Bill Hynes aims to provide first-class service as new owner of First Class Automotive |

Bill Hynes aims to provide first-class service as new owner of First Class Automotive

First Class Automotive's new owner, Bill Hynes, leans over the shop counter in Granby Thursday morning. Hynes and his wife purchased the business from previous owner David Lockwood in October last year.
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The details: First Class Automotive

First Class Automotive, located at 40 East Agate Ave. in Granby, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. They are closed Saturdays and Sundays. You can schedule an appointment for work by calling their office number at (970) 887-3675. You can also check them out online at

Missouri native Bill Hynes is old-school, in a way that bodes well for his customers.

The recent Grand County transplant and new owner of Granby-based mechanic shop, First Class Automotive Centre, has an affable air about him, with a business sense that prizes long-term success over short-terms gains.

“My motto is: today’s technology with yesterday’s prices,” Hynes said between business calls at his new shop in downtown Granby. “I am not going to oversell people. I refuse to tell someone there is something wrong when there is not. Hopefully our reputation will precede us and we can gain the trust of the community.”

Hynes and his wife, Shelly, moved to Granby last fall, but the couple had been vacationing in Middle Park for several years, staying with friends in the area while on ski trips to Winter Park Resort. Back in Missouri, Hynes was in the equipment business, specializing in heavy-duty earth moving equipment. He comes from a long line of mechanics and automotive service professionals and has worked in the automotive industry for nearly three decades.

After Hynes’s youngest child graduated from high school last May, he and his wife decided they wanted to get out of the St. Louis area, where they were living, and head for Grand County.

“What do we need to do? How do we move here?” Hynes said of the couple’s discussions over the summer as they tried to come up with a plan for making a move to the area. “The right opportunity presented itself. This was a good business and the previous owner was motivated to sale.”

The Hynes’ purchased First Class Automotive in mid-October from its previous owner, David Lockwood, who was moving out of the area.

“We saw it as something we could purchase and expand in the future,” Hynes said. “Where we could have some monetary value when we look to retire.”

First Class Automotive is located in downtown Granby, right across U.S. Highway 40 from Mavericks. The shop offers a wide range of services, from standard oil changes to alignments and brake service to most types of automotive repair work. Since taking ownership of First Class Automotive, Hynes said he and his employees have been kept busy with tire and transmission work and plenty of fleet maintenance for some of his local business accounts.

The unseasonably warm winter has meant little in terms of winter-focused work for the crew at the shop, though.

“We are doing a lot of spring maintenance now,” Hynes said. “A lady had us take her snow tires off already because she is heading down to Florida.”

Hynes is an avid skier, who spends most weekends cruising around Winter Park Resort, thus he enjoys having weekends away from his work. He said he realizes he could make more money by keeping the shop open on weekends, but added that he did not buy First Class Automotive to become a millionaire.

“It’s about quality of life,” he said.

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