Carz R' Us

Matt-OwnerMatt Aukes (Owner) has over ten years’ experience in business management and ownership. He is extremely passionate about education having been a High School Teacher for six years. Becoming a part of the Automotive Training Institute (ATI) in 2015 was a huge step for Carz R’ Us. This has assisted Matt in becoming an even better leader for the staff having the resources to create training procedures for all staff. Matt is extremely excited about the future of Carz R’ Us and looks forward to having his children involved in the business in the future!


rayRay Aukes (Owner) has over 15 years in the automotive industry. He has worked at several independent automotive shops and trained with a senior tech that had over 40 years’ experience. Ray has worked as a heavy duty mechanic, lead technician, and independent consultant. He has repaired everything from tractors to diesel trucks and everything in between. Ray is a staple to Carz R’ Us and has a deep passion for working on cars.


momRenae Aukes (Mom to Ray and Matt), affectionately known as Baba, does anything needed from filing to providing rides to customers, making sure the office is spotless & decorated, plans for events and, the most difficult job, keeps all the boys in line. Baba enjoys playing with her grandchildren and going to the riverboats, but her main goal has always been to see her sons’ succeed!


bob-techBob Bincewicz (Technician), has been working on cars for 30 plus years and is a Master Technician. Bob has owned his own shop as well as worked for independent repairs shops and dealers. He has a great approach to life staying very cool, calm, and collected through any bumps in the road. Bob assists our team greatly with his vast knowledge and experience and is always willing to assist another technician.


Eric Ridens (Technician) , has over 14 years of automotive technician experience in independent shops and was mentored by master technicians with over 30 years of experience. He is always educating himself within the automotive industry and has his alignment certification for levels 1 and 2 from the Hunter Alignment School. Eric enjoys spending time with his children and playing any sport except soccer! Eric is also a 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. His primary background is as a diesel technician, having graduated from Wyoming Technical Institute. Zach has worked at dealerships as a service advisor, technician and sold vehicles, hot rod shop, as a diesel tech for over 12 years and a quick lube. This knowledge, along with Zach’s passion towards the automotive industry, makes Zach a great asset to Carz R’ Us as one of our Service Advisors.


Chris Golter (Technician Assistant) , attends Hononegah High School and has been working on family cars since he was able to walk! In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and playing indoor volleyball. Chris loves working for Carz R’ Us because it is a unique job from what everyone else has at his age and every day presents new challenges for him!


jenny Jenny Clark (VEM – Value Enhancement Manager) , has 20 plus years’ customer service and 10 plus years of office management experience. She truly loves helping our clients and assisting them in understanding their vehicle and its’ needs. Jenny loves the small business atmosphere as it allows her to utilize her diverse background and unique skill set to its’ fullest.


Francesca Spradlin (MMG – Media Marketing Guru) , has 5 plus years of experience in media marketing and 10 plus years of customer service experience. She enjoys thinking of new and creative ways to engage clients with our business as well as being involved within the community. Francesca also enjoys spending time with her daughter and her family, as well as riding her horses in her free time. 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!


Xavier Olson (Technician Assistant) , comes to Carz R’ Us with a great desire to become a well-rounded individual. Since graduating high school Xavier’s primary job has been at Arby’s. His passion towards the automotive industry and desire to work with a like-minded team brought him to Carz R’ Us. Xavier’s role is as a technician assistant, vehicle valet technician, office administrator and any other task we need him to perform.


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.