What started as a way to get their classic cars restored and out of their driveway, turned into a business that has been serving The Dalles, Oregon and the surrounding community for over 20 years. Owners Randy and Karen Seufert began Columbia Auto Repair & Sales (C.A.R.S.) as a used car dealership and automotive repair shop. It eventually became a new trailer dealership and factory authorized repair facility for Continental Cargo and Great Northern trailer brands, both of which are made in Oregon. It further expanded to include classic car restoration and repair. Growing too large for their prior locations, C.A.R.S. purchased the former Griffith Motors location at 518 E. 2nd Street in The Dalles in November of 2012, with loans provided by the Oregon Investment Board and Mt. Hood Economic Alliance through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District.
With their new and improved location in downtown The Dalles, C.A.R.S. expanded to include a talented crew of mechanics, body restoration professionals and office and sales personnel. To help support this ongoing growth, Community Bank and MCEDD provided additional financing.
At C.A.R.S. their business is you and your car and your trailer needs! Columbia Auto Repair & Sales is open weekdays 8 am to 5 pm. You can reach them at (541) 296-2094 or learn more at www.gorgetrailers.com.
The MCEDD Loan Program is available to entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and existing businesses doing business in the five county (Sherman, Hood River, Wasco, Klickitat and Skamania) Mid-Columbia area. This loan program is part of MCEDD’s efforts to strengthen and support the region’s economy. Contact the MCEDD Loan Fund Manager at 541-296-2266 or email@example.com for more information on MCEDD’s Loan Program.