About Us

Patriot Auto Repair is a full-service automotive repair facility that has two Master Technicians on staff to meet all of your vehicle's maintenance and repair needs.  We are deliver high quality repairs at reasonable prices and treat our customers with courtesy and respect. We are a small shop that goes the extra mile to take care of our customers whether that means making arrangements for a weekend repair or picking up and delivering a vehicle to help accommodate your busy schedule.  We will gladly explain all needed repairs as well as point out anything that may lead to problems in the future. You will not find any high-pressure sales tactics here. We know that you have many repair shops to choose from and will work our hardest to gain and maintain your business



Chad Darnell owns and operates Patriot Auto Repair.  He is from Cheboygan but has lived in numerous places during his career as a United States Marine.  While in the Marine Corps, Chad earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Adminstration from Lake Superior State University, completed two combat deployments as a Company Commander in Iraq, and earned the rank of Major.  Chad retired from the Marines in 2009 to pursue his lifelong interest in auto mechanics. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Alpena Community College Auto Service Program in 2013 and also earned his ASE Master Technician Certification at that time.  Following graduation, Chad worked in a local independent repair facility for a year before opening Patriot Auto Repair in 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling in his Jeep, and spending time with his wife and two children.


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