Myers Automotive officially opened at 936 N. Andover Road with a ribbon cutting, an open house and refreshments on Friday, August 11. It's the fifth location for Myers Automotive, with three Wichita locations and one in Derby. The Andover location had a soft opening Friday, August 4.
Christopher Myers, owner of Myers Automotive, recognized the potential for a presence in Andover.
"I saw a need – number one. It is a very good community. We have multiple customers that have been going to the east [Wichita] shop for years," Myers said.
After repeated suggestions and requests from those customers to have a shop in Andover, Myers decided to go ahead with it.
"We broke ground last May, and here we are," he said.
Myers Automotive will provide virtually any kind of auto service for its customers. They'll do oil changes, engine replacements, preventative maintenance, engine repair, diagnostics, and steering work. The company is also open to doing custom jobs.
"There's not much we don't get involved with .... If it has wheels, we can work on it," Myers said.
Myers Automotive has even bought equipment to do some small engine repairs on lawn mowers before.
"We do whatever it takes to take care of our customers," Myers said.
Myers hopes to do a good job in the Andover community and maintain a high level of service. In addition, he said he'd like to have Myers Automotive do more with the community outside of auto repairs. He mentioned the possibility of participating in fundraisers and similar activities for various school-related programs.
Myers plans to offer young students the opportunity to shadow Myers Automotive mechanics later in the school year. He said he'd like to start training technicians from an earlier age.
"We'll show them what it takes to repair a car in this day and age," Myers said, explaining that the integration of computer technology in cars has made auto repair significantly different than it was years ago.
Myers started Myers Automotive in 2009, when he purchased the east Wichita shop. In 2017, he hopes for the Andover location to be an example of the Myers Automotive mission statement.
"We want to be your first choice. We are the experts when it comes to your car, and we are trustworthy. And we guarantee it," Myers said.