Here at Auto Pro to Call, it’s all about you and your car. We’re proud to be your trusted local auto repair shop, and our team includes some of the top auto repair mechanics Chapel Hill NC has to offer. Our ASE Master Certified Technicians are here to take care of you and your car with experience, knowledge, and passion for service. If you’re looking for the best auto repair mechanics in the area, your search ends here. When you bring your vehicle to Auto Pro to Call, you can expect to be greeted right away by one of our friendly service managers or auto repair mechanics. Our team will guide you through the process, explain your vehicle’s issues, and help you decide what to do. Since 1984, we have been building our business on supporting our customers and offering a convenient, reliable, and pleasant experience. We will be building your trust as we’re fixing your car, no matter what repairs you need. Check out our team member listings below to meet our outstanding team of auto repair mechanics, and give us a call at (919) 914-0623 or schedule your appointment online, and we’ll handle the rest!
James Allen, owner of Auto Pro To Call, is a Chapel Hill, NC native. Born and raised just outside of Chapel Hill at a country store-service station, his automotive experience started early. James came to this location in 1984 as manager when it was owned by a local chain of tire stores and worked himself into a position to purchase the business in 1991. Residing today in southwest Orange County with his wife of over 40 years, they have two sons, Lt. Col. Brent Allen, is an F-16 pilot in the S.C. Air Guard, and Mike Allen, who manages CarFix, James’s second shop in Garner. James’s interests are automotive shop management, long distance motorcycle travel, competitive pistol shooting, and spending time with his ever growing number of grandchildren!
Scott is one of our go-to guys on our staff. He is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and came to us with over 10 years of retail experience. If you have any questions or need some assistance, Scott has the answers and is always willing to help. Naturally, Scott is a huge sports fan and will always root for the Tarheels!
Bobby Coates is a true blue North Carolina Southern Gentleman. Born and raised in Person County, Bobby married his high school sweetheart. Together they raised two sons and now enjoy the freedoms of camping and grandchildren. Bobby served several years in the Army as an MP on the Crime Investigation Unit then started his career in the automotive industry with a major tire chain. He quickly realized that he could not care for his customers at a corporate owned store in a fashion that was consistent with his levels of service. That landed Bobby here at Auto Pro to Call for over 20 years where he consistently sets the benchmarks for customer service and performance. Bobby has self-trained himself as a master of customer service with the mindset of developing long-term relationships with his customers. This has made Bobby more long-term friends than customers. Bobby Coates, the down-home favorite here at Auto Pro to Call.
Jamie Wells brings small town charm to Auto Pro To Call from Somerset, Ohio. Jamie began his career in the automotive industry pumping gas at his uncles’ full service gas station in the late 80’s and eventually moved to North Carolina in 1999. Jamie has worked in the automotive business all his life and even has some experience in the body shop business. He lives here with his wife, Kelly and their daughter, Madison. When he is away from Auto Pro To Call, Jamie likes competitive pistol shooting in I.D.P.A., camping, kayaking, and traveling to the mountains and coast.
Curt has a true enthusiasm for cars, and we are glad to have him on the Auto Pro To Call team! He has over a decade of automotive experience and is both a Mercedes and Ford Certified Technician. If you have a question about your service or need some recommendations, Curt is always happy to help. Outside of work, he enjoys cooking and buffing up on his history knowledge.
Mitch Bann, our Jack of All Trades, was a military brat, born in South Carolina but, he spent his formative years in San Diego. He started his career in the automotive industry in 1997. He moved to North Carolina in 2004 to follow the love of his life, the mother of his two children, Logan and Hailey. During his time with our organization, we have seen Mitch grow from a dirt bike riding wild child to a devoted family man. He still has a passion for skateboarding and BMX racing, but he most enjoys spending time with his family and children. You may find Mitch behind the service counter, under a car or driving our shuttle bus, rest assured, he is an industry pro!
You’ve probably met Darryl if you have ever used our shuttle service! We rely on him to get customers where they need to go, and he always does an excellent job. Darryl came to us with over 30 years of restaurant management experience, and it truly shows in his ability to be a true “people person.” When he is not busy keeping our customers happy, Darryl enjoys vacationing at the beach.
Chris Coates has been an employee of APTC since 1998. He came to work with his father Bobby, when he was 18, and hasn’t left us yet! He worked in our service bays during his early years, but most recently he’s in our parts department and our resident State Inspector. Arguably the most well rounded employee here, Chris has experience in almost every position and can handle almost any problem.
Melanie has a strong knack for organization, which we all at Auto Pro To Call appreciate. She keeps us in line by organizing production schedules, managing vendors, handling payroll, onboarding new-hires, and updating employee benefits. When she is not busy handling the behind-the-scenes work, Melanie enjoys musical theatre and playing in the garden.
Rogelio Partida is our Tire Bay Service Manager, and has been with the company since 2003. A former Employee of the Year, Rogelio (“Speedy”), is one of the main reasons traffic flow in our shop stays consistent, and your vehicle gets serviced in a timely manner. With his work ethic and attention to detail, he can solve any minor issue your car may have. Speedy has a wonderful family of his wife, 2 daughters and one son. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and remodeling their house. If you see Speedy, say hello! He always has a smile on his face.
William McGehee is a ASE certified Master Technician, who has been with us since 2008. Nicknamed “The Book”, he is the professional athlete of mechanics. Watching William work on a vehicle is almost artistic! He flows effortlessly through parts and pieces to get to the repair but, he’s the first to let you know it sometimes gets messy! William likes to hunt and ride 4-wheelers in his spare time.
Michael is one of our Master Technicians and he has over twenty years of automotive experience as well as his Associate’s degree. No matter what issue your vehicle may have, you can count on Michael to get the job done right. In his free time, Michael likes to be outdoors camping.
Eric Rupert is one of our ASE certified Master Technicians. He has worked for Auto Pro to Call since 2007 and has over 30 years of experience in the automotive repair industry. Eric came to us from Arizona, where he owned and operated his own repair shop in Tempe. Eric’s passion in car repair is European vehicles. He loves a challenge so, the more complicated the problem, the more fun he will have diagnosing it! Eric loves to listen to classical music as he works on cars. When he isn’t in the shop, he enjoys his hobbies of woodworking and beer brewing!
Kent has decades of experience in repairing just about anything – from farming, building, and now to cars, he can do it all! If your vehicle needs service on brakes, suspension, or drivetrain, Kent is the man for the job. When he is not busy fixing things, Algie likes to go hunting and ride Harley motorcycles and ATVs.
Vaughan brings a lot of experience to our team as a Master Technician. He is both Hyundai and Kia Master Certified, but Vaughan is an expert at working on all vehicle makes. Outside of work, he likes to spend his time gardening and cooking.
Marin joined the Auto Pro To Call team with a passion for cars and previous experience working in landscaping and maintenance. He enjoys working on cars at our shop, and in his free time you can find Marin outdoors fishing.
Shon is a “jack of all trades” here at Auto Pro To Call because he does a little bit of everything! His enthusiasm for the automotive industry has made Shon a great part of our team. In his spare time, Shon enjoys all things related to sports cars.