Shop Talk- A Year of Critique About Our Boutique

RestOfNewsletteraaaShopTalkButton“Shop Talk” is where you can find info on the day-to-day happenings here at the “East End of the Sellwood Bridge”.  This is the kind of stuff that makes up most of the content of most companies’ newsletters… but we concentrate it all in one place just for you!

Comment-of-the-Month-ButtonComment of the Month

We continued our “Comment of the Month” section in Shop Talk this year.  We try to stay in close communication with all our clients, and the best of those conversations end up here…

Ken made a client cry… and we’re glad

Certified Vehicle or Pre-Purchase Inspection?

Helping with the construction onslaught

A Client praises us with poetry

“My car is under warranty but I’m still coming to you!”

“Love The Politics”

Referral-Reward-new-buttonReferal Reward Program breaks $20,000!!!

2017 closed the third year of our Referral Reward Program, in which we make a donation to the non-profit group of your choice for every new client you refer to us.  continues to be popular with our clients, and it’s certainly popular with the groups we’ve given to.  We made another 19 donations for $847 in November and December, bringing our total to 459 donations for $20,606 since the program began!  Here’s who we gave to this period…

Northstar Civic Foundation by Brooke H.          Transitions Project by Patrice O.

Oregon Food Bank by Ann H. Conrad J., Nadja L.          Operation Agua by Deborah A.

Planned Parenthood by David C. and Caitlin M.          American Cancer Society by Phil D.

Boys & Girls Aid by Kristin M, Alicia C, Amy P (2)          Refit Portland by Josh V.

Columbia Riverkeeper by Allen N.          DKMS- Delete Blood Cancer by Randy V.

Multnomah County Animal Shelter by Sarah W.          Human Solutions by Lisa P.

Skaters for Portland Skateparks by Bryce K.

Don’t let the other Dwyer Clients have all the fun; JOIN US in making a difference in our world!  Just refer a new client to Tom Dwyer, and if they tell us you referred them (don’t worry; we’ll ask) then we’ll call you to find out which deserving group you’d like to help.  It’s just that easy… start referring today!

With our final 2017 Quarterly Award finished, it’s time for YOU to pick our Yearly Award winner and recipient of $500!

As we said in our Quarterly Award article, we know you love organizations like Oregon Food Bank and Planned Parenthood because they’re all doing vital work and they seem to get at least one Referral Reward every month.  HOWEVER.  They’re very, very big.  We give each Quarterly Winner $200 and each Yearly Winner $500, and while we’re sure these bigger groups would appreciate it (and several of these large groups have won our Quarterly and Yearly awards in the past) that money could be a much bigger boost to a smaller organization.  Since we’d like to focus our giving where it would mean the most, we’ve decided to make the following groups INELIGIBLE for the Quarterly and Yearly awards, though we’ll gladly give to them through the year:

2017’s Yearly Winner- INELIGIBLE Groups

Mercy Corps         Sierra Club         Oregon Food Bank         PETA          Salvation Army

Oregon Public Broadcasting         Oregon Humane Society         Planned Parenthood

American Cancer Society           ACLU of Oregon          American Red Cross

With the Big Guys temporarily sidelined, you still have these 51 worthy (if slightly smaller) groups to choose from.  Which one do YOU think should get $500?

2017’s Yearly Winner- ELIGIBLE Groups

Family Dog’s New Life Shelter          Save The Giants           Elders In Action

Tualitin Riverkeeper          Friends of Tryon Creek          God’s Dogs

Our House of Portland           Compassion International

Pilgrim Lutheran Church           Moms Demand Action

Jobs With Justice           Pinball Outreach           American Rivers

Llewellyn School           Urban League of Portland

Audobon Society           Community Cycling Center

KBOO Radio           Rex Foundation           American Bladder Cancer Society

Southern Poverty Law Center           JOIN PDX           The Pixie Project

Adelante Mujeres           Natural Resources Defense Council

Meals on Wheels           Portland Rescue Mission           Delete Blood Cancer

Greater Portland Bible Church           Workers Justice Project NW

OCHIN- Healthcare Solutions           Sister of the Road Café

Basic Rights Oregon           Sierra Club           Dougy Center

Shriners Hospital for Children           BARK Mt. Hood           KHNS Alaska

Sunstone Montessori School           Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Raphael House           The Sanders Institute (Bernie Sanders)

XRAY.FM           Habitat for Humanity           Mercy Corps

Northwest Children’s Outreach           Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Life Change Transitions           American Refugee Committee

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary           Out To Pasture Animal Sanctuary

Email your choice to with “Quarterly Award” in the subject line, call the shop at 503-230-2300 and tell them your pick, or look for a voting postcard on your next visit.  Thanks for your support and participation, and look for the winner in our next newsletter!

What building across streetWhat are they building across the street?

Sellwood Bridgehead, being built across the street from us at 8222 SE 6th, will be a 119 unit multi-family housing project with 49 underground parking spots.  Everyone seems to ask about it when they come by the shop, so we’ll bring you a couple shots each month as our newest Sellwood neighbor takes shape. This month, we get to show you the “Before” and the first few months of “After”…

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The last few days of life of the old brown warehouse

Construx Panorama

The view from our shop as construction gets well and truly underway


Excavation complete and ready for concrete


The parking basement, while only for 49 cars, is already taking shape with continual concrete pours

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As the cap on the basement was finishing up, snow hit Portland

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At night during the snowpocalypse as the first floor is almost ready for concrete



“In Our America” Signs

Have you seen these signs around town but wondered where to get your own?  We’ve got yours here, because Tom Dwyer Automotive is proud to be a distribution point for “Nasty Women Get Shit Done PDX”, the group behind the signs.  Yard signs are $10 each (complete with a spiffy wire frame), posters and bumper stickers are $3 each, and all proceeds go to the Nasty Women to help with the Resistance.  If you can’t come by our shop then please drop by the Nasty Women website.  It’s not just a great place to get your Resistance Kit, but a great place to join up!

AskForReviewButtonYour reviews and referrals matter

We are constantly grateful for the supportive and loyal clients we have developed over the years.  Your comments and appreciation keep us on the right road to providing the superior automotive service you deserve.  Your reviews and referrals are not only the highest compliments we can receive, but they’re the lifeblood of our new business.  If you like what you’ve found at Tom Dwyer Automotive Services, please tell a friend or take a minute to write a review on YelpAngieslistGoogle, or the review site of your choice. Thank you!

RecallListButtonLatest Automotive Recalls

Automobiles are just like any other product; occasional flaws in manufacture or design can cause problems once they leave the factory.  When an issue is identified the manufacturers and government work hard to bring the vehicles back in for refit or repair, but not all recalls make the front pages.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a constantly updated list of recalls from every manufacturer.  The last month’s recalls are below, but clicking the button at right will take you to the full list at the NHTSA website.

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