Carz R' Us

Matt-OwnerMatt Aukes (Owner) has more than 13 years’ experience in business management and ownership and is committed to continued education and training. As a member of the Automotive Training Institute (ATI), he provides staff with the industry’s best resources and training procedures. A former high school band teacher, Matt is passionate about music and enjoys attending and supporting local music programs as well as working out. This educational background brings a fresh approach to how Carz R’ Us services with their clients. Matt is also a valuable member of the Carz R’ Us softball and bowling teams.


rayRay Aukes (Owner) has more than 15 years of hands-on experience and training in the automotive industry. Before starting Carz R’ Us, Ray worked as a heavy-duty mechanic, lead technician and independent consultant. He has experience in repairing anything from tractors to diesel trucks and everything in between. When he’s not leading the team of Carz R’ Us technicians, Ray enjoys music and has played trumpet and keyboards in local rock bands for years. Ray is also a valuable member of the Carz R’ Us softball and bowling teams.


momRenae Aukes (Mom to Ray and Matt), affectionately known as Baba, wears many hats in the business. On any given day, you can find her planning upcoming events, cleaning and decorating the office and lobby, or even providing rides to clients. Regardless of what she’s working on at the shop, she has the nearly impossible job of keeping all the boys in line. Baba enjoys playing with her grandchildren and going to the musical performances, but what she loves most is seeing her sons succeed!


bob-techBob Bincewicz (Technician), has been working on cars for 30-plus years and is an ASE master technician. Throughout his well-rounded career, Bob has owned his own shop and has experience working for independent repair shops and dealers. He has a great approach to life, staying very cool, calm and collected through any “bumps” in the road. Bob brings a wealth of knowledge to the Carz R’ Us team and is always willing to assist other technicians as needed. His passion is racing (in his younger days) and watching his son play football.


Eric Ridens (Technician) , has over 15 years of automotive technician experience working for independent shops alongside master technicians and industry veterans. Eric is dedicated to continued education and has obtained his alignment certification for levels 1 and 2 from the Hunter Alignment School as well as numerous BG Certifications. Eric enjoys spending time with his children and playing any sport (except soccer)! Eric is also a valuable member of the Carz R’ Us softball and bowling teams.


Zach Peterson (Service Advisor) , comes to Carz R’ Us with over 15 years in the automotive industry. A graduate of Wyoming Technical Institute, his primary background is as a diesel technician. Before joining Carz R’ Us, Zach worked as a service advisor, technician and salesperson for a dealership, and spent 12 years as a diesel tech for a hot rod shop. This knowledge, along with Zach’s passion toward the automotive industry, makes him an asset to the Carz R’ Us team. In his free time Zach loves to go boating, wake boarding and snowboarding.


jenny Jenny Clark (VEM – Value Enhancement Manager) , has 20-plus years’ client service and more than 10 years of office management experience. She truly loves helping Carz R’ Us clients better understand their vehicles and what they need. Jenny loves the small business atmosphere, as it allows her to utilize her diverse background and unique skill set to its fullest. Jenny’s passion is watching her children become successful young adults.


Francesca Spradlin (MMG – Media Marketing Guru) , has more than 10 years of client service and marketing experience. She enjoys thinking of new and creative ways to engage clients and being active in the community. In her free time, Francesca enjoys spending time with her daughter and her family as well as riding her horses. The best part of her job at Carz R’ Us is the constant learning about the automotive industry and having the ability to express her creative side in marketing!


Calvin Erickson (Office Assistant) , comes to Carz R’ Us with a great desire to become a well-rounded individual. His passion toward the automotive industry and desire to work with a like-minded team make him a great fit. Calvin has two years’ experience as a maintenance crew member at Wesley Willows. At Carz R’ Us Clavin is a vehicle valet technician, office administrator and is happy to perform additional tasks, as needed. In his spare time, Calvin enjoys playing basketball and working out. Calvin is also a valuable member of the Carz R’ Us softball team.


Community Involvement

Since opening on January 22nd, 2009 Carz R’ Us has been committed to community involvement. Carz R’ Us is part of three Business Networking International (BNI) groups, members of the Parks Chamber (Loves Park & Machesney Park) and members of the Roscoe Chamber. We have also had a ribbon cutting ceremony in which the Mayor of Machesney Park participated.

The Harlem School District has partnered with Carz R’ Us to raise money for all extra curricular activities and elective areas. Mention the Harlem Program when you arrive for your appointment and receive 5% off any Service and 5% will be donated back to the program of the month. The month of May we raised $100 towards the Band program and for the month of June we tripled our proceeds and $300 went to the Visual Arts Program. We plan on continuing our involvement and support of the local community.

In 2013 we were proud to have raised $1,398.44 for the Harlem School District.