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John Chapman has been interested in cars since he was a kid. He worked on his first car when he was twelve, and never stopped after that. His seven years in the military were spent working on military vehicles. When John finished serving, started doing auto repair in his uncle’s garage. In 1997, he decided to open his own auto repair garage. Add all those years of practical experience together, and it comes out to a total of over 35 years’ experience as a mechanic. In addition, John’s fellow mechanic at the shop has over twenty years of experience, nearly all of them at Chapman Automotive. The team is rounded out by a third member, John’s daughter.



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The main mission at Chapman Automotive is to always ensure that your vehicle is being worked on by the best Kalamazoo mechanics and that you are happy. Our success is obvious when you take into consideration how many loyal customers we have, and how many of those customers refuse to go anywhere else for auto repairs. As further evidence, our collaboration with Western Michigan University to provide service to students has resulted in Chapman Automotive being named #1 Local Garage by the students – on a yearly basis. To thank our repeat customers, Chapman Automotive has launched a Loyalty Card program. Weekly coupons are also available.

John Chapman’s love for cars extends into his free time, as well. For the last 14 years, he has raced an Outlaw Super Late Model at Kalamazoo Speedway. In addition to being the driver, he acts as crew chief. He views this as another way to connect with his customers.

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I went there for a check engine light and an oil change and being a single mom I for the first time felt not taken advantage of. He was honest and sincere. I had brought my car to 3 other shops only to walk away frustrated and felt like I was being ripped off for being a woman. Chapman Auto figured out exactly what I needed and explained it to me so that I understood. And was less expensive then the other 3 mechanics. He also did a free follow up just to make sure everything was good and safe wi…
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When you bring your car to Chapman Automotive, you get so much more than parts and labor. You get superior, personal service, provided by experienced mechanics who regard customers as part of the family.

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