- Business Advocacy
Sometime during the ‘70s two motorcycle mechanics, Denis Kerechuk and Billy DeBere, teamed up to pursue their favorite past time, riding motorcycles. They have been fast friends ever since.
For Denis, it became clear that fixing motorcycles was not very lucrative. Fixing cars would be a better use of his energy. At the time there were a lot of independent shops specializing in servicing Volkswagens, which were simple to work on. But that market was saturated.
Denis saw that the growing popularity of Hondas and their company motto, “We Make it Simple,” was just the thing. So investing some money in inventory and renting a small garage, he opened Kerechuk Motor Service in 1981 as an independent shop servicing Hondas. Billy soon learned of the new venture and came to visit his friend’s new shop at 120 E. Valley Blvd. in Alhambra. He was impressed at how quickly the business grew and by 1986 joined Denis as a mechanic.
By 2002, Denis was ready to sell the business, and Billy was interested. First he had to convince his wife, Natalie, that it was a good idea. She liked the idea and became his partner in the business. They bought Kerechuk Motor Service. While Billy runs the shop, Natalie runs the office. Today, they joke that as business owners they only work half a day — 12 hours.
They have expanded their business to service other Japanese cars, including Acura, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, and of course Honda while building on Denis’ reputation for being honest, trustworthy, and reliable.
Denis has stayed involved too. He does all of the Star Certified Smog Check testing at the shop. Denis also participates in the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP).
For an appointment, call Kerechuk Motor Service at 626-308-0811.