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Our History

Hello my name is William Salas but everyone calls me Tico, and I have had the privilege of operating my own auto repair business in Chicago since 1974.  I am originally from Costa Rica, and enjoy going back there whenever I can.

In the beginning I had a partner and we built the foundation of our business through hard work,  good service and a personal, honest approach to our customers.  We became successful and I developed the courage to venture out on my own and opened a shop in 1981 on Belmont and Paulina.

Fortunately, Tico’s developed a solid and growing clientele and therefore we moved into a larger facility at Fullerton and St. Louis in 1985.  In 1991 continued growth allowed us to finally purchase the building where we currently operate at 2844 N Kedzie in Chicago.

We are very lucky to serve our community and to have so many loyal customers.  I have always believed that the most important aspect to being successful in this business is to be honest with people and not try to sell them something they don’t need, provide quality service and to charge a fair price.  We work hard to earn our customers trust and their valued business.

The thing that motivates me to be the best I can be is my family.  I have been married for 30 years to my beautiful wife Idalia and we have 4 wonderful children.  Our eldest daughter Jessica works for the State of Illinois while daughter Alaine is a registered nurse.

Our oldest son is a musical producer and travels around the world with his music and supporting other musicians and our son Christian is still in school and is on track to be successful just like his parents.

Over the years many of our customers have become like family too!