History of Greg’s Automotive

El Cajon Auto Repair

El Cajon has been home to Greg’s Automotive for 38 years. Greg Kelly startedEl Cajon Auto Repair our auto repair shop in the summer of 1979 as a master auto repair technician. The El Cajon shop quickly outgrew the original location and we moved to Johnson Ave in 1982. As our business kept growing, Sheri (Greg’s wife of 42 years) came to work full time as we added additional auto service and auto repair technicians. Greg’s found a need to expand and open a 2nd shop 8 years ago in the Helix area of La Mesa. Sheri now manages Greg’s Automotive Helix and is an Accredited Automotive Manager. She has been “immersed” in the auto repair shop business for many years and knows so much about how cars work, it is pretty easy for her to explain what is going on with your car.

El Cajon Auto Repair
El Cajon Auto Repair

Our Auto Repair Shops Stay Up To Date

Our auto repair shop technicians appreciate a clean, brightly lit workplace as do customers appreciate the same. Our office is clean, we have very clean restrooms, and there is plenty of reading material. We also will offer WiFi at no charge to our customers as soon as we get over some security issues. The auto repair shop area is kept clean so your vehicle is kept clean. My technicians are among the best at what they do. We have Certified Mechanics on duty a few by hard knocks, some by ASE. My people undergo ongoing training as it becomes available. Both hands on, webinar and seminar venues are utilized to keep them up to date and at the cutting edge of changes. Our auto repair shop technicians tend to stay with us for long periods. Thirteen to 15 years is pretty normal, shorter periods for those that don’t measure up to our standards. Our managers, like Sheri and Marc are especially long lived in our organization. I firmly believe that the stability of the owners, married over 42 years, and the stability of our employees together give the consumer the best possible experience with getting their vehicle repaired and maintained. With stability comes integrity and honesty, 2 of the benchmarks that separate Greg’s Automotive from the rest of the auto shops around. Very few can match our standing in the community nor our absolute dedication to our customers.


Greg’s history as a car guy starts around his 15th birthday. He had been taking things apart and putting them back together so they worked again for a long time. Then he got a sick lawnmower to play with. Then he got gas and oil in his blood! The rest is a set of graduated steps leading to a career in and around cars.

When he got his first car, it needed some body work but he couldn’t do that, so he drove it as is. Later, he took the engine apart just to learn how it worked! . His future step-father saw him working on it and told his Mom that it would never run again. It did, and he offered Greg a part time job.

After years in the shop, he moved into the administrator’s chair. He missed theEl Cajon Auto Repair challenges the repair process presents on a daily basis so he eventually took up collecting car memorabilia. He dug up old rusty wrenches and bought car theme clocks. When he discovered die casts models, the collecting really started. First, it was Snap-On Tools theme premiums, then Nascar, and finally anything that was made of “pot metal”.

PegasusSo what you will find if you log onto Greg’s Flickr Page, will be the results of one of his other hobbies… photography. Pictures of many of his collections of car memorabilia. The Pegasus or Mobil Gas sign has a story all it’s own. The owner ran an ad on Craig’s List listing as “Pegasus sign”. Greg bit and responded to the ad. When he tried to call Greg, he couldn’t reach him, because Greg’s cell phone was dead. So he called the other people who had responded to his ad. They all talked of reselling the signs (there were 2) and making some cash. Not liking those responses, he looked Greg up on the internet. When they connected the next day, he simply said “I want to sell them to you. You are a car guy and I know you won’t just turn around and resell them.” Greg later told him his grandsons were going to fight over who would get them after he was gone. Greg now has one hanging in each shop