OTTOVILLE — Ottoville brothers Alan and Dick Beining will celebrate 40 years Friday of owning and operating their auto repair business, A&D Tire & Auto Parts.
The business at 103 W. Canal St. opened on Jan. 10, 1980, when the brothers took a risk and became co-owners.
They have expanded services to include oil changes, tire installation and rotation, brake repairs and belt and hose installation.
Alan Beining was working at H&M Machine Shop in Ottoville and Dick Beining was employed at Rager’s Meat Market in Lima. At that time they found the building that now houses A&D Tire was being sold at auction.
“Our dad, Robert, told us the building that now houses A&D would be a good fit for us. He thought it would be a good path for us to start a tire and auto repair business,” Alan Beining said.
The building previously housed K&M Tire and was a Marathon gas station. The brothers purchased the building Jan. 8, 1980.
The auto parts store was added in 1986 where starters, alternators and brakes were sold.
The brothers’ love of working on vehicles started when Alan Beining was 19 and Dick Beining was 23. They lived on a farm and worked on their family’s vehicles and developed a passion for it.
“We have worked on cars and farm machinery our whole life,” Alan Beining said.
Tire brands available for sale at A&D include Mastercraft, Michelin, Cooper, Goodyear, Bridgestone and Fuzion. Vehicle products such as windshield wipers, water pumps, oil and coolant, alternators, brakes and serpentine belts are for sale.
“With winter weather coming up, people should check their tires every time they have an oil change and make sure they have good tread,” Alan Beining said.
When asked what has changed over the years at the business they said technology has assisted them in doing their job more efficiently.
“Vehicles diagnosis are now controlled by computers as well as vehicle brake systems and engines,” Alan Beining said.
Another change was the addition of adding two vehicle bays in 1998, growing the bays to four and adding a tire storage area that helped to have tires on hand for customers.
“The community has helped us out by supporting us and kept business local instead of going out of town,” Dick Beining said.
Alan Beining said he can’t believe they have been in business for 40 years and has enjoyed getting to know their customers.
The Beinings own Valero gas station, across the street from A&D. A&D is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
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