Wednesday, 02 September 2020 18:18

North Ridgeville, OH, Auto Body Focuses on Quality Repairs and Personable Service

Written by Zachary Srnis, The Morning Journal
Jeff Zeitz, a repair technician at North Ridgeville CARSTAR, sands a car. Jeff Zeitz, a repair technician at North Ridgeville CARSTAR, sands a car. Zachary Srnis, The Morning Journal


A North Ridgeville, OH, car repair shop looks to set itself apart with a combination of quality repairs and a people-first mentality.

Thomas Kelly, who owns North Ridgeville CARSTAR, has decades of experience repairing cars and has kept the business at the same location.


“When I first started here (33290 Center Ridge Road) in 1979, I had a small shop that could only service three cars," Kelly said. "I started in the business when I was still at North Olmsted High School in 1972.


"I was sitting in class when I learned about a program where General Motors was sponsoring three students from North Olmsted to go to their training center for auto body training.”


Kelly said he was selected for the program, and it all happened from there.


“Luckily, they picked me, and it was a nine-week course of going to GM, to high school and back to GM," he said. "Everything about it, I loved. I then went to Lorain-Dover Auto Body in North Olmsted and got a job there.


"I walked in there, and I said this is for me.”


Kelly said he then moved around a bit before ultimately buying what is now North Ridgeville CARSTAR.


“When I was working at Lorain-Dover, I got laid off,” he said. “I got a job in Brook Park, and I later went back to Lorain-Dover.

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