Edmonds mechanic ready to roll with new automotive repair shop

Edmonds mechanic ready to roll with new automotive repair shop
Geoff Hovde in entrance of the previous Reynolds Automotive developing, which he bought in late 2022. (Image by Jasmine Contreras-Lewis)

For more than 20 a long time, Lee Hoang’s lawnmower and automotive repair service small business was a staple of Edmonds Way, a modest brick shop guarded by its army of compact devices. Now the setting up has a new proprietor: Edmonds resident and automotive repair service veteran Geoff Hovde, who ordered it from proprietor Priscilla Reynolds in late 2022. 

Regardless of his extended stay, Hoang under no circumstances owned the constructing he rented it from Priscilla Reynolds and her late spouse Tom. The pair opened Reynolds Automotive in 1978, obtaining it from Ivan Carroll,  who ran the store as “Carroll’s.” Priscilla Reynolds, a real estate agent for in excess of 36 many years, mentioned she did the books and ordering when Tom, who commenced doing the job on automobiles at age 14, did the repairs.

Priscilla Reynolds with husband Tom. (Photograph courtesy Priscilla Reynolds)

Tom’s early knowledge with cars contributed to the results of Reynold’s Automotive, and there was usually a two-7 days hold out because of to buyer need, Priscilla stated. A person shopper, Lee Terry, drove from California so that Tom himself could operate on his car. In accordance to Priscilla, Tom’s capability and know-how was so renowned that Shoreline Community College asked for guidance in developing their 1st automotive restore curriculum. 

The previous Reynolds Automotive setting up will now be home to All Support Automotive. (Picture by Jasmine Contreras-Lewis)

“He hardly ever billed as substantially as he really should have he wouldn’t have to work as difficult,” Priscilla reported.

The building’s new proprietor, Geoff Hovde, has a identify familiar to lots of in Edmonds. Hovde’s father is a builder who contributed to numerous assignments that Edmonds citizens see each day, like the Harbor Square company intricate, Miller’s Rentals, Barton Industrial Park and the McGinness Setting up, which now serves as Edmonds Metropolis Hall. Hovde in the beginning adopted in his father’s footsteps by performing in development but found he experienced additional enjoyment working on vehicles.

Geoff Hovde invested substantially of his childhood in Wenatchee, graduating from Eastmont Higher Faculty in 2003. He attended Lake Washington Institute of Technological know-how and acquired an ASE (Automotive Support Excellence) Master’s Technician certification. He’s put in 18 years in the automotive mend marketplace and his experience only solidified that this was his enthusiasm. 

Like several compact small business owners, Hovde has often needed to do his possess thing, but garages are a really rare commodity in Edmonds.

“When it (the Reynolds Automotive constructing) arrived up for sale, I jumped on it as soon as I could. I tried out to be very first in line,” reported Hovde. He intends to identify his new company All Provider Automotive and designs to staff the mend store himself. He additional that he’ll work on “anything with an motor,” like both of those domestic and overseas cars. Hovde explained he specializes in diagnostics and will emphasis on informing buyers visually, employing images and comprehensive explanations, so they can fully grasp what motor vehicle restore difficulties are a priority and what can wait around. 

“I’m truly into top quality support and not ripping folks off,” Hovde stated. “I stand behind my get the job done and I get pride in my perform.”

Ahead of he opens All Company Automotive, on the other hand, Hovde has a ton to do. He strategies to absolutely revamp the old making by setting up new lights, reworking the business, providing it a paint work, having a new signal and installing a new furnace.

All Services Automotive is scheduled to be ready for company this spring.

— By Jasmine-Contreras Lewis.