Women opening female-friendly auto repair shop in DFW

Robin Mainer is opening an Honest-1 Auto Car franchise in Lewisville.
Robin Mainer is opening an Honest-1 Auto Car franchise in Lewisville. Photo

Like many of us at one time or another, Robin Mainer of Lewisville had a question for her mechanic during a recent auto inspection.

His reply — “I really didn’t want to have to explain to you everything” — is partly responsible for her latest undertaking: a woman-friendly auto repair shop.

“I think a lot of times women find that they’re bullied, and we just want some respect,” she told WFAA-TV.

“I don’t think anyone should be told, ‘I just don’t want to have to explain to you how to fix your car.’”

She enlisted the help of a friend, Kimera Shepler, who were both in the insurance business. The two are setting up an Honest-1 Auto Care franchise, similar to the Honest-1 Auto Care in Hurst.

The Phoenix-based company bills itself as an environmentally friendly shop with clean waiting rooms, internet cafe and children’s play area. It also touts large picture windows looking out on the work bays so customers can watch as their car is being serviced.

There are currently 60 Honest-1 franchises in the United States, with two in Texas, the one in Hurst and one in Deer Park east of Houston.

Women won’t just be running the shop in Lewisville, Mainer says. You can expect to see them repairing vehicles there, too.

“What we want to do is find the best mechanics out there. And there are a lot of females out there and we’re very open to that,” she told WFAA.

Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh


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