Dave’s Garage – Empire

Empire Auto Repair Specialists

In 2019 Taghon’s Garage was purchased by Dave’s Garage. Dave’s Garage was founded in 1995 in Traverse City. We bring over 100 years combined experience to our Empire auto repair garage.

Our Empire garage serves customers in Leelanau and Benzie counties with the same friendly service and expertise as Taghon’s provided over 3 generations.

Both our Traverse City and Empire auto repair garages have talented ASE Certified Master Technicians providing expert automotive repair. We are experienced classic cars, exotic vehicles, foreign and domestic automobiles. Our techs take advantage of all latest training opportunities and scan tool technologies, assuring that they are well versed in the complex language your vehicle is speaking.

We provide a clean and comfortable lobby should you choose to wait for your car. We stock it with great reading material and wireless internet and beverages are available upon request. We want you to feel at home.

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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 served 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!

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.

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.

Trent Kelso

I joined the team in early 2022 and I first began working on cars with my Grandpa in our garage. When I am not at work, I love to spend time boating and fishing with my girlfriend and daughter Journey. I look forward to seeing you at Dave's Garage!

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.

Alex Karch

My name is Alex Karch and I enjoy being at home on our 20 acres with my wife and son, Harrison. I’ve been in the auto industry since 2012. I first started working on cars when I was 17 strictly out of necessity and found it was something I enjoy doing. I like the challenge of taking on big jobs and seeing them through to the end. Also, I like figuring out challenging electrical issues by doing wiring repairs. Seeing the outcome of a car being fixed is the most rewarding part. My interests are homesteading and self-sufficiency. We raise chickens and try to grow most of our own food. I also like spending time fixing old tractors to use on my property.

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