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Garrettsville – Automotive Rehab LLC at 8147 Windham St. gives “full service” its intended meaning. Although it moved into its current location just a few months ago, it has been providing quality car care since 2008 from its former Infirmary Road location in Mantua.

Jon and Loren Martin relocated their family-owned business to the former Geeville Auto Parts building back in February, and have been renovating and getting the shop in order ever since. A grand opening/open house is scheduled for 5-8pm on Saturday, May 30, during Garrettsville’s first car cruise of the season.

As just the second owners of the 1912-era building (previously owned by the Bishop family for generations), the Martins are excited to showcase the historic elements of the masonry structure. It was originally a Chrysler dealership — the third in the nation; the first in Ohio. The Martins are working on returning the building to its original look, from its garage doors to the leaded glass above the main-door. The front counter is a creatively-repurposed 1951 Chrysler, lit by hanging lights fashioned from pierced vintage motor oil cans. Even the crystal chandeliers in the front office are inspired from automotive history, Loren says. Apparently, Henry Ford hung such chandeliers from his showroom in Savannah, Georgia, because their light showed off the cars’ finish so nicely.

Born and raised in Mantua, Jon had already built a solid customer base at his business there. When he suddenly was forced to move from that location, he and Loren were pleased to find the perfect alternative in Garrettsville.

“This is a perfect fit for us,” says Loren. “Garrettsville has given us such a warm welcome. “Being in a place that appreciates its history is also so awesome.”

Automotive Rehab is ready to maintain its former customer base while welcoming new local customers, especially now that Mark’s Automotive in Garrettsville has closed. “It’s probably easier to tell you what we don’t do rather than list all the services we offer,” laughs Jon. “We don’t do body work. And we don’t rebuild transmissions in-house. We contract that out.”

Otherwise, Automotive Rehab delivers professional automotive repair and auto maintenance services with ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified technicians, employing today’s latest automotive technology. They are equipped to handle all major and minor repairs on both foreign and domestic vehicles, ranging from a simple oil change to extensive engine repair.

Services include replacements of tires, air filters, axles, brakes, belts, hoses, lights, and batteries; repairs of air conditioning, brake systems, clutches, exhaust systems, electrical work, and power steering; computer diagnostics, due injection systems, oil changes, radiator service, preventative maintenance, suspension work, aftermarket services, fleet services, shuttle service, and towing service.

Beyond that, they hold certifications in welding and upholstery in the automotive realm, qualifying them to also do custom fabrication. During the winter months, they offer snow removal services, available for both residential and commercial properties.

Automotive Rehab has an A-Plus rating with the Better Business Bureau, is AAA-approved, and holds the Blue Seal award. It offers the NAPA AutoCare “Peace of Mind” Warranty, providing customers with 24-months/24,000-miles of worry-free protection on qualifying parts and labor. This warranty is honored at over 13,000 NAPA AutoCare locations across the country.

Automotive Rehab is a certified AAA and NAPA AutoCare Center, providing the benefits of an established national entity while maintaining the personal touch of a family-owned business. “We understand that your vehicle is a major investment, and that is why we care for each customer’s vehicle as if it were our own,” they say.

Although they’re not quite up an running yet, Loren says, “We’re on our feet, wobbling like a 2-year-old. We’ll get there!” Opening day is coming soon.

Business hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Weekend hours by appointment will be available at a later date. Roadside assistance is available 24/7. Contact Automotive Rehab by phone at (330) 274-0480, by email at automotiverehab@gmail.com, or via their website, www.automotiverehab.com, where promotions and specials are offered.

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Estelle R. Brown is a freelance writer who lives in Garrettsville with her family. She has written and taken photos for newspapers, magazines and e-zines for the past 25 years. She also enjoys working on public relations projects, including web content, newsletters, posters, brochures, press releases, and other creative endeavors. She enjoys writing compelling stories about her community as a contributing reporter for the Villager.