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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:39 am    Post subject: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

CO folks may have already posted this about Blazer. I searched but didnít see anything.

Two pieces of info:

-I sold my Vanagon a few months ago. We have purchased a Sportsmobile. I stopped in at Blazer today to tell Larry thanks for keeping me on the road for the last 8-9 years. He told me my visit was well-timed, because they are in the process of closing. His lot is already totally devoid of parts vans!! Heís retiring after 40 years. Says heís going to miss the place and all his great customers.

-Other piece - I sold my Vanagon, which I already mentioned. Thanks to everyone here for the sense of community and for also helping to keep me and my family on the road.

See you down the trail.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:06 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Bummer
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:26 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Kind of you to check in and update us. Be sure to keep us apprised of where you're traveling, as even though you'll be driving the new rig, the campfire conversations would stay the same!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Another piece of anecdata to bolster my "5 years" lemma
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

In Biblical years? Wink

This is a resourceful lot with lotsa commonality, we be okay. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Just another example that Time relentlessly marches on.

As it does it claims us all. Sone sooner, some later.

I still remember 60's era Beetles as new on the showroom floor.
I worked on many before they aged horribly.

The numbers of those who remember as I do shrink almost daily.

The same is happening to Vanagons...... every shop with experienced guys will be sold, change personnel or close.

It is something you cannot change or stop.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Iíll miss those guys. Theyíre 2 miles from my house and super convenient, but Larry did tell me if I ever put a Subaru motor in my Vanagon he was done with me. Good thing I did it as he retired.

Blazer Automotive will be missed. Sniff, sniff...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Every vanagon owner has plenty of time to own the repair of their car,but they need to start learning now.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:49 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

What flavor Sportsmobile did you get?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:06 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Brown, Duh. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:26 am    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Is Blazer recommending another shop that is vanagon freindly? I have friends and customers in Denver that will surely need another wrench. Thank, Joel
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

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Called Larry just now and said my respectful goodbyes, meant them. Blazer opened in 1979, and I always considered them as honest, professional, and skilled as mechanics could be. Larry and Jim loaded me down with good advice and helpful feedback, and did a lot to make my experiences with Winston as happy as they've been.

He DOES have a recommendation for his customers, the fellow to whom he sold his seventeen parts vans. It's

https://www.urabus.net/contact

John Buschman
3063 S. Tejon St Unit B
Englewood, Co. 80110

Tel: 303-921-0601
[email protected]

which is off Dartmouth and Tejon. For some reason I don't think he'd be backward about Subaru Conversions.

Shocked

Larry praised his honesty. Buschman has HIGH ratings on Yelp and his website says he loves Vanagons. Well, who DOESN'T?

Blazer's last day for new work will be July 31st, they'll be cleaning the grand old garage out through August and taking phone messages.

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The only constant in life is change. I meant it when I told Larry, Jim, and those skilled old guys who made Winston run so well, that it was well done.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Please pass my best wishes onto Larry for his retirement !!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Well, they gave it a shot. The auto biz is tough racket and it's really no shame that they are throwing in the towel after just 40 years Very Happy . They tried. At least they gave it a reasonable amount of time to see if working on VWs was for them.

They will be missed!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Blazer Automotive Closing - Denver Reply with quote

Lost their shirts forgetting to invoice for shop supplies
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