As a realtor, I am always asked for service provider recommendations, especially from first time homeowners and folks new to the area. And as a Realtor, I am supposed to be very careful who and more importantly “how” I do referrals. I am supposed to refer three lenders, three inspectors, three roofers, etc. This is to keep me from getting sued because “My realtor told me to use this one guy…”
Well I’m going to stick my neck out and recommend ONE very good auto mechanic shop in Athens, GA: The Import Car Doctors. They are just a pleasure to work with, and I love doing business with them. They have the can do attitude with the quality of work to back it up. In a business where honesty is often called into question (and I am talking about me being a realtor), I pride myself on my integrity, and Claudio is so obviously the same way. I am in the people business first, and I know people: Claudio is good people, I just love these folks!
JUST OPENING FOR THE DAY…GOTTA LOVE THAT THE “DOCTORS” ALL WEAR SCRUBS…
Once trust is established in business or life, the only thing left is to build a friendship, and that is the real meat of life because everybody has a great story and we are all in this together. Claudio’s story is one that makes me feel good (and a little jealous). I am always a sucker for a good story involving people with creative spirit, real talent, and good old American Hustle!
Husband/Wife Owners Claudio and Shelly started this business kind of not expecting to. As a pilot for UPS and flying Huge AirBus Jets overseas, Claudio is already gainfully employed. A medical condition, which was dealt with, forced Claudio to be grounded for a year, and in that time, he decided to start a small business. Growing up in his dad’s auto shop on Broad Street called C. Lopez and Son (he was the son), the business was obviously going to be mechanical in nature, and I am so glad Claudio decided to open his doors to the public. His dad is a little older now but still roams the shop. Their family moved here from Lima, Peru when Claudio Jr. was ten years old, and the rest is history. Claudio still flies but his business continues to soar…The Import Car Doctors immediately filled with reputable seasoned local mechanics whose advice you can take to the bank. They work on Toyota’s, Honda’s, Volvo’s, you name it. They even work on my Mercedes wagon (a rare service in ATH unless you go to a dealer). When I considered buying a second house-chore and mountain biking car (wait for it…a 1984 El Camino), my personal mechanic Grady said, “Yeah, we’ll work on a Chevy.” They do it all! Ending on anecdote: Recently I was due for a 140000 mile major service, and Claudio called me to say that was more like Dealer Fluff Speak for up-selling the unwitting customer…needless to say he didn’t do that. Enough Said.