best auto repair shops

  • While there might not be a direct correlation between a business’s altruism and profit, a vigorous relationship with its community and environment can lead to a healthier shop. See how our 2015 Top Shops are paying it forward.
    Robert Bravender
  • Automotive technology has advanced at such an accelerated rate that training has become the purview and prerogative of the repair shop. Take a look at what these Top Shops are doing to keep up to date.
    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
  • Kismet. A little bit more than chance, a little less than destiny, but that’s what caused Phil Young to found his business in Wisconsin’s hinterland rather than the riot-torn streets of ‘69 Chicago.
    Robert Bravender
  • Back in 1985, $400 was pretty much what Scott Larsen and Mike Kuczynski had between them—actually mostly Larsen-- when they started Cadillac Specialists. Even figuring for inflation, how the heck did they pull that off?
    Robert Bravender
  • Started in 1928 by Joe Wilhelm, Garman’s grandparents took over in 1978 what was then a single shop in Peoria. They had five sons, all of whom participated in the business; by 1988 Garman’s father began the process of expansion when he opened a second store.
    Robert Bravender
  • Techway Automotive is only four and half years old, but its growth has been—to put it mildly-- explosive. This Dothan, AL business started in a 5,000 square foot facility, but recently moved into a 33,000 square feet building. Take a moment to picture that in your head.
    Robert Bravender
  • Think you like a challenge? How about Paul and Cheryl Brow of San Gabriel, Calif. They got married in 1983; one week later they opened All Car Specialists.
    Robert Bravender