We had the good fortune of connecting with Jesus (Chuy) Flores and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jesus (Chuy), is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
First and foremost, I attribute all of the success the business has had, to God! From planting the seed in my mind, to lining up things that didn’t seem possible. Second my wife, our parents, siblings, and all our close friends. With out any of those this would not work. You can have a business, open the doors and no one shows up. Every time I upload a reel online to promote the business our friends and family share it. They promote the business heavily. The beauty of it all is that when a new customer comes in to find out for themselves, we make sure that they leave knowing we were honest with them. Up front about everything, and fair, we love our customer but from the moment you walk into the shop, to the moment you take your car home. We want you to know and feel that it’s your friend who has your best interest in making sure your vehicle is running at its best! We want you to feel that you can call us anytime with any problem and even if it sounds like its going to be a big repair we will do everything in our power to work with you and get you back on the road. The relationships that we build with our customers I feel plays a huge role in keeping the shop open and growing.

 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career started when I was a little 6-7 year old kid who needed to go everywhere his dad went! We would find our selfs at a mechanic or doing the repairs ourselves. I never really knew what was going on, but would be intrigued by how the parts would be pulled off, the new ones installed and make the car work again. Like a big lego that had wheels. I was always mechanically inclined, I had a curiosity to know how things ticked, I wanted to always take things apart and put them back together, as I got older I saw cars as just that, something I could take apart and put back together, the cool thing was that the nicer cars had sound systems, screens, performance upgrades etc. I was hooked!! The first thing I ever did was wire up my car stereo wrong a hand full of times before I figured out exactly what wires had to connect together. Then I wanted to know how to add speakers, then lighting, then let’s make it go faster!! It became something that I just needed to know!!!! By the time I was graduating I was doing small repairs for friends or my self, not great repairs but just enough to get us by. My father actually pushed me to continue to study after high school, so I went to Eastfield community college, They have a fantastic Automotive program. During that time I worked at a small mom and pops shop called Langleys Automotive. One of my Instructors at school would start off the class with Ken Block videos every morning, cars drifting, donuts etc, any one who know Ken Block know what I’m talking about. That instructor changed the way I saw things in cars, to not be limited in what I could do, he made me look at a vehicle and understand that with the right tools and the right knowledge, you could do just about anything. He also was the reason I worked for Sewell Lexus of Dallas, there I met great people who I still talk to. One of them was my group leader! One of the coolest people i’ve ever met in my life! It’s funny because in teaching me to fix cars he would also teach me about life, when things got frustrating he made sure to keep me on the course to find the answer. Never giving answers aways, but always guiding me in the right direction. That helped me so much, because now I won’t recommend anything unless I have verified that parts are actually bad, Cars are always getting nicer and more technologically advanced so as a Tech we are bound to make mistakes, but its all about learning the system and not giving up on that problem. I will take those teaching from him for the rest of my life! After Lexus I left to the military for 4 years, with a non mechanical related job, where I met some of the best people in the world! Guys that I see as my brothers, during that time I met my wife! So I packed my bags and moved back to Texas and went right back to working on cars, But realized that I had so much knowledge and understanding about cars that maybe I should be doing this for my self. That Idea brought me to where I am today! The idea that I love what I do, especially when you find the problem in a vehicle that no one else can and you can tell your customer that its been fix and you see the happiness set in, and the stress of not knowing if the car is going to work again just vanish from their minds. Some of the lessons I’ve learned on this journey have come in the shape of good People. From the owners of Langley Automotive, My Instructor at School, and my group leader at Lexus. I want this shop to build the younger generation of techs into what those people build me to be! A good honest technician that is not happy unless the job is done at the highest level of quality! I love what I do, but I feel like it is our duty to guide the younger generation in the right direction. For those who have that interested that I did at a young age, what better way to guide them, than to give them years of learning and lessons to help them navigate through their adulthood! When I get asked if this was easy, I kind of laugh because we have a saying “if it were easy, everyone would be a tech” especially doing it for yourself. I don’t thing anything easy is worth doing. I think fear and easy hang out on the weekends and keep us from pushing the limits of what we are capable of! As long as we remind our selfs that the only person that limits our future is ourselves, we can do anything, starting your own business has definitely had its challenges, but with out a doubt if I could do it over again I would do it in a heartbeat, with the long nights, long hours, and how financially committed you have to be! I would do it! To any one on the fence about starting their own business, DO IT!! Let it get difficult, you were made for the difficult moments!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
That’s hard, Dallas/Forth Worth has so many good places to eat, drink and hang out!! Definitely would have to take them to El Trompo Loco a family owned taco truck or Salsa Verde for Mexican street tacos!! Sosas BBQ and Yellow Rose! Leonardos Tex-Mex for the Bomb Margaritas and Parillada, Same on Saturday morning for the Menudo, Rafas Tex-Mex also a good spot for food and drinks!! Pluckers, Celebration restaurant, Rodeo goat, snuffers, I’m a big hanging out on a patio with a drink type of guy! So if it has a patio, good drinks I’m all about it! Would definitely have to take them to the Fort Worth stockyards, Rockwall lake for a day get some grilling going and some boat time for sure! Definitely have to take them to a Mavs, Stars, Cowboys, or Rangers game, If they come in October, it’s going down at the Texas state fair too!!! I feel that Dallas has all type of attractions throughout out the year so its hard to narrow it all down! Definitely can always find something to do, somewhere to eat and Drink! Oh, also OMG tacos a must try!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out my father and mother! They with out a single doubt would bet it all on me running a good honest automotive repair shop. Growing up I saw my father work jobs that were heavy in labor. I saw him make ends meet to provide for us, and never heard him complain about having to work hard, I never really saw him spend money on himself he always put our family first! So in recognition of him I also want to shout out all the Dad’s who wake up before the sun is out, who grind it out, who make sure their families have it all even if they don’t! I also want to shout out the mothers, who wake up at the same time to make lunch, get the kids ready for School, and make sure the daily task to keep the home a home. Being from a Mexican household, I feel that others will know exactly what I mean. There is no greater mentor for me than that who wants to see you do better then them and are willing to do anything to get you there. Gracias Mama Y Papa!

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