Auto repair shops see an influx of customers

Workers at South Manikdi Decent Car Workshop in Dhaka Cantonment area are seen washing a car. With Eid less than a week away, vehicle owners are flocking to various auto service centers to ensure their cars are ready to travel this festive season. Photo: Palash Khan

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Workers at South Manikdi Decent Car Workshop in Dhaka Cantonment area are seen washing a car. With Eid less than a week away, vehicle owners are flocking to various auto service centers to ensure their cars are ready to travel this festive season. Photo: Palash Khan

Auto service providers are having busy days as people approach them to repair their vehicles before heading home or to other destinations to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with loved ones.

According to transport authorities, a staggering 1.25 crore people are expected to leave Dhaka city ahead of Eid next week.

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Many of them have private cars while some hire vehicles like multi-seat microbuses to get home during holiday periods like this.

Kalshi Road, Badda, Tejgaon and Moghbazar have become hubs for service points and automotive solutions. In Kalshi alone, 20 to 25 stores have been set up to meet the needs of public and private vehicle owners.

Among them, some workshops are for motorcycles and others for private and multi-seater vehicles, while a few are for all types of transport.

To name a few, there are Sohel Motors and Engineering Works, Motors Solution, Bike Park Honda Servicing Center, Munshi Automobile Workshops, Uttara Motors, RK Automobile Solutions, BJ Auto Diagnostic Center, Decent Automobile Workshops, Nippon Motors , Motors Tailoring, MM Engineering and Service Center, and Al-Karim Car Decorating and Service Point.

Among them, Decent Automobile Workshop is working on private and multi-seat cars at ECB intersection in South Manikdi, Dhaka Cantonment area.

Md Kamrul Hasan, the owner of Decent Automobile, said they don’t have some free time due to the current workload.

“With my 8 to 10 employees, I can’t stand the pressure of the workload despite working from dawn to dusk. Sometimes there is a line of cars in front of the workshop.”

The workload usually increases before Eid compared to any other time of the year. Employees also want to work longer to earn a bit more money, according to Hasan.

Md Khademul Islam, owner of Bike Park Honda Serving Center on Kalshi Road in Mirpur, says they only work with motorbikes.

He usually runs the store with three to four employees. But he had to hire two or three more workers before Eid because of the extra pressure.

“We can’t go home before 1:30 a.m. every day,” he added.

Any Car Solution and Multibrand Workshops, located in the Satmatha district of Tejgaon in the capital, are two stores that cater to all vehicles.

Jahid Karim Chowdhury, owner of Multibrand Workshops, says they find little time to rest.

“In fact, our activity picked up even before the month of Ramadan and has intensified recently as the Eid holiday is fast approaching,” he said.

People are hoping to enjoy Eid with their loved ones and hence, people especially those who have cars are getting their vehicles repaired so that their happy journey does not fall into despair for transportation issues, Chowdhury added.

Md Shah Alam, a driver who lives in Manikdi, said he came to the multi-brand workshop to wash and polish his car.

“I came to wash and examine the car so that there are no problems during our trip to the villages.”

Driver Borhan Uddin entered the service center to repair his car’s brakes.

“I have to drive to distant destinations with passengers almost every day before Eid. So the brakes are important because an accident could ruin the happiness of Eid.”

Mohammad Sumon, who works at Decent Automobile Workshop, said many people come to repair their vehicles.

“The number of people who come to the service center at other times of the year generally remains low. Their numbers increase before Eid.”

Masud Rana, owner of Raja Brothers Automobile Solutions on Kuril highway, said they didn’t even have enough time to eat meals due to increased work pressure.

“We could have worked on four or more cars a day for the rest of the year. But the load increases several times before the Eid festival. Now we have to work on at least 25 cars a day.”

There are about 1,500 workshops in Dhaka, according to a source.

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