Edmonds mechanic prepared to roll with new automotive repair store

Geoff Hovde in entrance of the previous Reynolds Automotive developing, which he procured in late 2022. (Picture by Jasmine Contreras-Lewis)

For in excess of 20 many years, Lee Hoang’s lawnmower and automotive maintenance small business was a staple of Edmonds Way, a compact brick store guarded by its army of modest machines. Now the creating has a new owner: Edmonds resident and automotive fix veteran Geoff Hovde, who procured it from operator Priscilla Reynolds in late 2022. 

Inspite of his prolonged keep, Hoang by no means owned the building he rented it from Priscilla Reynolds and her late partner Tom. The couple opened Reynolds Automotive in 1978, acquiring it from Ivan Carroll,  who ran the shop as “Carroll’s.” Priscilla Reynolds, a serious estate agent for over 36 decades, reported she did the textbooks and purchasing when Tom, who started functioning on vehicles at age 14, did the repairs.

Priscilla Reynolds with spouse Tom. (Photo courtesy Priscilla Reynolds)

Tom’s early expertise with automobiles contributed to the success of Reynold’s Automotive, and there was often a two-week wait owing to buyer desire, Priscilla stated. 1 consumer, Lee Terry, drove from California so that Tom himself could operate on his motor vehicle. According to Priscilla, Tom’s skill and know-how was so renowned that Shoreline Local community College asked for support in setting up their 1st automotive restore curriculum. 

The former Reynolds Automotive creating will now be property to All Support Automotive. (Photograph by Jasmine Contreras-Lewis)

“He by no means charged as significantly as he ought to have he wouldn’t have to get the job done as tough,” Priscilla mentioned.

The building’s new owner, Geoff Hovde, has a name familiar to quite a few in Edmonds. Hovde’s father is a builder who contributed to quite a few jobs that Edmonds residents see each individual working day, together with the Harbor Square organization advanced, Miller’s Rentals, Barton Industrial Park and the McGinness Setting up, which now serves as Edmonds Metropolis Hall. Hovde at first followed in his father’s footsteps by performing in building but uncovered he experienced extra entertaining working on cars.

Geoff Hovde used a great deal of his childhood in Wenatchee, graduating from Eastmont Higher College in 2003. He attended Lake Washington Institute of Technological innovation and acquired an ASE (Automotive Support Excellence) Master’s Technician certification. He’s invested 18 a long time in the automotive mend marketplace and his experience only solidified that this was his passion. 

Like a lot of smaller company homeowners, Hovde has always wished to do his possess issue, but garages are a pretty unusual commodity in Edmonds.

“When it (the Reynolds Automotive making) came up for sale, I jumped on it as quickly as I could. I attempted to be initial in line,” explained Hovde. He intends to title his new company All Assistance Automotive and ideas to personnel the mend store himself. He included that he’ll get the job done on “anything with an motor,” like both of those domestic and foreign automobiles. Hovde stated he specializes in diagnostics and will concentration on informing consumers visually, applying images and extensive explanations, so they can understand what automobile repair issues are a priority and what can hold out. 

“I’m genuinely into good quality assistance and not ripping folks off,” Hovde mentioned. “I stand at the rear of my perform and I choose pleasure in my perform.”

Prior to he opens All Support Automotive, having said that, Hovde has a good deal to do. He strategies to absolutely revamp the previous making by putting in new lighting, reworking the office, supplying it a paint work, having a new indicator and installing a new furnace.

All Company Automotive is scheduled to be ready for small business this spring.

— By Jasmine-Contreras Lewis.


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