Monday, September 15, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Midway Automotive comes to Fairfield

13 midway auto 1

Pat Watson stands inside Midway Automotive and Muffler in Fairfield, Wednesday. Watson's new auto repair business resides in the old Midas building. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

By
From page B7 | April 13, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Pat and Julie Watson finally secured the location they wanted for their Midway Automotive & Muffler shop.

The couple wanted to open an automotive repair business in Fairfield for about 10 years. Several years ago, they saw that Midas automotive repair closed at the building at 1655 W. Texas St. and thought they found the right place.

But there was a problem. Midas wanted someone to open a Midas franchise there. The Watsons wanted their own business. They couldn’t convince Midas to simply sell them the land and the building, Julie Watson said.

Then Midas in 2012 merged with TBC Corp., which owns Big O Tires and other businesses. Watson said the merger led to the decision to sell surplus property. The Watsons made an offer and Midas accepted.

Midway Automotive & Muffler opened April 1. But, though the Fairfield shop is new, the Watsons are hardly newcomers to auto repair.

“I’ve done this basically my entire life,” Pat Watson said.

His father owned a number of automotive stores in the Bay Area, so Pat Watson grew up surrounded by the business. He decided to open his own shop after his father retired.

In 1986, he opened Midway Muffler & Brake in El Sobrante. That’s why the sign at the Fairfield shop says that Midway got established in 1986, even though the local shop is new.

The Watsons moved from El Sobrante to Vacaville in 1995 and to Fairfield in 2003. That’s what got them thinking about a second shop, this one in the city where they lived.

Pat Watson has seen the automotive repair business change as cars have become more high-tech. Ten years ago, a scanner for autos might cost $1,000. Now it’s $20,000. Even the cheapest car today has five to seven computers, he said.

All of this pushes out the guy who can’t afford $60,000 in diagnostic equipment, he said.

Another change is the move to online data. Midway Automotive is missing the shelves crammed with repair books for the various makes of cars, as found in repair shops in earlier decades.

Pat Watson said he tells customers their options for repairs when possible, instead of simply presenting the ultimate and most expensive fix. He realizes it’s hard to budget money for repairs that are unexpected, he said.

“We don’t want to see you one time, we want to see you for the lifetime,” Pat Watson said.

He remains in the automotive business because he enjoys working on cars, Pat Watson said. It’s like any other service industry, knowing you can help people, he said.

“It’s pretty much instant gratification,” Julie Watson said. “Within a few hours, you have a happy customer.”

Midway Automotive & Muffler is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 422-7000 for more information.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929, or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 4 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • CD BrooksApril 13, 2014 - 6:51 am

    Welcome to town, best of luck to you!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalApril 13, 2014 - 10:03 am

    I know these folks from the El Sobrante location. They run a great shop. I love the improvements they did to the Fairfield location.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • innovationinstitutellcApril 13, 2014 - 11:43 am

    Very friendly too.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Bill GodfreyApril 13, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    I have known Pat for over 25 years and have taken my fleet vehicles to his shop in El Sobrante for a number of years. I would recommend Midway to anyone! If the Fairfield shop is anything like El Sobrante you won't find a more reputable auto mechanic.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Solano County theater honored for stage work

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Antoine, Ted and National Recovery Month

By Tony Wade | From Page: A2

Armijo Alumni Association to host barbecue

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Suisun council to hear fireworks sales report

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
CHP schedules teen driver classes

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Kroc Center hosts fall senior health fair

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
 
Local governments schedule meetings

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Former Vacaville resident received TechCrunch honor

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B6

Recycling business honored

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B6

 
Small-business center posts free classes list

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B6

Il Fiorello schedules butchery class

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B6

 
New freeway sign goes up

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B6 | Gallery

Weather for Sept. 15, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B10

 
.

US / World

S&P: California recovers growth with tax increases

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Santa Monica using $1M to evaluate its happiness

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Small earthquake rattles Northern California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Navy identifies pilot presumed dead after crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Northern California deck collapse injures 9

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

California regulators seek train-bridge inspectors

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

California nudist camp accused of stealing water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Wildlife experts work to keep baby opossums alive

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Queen to Scots: Think carefully about future

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
$50K reward offered for tips on trooper’s slaying

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

.

Opinion

To exit the Pottery Barn, turn right

By Mike Kirchubel | From Page: A8

 
Immigration facts by the numbers

By Earl Heal | From Page: A8

Thank you from Meals on Wheels

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
The NFL can learn from football coaches in Texas

By Cynthia M. Allen | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Sept. 15, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Sept. 15, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: Sept. 16, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

 
Randall: Travel tips for visiting my ‘homes’

By Sharon Randall | From Page: B5

Horoscopes: Sept. 15, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A7

 
I love Howard, but I hate his addiction to drugs

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A7

.

Entertainment

TVGrid Seot 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Miss New York chosen as Miss America 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

TVGrid Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

 
‘No Good Deed’ defeats ‘Guardians’ at theaters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

.

Sports

Jay Cutler rallies Bears past 49ers in fourth

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Raiders embarrassed after 30-14 loss to Texans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Homers from Moss, Fuld lead A’s past Seattle 4-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Giants lose 4-2 to Dodgers, fall 3 back in NL West

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Armijo girls run to 3rd-place finish in Folsom

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Keselowski wins opening round of NASCAR’s Chase

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

USA wins basketball worlds, 129-92 over Serbia

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Could Pacquiao fight be in cards for Mayweather?

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Horschel caps amazing run with FedEx Cup

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Kim beats Webb by 1 to win Evian Championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

For Better or Worse Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C. Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Dilbert Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baby Blues Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Get Fuzzy Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Garfield September 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baldo Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Frank and Ernest Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Rose is Rose Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Wizard of Id Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Word Sleuth Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Sudoku Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Bridge Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Crossword Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote Sept 16

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Blondie Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Sally Forth Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Baby Blues Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Baldo Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Get Fuzzy Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
B.C. Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Garfield September 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Zits Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Dilbert Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Peanuts Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Wizard of Id Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Beetle Bailey Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

For Better or Worse Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Pickles Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Frank and Ernest Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Cryptoquote Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Word Sleuth Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Sudoku Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Crossword Sept 15

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7