Hixson repair shop caters to luxury vehicles

Hixson repair shop caters to luxury vehicles

July 12th, 2011 in Business Around the Region

Stan Gilbert, technician at Elite Automotive Repair on Hixson Pike, works to replace a mass airflow sensor on a Volkswagen Jetta.

Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.

• Name: Elite Automotive Repair

• Owner: Greg Skiles, 54, a 25-year veteran in the car business who previously worked at Infiniti and BMW dealerships

• Location: 4606 Hixson Pike. The 3,300-square-foot facility includes seven bays and a waiting area.

• Service: Maintenance and repair of luxury vehicles, including Mercedes-Benzes, Jaguars and BMWs

• Staff: Two employees: Skiles and mechanic Stan Gilbert. More will be added shortly.

• Initial investment: $25,000

• Started: May 1

• Biggest challenge: Letting people know where the shop is and what service it offers

• Biggest reward: The challenge of running your own business. "Having your own business is very rewarding, and I tend to be a workaholic," Skiles said.

• Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday

• Rates: $90 an hour

• Five-year goal: Skiles said he has a three-year lease at the site. "We hope to buy the building and eventually sell the business," he said.

• Phone: 531-4629