Articles by 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
Craig Walter became an independent when he took over Don’s Auto Ade Tire & Auto Repair back in 2003, but the time he spent as a regional manager for Goodyear gave him insight into business philosophies and practices years before sharing such info became popular.
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As the Germanic spelling of ‘house’ indicates, Jim Schneider specializes in European luxury cars, particularly German and Scandinavian. “I’ve been in the business for over 40 years and I’ve worked on basically all models,” he notes.
Robert Bravender
There’s something to be said for the old school way of doing things. For one, it still works. Take Tune Master—this Pontiac, Mich., repair shop endures despite not having a website.
Robert Bravender