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Meet Johnny Anderson of JLA Motors in Hialeah

Today we’d like to introduce you to Johnny Anderson.

Johnny, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been a huge car fan as long as I could remember. A 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was my first custom-built car and ever since then, I personally worked on my last nine cars from a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche to a 1986 Buick Regal. This may sound crazy, but before I became a full-time mechanic, I searched YouTube videos to learn more about how to work on specific cars. When I would hire other mechanics for tune-ups and repairs, I eventually realized my knowledge of cars outweighed the countless funds I was dishing out to other businesses – many of which offered poor customer service for overpriced, low quality work. Once I realized how much I knew about cars, I went to mechanic school to improve my craft. I was employed by a few mechanic shops over the years, but after learning what not to do JLA Motors was born.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Over the last seventeen years, running a mechanic business has not been smooth by a longshot. Working for other shops produced more labor than income. I knew that if I wanted to be taken seriously, I needed to focus on strengthening my own brand. One of the biggest struggles was creating a repeat customer client base. A lot of people seek out a mechanic based on referral or if they have had a bad experience with another company. Building trust with the community definitely took some time. This is still something I strive to maintain every day.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the JLA Motors story. Tell us more about it.
I specialize in engine swaps, engine modifications, engine wiring, fabrications, and tuning. I like to say that I am your mechanic’s mechanic because a large percentage of my former and current customers have mechanic experience or send me referrals. Creating a shop of integrity and quality work has been my main focus and one of my proudest accomplishments. I have seen customer service make and break other businesses, so it is important for me to be a resource to my clients even after a job is done.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Well, I wouldn’t call it good or bad luck; I would rather say lessons and blessings. I used the bad times as lessons on how to get to the next level. It was like trial and error so now, I know what works from what failed.

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Whatson Saintilien

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