AM Auto Parts, Souris
This family-owned automotive business in Souris is run by Brodie Rice. In 2008, Brodie and his parents bought the carwash from his grandfather, and in 2009 Brodie purchased AM Auto Parts.
AM specializes in hydraulic hoses, custom accessories, and parts for cars, lawn mowers, and farming implements.
Brodie has four year-round staff, and in the spring he hires on some seasonal positions. “Over the counter sales takes some training and experience. As long as you are computer savvy and somewhat competent with motor vehicles, you will probably catch on fairly quickly.
“When hiring, over the years I’ve learned to go with my gut instinct. I don’t go by word of mouth. During the interview, I ask a few automotive questions to see if they have a broad idea of what we do.” Brodie also looks for punctuality, proper attire, and a fondness for the job.
When asked about the outlook for the auto parts business on the Island, Brodie says that technology is key. “Under car (chassis and brakes) sales have been consistent over the years, and people will always need to wash their car and mow their lawn. As the only store of this kind east of Montague or Morell, I try to keep a good variety of stock so people in the community can find what they need here.”
The most rewarding part of the job for Brodie is when a customer comes in looking for a part, or is having an issue with their vehicle, and he is able to help them solve the problem. “There are a lot of requests throughout the run of a day, and you’ve got to think outside the box.”
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