Lucas Anstett grew up learning about car engines and auto glass repair from inside his father’s shop in Greenville, MI.
“The guys out in the garage pretty much taught me everything that I know about cars,” the 2008 Greenville graduate told the Daily News.
Now, having left the business for some time to do his own thing, Anstett is returning to his roots.
Anstett took over ownership of Ziebart/Maxi Automotive at 601 N. Lafayette St. in Greenville from his father, Larry Anstett.
Larry, who was recently recognized by the Ziebart company for providing 30 years of service to the Greenville area, told the Daily News he’s happy to see the company remain in the family.
“We’ve been rust-proofing cars for 42 years,” he said. “We’ve been doing auto glass repairs for 22 years and doing mechanical work for 41. We’ve been here for a while. With the changing of the times, it was time for me to cut back.”
“He was at the point where he was going to shut the doors,” agreed Larry’s wife, Susan Anstett. “I’m just so thankful that Lucas decided he was going to take it on. During this whole COVID thing, we had to shut the repairs side of the business down. We had people in tears and it was very sad. I’m thankful that [Lucas] can take it over and be there for our customers.”
With Ziebart being the rust-proofing portion of the business, Lucas says the company additionally offers auto glass repair and an assortment of other mechanical services under the Maxi Automotive name.
“As we’re opening back up the mechanical repair side, we’re doing brakes, front end, steering suspension components, exhaust work and the auto glass, which covers everything from windshields, back windows, side windows or any other glass on the vehicle that we can get it,” Lucas explained. “We also do basic maintenance, oil changes, tire rotations and things like that.”
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