911 Hastings Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

ph: 231-933-0215

email: Jamie or Craig

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One of our great customers is looking for a new home for their 2008 Ford F1 50 super crew cab. Only 82,000 miles. Clean truck and great for towing and family hauling. $10,995 obo ...

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Dave’s Garage was Recognized as one of the top small businesses in Traverse City. We were very proud to be part of the top 10 and we look forward to participating next year! Congratulations to Anavon Technology group and Venturi on their wins! ...

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😬👍The big day is here! We're ready to crown our 2019 Hagerty Small Business of the Year at the SBC Awards Ceremony from 5 - 7 p.m. tonight at NMC's Hagerty Center. We'll also present the competition's Summit and Emerging Business awards.
We're so proud of all the SBC finalists including Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons, EXIT Realty Paramount, Cultured Kombucha Co., Anavon Technology Group, Pets Naturally, Pathways Preschool, Glitz & Spurs, Carter-Needham-Hathaway & Associates, Dave's Garage, and Venturi. You're all winners and are tremendous representatives of our region's dynamic and diverse small business sector.
Thanks also to our SBC sponsors Hagerty, Northwestern Michigan College and Priority Health, and our media sponsors WTCM News, Traverse City Record-Eagle and 9&10 News/Mane Content. The Small Business Celebration wouldn't be possible without your support.
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Come on out to Leland Saturday, May 18 and help us support the Leland Art house and Veterans Housing USA. Tickets available at Dave’s garage and mynorthtickets.com ...

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It’s convertible time!! We need to find new homes for these beauties. 1999 Miata Roadster and a 2014 Camaro SS with the LS engine! Both very low miles and the Miata has a hard and soft top. ...

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New owners park in Dave’s Garage

October 29, 2014
By Carol Thompson

TRAVERSE CITY — Vintage wall displays and an old gas pump decorate the powder blue waiting room at Dave’s Garage, where customers hold mugs of coffee and await car repairs.

Monday was the first day of new ownership for the 20-year-old business on Hastings Street in Traverse City. Craig Olvey and Jamie LaFerriere purchased the auto repair shop from founder Dave Karczewski, who is taking a year off to spend time with his grandchildren.

“He has a sterling reputation around town,” LaFerriere said. “Every person we talk to that comes in here has been a customer for a long time. It’s wonderful.”

LaFerriere has worked in the automotive industry for 22 years, Olvey for 17. They worked together at Bill Marsh Auto Group in Traverse City, where LaFerriere was service director and Olvey was General Motors parts manager.

They decided to go full-throttle into car repair, and wanted the freedom that comes with owning and running a garage. Olvey said owning a shop means they don’t have to bow to manufacturer guidelines like dealerships do.

“At a dealership you’re constantly having to get customers in, get them out,” he said. “This gives us a lot more opportunity for that personal touch.”

Karczewski said customer service helped him collect returning customers at Dave’s Garage. He does a full inspection of all cars that come in and makes sure customers are informed about their cars.

“I know what it’s like to be on the other side of the counter,” Karczewski said. “We have that empathy.”

Olvey and LaFerriere started selling and installing tires on their first day running Dave’s Garage, but don’t plan to make any other major changes to the business.

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