The history of Overbeck Auto Services dates back to when I was tinkering with the lawn mowers I was using in my mowing business at the age of 13. I was determined to make the mowers run the way I knew they should. At the age of 16, I began my courtship with wife and longtime business partner Ann, who was also mechanically inclined. After graduating from St. Xavier High School, I joined the Navy as a mechanic and served our country in the Vietnam War.
I got a little banged up and returned with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart and then joined the staff at Courtesy Chevrolet. I was hired to sweep the floor and within 5 years, I was named Head Technician. The entrepreneurial bug continued to bite and in 1975, I purchased an Oakley automotive repair business from Garrett Coffman. From that point on, I’ve been positioning myself and my team as expert repair and diagnostic technicians. I’m an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Master Technician in autos, heavy-duty trucks and engine machinery.
In the early ’80’s I was given the opportunity to fill in on a radio program and I have been spreading my knowledge and auto advice ever since on the airwaves. I’ve hosted Autoline on popular stations like WVXU, NPR, WCKY and 55WKRC. As of 2009, I have retired from the radio business. I may entertain the idea of doing it again if the right opportunity were to present itself, but until then I am going to enjoy my weekends at the lake.
I’m lucky to celebrate more than 30 years in business with my wife Ann and David Blathers, our Service Manager, has been with us nearly 30 years. A few years ago, my son Matt, joined the team as General Manager. As automotive design and technology continues to change, so does Overbeck Auto Services. We’re constantly training to keep up with the changes so we can continue to exceed our customers’ expectations. Although Cincinnati has some great repair shops, we’re confident that we can take care of you and your vehicle better than anyone.