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Gateway steps up services

July 8, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Gateway Auto Sales has a new look and a new location.

The used car dealership, formerly situated on Montezuma Avenue in Houghton, opened recently on U.S. 41 in Hancock with expanded automotive services, which now includes tires, oil changes and detailing work.

"We wanted to expand into a full-service facility and here we were able to do that," owner Andy Lahti said. "We have more visibility and the facility is much more customer friendly."

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Gateway Auto Sales Tire and Lube Express is seen at its new location on U.S. 41 in Hancock.

Gateway Auto Sales Tire and Lube Express is Hancock's newest tire dealer, carrying Michelin, Uniroyal, BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton and Mastercraft brand tires. Customers can choose from a full line of passenger car and truck tires, as well as trailer tires.

The Lube Express end of the business features the complete line of Castrol products, including Castrol SYNTEC, and the industry's latest synthetic EDGE.

"Castrol EDGE is the next level of engine protection. It provides unsurpassed engine wear protection that no other synthetic oil can beat," Andy said, adding vehicle owners who opt for this line of engine protection aren't required to change their oil for up to 15,000 miles or one year. "It meets the world's toughest industry-agreed standards."

Anyone who purchases a Castrol SYNTEC oil change is eligible for Castrol SYNTEC Oil Club membership. Program benefits include engine warranty protection, 24-hour roadside assistance, SYNTEC coupons and more.

Walk-ins for oil changes are welcome during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Customers will find the waiting area welcoming and comfortable with complimentary snacks and refreshments.

Detailing is also a specialty. Choose from a Standard Interior and Wash to a complete Premier Detail, which includes an interior wash, wax and buff.

Additional products include a complete line of windshield wipers, air filters, Interstate car batteries, Marine batteries, and engine and oil additives.

On Friday, July 17, Gateway Auto Sales is inviting the community to its grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be giveaways, raffles, complimentary hot dogs and refreshments.

"Come by and take a tour of the facility. See what it's like," Andy said.

The service shop is clean and well equipped with the latest technology in tire changing tools. On hand are factory-trained technicians knowledgeable with today's newest tires, including low profile and run-flat tires. The equipment is designed to change tires on custom wheels without damaging the rim. For a more appealing look, the balancers are designed to place weights inside the spokes.

"With the constant changes in tire technology, you need to have qualified people installing your tires," Andy said. "It's a safety issue. People sometimes underestimate the amount of knowledge base required to properly install tires."

Through July, customers can take advantage of Gateway's grand opening pricing on products and services. Additional summer specials include rebates on tires through August.

Gateway Auto Sales has been in business for the past five years, and today, continues to offer quality, clean and well maintained used vehicles at reasonable prices.

"We give all of our vehicles a thorough inspection, cleaning and oil change before the sale," Andy said. "You can be assured that all vehicles that come from our lot are in very good condition."

Gateway Auto Sales Tire and Lube Express is located on U.S. 41 in Hancock. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 487-5550.

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Gateway Auto Sales Tire and Lube Express of Hancock. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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