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Ryan Pain, center, and his staff stand in front of Ryan's Automotive Service Center in Fairfield, Jan. 22. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Readers Choice 2014

Best car repair: Ryan’s Automotive

By From page REA38 | February 23, 2014

Website: www.ryansautocenter.com

In Fairfield: 1203 N. Texas St.

Phone: 425-2695

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

It was 60 years ago, when Fairfield was a humble little town of 4,000 people, that a small auto garage with room for three cars opened for business on Taylor Street. Back then, a new Chevy Bel Air sedan could be bought for less than $2,000. After the shop had been operating for 25 years, they brought on board a new mechanic, Ryan Pain, who joined the team of mechanics in 1979 after having just completed extensive training at Denver Automotive and Diesel College. At the time a brand new Chevy Impala sedan could be bought for $6,000. After 14 years and thousands of auto and truck repairs, Ryan went from being a mechanic to being mechanic and owner in 1992. The shop changed names to Ryan’s Automotive Service Center, the name that it still bears today after more than 20 years and after a major move and expansion to a new neon-adorned shop on North Texas Street. Two years after becoming the auto shop’s owner, Ryan’s Automotive Service Center was first named by Daily Republic readers as the “Best Place for Auto Repair,” an award it has attained several more time since.

Runners-up: Guaranteed Auto Repair, Muffler Store II, Eagle Automotive

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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