Universal Automotive maintains everything with an engine | Local affairs
Every day of the week since their opening on July 29, Vernon Faulkner and Dale McAlpin have brought people in by car and asked them to work on their vehicles.
McAlpin and Faulkner worked on cars before their teens and opened the store to pay for their car building hobby.
“I said, ‘What is it? “I got a license, bail, insurance and all that fun stuff,” McAlpin said. “I told him if he could make the money and keep the bills paid, I would keep working on my hot rods and have fun with it.”
The sign in the driveway reads “We are working on anything that has an engine” and McAlpin supports it.
“Four-wheelers, chainsaws, lawn mowers, horns, tractors,” McAlpin said. “Anything that contains an engine. He specialized in small engine repair in high school and I owned a landscaping business for years here in Douglas County so I worked on all types of lawn mowers and other things too.
Most of the vehicles in the yard are owned by McAlpin or Faulkner, but they prefer to take one car at a time.
“Kind of like a good doctor,” McAlpin said. “A good doctor only accepts a limited number of patients. They want to be friendly and get to know each of their patients. This is how I am with my clients in my picture frame store and here.
McAlpin said he was really excited to offer an affordable alternative to other mechanics in the area.
“We both believe in karma, I guess you could say,” McAlpin said. “We somehow believe that whatever you do for a living, you had better do it for the right reasons. There are so many auto shops here that are fucking everyone. They need an honest auto store. We don’t take shortcuts. We have a lot of people who say, “You can’t just”, it’s like, “Well, you can just keep going, because that’s my most important thing. “
He hired Faulkner when he became suspicious of his former business partner cutting corners.
“I would say to Vernon, ‘whatever he needs, you know what to do,’” McAlpin said. “He knows, you fix everything.”
They rent the store, but McAlpin hopes to buy it if the business is going well. Even with the overhead, they’re both ready to trade.
“We work for commerce – everything from baked goods to hunting rights,” McAlpin said. “By working for people, you know you are doing someone good. You are doing something that you would trust your wife and kids to drive.
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