Name of business: Quality Auto Service
Type of business: Auto repair shop
Location: 690 Geer Rd., Turlock
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Contact information: 209-634-6966
Specialty: General auto repair
History of business:
The baby blue building near the corner of North Golden State Boulevard and Geer Road that once housed an auto mechanic shop stood empty for years, until now. Cousins Fredrick Duran and Adam Smith have breathed new life into Quality Auto Service, re-opening the shop’s doors in October and providing the community with quality car care ever since.
“The previous owner had been here since ’96, but he retired,” said Duran. “When he was open, people knew about him, but since he’s been gone over the last several years people have forgotten about this place.
“We’re trying to reiterate that the building is still here, and we’re open now.”
Duran was inspired to join the auto repair game when he was unable to find work despite his education. The electrical engineer and former U.S. Army Reservist decided to partner with his cousin, Smith, to open a shop. Smith has 23 years’ experience as a mechanic and several Automotive Service Excellence certifications, making him the perfect partner.
“My cousin is well-versed in auto mechanics,” said Duran. “He can do everything, from tune ups and brakes to diagnostics and alternators – things of that nature.”
Together, Duran and Smith have created an environment that not only performs basic necessities that every car eventually needs, but also welcomes customers with open arms.
“When I went to auto shops, I always went somewhere that does good work and was forthcoming and honest about what they were doing,” said Duran. “You want someone that is able to do good repair and fix your car right, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”
In addition to creating a new atmosphere at the shop, Duran and Smith are excited about the building’s already-existing surroundings.
“Cindy’s is right across the street so people can eat while they get their oil changed,” said Duran. “We like pretty much everything about this location.”
Whether its rebuilding an engine or replacing a car’s tires, Duran and Smith hope they can always do so for customers with a smile on their faces.
“I like to think that we’re pretty friendly – sometimes at other places, the people aren’t very personal or helpful,” said Duran. “We try to talk with you about the issues with your car and what type of work you might want to do.”