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.

Antonelli's Advanced Automotive's Mechanics

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 AwesomeGrand Junction 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.
  • 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 DialASE Certified 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.

  • Hugh Dean
    Hugh DeanParts Specialist / Service Advisor

    Hugh has been in the automotive service industry since 1982. He has been a technician, service advisor, warranty administrator, service advisor trainer and parts specialist. We are lucky have a man of his talents to keep things running smoothly. He has 2 dogs, fish and way more. One of his hobbies involve maintaining a large collection of vintage cars for a friend. Other hobbies include spending time with his 9 grandkids, riding Harleys, cooking, hunting, fishing and even quilting.