More About Our DeKalb Auto Repair Shop

Barb City Automotive first welcomed DeKalb area drivers in December of 1985. We started with one technician — our owner, John Volkert — and ever since, we have been building our reputation for excellence in servicing and repairing all types of vehicles, both import and domestic. As a family-owned business, we always put family first, including yours. Our customers are truly our number one priority.

We offer a variety of routine automotive services, like oil changes, brake repair, exhaust, shocks, and tune-ups, as well as computer diagnostics and drivability problems. Barb City Automotive also performs the manufacturer’s maintenance required to keep your warranty in effect, and because we’re a NAPA AutoCare Center, we offer a 36,000-mile peace of mind warranty on the work we do.

Barb City Automotive owner
Owner of Barb City Automotive

From the Owner, John Volkert

“I started working on cars in high school, and then started fixing vehicles professionally as soon as I graduated. In 1980, I was working for a good-sized import car repair shop in DeKalb when they went out of business. I decided to open my own shop in the same location, confident I wouldn’t suffer the same fate. I worked by myself for six months, and then hired my first employee. In the first five years of business, we outgrew that first shop and moved to where we are now. Now over 25 years later, we’re still going strong. Thank you, DeKalb.”

Barb City Automotive Today

John now has over 40 years of auto repair experience, and combined, our mechanics have over 60 years of experience. We also train half a dozen times a year to stay up to date with modern automotive technology. The community of DeKalb keeps us going, so we give back to the community in by participating in oil changes for charity, free Veterans oil changes on Veterans Day, collecting toys for Toys for Tots, and participating in the NAPA AutoCare Cares program.

Come visit us, tell us your story, and let us take care of your vehicle. We promise to do it right the first time on time.


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