Christopher Apperson is living his dream.
“I always wanted to start my own business and run it my way,” Apperson said. “I started out going to college, but it wasn’t for me. I was working part-time at an auto shop and ended up liking it. I learned a lot.”
Apperson said he has been working on vehicles for more than 10 years and for the last four years he was the shop manager at Precision Tune Auto Care on Route 29. He opened Culpeper Tire and Auto Repair in October.
“We do all kinds of auto repair work as well as tire sales and service and I am ASE certified,” he said.
According to its website, “The non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. Today, more than 350,000 professionals hold ASE certifications, and work in every part of the automotive service industry. “
Apperson said he has his own state inspection license and is working on getting one for the business.
He grew up in Culpeper and Orange counties and graduated from Woodberry Forrest School.
Josh Darnell assists Apperson with the business.
“We’ll work on anything,” Apperson said when asked if he specialized in any make or model. “It doesn’t matter what it is. I’ll let you know if I can’t fix it and I’ll find somebody who can.
“I’m fair and honest and I’ll work with the customer no matter what their situation is.”
While Apperson loves working on cars and trucks, he said there are some aspects of running a business that don’t come as easily.
“My biggest challenge is organization,” he said. “It is so hard to keep everything organized while you’re also working.”
Apperson said his goal for 2013 is to not only obtain vehicle inspection certification for the business, but also to keep growing.
“We want to always be improving,” he said. “So far 2013 has started off pretty good. I want to keep growing.
“I like the people I meet doing this – the customers I have. I enjoy talking with people and interacting. I feel like the people who come out here to have work done are more than just customers, they become friends.”