Archive for Thursday, December 21, 2000

A fresh start on car repair

December 21, 2000

Robin Robertson is getting a fresh start in owning his own business.

Robertson has opened up Auto Tech of Eudora, an automotive repair shop at 1006 Ash. Growing up in Winchester, Robertson moved to Las Vegas after his father was transferred with the Air Force. While there, he attended vocational school and focused his training on repair cars, particularly foreign. Though living in Las Vegas provided plenty of opportunity for work, he missed the hunting, fishing and natural canvas of Kansas.

"There was something about Kansas that kept bringing me back," Robertson said. "I've moved away two or three times and have always come back."

Though the foundation of his training began in Las Vegas, Robertson said Kansas has brought him something more than money could buy.

It was too populated and too crowded," he said. "The money's better there, but it's the peace of mind I found here."Robertson has worked in automotive for 20 years. While in Las Vegas, he worked on imports including Porsche, BWM and other imports. Over the years, the kept contact with friends in the automotive business back home, which led to him returning to Kansas.

He worked with different auto repair shops in Lawrence, until one day he got a call saying there was an opening in Eudora.

Robertson said he hopes his experience of working for people around Lawrence and Eudora will help him become established. Having only been open a short time, much of his business so far has been from the cheapest form of advertising word of mouth.

"So far a lot of it has been word of mouth because I've worked for a lot of people around town," Robertson said. "It's happening."

As for future plans, Robertson plans on employing qualified Eudorans in his shop. He also hopes to expand his shop, to provide for what he hopes to be an expanded business in the future.

But for now, Robertson hopes to provide Eudora with the best service he can offer. Using his experience he hopes to build great business locally.

"I've got a lot of the big city ideas, I want to bring it in at a small-town price," Robertson said.

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