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Cars for Keeps
CarsForKeeps logo.png
Slogan'We fix cars - for keeps!'
Type [[Company_Type:=Private|Private]]
Founded [[Year_Started:=1989|1989]]
FounderRob Hopp
Headquarters Template:Country data US [[City:=Grand Haven|Grand Haven]], [[State_Name:=Michigan|Michigan]], [[Country_Name:=United States|USA]]
Key peopleDennis Sweet, Customer Service Manager
Colette Cooley, Coordinator
Industry[[NAICS_Code1_Title:=Automotive Repair|Automotive Repair]]
ProductsLexus repair, Toyota repair, Acura repair, Honda repair, Subaru repair, Volvo repair, Volkwagen repair, Audi repair, Ford repair
EmployeesGreen Arrow Up.svg 7 (2009)
OwnerRob Hopp
Contact 1050 Fulton St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
[ Cars for Keeps website]
Reference NAICS: "[NAICS_Code1" contains a listed "[" character as part of the property label and has therefore been classified as invalid.
Region: [[Region1:=Ottawa County|West Shore Michigan]]

Cars For Keeps is a AAA Approved Repair Shop, meaning it meets the rigorous standards of the American Automobile Association. An approved shop must meet standards for cleanliness, proper tools, adequate technical training, and appropriate technician certifications.

In addition to having an impeccable repair shop, an approved facility must have a favorable opinion rating amongst its clients: AAA performs a survey of a significant number of the shop's clients and obtains their opinions "on how well the business meets their automotive service needs." The shop must score at least 90% on each question. Cars For Keeps averaged above 98% on each question.

Cars For Keeps is one of only three AAA Approved Shops in Ottawa county and the only one in the Tri-Cities.

ASE Blue Seal of Excellence recognition has been achieved for eight years running. Cars For Keeps is recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Cars For Keeps is the only ASE recognized shop in the Tri-Cities.

At Cars For Keeps, we take care of our neighbors, one car at a time. Owner Rob Hopp is an ASE Master Mechanic, and along with Service Manager Dennis Sweet, they screen and then train all employees to meet their high standards of honest and ethical work.

Our goal is to educate clients about the importance of a preventive approach to auto care, a proven way to save thousands of dollars over the life of each vehicle in a household.

Carrying that informative approach beyond preventive service, we strive to ensure that every client makes an informed decision about their car's repairs.

Awards and Accreditations

Early in 2002, Cars for Keeps chosen as the area's only ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Garage. The program’s emphasis is to identify establishments with a large percentage of ASE-certified professionals. It is a recognition program for businesses striving to be the best, and willing to prove their commitment.

In 2003, we achieved Bosch Car Service recognition. Affiliation with the Robert Bosch Corporation gives us access to technical information, training and parts relationships that fewer than 1,500 other garages in the nation have access to.

In April of 2007, Cars For Keeps was recognized as an AAA Approved Auto Repair Facility.

The AAA (American Automobile Association) inspects each repair facility for competency of technicians, proper equipment, existence of ongoing training programs, community reputation, cleanliness, and appearance.

All AAR facilities have met Their strict standards for quality and offer the following benefits:

- Complete service on the models they repair including: brakes, alignments & electrical repairs

- Knowledgeable and courteous support staff

- Highly skilled service personnel

- Fully licensed and insured

All AAR Facilities also offer a minimum 12 month/12,000 mile limited warranty on all repair work.


Cars for Keeps Automotive Repair was originally founded under the name Automotive Advantage in 1990 by ASE Certified Master Mechanic Rob Hopp. Bringing high quality automotive service to West Michigan’s lake shore, Hopp took possession of a facility in Ferrysburg in 1991 and through extensive renovations continued to grow and expand services to include servicing for foreign and domestic models from around the world.

In May of 2004, Automotive Advantage acquired the distressed building at 1050 Fulton Avenue in Grand Haven Michigan. After extensive renovations, operations were moved in and ready to serve customers on September 7, 2004.

In late 2008 we began the transition to a new name that better matches our philosophy.

Cars For Keeps.


Express Lube, Oil & Filter
Wheel Alignment
Scheduled Maintenance, including routine services necessary to maintain your warranty
Charging System
Starting System
Radiator & Cooling System
MotorVac Service
Belts & Hoses
Tune-Up & Engine Performance
Steering System
Power/Manual Window Repairs
Automatic Transmission Services
Axles & Bearings
Manual Transmission/Transaxle
CV Joints & Seals
Drive Axle, U-Joint & Driveshaft
Performance Diagnosis & Repair
Electrical Diagnosis & Repair
Exhaust Repairs
Headlamp Repair & Aiming
Heating/Air Conditioning
Used Car Evaluation
Struts & Shock Absorbers
Tires & Tire Repairs
Turn Signals
Wheel Balancing
Windshield Wipers/Washers
Windshield Replacement
Vehicle Computer programming

Photo gallery

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