A Little Background on Our DeKalb Auto Repair shop

Barb City Automotive first welcomed DeKalb area drivers in December of 1985. We started with one technician, our owner, John Volkert, and ever since, we have been building our reputation for excellence in servicing and repairing all types of vehicles, both import and domestic. As a family-owned business, we always put family first, including yours. Our customers are truly our number one priority.

We offer a variety of routine automotive repairs, like oil changes, brakes, exhaust, shocks, and flushes, as well as computer diagnostics and drivability problems. Barb City Automotive also performs the manufacturer’s maintenance required to keep your warranty in effect. On most repairs, we offer a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty, and because we’re a NAPA Auto Care Center, we also have a 24 month/24,000 mile peace of mind warranty.

Barb City Automotive Auto Repair Shop

From the Owner, John Volkert

"I started working on cars in high school, and then started fixing vehicles professionally as soon as I graduated. In 1980, I was working for a good sized import car repair shop in DeKalb when they went out of business. I decided to open up my own shop in the same location, confident I wouldn’t suffer the same fate. I worked by myself for six months, and then hired my first employee. In the first five years of business, we outgrew that first shop and moved to where we are now. Twenty-six years later, we’re still going strong. Thank you, DeKalb."

Barb City Automotive in the Community

Barb City Automotive Today

John now has 45 years of auto repair experience, and combined our technicians have over 60 years of experience. We also train half a dozen times a year to stay up-to-date with modern technology. The community of DeKalb keeps us going, so we give back to the community in turn by participating in oil changes for charity, free Veterans oil changes on Veterans Day, collecting toys for Toys for Tots, and participating in the NAPA Auto Care Cares program.

Come visit us, tell us your story, and let us take care of your vehicle. We promise to do it right the first time on time.