Former aircraft mechanic Joselito “King” Dela Cruz
SURREY, England — A car repair shop owned by a Filipino is gaining popularity in England, United Kingdom.
“Pinoy Motor Works” is owned by a former aircraft mechanic Joselito “King” Dela Cruz. It is located in the suburb of Addlestone in Surrey, England. The shop has become a favorite choice among Filipinos and British nationals for its high-quality auto services at cheaper prices.
“Itong talyer na ito ay one-stop-shop. Kahit anong ipagawa mo, gagawin ko. Mura ang full service, MOT at tire servicing. Ang diagnostic ang charge nila from £60 to £125, ako free,” said King.
(This is a one-stop-shop. I accept all kinds of auto works. Rates are cheap for full service, MOT and tire servicing. Others charge £60 to £125 for diagnostic services — I do it for free.)
King’s proudly Filipino car repair shop
King said establishing his business was not easy. He admitted to struggling in the first months
but with the help of family and friends, his shop is now gaining patrons.
“Masyado siyang die hard. Andito na lahat ng passion niya sa paggawa ng sasakyan noong araw pa (Tinkering with cars has always been his passion ever since),” said his wife, Recel Dela Cruz.
He has now earned the respect and trust of Filipino customers and even of local patrons.
“It’s picked up a lot in the last three or four months because of his quality of work and punctuality of delivery and it has been a friendly, acceptable environment. I would recommend Joselito at Pinoy Motors,” said client Peter Carver from Addlestone, Surrey England
Though King pays £3,000 or equivalent to P200,000 monthly in lease, aside from taxes, he still offers his customers lower service fees. Sometimes, he would still fix other people’s cars even if they can’t pay for his services.
“The thing is, I did not have money today. I’ve left my card at home and he is willing to do it free of charge. So amazing,” said Umanga Caldera from Feltham, London.
Pinoy motor works is open from Monday to Friday. It has a lot of good reviews on Facebook. — Jovic Bermas / Marje Pelayo
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