Shop Profiles

  • The shop was started in 1999 and is still run by its founder, Dan Boni, Sr., who earned his stripes as a manager at a tire store chain before deciding to go into business for himself.
    Robert Bravender
  • Being a ‘yes we can’ organization is crucial to this Ft. Collins, CO-based company.
    Robert Bravender
  • We rarely entertain the notion that a dealership, let alone a repair shop, can exist in the middle of Manhattan. And yet here’s Mototainment, a firm in the island’s SoHo district specializing in Italy’s Ducati and Britain’s Triumph motorcycles.
    Robert Bravender
  • David Rogers and Terry Keller examined every aspect of the business to see how they could build value, not only for customers but for each employee, concepts which evolved into programs like the RPM Toolkit.
    Robert Bravender
  • V&F Auto began with a firm foundation. Vinny and Frank Palange, father and son, founded V&F in 1988 by taking the added step of buying an acre of land in Agawam, MA.
    Robert Bravender
  • Owner Dave Denmon redefined his the business into five key areas: management, technical operations, sales, personnel and marketing.
    Robert Bravender
  • Co-owner of 25th Street Automotive in Phoenix, Ariz., Bill Coniom likes to, as he puts it, work at solutions backwards.
    Robert Bravender
  • What began as a Swedish brand repair shop has expanded to better service in the Seattle market.
    Robert Bravender
  • In Waukesha, Wisconsin, Jerry's Automotive Service keeps customers coming back with outstanding service.
    Robert Bravender
  • A change in name and business model doesn’t necessitate an alteration in attitude. For one, Lake Arbor Automotive and Truck is still owned by founder Dana ToPoel — ever dedicated to environmental and community concerns, and always abiding by his mantra: “do the right thing for you [the customer], every time.”
    Robert Bravender
  • In the entire history of transmission repair, few center owners have started out better prepared for building a successful business than Doug and Mary Scott, the new owners of the Cottman center in Independence, Mo.
  • Gabe Parker once swore he’d never work in a repair shop. Yet here he is at J&L Auto Service in Chamblee, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, wrenching on everything from pickup trucks to supercars when he’s not managing the shop for his dad, Randy.
    Robert Bravender
  • When a shop is called Smith Auto Repair, you have to do something special to stand out a bit. Fortunately Smith’s reputation is firmly founded on electrical repair, when they started off rebuilding generators, alternators and starters nearly 70 years ago in Yakima, Wash.
    Smith Auto Repair
  • Smith’s reputation is firmly founded on electrical repair, which began when they started off rebuilding generators, alternators and starters nearly 70 years ago in Yakima, WA.
    Robert Bravender
  • Orangevale Diesel near Sacramento, Calif., has done nothing but grow over the past 25 years. 
    Robert Bravender
  • Foresight has been a feature of Rising Sun Motors in College Park, Md., since its inception in 1977, and one that has lead to great success.
    Robert Bravender
  • As a CPA, Bill Hunter was helping oversee the dissolution of his father’s trucking company, Hunter Intermodal Transportation (HIT). Started in 1988, the firm was closing its doors after the 2008 recession, but Bill saw an inkling of something worth salvaging. While looking over a maintenance facility they still had under lease, he came up with an idea.
    Robert Bravender
  • When Midas franchisee Alan Mahrt and his team recently opened a striking new, two-story Midas total car care facility in Ankeny, Iowa, it was the latest move in a concerted drive to expand their Midas footprint in the Midwest and Plains states.
  • Operated by Dana and Judi Haglin out of Boulder, CO, the 2015 Top Shop is naturally on the cutting edge of repair practices. As reported previously, the Haglins pride themselves not on responding to the market, but anticipating it. Telematics, GDI, Millennials—they stay on top of issues through conferencing and thorough research.
    Robert Bravender
  • Motor Age is again seeking the best of the best to highlight as our 2015 Top Shops! Whether you think your shop is one of the overall best in U.S., or that you excel in one area, here is a chance to get recognized in the Top Shops section of December's Motor Age print issue.  
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