Today we’d like to introduce you to David Walls.
David, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Both of my grandpas worked on cars, I paid attention. I had restored several old English car with my brothers while I was in high school. To pay for college I worked on friends and neighbors cars. When I graduated, I needed a job, so found an old gas station and opened a shop. I paid two hundred and fifty dollars a month rent. I stayed there for ten years and decided I needed a bigger shop and I wanted to buy the property. I found my current shop and bought it with a loan from another business man maned Irv Shuman. Twenty years later I made the last payment and I owned a commercial property in central Phoenix. Time flies by when your raising three children and own several rental properties. I have been in business as Dave’s imports for 40 years.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been pretty smooth. It has gotten easier as the years go by. A good accountant and banker are a must. Paying taxes are the big drag! Always a struggle. I have never been sued, and only had two bad checks in all these years. I like to make sure people know what they are paying for. And if someone is still upset I try to find a good compromise. Best advertising is from other happy customers. I always listened to other old guys that had successful businesses and it has always paid off. Old guys want to help your businessmen, you just have to show them a little or a lot of respect.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dave’s British Import Service – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We repair and restore English cars. Old cars from the 40s and 50s up to newer Jaguars and Range Rovers I have a technician with 35 years’ experience at the Jaguar dealership, he is Jaguar Master Tech. I have a guy with similar experience with the Land Rovers. I do most of the restoration work myself. I think our reputation makes me the proudest. We have other shops call us all the time for advice and directions. I always help out other shops. When I stated out a lot of old guys help me out and taught me the business. I think we are also know for treating all people the same no matter color, race, male or female, gay or straight. Everyone gets the same chance here. We can fix any car, it’s not so much about the cars as it is about the people we work for. I like to have a good relationship with my customers. Everything works better that way.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that I don’t have to shovel snow! Grew up in North Dakota, hate the cold. My wife grew up in Phoenix, she gets excited if it’s going to snow at our cabin in the White Mountains. July and August, The humidity is hard to take anymore.
- We charge $110 dollars an hour, the Jaguar dealer charged $165 per hour!
- Address: Daves British Import Service
540 W Missouri ave. Phoenix Arizona 85013
- Website: Davesimportservice.com
- Phone: 602-277-6651
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Davesimport@gmail.com