Local man closes auto shop, will reopen on his terms

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— One Craig man feels he is being forced to cut his losses and start over.

David Andujo, 30, closed the Custom T&A Auto shop at 29 W. Victory Way last week, not because he wasn't doing good business, but because of his employees.

"I just haven't had really good luck with my employees to this point," Andujo said. "I work at Twentymile (Coal Mine), and I was having someone else run it while I went to work."

Although the Victory Way storefront is closed, Andujo will continue to operate a mechanics and parts service out of his home.

He hopes to be back into a traditional shop - one he runs day-to-day - by next spring, he said.

Andujo got his start in auto-mechanics working on his own four-wheel-drive pickups and learning from his friends or anyone else who could teach him something new, he said.

"Any vehicle I've owned, I've worked on them," he said. "And I'm a mechanic out at the mine where I work."

Custom T&A mostly deals with after-market performance parts, such as nerf bars and programmers, computer chips that can add 25 to 45 horsepower on gas vehicles and 75 to 200 horsepower on diesels.

Andujo plans on the same kind of business out of his home.

"We're an auto accessory shop," he said. "We sell anything someone wants us to order and install anything we sell."

Andujo's clientele are typically everyday people, not area stockcar racers or other speed demons, he said.

"The majority of people just come in to make their vehicles a little nicer, or a little faster," Andujo said.

He added that his customers, to this point, made his business what it was, and he appreciated all of them.

Anyone interested in contacting Andujo and the relocated Custom T&A Auto can find him and the shop at 1015 Van Dorn Dr., or call at 629-1632.

Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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