Jensen Service Evolves from Repairing Motors to Educating Customers
by Stephanie Critser
Jensen Service and Diagnostic has evolved from a small mechanic shop of the 1950's to a full-scale service and diagnostic center, handling most automotive issues excluding paint and bodywork.
Mike Jensen, who owns the business with his brother Dave, said that the shop has been successful because employees leave everything up to the customer to make an educated decision.
"We're as busy as we are - servicing an average of 20 vehicles a day - because we're honest with the customer," he said. "Dave, Roger Manley and I are certified drivability technicians, and the customer always talks to one of us."
"Customers don't have to deal with a secretary or service writer. If customers are educated by us, then maybe they can spot a problem before it happens. Customers are our family and we treat them accordingly."
This means knowing customers, if not by their first and last names, then definitely by their car.
"I know about all of the customers on a first and last name basis," Jensen said. "The others I can match the car to their face."
"A lot of what you do in the automotive service industry is a result of how the customer feels. You could have the best technicians, but if customers don't feel good about the experience and how they were treated it doesn't matter."
Jensen said that Jensen Service and Diagnostic tells a customer exactly what is wrong and give a free estimate before any work is done.
"Our estimates include tax and are less than $10 off on a bill for work under $1000," he said. "There's no guesswork or sticker shock for customers, because they know what the cost will be before they get back to the shop."
"If we find four or five other problems while doing an oil change, we'll inform the customer and rate the items on importance. We include prices, and this enables a customer to know what the projected damage is as well as what needs to be fixed first."
"The industry has such a bad reputation that if you're straight up with the customers they really appreciate it. They tend to act on most repairs if you build up an honest rapport with them."
The family-owned shop has three other technicians besides Mike and Dave Jensen. Their father, Jack Jensen, is still employed by the company he stated, towing in cars and doing minor repairs. His wife, Fran, does the shop's bookkeeping.
"I've been doing this since I was 14, so I enjoy the job because I'm good at it," Mike Jensen said. "Dave and I are very picky about our own vehicles, so we feel the same what about customers' cars."
"You'll never find two brothers more particular about vehicles and maintenance. We can tell a customer if another service department has botched a repair or didn't revel a problem until the warranty was expired, simply because we have been doing this for so long. If customers aren't informed, they won't know what to look for and can be under the false assumption that a service department is looking out for their best interests."
Jensen Service and Diagnostic has been in business since 1956 when brothers Jack and Bob Jensen opened a shop at 72nd and Blondo. They purchased the lot at 120th Street in 1966 and moved the business. A third brother, Roy, joined the business in 1966.
The three brothers purchased a location on 132nd Street in 1970 and kept it until Bob and Roy Jensen retired. Jack Jensen then sold the business on 132nd Street and kept operating the 1307 S. 120th St. location until his sons decided to purchase it from him.
Mike Jensen received a bachelor's degree from St. Johns University in Minnesota. Dave Jensen played football for the Huskers while earning a degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
The brothers also went to Southeast Community College in Milford to receive automobile repair degrees, They came to work full time at the shop in 1993, ran the business for two years under the close watch of their father and purchased it in 1995.
What our clients are saying about us
We have established longterm and stable partnerships with various clients thanks to our excellence in solving their automotive needs!
Dave and his team were straightforward and honest when quoting a price for changing fluids and filters, and diagnosing a strange suspension noise. They were also able to find replacement front suspension parts for my rare sport sedan quickly, and they all pitched in to get my car done on the same day. I'm very pleased with Jensen Service (no relation btw) and will use their services in the future!
I've been taking my vehicles to Jensen Service and Diagnostic for almost 25 years. They are a small family owned business, and do excellent work at fair prices. Multiple times they have saved me money and time with their excellent service and recommendations. They don't try to oversell and expertly explain what items need to be fixed immediately, and what can be addressed within a service appointment or 2. I can't recommend them highly enough.