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Our goal at Willie's Automotive is to make your automotive repair experience as easy for you as possible. We offer free local pick up and drop off for repairs and if you want to wait, we offer free WiFi. 24 hr night drop. While most other auto repair shops only offer a 1 year, 12,000 mile warranty, we stand by our work for 3 years, 36,000 miles (parts AND labor) on most repairs. Through one of our partners, we can offer financing for most repairs regardless of your credit score. Ask us about the details. We even have a tech that loves working on European cars!

Willie

It all started out one day when a childhood friend got me a job at a local repair shop/gas station in my hometown. I started sweeping floors at the age of 14 years old in that gas station. I quickly became a thorn in the side of my mentor, who took me under his wing while teaching me invaluable lessons about becoming a responsible person and instilling in me the necessity of building trust as a firm and solid foundation for all of my future relationships. I eventually became one of his top performing auto technicians.

I decided to spread out from a “mom and pop” four bay garage to a large dealership, where I excelled and began looking toward ASE certifications and continuing my education. I continued to work hard at becoming the best auto technician that I could be in the corporate arena. After several years of pursuing excellence in the corporate auto technician world, I decided to move to Connecticut where my career path led me into being a service manager at a busy three bay garage while acting as a diagnostician and performing all aspects of mechanical work. I’ve always been goal oriented and I have always set goals for myself to keep me challenged and to take me as far in the automotive industry as I could go, which lead me right back to corporate auto dealerships and away from repairing cars. I stepped away from auto repair for four years as I learned the customer service end of the automotive spectrum as I accepted a position at another large dealership as a service consultant.

It was in May, 2019, when everything in my world lined up perfectly and at the right time, beginning, as all of my successful and long lasting relationships have begun...with friends. Friends encouraging me, friends giving me information and suggestions, friends referring work to me, friends supporting me. I have been blessed to have a lot of dreams come true in my life by being diligent and working hard, by setting goals, and by building all of my relationships on trust. After 30 years in the automotive business, from my humble beginnings as a floor sweeper to my ultimate success at a corporate dealership, I am so very proud and humbled to say that I have opened my own shop. Willie’s Automotive, LLC, is a dream come true.

It all started out one day when a childhood friend got me a job at a local repair shop/gas station in my hometown. I started sweeping floors at the age of 14 years old in that gas station. I quickly became a thorn in the side of my mentor, who took me under his wing while teaching me invaluable lessons about becoming a responsible person and instilling in me the necessity of building trust as a firm and solid foundation for all of my future relationships. I eventually became one of his top performing auto technicians.

I decided to spread out from a “mom and pop” four bay garage to a large dealership, where I excelled and began looking toward ASE certifications and continuing my education. I continued to work hard at becoming the best auto technician that I could be in the corporate arena. After several years of pursuing excellence in the corporate auto technician world, I decided to move to Connecticut where my career path led me into being a service manager at a busy three bay garage while acting as a diagnostician and performing all aspects of mechanical work. I’ve always been goal oriented and I have always set goals for myself to keep me challenged and to take me as far in the automotive industry as I could go, which lead me right back to corporate auto dealerships and away from repairing cars. I stepped away from auto repair for four years as I learned the customer service end of the automotive spectrum as I accepted a position at another large dealership as a service consultant.

It was in May, 2019, when everything in my world lined up perfectly and at the right time, beginning, as all of my successful and long lasting relationships have begun...with friends. Friends encouraging me, friends giving me information and suggestions, friends referring work to me, friends supporting me. I have been blessed to have a lot of dreams come true in my life by being diligent and working hard, by setting goals, and by building all of my relationships on trust. After 30 years in the automotive business, from my humble beginnings as a floor sweeper to my ultimate success at a corporate dealership, I am so very proud and humbled to say that I have opened my own shop. Willie’s Automotive, LLC, is a dream come true.

Chris

I started my professional career in the automotive field right after I graduated High School in 1995, but this is not where I started developing my skills. I have been taking things apart and putting them back together since I could hold a screwdriver. My grandfather owned and operated Eddy's Gulf, a successful repair shop on Route 1 in Southport, CT from the 1950's until he retired in the 1980's. My father worked there throughout high school until he joined the Fairfield Police Department. As a kid my grandfather always encouraged me to help him and I was lucky enough to inherit his fix anything gene.

Through high school I took automotive and would spend every study hall and lunch in the shop. After I graduated I decided to continue my education and successfully completed Porter and Chester Institute's Automotive Technology course in 1998. From there I worked in a few independent repair shops and Mark Ford Mercury in New Milford until they were bought out in 2010. At this time I held ASE certifications and was a Connecticut State certified emissions repair tech. Over the years I completed numerous clinics and classes provided by automobile manufacturers, parts manufacturers, and industry experts. Because of my experience, I was hired as a fleet coordinator and promoted to fleet manager, of which I oversaw the maintenance and repairs on all the company's light duty, medium duty, heavy duty, and off road vehicles and equipment.

I have worked on everything from your normal everyday Fords, Chevys and Volkswagens to more exotic Porsches and Morgans along with classic Jaguar E-Types and Mustangs. I have rebuilt engines and replaced transmissions. I've spent countless hours tracing miles of wire to find shorts that other techs gave up on.

I had the good fortune of learning from some very brilliant techs early on in my career. They taught me some very valuable lessons a lot of mechanics never learn. Things like if it is in your way don't work around it - move it, always double and triple check your work, manufacturers want to save every penny they can so there are no extra parts, and most of the time tight enough doesn't cut it - there are torque specs for a reason. Working in the indie shops early on in my career, many techs did not like working on the German vehicles. Since I was the young guy I got assigned most of them. I developed my love for VW when I saved a Mk2 Golf from the scrap yard. From there I owned a W8 Passat which I flew to Birmingham Alabama to purchase and drive back. A few years later I got 2 puppies which outgrew the rear seat so I turned it in for my current vehicle - a Tiguan.

I started my professional career in the automotive field right after I graduated High School in 1995, but this is not where I started developing my skills. I have been taking things apart and putting them back together since I could hold a screwdriver. My grandfather owned and operated Eddy's Gulf, a successful repair shop on Route 1 in Southport, CT from the 1950's until he retired in the 1980's. My father worked there throughout high school until he joined the Fairfield Police Department. As a kid my grandfather always encouraged me to help him and I was lucky enough to inherit his fix anything gene.

Through high school I took automotive and would spend every study hall and lunch in the shop. After I graduated I decided to continue my education and successfully completed Porter and Chester Institute's Automotive Technology course in 1998. From there I worked in a few independent repair shops and Mark Ford Mercury in New Milford until they were bought out in 2010. At this time I held ASE certifications and was a Connecticut State certified emissions repair tech. Over the years I completed numerous clinics and classes provided by automobile manufacturers, parts manufacturers, and industry experts. Because of my experience, I was hired as a fleet coordinator and promoted to fleet manager, of which I oversaw the maintenance and repairs on all the company's light duty, medium duty, heavy duty, and off road vehicles and equipment.

I have worked on everything from your normal everyday Fords, Chevys and Volkswagens to more exotic Porsches and Morgans along with classic Jaguar E-Types and Mustangs. I have rebuilt engines and replaced transmissions. I've spent countless hours tracing miles of wire to find shorts that other techs gave up on.

I had the good fortune of learning from some very brilliant techs early on in my career. They taught me some very valuable lessons a lot of mechanics never learn. Things like if it is in your way don't work around it - move it, always double and triple check your work, manufacturers want to save every penny they can so there are no extra parts, and most of the time tight enough doesn't cut it - there are torque specs for a reason. Working in the indie shops early on in my career, many techs did not like working on the German vehicles. Since I was the young guy I got assigned most of them. I developed my love for VW when I saved a Mk2 Golf from the scrap yard. From there I owned a W8 Passat which I flew to Birmingham Alabama to purchase and drive back. A few years later I got 2 puppies which outgrew the rear seat so I turned it in for my current vehicle - a Tiguan.