Modern Automobile Vehicle Repair Practices in Micro, Small and Medium Scale Garages in Ghana
International Journal of Science, Technology and Society
Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2014, Pages: 216-222
Received: Nov. 19, 2014; Accepted: Dec. 6, 2014; Published: Jan. 6, 2015
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Akpakpavi Michael, Mechanical Engineering Department, Accra Polytechnic, Accra, Ghana
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Abstract
This paper assesses the modern automobile vehicle repair and maintenance practices in the micro, small and medium scale garages in Ghana. In the study, the various vehicle repair and maintenance practices were investigated using a questionnaire administered on vehicle repair garages in the country. In addition, some amount of data was generated through personal observations and informal discussions. The survey revealed that a large number of the auto-mechanics in the garages in the country have considerable years of auto repair working experience, but lack the ability to inspect and repair modern automobile vehicles due to low educational and technical levels. The auto mechanics also lack the ability to identify and use modern diagnostic equipments, manufacturers’ manuals, computers and internet which have characterized modern vehicle repairs, in their repair practices. They also lack adequate tools, equipments and other logistical supports. To enhance modern vehicle repair practices in the country, training institutions and organizations such as the universities, polytechnics, the Ghana Institution of Engineers, Gratis Foundation, National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), the government and so on, should extend assistance particularly in the form of education, training and equipments to these local garages. This is to enable them remain in business and prevent garage closures due to their inability to repair modern automobile vehicles.
Keywords
Ghana, Modern Automobile Vehicles, Repair, Practices, Garages
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Akpakpavi Michael, Modern Automobile Vehicle Repair Practices in Micro, Small and Medium Scale Garages in Ghana, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2014, pp. 216-222. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20140206.19
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