Our Company


Our History
Howell Auto Center started as Howell Standard Service back in 1976 when two guys from Ann Arbor came to Howell to open a full service Amoco gas station and repair facility. Jim Darling and Rick Jones opened their first Amoco station just north of I-96 on Michigan Avenue. Howell Standard service had full service Amoco gas islands and auto repair for many years when the two men added their second Amoco station at Lee road in Brighton.

Fast forward to the 1980's when a full service gas station was quickly becoming a thing of the past and most stations were going to just gas and more of a convenience store, that is when Rick and Jim decided to purchase land just south of I-96 to build a repair facility which is now the home of Howell Auto Center. In 1988 Howell Auto Center was up and running with 7 full service bays and 1 designated oil change bay. Jeff Jones, Rick’s son joined the business in 1995

Jim Darling has been enjoying retirement for over 20 years, shortly after he retired Rick’s son Jeff, became a partner in the business. At this time Rick is cutting back his time and looking forward to enjoying retirement as well. Jeff will continue to run Howell Auto Center with the same level of quality and services that loyal customers have been used to for over 40 year


Why Choose Us?
Experience and Knowledge - We employ ASE-certified technicians for all areas of work performed and our staff posses several years of experience in the auto repair industry. We take pride in being able to provide fast affordable service so we can get you back on the road faster without breaking the bank. We know the frustration you have when your car is out of commission so we strive to complete your repair as quickly as possible but without sacrificing quality.


What Makes Us the Clear Choice?
We are a results driven company, meaning that we know the power of referrals so we strive to provide an unexpected level of satisfaction, so that you will feel comfortable referring your family and friends to us. Our service rates are very competitive and we work on both foreign and domestic vehicles. We have the experience and know how to get the job done right the first time. Enjoy the friendly, down to earth customer service and relax in our temperature controlled waiting area loaded with complimentary refreshments and free wireless internet.