As a child, Michael Tarwater realized he had both a love for cars and for fixing things. As he got older he realized he was good at fixing cars but hated how much the dealerships charged for the quality of repairs they offered. After college, Michael went to work in a garage and got valuable hands-on training. While driving across the country to meet his fiance, Michaels car broke down and he had it towed to George’s Auto Specialties in Kansas City. George, the owner and friend of the family knew that Michael owned a repair shop back in Oklahoma City, and offered Michael a repair bay and tool box to fix his own car in George’s shop. Michael gained a lot of respect for George that day, and they became friends. George had built a large base of loyal customers by sticking to a simple philosophy of fairness, honesty and hard work. Six months after their meeting, George decided it was time for him to slow down and the two of them arranged for Michael to purchase the 8 bay, 4500 square foot facility. That’s when Tarwater’s Garage officially opened its doors with the mission statement of quality auto repair at a fair & honest price. We use OEM parts as often as possible, recycle most of the products we use and buy recycled products when available. We know that you can get your brakes fixed anywhere, but when you come to our shop you can rest assured that we will put our heart and soul into your vehicle repair each and every time.
Family Owned and Operated
Because Tarwater’s Garage is a family owned business, we maintain a family friendly atmosphere with a comfortable waiting area and free popcorn! Since 2007 we’ve been constantly striving to improve the shop with many new upgrades such as a new parking lot, fresh paint, professional landscaping and a waiting area with cable TV and free Wifi. We know that most people have had an unpleasant experience with a repair shop in the past. That’s why we will quickly earn your trust through excellent customer service and straightforward communication of what needs to be done to get you on the road again. We aim to extend our family atmosphere to our customers and in many ways think of them as our extended family. We’ve been able to maintain our outstanding reputation because we promise to make you our top priority. Have you ever been stranded in need of towing or roadside assistance? We’ll be there for you. In addition to a family friendly atmosphere, we donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Gods Army, The Kansas City Kansas Fire Department Relief Fund, and the Wyandotte County Sheriff. We sponsor Turner High School sports, Gardner Junior High School Sports and many other local charities through fundraisers.