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My Journey Toward Car Literacy

I Married A Car Guy: My Journey Toward Car Literacy

Welcome to the non-automotive automotive blog. My name is Debbie Nol, and I have been the Business Manager at Arie Nol Auto Center since 2000. I have a unique perspective, as I am not a ‘car person’ but work in an industry filled with people passionate about vehicles. It gives me the ability to share what I’ve learned over 20 years and hopefully help you navigate the world of car repair and maintenance more comfortably. However, posts will not always be vehicle related. I love to share observations and story’s from ‘auto world’ with shoes and cats thrown in for good measure.

I’m glad you’re here, and I look forward to you getting to know us a little bit better through this blog!

In 1976...

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Arie Nol opened Arie Nol Auto Center in 1976. It had a small office with two bays attached. The building had been a former gas station and, according to someone who had grown up in the area, a florist shop at one time.

The road was two lanes, no CVS pharmacy and there were two gas stations. Many of the strip malls that are here now did not exist.

Jeff was still in high school but would join the business as a full-time employee when he finished two years of college. Arie added an additional bay at that time. It was a time of no computers, one phone line, and vehicles were not nearly as technical as they are now. The answering machine was a cutting edge business tool.

It’s interesting to think back on that time as we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year. It is still a family- owned and operated business that takes pride in personal service and customer satisfaction. We have built relationships that span three generations. Cameron is the 3rd generation of the Nol family to work here. He is occasionally called “the new Jeff.” We have a customer that remembers coming to the United States from the Netherlands about the same time Arie did, stopping in for coffee and donuts, and another customer that remembers coming here with her parents as they brought their “new driver” in to get acquainted with us for automobile maintenance.

We fast forward to 2016, a much faster paced world with constantly changing technology. Our goal is to retain the values of integrity and fair pricing and build relationships with customers while continuing to provide excellent automotive repair and maintenance. We look forward to celebrating our anniversary this year and want to say “Thank you!” to all of the customers over the years that have placed their trust in us.

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