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By Jamie Stewart
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Focus on Local Business - July 4, 2019

A one-stop shop for vehicle needs::Shafter Transmission and Smog ready to help for 20 years

 

Jamie Stewart | Wasco Tribune

Shafter Transmission and Smog is a full-service shop, doing everything from smog checks to engine replacements.

It doesn't matter what your need is when it comes to your vehicle, be it a simple smog check to an engine overhaul, Shafter Transmission and Smog can keep you "in tune" with your car or truck.

Don Luna has been operating the shop for over 20 years and is still working to fulfill all of Shafter's automobile needs.

Luna said that business is very good, with three busy smog technicians, as well as mechanics who are certified in every kind of auto repair.

Luna started in the automotive business working for a shop in Bakersfield. One day, he was laid off and realized that he had never been laid off or let go in his life. Not wanting to depend on someone else for his livelihood, Luna decided, with help from his family, to open up Shafter Transmission and Smog near the location of what was then a Seven Eleven store off of Lerdo Highway.

As time went by, the building was in need of repair, and they had numerous problems with vehicles being vandalized, necessitating a move to a new location. Luna built a new shop at 877 Lerdo Highway with state-of-the-art machinery and new bays.

Luna recalled that they were the pioneer Star Station in Shafter and has been a participant in the Consumer Assistance Program since 1997, which helps consumers with the cost of repairs on their vehicles that are needed to pass smog regulations.

"We are proud to be a part of the program and love the fact that we have a chance to help the community, since they have been great supporters of us throughout the years," said Luna. "We pride ourselves on being a Star Station, which for some shops is not a desirable title. Some shops don't want to deal with being a Star Station because there are more requirements, and you also have to keep a good record in good standing to keep your Star Station status."

"California is one of the strictest states in the nation and they are getting even stricter this year," Luna said. "Starting this year, they are putting more requirements for those vehicles that are 2010 and newer, making it more of a challenge for the required smog checks."

Jamie Stewart | Wasco Tribune

Don Luna has been serving Shafter for over two decades.

If your vehicle does not pass the smog test, no need to worry. Luna and his experienced staff will find the problem and get the vehicle back on the road.

They also do electrical repairs, diagnostics, overhauls, transmissions and air conditioning repairs. Luna said that he has lived in Shafter since he was 10 years old and loves the small town, close-knit atmosphere of the community. "That is why I named it Shafter Transmission and Smog, because I just love Shafter and am proud to represent our city."

To show his love for the community, in addition to giving great personal service, Luna also gives back in other ways, such as serving the city as a member of the Shafter Lions Club and sponsoring local baseball team. "I think it is right to give back to this city, because they have shown me such great support," said Luna.

 

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