San Pedro Auto Repair and Service Center Expands Expertise

Plaza Automotive Center’s Lead Technician Achieves ASE Certification for Advanced Engine Performance.

San Pedro, CA, September 22, 2009 --( Plaza Automotive Center (, a San Pedro auto repair and service facility located in the Park Plaza Shopping Center, announced that its lead technician, Felipe Wehbe, attained his L1 Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

The L1 Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Test is designed to measure the knowledge and skills an automotive technician needs to diagnose driveabilty issues and emission failures on computer-controlled engine systems. Mr. Wehbe’s certification gives Plaza Automotive Center’s customers the peace of mind that their vehicles are in the hands of experts that provide incomparable San Pedro auto repair and service for any engine problem.

The ASE is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the “quality of vehicle repair and service through the voluntary testing and certification of technicians and other automotive service professionals.” Plaza Automotive Center has shared that commitment since opening its doors in 2001 to provide first-class San Pedro auto repair and service.

Plaza Automotive Center employs certified, highly trained, and experienced technicians to provide customers with comprehensive car care services. As the lead technician, Mr. Wehbe exemplifies Plaza Automotive Center’s high standard of excellence.

“Felipe is an incredibly talented mechanic,” said Mitch Harmatz, owner of Plaza Automotive Center. “His professionalism and knowledge is unparalleled. I think the fact that less than 10% of the technicians who took the test actually passed it says a lot about his expertise.”

As a San Pedro auto repair expert and ASE certified technician, Mr. Wehbe has certifications in:

· Advanced O2 sensor and fuel trim diagnosis
· AC recovery and recycling
· Electrical/electronic systems control
· Advanced engine performance
· Engine performance diagnosis

Since joining Plaza Automotive Center’s team of San Pedro auto repair and service experts in 2007, Mr. Wehbe has consistently demonstrated his versatility and willingness to take on new challenges. Passing the ASE’s Advanced Engine Performance test is a personal achievement for Mr. Wehbe, but it also improves Plaza Automotive Center’s ability to provide superior San Pedro auto repair and service.

“It’s a very difficult test, so I’m proud of myself that I passed,” said Wehbe. “As far as knowledge goes, it tells me I’m on the right track.” He added, “I’ve had many bosses over the past twelve years, but Mitch is always honest with the customer and doesn’t cover any mistakes. I like to do it right and not cut corners, and Mitch tells the customer exactly the way it is. He also invests money in the shop to make our lives easier and to provide even better service and repair for our customers.”

According to the ASE, “Motorists as well as technicians and their employers benefit from ASE certification. It is a valuable yardstick by which to measure the knowledge and skills of individual technicians as well as the commitment to quality of the repair facility employing them.”

Indeed, anyone who has had the opportunity to have their car serviced at Plaza Automotive Center has first-hand experience of the quality and skills of the shop’s technicians. From tires to air conditioning to diagnostics, Plaza Automotive Center’s technicians provide comprehensive San Pedro auto repair and service for domestics and imports, including:

· Tune-up and engine services
· Air conditioning service and repair
· Brake service
· Batteries and starting systems
· Tire service, wheel balancing, and alignment
· Clutch repair and replacement
· Suspension tuning and repairs
· Diagnostic services
· Heating and cooling system services and repair
· Shock and strut replacement
· Transmission and fuel injection services

For more information about Plaza Automotive Center’s San Pedro auto repair and service, call 310.831.2888 or visit Plaza Automotive Center online at

About Plaza Automotive Center:
Plaza Automotive Center is locally owned and managed in San Pedro, California. Plaza Automotive Center's comprehensive auto repair and service includes tune-up and engine services, tire service, air conditioning service, brake service, diagnostic service, cooling system, charging system, and wheel alignment. Owner Mitch Harmatz and Plaza Automotive Center have been honored for their San Pedro auto repair expertise, customer service, and community involvement by many organizations, and continue to donate time and money to numerous local associations:

Named the 2009 Business of the Year by the San Pedro Rotary Club
Nominated for the 2009 American Express Shine A Light Award
President of the San Pedro Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)
Member of the Boards of Directors of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and the Toberman Neighborhood Center
Financial supporter of the San Pedro YWCA, Toberman Neighborhood Center, Golden State Pops Orchestra, and Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor of the Boys & Girls Club College Bound Scholarship to California State University, Dominguez Hills

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Mitch Harmatz