Jim’s Auto Service Center Inc. was started in Perryville, Missouri, in 1978.
After being in the auto repair industry since 1965, Jim Blythe set out on his own by purchasing Harry’s Garage from Harry Berkbigler. Harry was one of Jim’s mentors, and Harry’s Garage had already built a strong reputation and client base, having been in business since the late 1940’s. Two years later, Jim changed the name to Jim’s Service Center.
Jim started the business with himself and one other mechanic, doing primarily radiator repair and general automotive service. In the mid 1980’s, air conditioning service and repair was added to our long list of services. As concern mounted for the depletion of the ozone layer in the 80s, ecological impact studies came in and changes were made to the refrigerant. We followed suit, keeping current with all the necessary equipment, training, and government certifications.
As automotive engineering evolved with more and more computers and technology integrated into the vehicles, Jim's stayed up to speed, purchasing state of the art diagnostic equipment and receiving extensive training. We traveled to Cape Girardeau, St Louis, Lake of the Ozarks, Kansas City and Chicago for the latest in training from industry leaders like Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, Napa , AC Delco and others.
In 1990, Jim’s wife Bev joined us full time as secretary and bookkeeper. In 1994, we incorporated and changed the name to Jim’s Auto Service Center Inc.
After returning home from college in 1996, Dominic Blythe joined our ranks. His brother, Brian, joined the family business in 2000 after completing automotive training at Lincoln Technical Institute in Indianapolis, IN.
We now have three ASE certified technicians. Our line of credentials includes being a AAA certified auto repair facility, a Napa Auto Care Center, an AC Delco professional service center, and Certified Auto Repair through O’Reilly Auto Parts.
In November 2011, Jim retired. Dominic and Brian purchased the business and continue to carry on the family name in automotive service. They are third generation in the automotive repair field following their grandfather Robert and father Jim.
Our motto has always been high quality repairs with home town service, and we strive to make every experience at Jim's Auto Service Center a great one.