Know Your Neighbor – Wallys Halsey Automotive

19 Feb
2015

Wallys Halsey Automotive

Owners – Walter & Lynne Schmidt

 

What does your business do/sell?

We repair cars! Wally has German ancestry so we specialize in VW and Audi but we really do everything.

 

Did you purchase the business or start the business?

Wally started the service business in 1983. Lynne has been working in the business ever since they were married 13 years ago.

 

What inspired you to start your business?

Wally has been working on cars since he was 7 years old, when he did his first oil change. His parents owned a body shop and a parts store so he grew up in the industry.

 

When did you open in Parkrose and Why?

We bought this building in 2011. We love Parkrose – both grew up here, went to Parkrose High School and still live in the area.

 

What makes your business unique?

For one, we have phenomenal mechanics and we also have lifelong customers. People will come to us for generation after generation. Building personal relationships mixed with good work and the lowest labor rate in the area definitely help!

 

What is the most interesting things you’ve done in your life?

Riding the sand dunes in Tillamook. It’s a favorite past time of ours, to comb the sand in our own sand rail. Wally built his own sand rail himself.