Making himself at home

Falls mechanic opens new auto repair shop in hometown
by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor


KARL MEYER recently opened Karls Garage at 81 Oak St. in Sheboygan Falls. The new automobile repair shop offers a full line of services for all makes and models of cars and trucks. 
Falls NewsphotobyJeffPederson KARL MEYER recently opened Karls Garage at 81 Oak St. in Sheboygan Falls. The new automobile repair shop offers a full line of services for all makes and models of cars and trucks. Falls NewsphotobyJeffPederson With 25 years of experience in the auto repair field, Karl Meyer certainly knows his way around a garage.

The Sheboygan Falls native has been servicing cars, trucks and motor vehicles of all shapes and sizes as an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified advanced service and master repair technician since 1989.

The 1988 Sheboygan Falls High School graduate has worked in small shops and large dealerships during his long career, and now he has stepped out on his own with the recent opening of Karl’s Garage at 81 Oak St. in Sheboygan Falls.

“I’ve kind of done it all, from working in small independent shops, to the big dealerships to specialty shops, and I just thought now was the right time to do my own thing,” Meyer said. “I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and now I have the chance to live that out. It’s pretty cool.”


SHEBOYGAN FALLS NATIVE Karl Meyer has opened Karls Garage, a new auto repair shop at 81 Oak St. in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson SHEBOYGAN FALLS NATIVE Karl Meyer has opened Karls Garage, a new auto repair shop at 81 Oak St. in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson Meyer began his automotive repair career in 1989 at Meyer Import Service in Sheboygan Falls, where he worked for 10 years.

In 1999, he was hired at Jenkins Jaguar in Milwaukee and he later worked at Ernie Von Schledorn GM dealership in Saukville.

After traveling to the Milwaukee area for the better part of the past 15 years, Meyer is pleased to be back in his hometown.

“I’ve always lived in Sheboygan Falls and the drive to Milwaukee was pretty tough,” Meyer said. “It was a 106-mile, two- -hour drive every day and now it is great because I live right down the street from my shop and I get to walk to work. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Karl’s Garage is located adjacent to Brewmasters Brewing Supplies, owned by Meyer’s friend John Cordes.

“I’ve known John for a long time and I knew he had purchased the buildings behind Brewmasters and was looking to do something with them,” Meyer said. “We got to talking about it and things just kind of came together.

“There was some work to do to clean things up and I worked with him to get everything ready and presentable for an auto repair business, he said. “We did some painting and some general clean up. I’m pleased with the way the building turned out. It’s small, but it suits me just fine for what I’m doing now.”

Though living in Sheboygan Falls for his entire life and working in the area for 10 years, Meyer has plenty of loyal customers from the past, who are pleased that he is working in the area once again.

“I know a lot of people in Falls and around the area,” Meyer said. “Some of them know me from when I worked here before and some have asked when I was going to come back from Milwaukee and work here again.

“It has been good to see those people again, but in general I’m starting brand new and working on making connections with potential customers right now.”

Meyer says the relationship between a customer and an auto mechanic is one that can’t be overlooked or taken for granted.

“I know there are people that have had bad experiences with mechanics in the past, especially with some of the larger dealerships,” Meyer said. “It can be scary for people to have repair work done and I understand how important it is to have good relationships with my customers.

“I strive to do quality work at an honest price,” he said. “I’m not out to scam anyone or try to sell them something they don’t need. I don’t do pressure sales. I always make time to explain things to people if they want to understand what is going on with their vehicle. I know that trust factor is very important.”

Meyer is capable of offering a full line of repair services for all domestic or foreign vehicle makes and models.

“I do it all from oil changes, to tires to electronics to emissions, you name it,” Meyer said. “The only thing I’m not able to do here is alignments, and that is just because I don’t have enough space.

Karl’s Garage is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment if necessary outside of regular business hours.

“I want to be as available as I can, because I know that things break and you can’t plan for when they do,” Meyer said. “My intention is for this to be an old-school, small-town repair shop that has a down-to-earth feel to go along with the high-tech repair capabilities and services that the large dealerships offer. My plan is to be here for a long time. I hope people that are looking for a mechanic, give me a try. I think they will be satisfied with the results.”

To schedule an appointment for service, call Karl’s Garage at 920- 917-9512.


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