McVEYTOWN - Kathy and Chris Hurley have been "turning wrenches" together for the past 20 years, first repairing cars and trucks in a home garage, then expanding to a small building in Mill Creek and now opening Hurley's Service Center in McVeytown.
The auto repair shop and parts store, located at 6969 Rt. 522 S., used to house the McVeytown Auto Parts store, but was taken over by the Hurleys in December and officially opened as Hurley's Service Center in January.
"We wanted to offer a number of specialized services, but the building in Mill Creek was too small to add anything," Kathy said. "We were looking for something new to expand when we came across this store. Now that we're open, we're focused on breathing new life into the older business."
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Chris and Kathy Hurley have reopened the auto parts store in McVeytown as well as Hurley’s Garage for major and minor vehicle repairs.
Hurley's is known for getting heavy work done that other garages might turn away, Kathy said, but the shop also caters to any minor or major repair work a customer might need.
"If I can fix it, I'm not going to turn it away," Kathy said. "That includes motorcycle and bike work, not just cars and trucks."
Currently, Hurley's has three mechanics on hand, two of which are certified state inspectors, and is partnering with McVeytown Towing.
"Our goal is to always communicate with the customer and make sure they understand the repair work they need," Kathy said. "We will never do a repair without the customer's approval. At the end of every service, I leave a note on the bill so people know if their car needs an unexpected repair or further attention."
While the shop features a brand new powder coat system, car lift and brake rotor machine, in addition to the regular auto repair tools, the store features a large stock of regular parts and high performance parts for purchase.
"We're working really hard to get through the leftover inventory from McVeytown Auto Parts," Kathy said. "In the meantime, we have added motorcycle parts, tractor parts and windshield wipers to the store. We have also updated to a computerized service writer system rather than the older reference books."
Already with plans to expand and add more services, the Hurleys plan to put any money the business makes back into the business, Kathy said.
"People told us they really missed this place as a local business," Kathy said. "We are happy to bring it back for people in the area. All I see when I walk in here is potential."
Hurley's Service Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on the business, visit the Hurley's Garage Facebook page or contact the store at 899-6100.