About Community Automotive Repair – Grand Rapids, MI
Proudly Serving Our Community Since 1975
It is our mission at Community Automotive to delight our customers with automotive expertise, excellent service, and thorough communication as we partner with them in the caring of their automotive related needs. Honesty, integrity, and respect will drive our relationships with our customers and employees and permeate all we do.
Established in 1975, Community Automotive Repair was birthed out of a faith-based group formerly referred to as “The Community.” Richard Zaagman (owner) first began in the early 70’s repairing vehicles owned by members of The Community. Members of this group eventually became the first employees, motivated specifically by a collective agreement to trade their time for minimum wages so the majority of business profits could be poured back into the local neighborhood. More specifically, it was important to those in The Community to care for families who had the greatest need.
The Community would later go their separate ways but not before transforming a backyard garage model into what would become the acquisition of a small Unocal 76 service station, and today an 8 bay Bosch Authorized Service center.
Our specialties are minor and major repairs & factory scheduled maintenance on most import and domestic vehicles. It is a rare occurrence that we would have to turn somebody away for owning a vehicle we cannot or will not service. Some examples of the cars/trucks we routinely work on include but are not limited to Audi, VW, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, Jaguar, Land Rover, Subaru, Honda, and Toyota.
We are not exclusively a foreign service facility even though they do make up the greater majority of what is brought to us on a regular basis. Bottom line, your Chevy, Ford, Oldsmobile, Saab, and their domestic counterparts are more than welcome here.
What customers experience that keeps them returning is a genuine, sincere, and caring team that strives to deliver only the best. Don’t just take our word for it, we invite you to find out first hand.
Meet the Team
Richard Zaagman, Owner
Having spent the last 40 years (Owner/President of Community Automotive since 1975) of his life in the Automotive Repair industry, Richard is no stranger to what it takes to meet the demands of Community Automotive’s customers. Richard is married to his wonderful wife Joyce, and together they celebrate 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities involving travel are how Richard chooses to spend his time away, but his love for European cars, in particular, doesn’t allow him to stay gone too long.
Todd, Service Manager
Todd rebuilt his first engine on his own at age 16. He has been in the automotive service industry for 25 years. He is now the Service Manager and Senior Service Advisor at Community Automotive, as well as being an ASE Master Certified Automotive Repair Technician. Todd is also the resident expert on all performance computer upgrades from APR. In addition to his work at Community, Todd has taught automotive service repair at GRCC for 10+ years and has served on the board of advisors for the Leslie M Tassel Tech Center, Kent Career Technical Center and GRCC Automotive Advisory Committee. Todd is a registered member of the National Ski Patrol, who serves many winter weekends at Crystal Mountain. He is an avid runner & amateur cyclist who can be found circling his residence near Reeds Lake in East GR, most weekends, for the past 15 years– share the road!!
Todd has been married to the love of his life, Terri, for 23 years. He is the father of 4 wonderful children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and his family is his pride and joy. In his spare time loves to camp, travel and enjoy local restaurants & breweries. The list of his home appliances he has repaired include, but are not limited to: the dishwasher, dryer, washing machine, dehumidifier, garbage disposal, furnace, air conditioner, refrigerator, stove, grill, whole house fan, garage door opener and putting a new motor in the vacuum (who does that?). Todd understands sustainability, repair and maintenance for the greater good. He will do the same for his customers.
Dave, Service Advisor
David has been in the automotive industry since the age of 15. He has performed all facets of Service and Sales in the automotive industry and has been with Community Automotive since 2006 and worked for Goodyear 17 years prior to that. David has been married to his wife Wendy since 2014. He is a proud father of 5 children including a set of triplet daughters, 2 step children as well a grandfather of 5. David has been studying Martial Arts for many years and holds a Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate. He enjoys travel, likes to ride his motorcycle, go boating, have cookouts with friends and family, campfires, and camp out at his property. David also has a passion for cooking and likes to try new recipes. His family really enjoys it when he cooks.
Beth, Office Manager
Beth is the most recent addition to our front office team. Although new to the Automotive industry, Beth boasts an impressive 27 years of office management experience. Fishing, hunting, cooking, and watching sports on TV (especially NASCAR, hockey, and football) are just some of the things Beth really enjoys doing with her family and friends.
Calvin, Community Relations Coordinator (Marketing/Communications)
Calvin joined our team in 2010 after serving in various Sales & Marketing capacities over the past 14 years, in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors. A passion for people and a commitment to delivering the best value are what motivate Calvin. Never shy to engage in ways that continue to benefit both our shop and its customers, he understands the importance of honest conversation and is ready and willing to listen.
Outside regular business hours you might find Calvin actively pursuing one of countless events sponsored by the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Local First of West Michigan is another organization dear to his heart. As one of their many Ambassadors, Calvin regularly volunteers to further their mission, personally and professionally.
Andrew has served 9 years in the Automotive industry. During this time, he has developed a professional specialty for the Volvo brand, and diagnosing “drivability” concerns. Andrew is married with one child, and enjoys playing soccer.
James has 15 years of automotive experience. He is an Audi Factory Master Certified Technician with 8 years of Factory Specialized Training. James also holds Automotive Service Excellence and State Master Certifications.
James is a very proud father of two children and a loving husband. In his spare time he can be found fishing, hunting or playing softball.
Nic set aside a seasoned career in the culinary arts to follow his passion of working on cars, especially Volkswagens. When away from the shop, Nic enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter on bike rides, or he can be found with his friends at a local road rally. Just as cooking is an art form that requires attention to detail, this skill translates quite well to diagnosing and repairing customers’ vehicles.
Jason’s passion for working with automobiles (formally) began in 2007. In the year 2014 Jason is most excited to marry his best friend of 10 years, Leslie. When not hard at work, Jason appreciates spending time with his family and playing guitar, as well as taking his dog to the park and working in his father’s garden.
Our newest hire but by no means a rookie, Dana began servicing vehicles in 1983. Boasting 30+ years of auto repair experience, he’s our most knowledgeable and resourceful employee. Dana has been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Carrie, since 1991. Together they enjoy all things outdoors, some of which include boating, fishing, snowmobiling, and especially hunting deer with Dana’s father.
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