Two Locations to better serve You:

Traverse City:    231-933-0215 Email Us
Empire:    231-326-5138 Email Us
Both Dave’s Garage locations are open during the Covid lockdown to serve our community!
We are taking all necessary precautions and are sanitizing customers vehicles and all customer contact areas.
Additional vehicle sanitizing for at risk and front line workers is available at no additional cost

Dave’s Garage – Empire

Welcome to Dave’s Garage Empire

Dave’s Garage purchased Taghon’s Garage in Empire in June of 2019. Taghon’s was a reputable local garage well established for over 90 years.   Daves Garage Empire employees serve customers in Leelanau and Benzie counties. Taghon’s was a family-run business for nearly 90 years, through three generations.

Today the shop has many talented ASE Certified Master Technicians, and over 100 years of combined service experience. We have worked on classic cars, exotic vehicles, and all types of foreign and domestic automobiles. Our techs are always privy to the latest training opportunities and scan tool technologies, assuring that they are well versed in the complex language your vehicle is speaking.

Our lobby is likely the most comfortable and cleanest in Empire. It’s stocked with great reading material and wireless internet. Many of our guests choose to stay even after their work is completed! Beverages are available upon request and we’re constantly getting compliments on our restroom facilities – you’ll just have to come by and see for yourself!

Our Crew

Craig Olvey

My name is Craig Olvey and I’ve been in the automotive service industry for 21 years. I have a lovely wife and two wonderful young boys that keep me busy! I’m a total gearhead and love anything with an engine! In the summer I enjoy boating with my family. In the winter you can find me somewhere outside in the snow either skiing or snowmobiling. The thing I like most about the automotive service industry is having the opportunity to help people on a daily basis.

Linda Taghon

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Adam Newth

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Len Sanborn

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Hours of Operation | Open: Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 5:30pm