Langford auto shop business of the year

For the third year running, Old Style Repair in Langford has earned a major business award.

The two-bay auto shop at Sooke and Happy Valley roads earned automotive business of the year from the Vancouver Island Business Examiner. The gala was held in Nanaimo on Jan. 27.

“We were flabbergasted. We were up against some heavyweight competition,” said Bruce Chaytor, owner of Old Style Repair.

Chaytor’s shop beat out three other automotive shops from Vancouver Island. Award finalists are nominated by customers and vetted by a panel of judges.

“We felt there was pretty decent competition. We didn’t think we’d win. It was quite a surprise,” said Donna Dewaard, service manager.

Old Style won the Business Examiner’s automotive business of the year in 2008 and 2009, and the Vancouver Island Better Business Bureau Torch award for 2010, also a customer-driven award.

“We treat people like we’d like to be treated ourselves,” Chaytor said. “It’s a simple philosophy.”

“What Bruce set out years ago has come full-circle. Honesty pays off,” Dewaard said. “We’ll never be millionaires, but we sleep well. That counts for a lot.”

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