History

Payless Garage has been serving the Salem community since the early 1950’s. Known as Payless Oil Company, it was a family ran garage where honesty, integrity, and customer service were top priority. In April, 1987, the garage was purchased by Shane and Ronda Rosenblatt. Shane, a graduate from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1979, with a degree in Automotive Tune Up and Instrumentation, and Ronda, a former barber, and owner of The Ice Cream Cellar in the Reed Opera House, continued with the familiar business practices that made Payless Oil Company one of the most respected garages in the Salem area. Joined by longtime friend and previous co-worker Chuck Bruebaker, the three brought Payless Oil Co. into a new era of automobile service. The business name was changed to Payless Garage, but the commitment to customer trust and service remained the same. Many changes had been taking place in the automotive industry. Carburetors were replaced by fuel injectors, points and condensers were a thing of the past. Computers and modules became common place, but repairs and troubleshooting became much more complex. To keep up with the advanced technology, Shane and Chuck would work on their client’s vehicles during the day, and would often be attending classes and seminars at night.

When Shane’s son, Jason, turned 13 years old, he wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps. During Christmas and spring break and summer vacation you would find “Jay” sweeping floors or cleaning parts, always asking “what are you doing to that?’ Or “how do you know what’s wrong?” So, Shane and Chuck began teaching the eager young “technician” how to diagnose and repair automobiles. Over the years, Jay became a valued member of the Payless Team. Jay was a natural figuring out what was wrong with a car. He had the “knack” so to speak.

In 2007, Shane and Ronda felt the Lord calling them into the mission field. After much prayer, the couple felt led to a YWAM base in central California called “Gleanings for the Hungry.” After completing a DTS, and outreach to Guatemala, they went on staff at the base. Gleanings for the Hungry is a base that focuses on sending food to 3rd world countries, meeting the needs of poor people, both physically and spiritually. After their two year commitment, they returned to Salem. Shane took over the office duties that Ronda had done for so many years, but could no longer perform because of health issues. It was quite an adjustment for the two of them since Ronda, who was always active in the day to day operations of the business, and Shane, who was always out working in the shop, but even though things were a little crazy at first, but in time proved to be the right move.

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