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Female Mechanics Defy Auto-Repair Stereotypes

Content: By Julia Oller - The Columbus Dispatch A green awning above the purple door frame marking the entrance to a small Short North mechanic says “AUTO CARE” in bold white letters, but the “alternative” hinted is only apparent after stepping inside. Alternative Auto Care operates on the automotive expertise of women. Just inside the door, service manager Heather Murphy answered phones and customer questions in the tiny office, which also serves as the waiting room. In th...

Car Repair with a Difference: After 25 years, Alternative Auto Care Continues on a Road Less Traveled

Originally published in Short North Gazette, December, 2008 by Dennis Fiely The fact that Alternative Auto Care (AAC) remains “alternative” after 25 years in business reflects how little the c...

All Cylinders – A woman’s work

David Lewis for Columbus Alive, January 2007 I'm afraid of garages. I admit it. My childhood memories of the garage are of my father screaming profanities and launching Craftsman missiles, which ricocheted dangerously through the air.  As I grew, little changed that perception. Trips to the local mechanic for my own car were always fraught with men far manlier than me, covered in oil and babbling in curses and gibberish-jargon. So it was with some apprehension that I approached Alternative Auto...

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