Carz R' Us


Mission Statement
The mission of Carz R’ Us is to provide our customers with the best automotive repair experience possible. We create this experience through our friendly staff, honest approach and education our ASE certified technicians provide to our customers. We will maintain a competitive price, operate our business with integrity and treat our customers with respect.

who-we-are-300x204Our Story
Carz R’ Us is a general automotive repair & tire facility that opened in January 2009. The owners are brothers Matt Aukes and Ray Aukes. Matt and Ray grew up around cars but didn’t initially consider pursuing a career in automotive repair. They wanted to be musicians.

Both Matt and Ray attended NIU and majored in music. After graduating, Matt taught high school band for six years and Ray performed professionally. As a hobby, they started working on their late father’s 1967 Camaro.

Eventually, ideas for a future business began to form. Ray was already working as a mechanic and continued to train and grow as the head tech in charge of heavy duty work at F & F Tire World. Matt began his business training in tax, legal, and real estate.

In November 2008, Ray and Matt purchased their first location, a building with an auto repair shop, restaurant, and salon. Five years later, they’ve relocated due to the widening of Ralston Rd. and grown to a 10-bay, state-of-the-art facility with plenty of room for expansion. Future plans include re-building the salon and restaurant as well as other commercial space.

Despite your standard brotherly disagreements, Matt and Ray’s partnership has been a successful one, and family plays a big role. Their wives (both named Melissa), mom Renae and Aunt Rita help out at the shop.

Carz R’ Us is truly a family-owned and operated business and the future is bright thanks to our wonderful staff. When you walk into our lobby, you will always be greeted by a smiling face who is ready to assist you. We’re not just here to fix your vehicle—we’re all about building relationships and helping the community. We love giving back to organizations like Harlem Schools, where we sponsor numerous programs and school events.

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