Edmonds mechanic ready to roll with new automotive repair shop

Geoff Hovde in entrance of the previous Reynolds Automotive building, which he purchased in late 2022. (Photograph by Jasmine Contreras-Lewis)

For about 20 many years, Lee Hoang’s lawnmower and automotive fix small business was a staple of Edmonds Way, a tiny brick shop guarded by its army of tiny devices. Now the developing has a new operator: Edmonds resident and automotive fix veteran Geoff Hovde, who acquired it from operator Priscilla Reynolds in late 2022. 

Regardless of his prolonged remain, Hoang never owned the building he rented it from Priscilla Reynolds and her late partner Tom. The few opened Reynolds Automotive in 1978, acquiring it from Ivan Carroll,  who ran the shop as “Carroll’s.” Priscilla Reynolds, a authentic estate agent for about 36 years, reported she did the publications and buying while Tom, who commenced doing the job on autos at age 14, did the repairs.

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

Tom’s early working experience with automobiles contributed to the accomplishment of Reynold’s Automotive, and there was normally a two-7 days wait owing to purchaser need, Priscilla said. Just one client, Lee Terry, drove from California so that Tom himself could work on his automobile. According to Priscilla, Tom’s potential and know-how was so renowned that Shoreline Local community College requested for aid in developing their initial automotive maintenance curriculum. 

The previous Reynolds Automotive building will now be household to All Services Automotive. (Image by Jasmine Contreras-Lewis)

“He hardly ever charged as a great deal as he should have he wouldn’t have to do the job as challenging,” Priscilla mentioned.

The building’s new owner, Geoff Hovde, has a identify familiar to numerous in Edmonds. Hovde’s father is a builder who contributed to various initiatives that Edmonds citizens see every single day, together with the Harbor Sq. small business sophisticated, Miller’s Rentals, Barton Industrial Park and the McGinness Making, which now serves as Edmonds Town Corridor. Hovde initially adopted in his father’s footsteps by functioning in development but identified he experienced more enjoyable working on cars.

Geoff Hovde spent substantially of his childhood in Wenatchee, graduating from Eastmont Substantial School in 2003. He attended Lake Washington Institute of Technology and earned an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Master’s Technician certification. He’s invested 18 several years in the automotive maintenance business and his working experience only solidified that this was his passion. 

Like several smaller organization house owners, Hovde has generally wanted to do his individual matter, but garages are a quite rare commodity in Edmonds.

“When it (the Reynolds Automotive constructing) arrived up for sale, I jumped on it as before long as I could. I tried using to be initially in line,” stated Hovde. He intends to identify his new company All Service Automotive and ideas to staff members the maintenance shop himself. He included that he’ll perform on “anything with an motor,” like the two domestic and foreign vehicles. Hovde mentioned he specializes in diagnostics and will emphasis on informing prospects visually, making use of photography and complete explanations, so they can comprehend what motor vehicle restore troubles are a precedence and what can wait around. 

“I’m seriously into high-quality service and not ripping persons off,” Hovde explained. “I stand powering my function and I choose pride in my work.”

Right before he opens All Support Automotive, on the other hand, Hovde has a great deal to do. He designs to fully revamp the aged setting up by putting in new lights, transforming the workplace, supplying it a paint position, finding a new indicator and putting in a new furnace.

All Services Automotive is scheduled to be prepared for enterprise this spring.

— By Jasmine-Contreras Lewis.