is careful to make sure the proper fluid types go into the proper vehicle.

Simple oil changes can be conducted on a walk-in basis while those with more in-depth maintenance are asked to call ahead, while the staff of Ernie’s Rapid Lube are not shy about tackling all types of makes and models when it comes to maintenance and repairs.

"We know our diesel engines really well," said Schmitt, stating he sees quite a few pickups come through from his local clientele.

Those interested in making an appointment or checking on available services can call (360) 736-2024 or visit their location at 2615 NE Kerskey Ave. Monday through Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The inspections are free, just like the coffee.

At Ernie’s Rapid Lube, they boast a 5-10 minute oil change, which includes a vehicle inspection at no charge.

The staff of Ernie’s Rapid Lube at 2615 NE Kerskey Ave. in Chehalis.

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