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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
“I found myself with no job — but at the dawn of the computerized car age,” comments G. William Fay. “I was in the unique position that I understood the electronics better than most mechanics did,” particularly when it came to diagnostics."
“Fortune favors the bold” goes an old Latin proverb, so when an independent Mercedes-Benz-oriented repair shop in Waltham, Mass., was sold to a dealership, three visionary individuals took it upon themselves to create a new one: European Auto Solutions.
LaMountain’s shop is an institution in the town; Tal's Auto Service was started by his grandfather in 1952. Three generations have run it since then—with no need to change the name since it’s always been run by someone named Tal.
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