Bob and Russ bought Carlton Auto Repair in May of 1990, both having worked at a shop in Wheaton and wanting to have more control over their lives and the way their customers were treated. Carlton Auto Repair had been started in 1976 by a semi-retired Buick technician, just looking to keep himself busy and with an emphases on quality, work quickly grew. There were other owner/managers in the few years after he retired, some good, some not so much so.
We took over the business after it had suffered from poor management and lack of skill, but were able to turn the place back around with hard work and an eye to high quality work and parts. We have always felt that if you are honest and up front with customers, doing quality work with the best parts available, it would be a recipe for success.
We have continued to work hard in an ever changing environment to keep up with technology, training, and tools. We continue to grow with the support of our good customers. Our only advertising is our customers’ word of mouth, in person, or online. This is what we rely on to keep our bays full. This type of advertising it cannot be bought, and has to be earned. We are very proud of our reputation for quality.
Kevin has been working at Carlton Auto Repair for 6 years, and he is our head technician. He graduated from Lane Tech High School, in his home town of Chicago, with 3 years of automotive training, and graduated from Universal Technical Institute in Glendale Heights. Kevin is ASE certified and Ford factory trained; he continues to build his knowledge through automotive seminars and training classes. In his free time he enjoys playing the drums and working on his race car, (which he can’t seem to leave well enough alone).