Bill's Automotive recognized as the repair shop that cares
The leaves are changing and we've successfully fallen into another quarter of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce's sensational business award.
This round's nominees as voted for by the community are Bill's Automotive, Clackamas County Bank and Oregon Trail School District.
The Post will highlight each business within the next few weeks to educate voters on their choices for Sandy's next sensational business award recipient. Voting ends Saturday, Oct. 19.
This week's nominee is Bill King of Bill's Automotive Repair Inc. at 16636 S.E. 362nd Dr., No. 2.
Throughout his life, King has sold cars and car parts, worked in car detailing and painting, and repaired vehicles. So, one could say he knows his way around a car.
As a child, King was always taking things apart just to learn their mechanics and put them back together again.
"My father told me I was always tinkering with bicycles," he noted. "They once found a box under my bed of clocks I'd taken apart. I guess I've always had a knack for figuring out how mechanical things work."
King attended Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland where he took automotive classes as a freshman.
"That was it. Hook, line and sinker," King said. "I've never been able to get away from it. It's always been something about cars. I enjoy the satisfaction of solving complex issues."
King was still working for a local car dealership in 1988 when he decided he wanted to open his own shop. He had a falling out with his previous employer.
"He told me 'If you think you're so smart, you go out and open your own business,'" King told The Post. "So I did."
Even after 31 years of successful business, King was "surprised" to learn his shop had been nominated for the chamber award.
"I almost feel like people try to keep us a secret so we're never too busy for them to get in," King joked.
King boasted that though Bill's is an independent repair shop, it is "easily the best-equipped shop in town."
"No one has stuff we don't have," he added. "I also think it's our 'won't quit' attitude that (has made us successful)."
He noted that the shop often sees cars come in after being worked on at other places, and if his crew isn't the first to see the vehicle, they work hard to be the last place it needs repair from.
"We pride ourselves in being the one who will solve the problem," King said.
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