Dan Thorndike grew up disassembling and reassembling anything he could get his hands on. At 15, he turned his attention to cars after receiving his first car as a Christmas present. He attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton Oregon, and gradu- ated at the top of his class with an associates degree in automotive technology. He was immediately hired by the local Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge dealership as a technician, where his dedication and attention to detail helped him advance quickly to the top of the shop. At present, Dan has 10 years as an ASE-certified master technician and 13 years of dealership training. (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE, is the standard for distinguishing and rating competent mechanics.) Throughout his career, Dan has worked on all makes and models of vehicles and is confident diagnos- ing and repairing all vehicles. No matter where he has been employed, Dan has always been someone others can turn to for assistance and guidance. More importantly, his customers will tell you hes one mechanic who can be trusted to offer the right diagnosis with excellent service at a fair price. Dan recently moved to Bellingham with his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Savannah. Their dream was to open a shop where Dan can apply his knowledge and skills maintaining and repairing vehicles. He loves one-on-one interaction with his customers, makes it a point to clearly explain needed repairs, and goes to great lengths to create a repair schedule that will fit his customers needs and budget.