Roy’s Auto had its humble beginnings in a single stall garage at Roy’s house in Wallingford. After a couple years of working weekends and evenings Roy decided to strike out full time and moved Roy’s Auto into its current location in 1984. The building was vacant and Roy rented out just one small corner. Despite the fact that there was no insulation, and that it rained inside almost as hard as it rained outside, the business was successful from the beginning and soon Roy talked the bank into loaning him the money to purchase the building. Bit by bit building repairs were made and interior walls were removed to increase shop space. Soon enough Roy had turned the building into a bright, warm, and dry repair shop.
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Roy successfully ran the business for many years while earning trust in the community and doing the good work that earned him a loyal customer base. In 2021, at age 69, Roy decided to pass ownership of the business to his son Alan who, at 42, had been working full time at the shop since his graduation from Estherville high school in 1996.

Alan started his automotive career in the shop and specialized in electrical and computer diagnostics as well as heating and air conditioning. Over the years he gained experience in all aspects of auto repair before making the transition into the office where he was able to work closer with Roy and to gain experience on the customer service end of the business. He’s enjoyed the new challenges of ownership and looks forward to continuing what Roy began so many years ago.

Helping Alan make a successful transition has been Scott Burt. Scott has been with Roy’s Auto for over 25 years during which time he’s been dependable, good natured, and tolerant of sharing a shop with two Gages.


At Roy’s Auto, our number-one goal is customer satisfaction. We focus every day on providing high-quality repairs coupled with top-notch customer service. With countless loyal customer we’re proud of our reputation as one of Estherville’s most trustworthy Auto Repair shops.

We employ today’s latest automotive technology and are equipped to handle all of your automotive needs

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