Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit: A two-decade journey from startup to community automotive leader

GUELPH – “Driven by family powered by trust”

For over two decades, Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit has been a trusted name in the automotive repair industry, serving the city of Guelph and its surrounding areas. From its humble beginnings in the founder’s parents’ basement right out of high school, the business has grown into a thriving business with three locations, offering a wide range of automotive services and actively participating in community initiatives. With a commitment to quality service and community engagement, Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit has become the largest family-owned garage in Guelph, leaving a lasting impact on both the automotive industry and the community it serves.

From Basement Startup to Three Locations

Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit began as a one-person operation, with a young and ambitious entrepreneur laying the foundation of his business in his parents’ basement. Armed with a passion for automotive repair and a desire to provide quality service, Vinnie’s journey started on a small scale but with big dreams.

Fast forward two decades, and Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit has expanded to three locations strategically situated across Guelph. The growth is a testament to the company’s dedication, expertise, and commitment to meeting the needs of the community. The three locations serve the east, central, and north ends of Guelph, ensuring that residents in these areas have easy access to top-notch automotive care.

Each of the Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit locations offers comprehensive automotive repair services. Skilled technicians are on hand to analyze an address vehicle issues, ensuring that every customer receives the highest level of care. From routine maintenance tasks like oil changes and tire services to complex brake and suspension repairs, Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit covers all aspects of vehicle care. Furthermore, all three locations are equipped with state-of-the-art laser alignment machines to guarantee precise and accurate service.

The most recent addition to the Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit family, located at 86 Dawson Road in Guelph, brings a unique capability to the table. This location is well-equipped to handle medium-duty trucks, buses, and trailers, expanding the company’s capacity to serve a broader range of customers. With the inclusion of these larger vehicles in their service offerings, Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit is poised to meet the diverse needs of businesses and individuals alike.

The Klimkosz’s welcome you to their new location at 86 Dawson Road.

A Community Oriented Business

Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit is not just an automotive repair shop; it’s a business with a strong sense of community involvement and a desire to give back. Beyond providing top-notch automotive services, Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit is actively engaged in various community initiatives and organizations.

As an active member of the Puslinch Optimist Club and the Aberfoyle Fall Fair Board, Vinnie together with his wife Kimberley contribute their time and expertise to these community organizations. The dedication to these groups showcases their dedication to their business commitments, making a positive impact on the local community.

Vinnie is also a member of the Badenoch Community Center and the Ventures Classic Car Club, further highlighting his passion for community engagement. These affiliations demonstrate that Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit is deeply embedded in the fabric of Guelph and actively participates in local activities and events.

One of the standout features of Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit’s community involvement is its sponsorship of local sports teams. This support not only fosters the growth of youth in sports but also strengthens the community’s sense of unity and collaboration. Vinnie and Kimberley’s commitment to local sports teams reflects the company’s dedication to nurturing talent and creating a sense of togetherness.

Moreover, Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit is actively engaged with the local Arkell United Church. As active church members, the Vinnie’s team contributes to various church initiatives and community outreach programs, underscoring their commitment to making a difference in people’s lives beyond the confines of their business.

Supporting the Automotive Trades of the Future

Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit has a strong focus on education and supporting the future of the automotive industry. Over the years, the company has collaborated closely with local high schools in Guelph to provide a platform for students interested in pursuing careers in the automotive trades.

This partnership has allowed countless students to gain real-world experience and insight into the automotive industry. Many of these students have gone on to become employees of Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit, highlighting the effectiveness of this valuable program in nurturing young talent and providing them with a stepping stone into the industry.

As Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit celebrates its 20th year in business, it looks back on its journey from a basement startup to a community automotive leader with a profound sense of accomplishment. The growth, success, and community involvement are a testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence that have been at the heart of the company’s journey.

Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit is not just an automotive repair shop; it’s a symbol of community engagement, support for local talent, and a commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of Guelph residents. As the largest family-owned garage in the city, Vinnie’s Mr. Fixit is poised to continue serving the community with excellence and dedication for many years to come.

Visit them at any one of their 3 locations:  30 Hayes Ave., Guelph – 519-821-8880, 41 Woodlawn Rd., Guelph – 519-821-1888 and 86 Dawson Rd., Guelph – 519-821-8188.