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At A1 Auto ‘ART the ROBOT’ Directs Customers to the Door OLD TOWN.TEMECULA By Carol Malin Art, a robot, is the brainchild of A1 Auto Temecula mechanics. This curiosity is

built from cast-off auto parts. He is a composite of used exhaust pipes, a ‘56 Chevy car radio, windshield wiper arms, an intake manifold, muffler and a battery all welded together. Oblivious of his humble beginnings, Art stands curbside near the shop’s driveway cheerfully swinging his A1 Auto Temecula sign, welcoming folks to Jon Gerke’s garage. Gerke is living proof that good mechanics are just born that way. At three years

old he took the motor off the lawn mower. By the age of six he was able to rebuild it. His parents took this as a good indication that their son would grow up to be a me- chanic one day. He did. Gerke was fascinated by anything with a motor and wheels. To stay close to the

object of his obsession, at 14 he took an after school job pumping gas and worked at a car wash. All the while maintaining straight A’s in school and managing his po- sition in the Huntington Beach High School Surf Club. Gerke followed his natural ability to his chosen vocation. After graduating high

school he attended a 2-year automotive school. He earned a service excellence cer- tification and enrolled in Nissan’s manufacturer's certification courses to become a Master Technician. By 24, he was named Nissan’s youngest Service and Parts Di- rector in the U.S. Employed by Nissan for many years, he held the position of Service Manager, Technical Trainer, Master Technician, and attended seminars, trade shows and conferences to stay current as automobiles increasingly became more sophis- ticated. By 1998 he felt it was time to branch out on his own. He opened A1 Auto Temec-

ula to create an affordable full service automotive repair shop for foreign and domes- tic cars. His philosophy has never wavered: Do the best job possible, and never compromise. “We strive to maintain the confidence of our customers by providing only high quality parts and supplies, quality workmanship and superior service,” says Gerke. “We honestly and accu- rately diagnose the repairs and serv- ices needed for your vehicle. Our facility is safe, clean and environ- mentally conscious.” A1 Auto Temecula always pro-

vides customers with a written esti- mate, a detailed invoice, return of old parts, a work guarantee and a hassle-free warranty. The shop is a full-service shop providing every- thing from oil changes to engine re- placements and everything in-between, such as air condition- ing, brakes, check engine lights, di- agnostics, steering, struts, shocks, suspension and more. The shop of- fers Jasper remanufactured engines and transmissions as a quality solu- tion. All A1 employees servicing cars are skilled mechanics. Gerke is proud to support the

community. On Saturday, October 11, A1 Auto Temecula is helping to sponsor The 5th Annual Marine Corps League Charity Golf Tourna- ment at Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills. Details, details. A1 Auto Temec-

ula looks very different from many repair shops—the comfortable wait- ing room is clean. No greasy chairs, slippery floors, grimy counters, or politically incorrect wall calendars. Art the robot has friends. Scrappy Sheriff, a non-motorized

robot, was created by the A1 Auto Temecula team using shock absorbers, tie rod ends, and flex plates. Scrappy (because he’s made from scraps) sports heat shield holsters to hold the brake shoe guns he wears on his hip to guard the service bays. Currently in the works is a 6-foot 8-inch “transformer” football robot. He will be re- leased sometime in October. Get in on the naming contest via toTemecula.

A1 Auto Temecula Open: M – F/ 8am – 5:30pm

28696 Via Montezuma, Temecula, CA 92590 (951) 506-7198


Art Welcomes Customers! Scrappy watches over the operation. Owner, Jon Gerke.

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