About Port Clinton Auto Repair
In 1949, in the small, quaint, local community of Port Clinton, Ohio, on the coast of Lake Erie, fresh out of the Naval Air Corp and World War II, Jack Smith was faced with going into the insurance business or opening a mobile gas station. He chose the latter of the two, beginning what is now Port Clinton Auto Repair. He was married to LaDonna Burghard Smith, with one baby and one on the way. The one on the way was Kim B Smith, now the proud owner of Port Clinton Auto Repair.
Kim had the opportunity to grow up in the business and get to know local people. His dad taught him to take care of our people first, whether it’s putting air in a child’s bicycle tire or shuttling a customer to work, and this has been Kim’s resounding rule. The community has grown to trust Jack and now Kim. Word of mouth, community service and referrals have always been their best forms of advertising from day one.
After college at OSU, Kim joined his father, Jack, at Port Clinton Auto Repair. Back then it was called Jack’s friendly Mobile Gas Station, located at 210 West Perry Street, in Port Clinton, Ohio. In 1987 Kim changed the name to The Muffler Smiths, and in 2017 the business name became Port Clinton Auto Repair. Our facility has been at its current location at 222 Buckeye Blvd since 2003.
From the very beginning, the family has come to understand that even though Port Clinton Auto Repair is an auto repair business, in the end it’s a people business first. The business wouldn’t be what it is today if not for our outstanding, interesting, loyal customers and employees. Kim always says to practice the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”