Articles by Robert Bravender

Moving a great distance to set up a new business can be tough. Add that it’s in another country with cultural differences and language barriers — not to mention reversed seasons going from the Southern to Northern Hemisphere — it sounds daunting.
Robert Bravender
Royalty Auto Service wasn’t always regal. For quite a while, this repair shop in St. Marys — “about as southeast as you can possibly get in Georgia without being in Florida” — was simply called Auto Care.
Robert Bravender
When the Wittler brothers took over the company, they had to do a bit of retooling to incorporate newer high-tech cars rather than the older, less sophisticated classics their father had specialized in.
Robert Bravender
There’s certainly no shortage of BMWs, Mercedes and Audis cruising around the Washington D.C. metro area—but that doesn’t make it any easier for Proprietor and General Manager Sam Dawood.
Robert Bravender
If you were to tool around the little town of Lake Mills, Wis., you’d probably notice the name "Topel" on at least two automotive businesses: Topel Truck Center and Topel’s Service Center, Inc., the latter also known as Topel’s Towing and Repair. They’re only connected tangentially but are about two miles apart, so there’s little chance of confusion, right?
Robert Bravender
With automatic-equipped cars now accounting for around 95 percent of sales in the U.S., these specialists have their work cut out for them.
Robert Bravender
Urban and rural markets have distinctly different conditions in which repair shops can thrive, and nowhere is this more evident than Mears Service Center.
Robert Bravender
Located in the Houston suburb of Conroe, Texas, God's Garage only “repairs vehicles for single mothers, widows and wives of deployed military with no labor costs,” explains Chris “PC” Williams, founder of this philanthropy.
Robert Bravender