A few weeks ago we honored Vautrin Auto Service as our Unsung Hero.
Turns out there’s another Unsung Hero almost directly across the street. Alert — and very satisfied — reader Charmian Valante writes:
My daily read of “06880” helps me feel a little bit closer to the town I love. Last year, as you highlighted the closing of some of my favorite businesses — Crossroads Hardware, Christie’s Country Store, Commuter Cafe — I thought about my own shopping behavior, and how I could do more to support the remaining stores that are so vital to our community.
Cooper’s Auto Parts in Westfair Center is at the top of my list. I hope you might adding them to your Unsung Hero list.
Sandy, who runs the store, has uncanny ability to know exactly what part is needed for your. Then he takes the time to talk me through the installation process.
On Yelp he has a legion of fans who treasure his advice and guidance as much as I do. The reviews include:
- “These are the nicest most accommodating, most helpful guys who an old auto nerd could ever hope to do deal with.”
- “Coop knows parts and problems always willing to sell you only what you need to get the job done.”
- “This is what an auto parts store should be.”
- “They are the Car Talk guys of Westport.”
When my daughter’s friend’s tail light went out, I went to Cooper’s to get a replacement bulb. Sandy immediately knew the halogen light needed for her 2007 Camry. He gave me a box so I wouldn’t touch the bulb, and explained to me how the oils on my hand could transfer to the bulb and crack it when we installed.
On other occasions, he has come out of his shop to look at a windshield wiper, top off fluids, and help me remove bumper sticker residue (insisting on using his sample of Goo Gone Automotive rather than me buying a bottle).
I am always surprised how many Westporters don’t know about Cooper’s, considering how long they’ve been serving Westporters. Thank you for considering this.
Consider it done. Cooper’s Auto Parts: You’re our Unsung Heroes of the Week!