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image Tooele’s Autotech crew (left to right): Damion Dellinger, Cory Bird, John Chadwick, owner Brian Hall with his wife, Kristin Hall and son, Logan Oblad, Josh Brown, Robert Fox and Joel McKenzie. The automotive repair business recently moved from 1200 West in Tooele City to Building 669 on Garnet Street in the Peterson/Ninigret Depot. (David Bern/TTB Photo)

June 13, 2017
Autotech makes move to new location for more work space

Automotive repair service now in Peterson/Ninigret Depot 

If you’re looking for Brian Hall’s locally-owned auto repair shop on 1200 West in Tooele, it’s not there anymore. He moved.

Autotech moved into a new location in the Peterson/Ninigret Depot a few weeks ago. It can now be found on Garnet Street in Building 669 Suite 18, according to Hall.

“We’re between Bounce House and the Tooele Dance Academy,” he said.

Autotech has only been at its new location for less than three weeks, but Hall has been working on automobiles since he was 16 years old. That adds up to 32 years in the business, he said.

Before landing in Tooele’s industrial depot area, Hall said he has worked with private clients and various auto dealers around town.

A few years ago, Hall set out on his own. He bought an old ambulance and filled it with auto tools and equipment. He painted the ambulance black, and lettered it in blue with the name “Autotech,” and Autotech was born as a mobile shop.

After a year and a half of mobile service, Hall laid down roots at 1200 West for 18 months before he moved to his current location on Garnet Street.

Hall moved primarily for one reason: space.

“We went from 3,850 square feet to 10,450 square feet,” he said.

That extra space allows Autotech to increase its volume of service, which Hall said will allow him to maintain lower shop fees.

In addition to keeping prices low, the additional space also means Autotech can offer inside storage.

“You won’t find us putting parts on your front seat and storing your vehicle outside at night,” Hall said.

If you need something done to your vehicle, Autotech has the space and the people to do it, according to Hall.

“We’re an Automall concept,” Hall said. “Autotech does virtually anything that a car or truck could need. Inside, outside, custom, and more.”

Inside Autotech’s garage door is a bay where vehicles can be hooked up to a computer for a diagnostic test.

“People call all the time and want to know how much we charge to ‘take a look,’” Hall said. “We don’t charge anything to hookup a vehicle to the computer and run a diagnostic test.”

Autotech can install custom sound and video systems, fix air conditioning, work on alignments, engine service, brake work, suspension repair, oil change and lube, radiator work, and more, according to Hall.

Autotech can repair that inside door handle your kids broke off while playing tug-o-war with the door, he said.

And every repair comes with a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty, according to Hall.

All of Autotech’s work is done by mechanics or installers who are industry standard certified in the work they do, Hall said.

Hall currently employs a team of six mechanics and a couple of family members who help out in the office.

Bob Fox, owner of the former Fox’s Auto Repair in Tooele City, came out of retirement to work for Hall.

Autotech offers a few unique services in Tooele County, according to Hall.

“We are the only shop in Tooele certified by Bluestar.com to do their inspection for used vehicles,” Hall said.

Bluestar.com reduces the risk in buying a used vehicle by providing an independent 45-category vehicle inspection. The results of the inspection report are available online, according to Hall.

Autotech is also certified by the state to install alcohol interlock systems for DUI offenders, Hall said.

While Hall no longer drives around in an old ambulance with his auto service, Autotech does offer valet auto service.

“We will pick up your vehicle, do the work on it and return it to you,” he said.

Autotech, at 10 S. Garnet Street, Building 669, Suite 18, is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. But Hall said call Autotech after hours at 435-890-6230 to reach a certified mechanic.

“You can reach us 24/7,” Hall said.

The Tooele County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Autotech’s Garnet Street location on June 20 at noon.

Tim Gillie

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim covers education, Tooele City government, business, real estate, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

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