Mountain Valley Auto opens doors in Granby
April 7, 2011
Bob Sinclair, owner of the logging, landscape and snow removal business Sinclair Enterprises LLC, recently opened an auto and truck repair business in Granby.Located on Agate Avenue at the corner of Zero and Highway 40, near the time and temperature sign in Granby, the shop is the former location of Larry’s Motors and the relocated High Altitude Automotive. Mountain Valley Auto & Truck Repair offers oil changes, brake jobs, lube and tunes, tire services, mounting and balancing, suspensions, light auto-body work, tow-hitch installations, custom welding and fabrication, transmission service and repair and computer diagnostics among its services. Bob, originally from Denver, moved to Granby in 2002 to continue his landscaping and snow-removal business he started in Denver in 1995. He said he especially enjoys working on construction equipment, such as tractors and loaders, and the new business will be offering mobile services, he said.He and his brother James Sinclair, main mechanics at Mountain Valley, have “been wrenching for 21 to 23 years,” Bob said, fixing their own cars, friends’ cars, working at auto-repair shops, working on equipment for an excavation company, and having worked for Merchants Oil of the Sinclair Oil Corporation. “No relation,” Bob said.If one counts the cars they helped to refurbish during childhood with their live-in grandfather, who would buy wrecked cars and fix them up as a hobby, they’ve been working as mechanics even longer.”Our own mom taught us how to change oil when we were in single digits,” Bob said, …”doing what she could to save a dollar.”The Sinclairs also have no relation to Joe Sinclair, who owned an auto repair shop in Granby several years ago. Bob Sinclair said starting up his own repair shop has been something he’s thought about for several years, and with the economic bust and the effect it’s had on his landscaping business, the time emerged to venture into a new business, he said.Mountain Valley Auto & Truck Repair is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays; and is closed on Sundays (after-hours services are offered for time-and-a-half).