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Oregon repairman opening auto-industrial shop

An Oregon man is aiming to fill a niche in his small hometown between primary auto repair and the few motor repair shops that have long turnaround from an over-saturation of clients.

Moving back to his hometown after 20 years in the big city (Denver, Colo.), Marcus Sutfin has returned to ‘The Tallest Town in Oregon’ (Lakeview) and started his own shop, 4805 Repair.

At 4805, Sutfin prepares to cover all motor-related equipment in need of a fix, including construction and farm equipment. He recently acquired a unique computer system capable of running diagnostics on for trucks and equipment.

A welcome sign in Lakeview, Oregon.

Sutfin wanted to start his own business back home as well as raise his daughter there, in what local residents call “Oregon’s Outback”, Jimmy Hall of the Lake County Examiner wrote July 19. Sutfin had worked in Denver in all kinds of businesses, including ranching, pipeline, oil fields, construction and landscaping, and “wanted to raise his daughter Jaiden in a more suitable atmosphere,” Hall says.

This repair operation will also handle specialty equipment, not wanting to solely compete with existing local businesses that handle regular autos, according to Hall. Another service he looks to offer is mobile repair, going to his customers’ vehicles that may not be able to make their way to their shop. To accommodate to the community, Sutfin looks to keep his prices reasonable and affordable for his clients.

He’s got a unique supporter who could give him a leg up, as well. Sutfin has teamed up with local radio station, KORV 93.5 “The Goose”, to give away a 1995 Buick as a kick-off promotion. There appears to be an obvious camaraderie between the new owner and his old community.

“I didn’t realize how aggressive Denver was until I moved back here,” Sutfin told Hall. Wonderful perspective: if Denver’s aggressive, Lakeview must be the most laid-back place on the map. Family ties foster this attitude from Sutfin. His father Mark operates a truck company and he has other extended family in the area. His late grandfather Bill also ran a ranch south of town.

Oh, and the name? ‘4,805’ comes from the elevation—not of the Denver area he left—but of his hometown of Lakeview. 

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