About Car Guy Garage, Inc.

Car Guy Garage, Inc. is a family run business that also employs a hard working group of friends. We're real car guys who change our own oil and know the difference between a canooter valve and a muffler bearing. From hard working shops building cars from scratch, to medical and education institutions, we carry equipment from storage cabinets to tool boxes to decor to outfit your workshops.

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Staff:  Jim     Tim     Lori    

Jim
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HOW DID YOU END UP AT CAR GUY GARAGE?
I've been building web sites since I was in high school, before most people even knew about the Internet. I went to college and graduated with a degree in computer science, and while I was there, I built the biggest adult joke site on the Internet on a server right in my college apartment. After college I worked at a few places where I was able to put my web and software knowledge to use in the business world, and the many people I worked with taught me how to conduct business online instead of just playing around with jokes.

One summer evening years later, my brother and I were in a Chicago garage that he was renting at the time. He was welding together a hot rod, I was drinking a beer and being a supportive audience member. He had a bunch of tools and spare parts in cabinets in his garage that were pretty new, but already starting to fall apart. I started to look at his whole messy garage and that's when it hit me: someone needs to cater to the guys who hang out in garages. That night my brother and I dreamed up a whole bunch of cool garage ideas, and the next morning the whole thing still sounded like a good idea. So I quit my job, which was scary, and started CarGuyGarage.com. Before I knew it I was overwhelmed with orders running everything on my own, so my brother had to quit his job to help me. We've been growing ever since.

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO EVERYDAY?
When I started Car Guy Garage, I did everything from managing the web site to answering the phones to taking care of billing and accounting. Thankfully, these days I've got a bunch of great people working with me here that help out a lot. Being that my background is in computer programming, what I try and focus on is writing software that allows us to really provide the best customer service possible and a better shopping experience for our customers. I've written several applications for the company that allow us to do a lot of different things more efficiently such as automatically sending orders to the proper warehouses, track notes on customer orders, easily add and update products on the web site, and even manage our accounting. I try to stay on top of everything going on in the company so that I can constantly improve things on our end and yours.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I'm not the kind of person who needs to be told what to do all the time, so it's nice being able to go to work and complete projects on my own timeline and with my own expectations now that I'm my own boss. Add to that going to work to see your friends and family everyday, and it's not really a job anymore.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT ON CAR GUY GARAGE?
I like the 8 foot wide diamond plate combo cabinets that we carry. They arrive at your place fully assembled and everyone that sees them has to make a comment about them. But one of my favorite things about those cabinets is that they are made by a small shop that we work with, and when we call the shop with questions, the guys literally put down the welding torches to answer the phone. I like working with small hard working shops right here in the U.S. where we can design and build almost anything.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Of course I like to follow racing: IRL, NASCAR, and NHRA. Going to races is always a good time, too. I'll be at the Brickyard 400 this year! During the summer you'll find me camping, boating, and fishing. It's nice to be able to get away from Chicago, head up to Fremont Wisconsin to the Wolf River and just forget about computers for a weekend. I also enjoy music to the point of having a ridiculous stereo with far too many components, trying to achieve the ultimate listening experience for blues, country, rock, and everything in between. Oddly enough, I do like to run for fun, too. I've done two Chicago Marathons so far, we'll see about this year...

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING/MEMORABLE MOMENT AT CAR GUY GARAGE?
I'll never forget the first order that we got as Car Guy Garage. After months of working on the web site, the first order finally came in for a garage clock, and my brother and I were dancing and jumping around we were so excited. It was an official confirmation that we weren't the only two guys in the world who liked to hang out in garages, and that this crazy idea wasn't so crazy after all. I now have that same garage clock in my living room (my brother bought it for me for Christmas), it's my reminder to go after your dreams and don't regret any decisions.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY CAR, WHAT WOULD YOU GET?
I'd like to have a 1931 Ford Model A. They were built to last forever for the everyday person, and every summer I still see a few rolling around the streets of Chicago. I think the cool thing about that car is that it's not about the money (they aren't that expensive), it's about the person who owns the car and takes care of it so that it can still cruise the streets over 70 years after it was built. There's true car guy love and respect for the Model A's.

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Tim
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HOW DID YOU END UP AT CAR GUY GARAGE?
The story starts with me and my brother drinking beers in a Chicago alley garage. I was building a 1954 Chrysler street rod (Ford powered). He was being the "smart guy" as usual, dreaming up big ideas. We were both pretty drunk but even then we could see that there was probably a lot of room for improvement in the lives of the average car guy. My brother started up the web site on the side. He soon got too busy to handle it alone. Having a background with extended warranty claims, service writing, and building cars, I decided to quit my job at Strange Engineering to help my brother out. Now here I am, half owner of a huge car world. The last few years have flown by. There have been lots of ups and downs. We have hired and fired looking for the best group of guys to work with. I have met a lot of people and made a lot of friends. I feel we are the best site for storage and organization on the internet.

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO EVERYDAY?
Where do I begin? I Manage the call center, look for and test new products, and build and quote custom garages. I try to keep all of the customers happy. I try my hardest to be fair in every situation that I encounter. I look at every situation through both my eyes, and the person's that I'm working with. I have to make sure that all of our customers are satisfied and that my employees are happy and enjoy being here. If there is ever a problem I'm the man to speak to. I will be able to work something out.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I have a lot of experience and love the fact that I can use my experience to help others plan and build their dream garages. As a car guy myself, when I see finished pictures of a person's garage and hear the happiness in there voice, it makes me feel good inside. I know that sounds lame but it's true.I also like being on the phone everyday talking with people all over America about weather and local events. It's like being on a non-stop road trip. The shops we work with are also really great. We make the blueprints and designs. They cut, weld, powder coat, and machine it all. When I think about how the world always seems to be in such a rush it's hard to grasp the volume of custom fabricated garage stuff that we make and the amount of products we deliver.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT ON CAR GUY GARAGE?
Just dream of your self pouring a beer from your diamond plate kegerator and playing with your in house personal elevator. How pimp is that!

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I am very active outside of work. I think my passion is building custom cars. I also love going to car events and car shows. I really like anything having to do with the outdoors from flying down the lakefront on a fast boat to cruising to Wisconsin for a beer and a brat with my motorcycle. If you ever see a glow in the dark mustang at the track or driving down the street with "TWEKD1" as the plate, that's me. For all the car girls out there, I am single.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING/MEMORABLE MOMENT AT CAR GUY GARAGE?
I'm pretty clumsy. I will be in a rush, cut a corner too fast, and catch a shoulder on a doorway. This happens about two times a week. When this happens the office goes quiet for a minute, then they all laugh at me. I am one of those people that has trouble sitting in an office chair all day. With this in mind, Yes, I have fallen backwards out of my chair right onto my back. Again everyone here laughs at my pain. One time, don't ask me why or how, but I walked into a cabinet mounted to the wall. This required a short hospital visit and six stitches. It left a lump on my forehead for weeks, but I survived.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY CAR, WHAT WOULD YOU GET?
I would get a big block De Tomaso Pantera for my city car and a 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark for nice Sunday drives. Both are cars I will own some day! So look for me in them.

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Lori
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HOW DID YOU END UP AT CAR GUY GARAGE?
That's an easy question to answer. My oldest son Jim is the head Car Guy. He's the brains behind the web site. His courage, commitment and perseverance enabled him to create CarGuyGarage.com, an internet phenomenon.

What more can a mother ask for? I'm so proud of him. I must've done something right.

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO EVERYDAY?
I'm the silent mom in the background filling a variety of jobs from payroll to accounts payable to inputting shipping information and filing federal & state taxes. I created the employee manual, I handle our company freight claims, verify charge card charges, provide health insurance, and whatever else it takes to keep harmony.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I like having the opportunity to see and be part of my son's dream company, and being able to watch the growth and creative teamwork.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT ON CAR GUY GARAGE?
My absolutely must-have item on Car Guy is our *free 3D CAD drawing. Having no skills for putting a garage together, I'm amazed that with only a few scribbles and dimensions we can provide a visual picture of what any garage can look like with all the bells and whistles. Amazing!

* For information on free quotes call us at 1-800-736-9308.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Actually, I have spent my time away from work taking care of my mom who passed away recently at the age of 92. My present goal is to introduce more fun into my world outside of work, although from a mother's perspective I'm experiencing more joy than a person can possibly want with my son's success.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING/MEMORABLE MOMENT AT CAR GUY GARAGE?
My most embarrassing moment at Car Guy Garage was when I forgot to transfer payroll. Sorry guys, it will never happen again!

My most memorable moment was when Car Guy Garage celebrated a Christmas party at Chili's and continued to celebrate at the Chicago Wolves Hockey game which is adjacent to the restaurant. I tried to give the guys a lift from the restaurant over to the game in my XG350 but it could not accommodate the six of us comfortably. So Tim, my younger son, opened my trunk, crawled in and said, "If there is ever a problem I will be able to work something out".

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY CAR, WHAT WOULD YOU GET?
Recently, my sons and I were in a car accident and my car was totaled. So I can honestly say after test driving what I felt like every car out there from the Mini Cooper to the Crossfire and every car in between I repurchased a XG350 Hyundai. It may have been more of an emotional decision influenced by my comfort zone but I really do enjoy her.
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