Get to Know Grand Junction’s Local Auto Repair Shop with Heart

Antonelli's Advanced Automotive was originally started by Mark and Andrea Faudre as Advanced Automotive in the early 1990s. After working at the shop for six years, Daniel (and Sandi) Antonelli bought the business in 1997, and appended the name with their own. With quality work, part-time clerical help, and loyal customers, Antonelli’s flourished as a one-man operation for several years.

However, we eventually outgrew our original location, and moved to our current address on Bonny Street in November of 2007. The facility had three bays with two vehicle lifts installed, but we continued to expand, requiring us to make substantial changes to the building in 2010. Plus, we added two more technicians and a service writer, truly bringing Antonelli’s Advanced Automotive into a new era. In 2015, we were able to purchase our building and the adjoining lot, increasing our size to five lifts and 6,000 square feet of facility and parking lot space.

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While growing up, I was given the old family car with “issues”. My friend and I redid the engine, got it to run again, and almost immediately, I drove that car to Phoenix where I attended the Phoenix Institute of Technology to learn the mysteries of the automobile. After I returned home to Grand Junction, I was employed as a technician, and have worked on cars ever since. As a shop owner, I love seeing my customers well-served by our staff, and in turn, having a staff that is learning life-lessons and moving forward in their own endeavors. -Dan Antonelli, Owner

Meet Our Awesome Auto Repair Team

  • Dan Antonelli, Owner of Antonelli's Advanced Automotive
    Dan AntonelliOwner

    Dan is an ASE Master L1 certified technician with over 50 certifications from three decades of additional training in automotive technology. He has now been in the auto repair industry since 1979 and has earned the prestigious Master of Shop Management award. Dan chose his career path at the age of 18 when he needed to fix the family car, but he then wanted to learn how to build a faster car and the rest is history.

  • Jess Scott
    Jess McKenneyService Advisor
    Jess has been involved with the automotive industry for a little over five years. She has not been with the company for very long but so far she enjoys the people and the great environment here at the shop. Jess started in the automotive industry because she is able to learn something new every day and there is never a dull moment with vehicles. Jess loves the mountains and the scenery that surrounds Grand Junction. She spends most of her free time camping, 4-Wheeling, and spending time with family.
  • Marcus Bellew
    Marcus BellewService Advisor
    Marcus grew up in the automotive industry. His dad started his own automotive shop when Marcus was only thirteen years old. He has been a Service Advisor for over 3 years and has attended various trainings including the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. He likes working in the automotive industry because he is able to properly educate customers about automotive repairs, services and solving problems. Marcus enjoys sports and most everything outside. He loves Colorado for the mountains and the weather. Come by and say Hi to Marcus, he will help answer most mechanical questions.
  • Don Mitchell Jr.
    Don Mitchell Jr.Maintenance Technician
    Don is originally from Los Angeles, California but moved to Grand Junction in 1997. He has been working in the automotive industry for over 30 years! He earned his associates degree at the Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He enjoys the nice weather, mountain biking, gardening and fishing in the numerous lakes around our area. Working with his hands is his favorite part about the automotive industry and he would love to work on your vehicle!
  • Jeff Varvar
    Jeff VarvarASE Technician

    Jeff moved to Grand Junction from Houston in 2016.  He attended San Jacinto College to get his career started.  He has been working on cars for 22 years, including time spent running a shop with his mom.  Jeff enjoys snowboarding, kayaking, rafting and 4x4 off roading.  His favorite part of his job is solving the puzzle of what is wrong with the vehicle and then helping customers get back on the road.  We are very blessed to have Jeff join our team. 

  • Richie EricksonASE Master Technician
    Richie has 20 plus years experience working on all types of vehicles. He was ASE Certified at age 16, Master Certified at 19 years old and has held his Master Certification for going on 20 years. He has worked for Ford and Toyota dealerships, several independent shops and even operated his dad’s shop for several years. He enjoys the challenge of figuring out the more difficult electrical problems encountered in the newer cars. When not here at work, Richie enjoys fishing, being outdoors and any time spent with his family.
  • Scott DialMaintenance Technician
    Scott attended Denver Automotive and Diesel College in the early 2000s. He has worked in several shops over the years and we are fortunate to have his experience in repairing many different vehicle makes. He has always been a “gear head” and loves working or just being around cars. He likes being part of the Honest Culture here at Antonelli’s and in his free time, Scott enjoys playing pool, live music, camping and getting outside. 
  • Gary HoaglundASE Certified Service Advisor
    Gary has been in the automotive business since 1995.  He has worked in several areas including being a technician, managing and service advising. He is currently ASE Certifed in Customer Service.  He has experience with different types of shop so he is able and willing to answer any question you may have. He is committed to helping you maintain your vehicle and keep it serving you for many years to come!   Gary was born and raised in Grand Junction and is a Desert Storm Veteran. Currently he is married to Kathryn.  They enjoy bike riding, going to concerts and spending time with their 12 grandchildren.