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Dave’s Garage – Empire

Empire Auto Repair Specialists

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.  Since it’s purchase, we have specialized in Empire auto repair!  Dave’s 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, as it always has, the shop specialized in Empire auto repair, 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

I'm originally from Empire, MI. My father was in the Air Force and we travelled while growing up. I've been married for over 40 years to my wonderful husband who also werved 20 years in the Air Force. We have 4 children and 10 grandchildren! I've been in the auto service industry for 16 years and love working with customers, helping people, and supporting our local community. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with our grandchildren and cooking and baking. I love rollercoasters and spinning fair rides. I would even bungee jump if I had the chance!

Adam Newth

I've been in the auto industry for a little over two years and have my Michigan Automotive Apprentice License. I enjoy listening to music, working out, and spending time with my family.

Len Sanborn

I've been wrenching ever since I was a kid and have enjoyed it all my life. I'm a State of Michigan Master Certified Mechanic. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, and playing guitar. I also have two really cool old Datsun Z cars that I'm currently restoring with my son.

Bart Taghon

I've been in the automotive service industry for 15yrs. I enjoy spending time with my two lovely daughters and old stubborn dog. I also enjoy working on racecars.

Jonah Johnsen

I've been in the auto service industry for 25 years. I'm an ASE Master Automobile Technician and a State of Michigan Master Automobile Technician. Best thing I like about my job is helping people out by problem solving for them. I enjoy hiking, fishing, skiing, golfing, hunting, fishing, anything outdoors! I like to spend time with my wife and kids and our dog.

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