Metropolitan Garage began on a hillside in Goldstream Valley as an unfinished single-bay shop, attached to an unfinished house.  It really was a garage with kids and ducks and chickens in the shop!  As we grew, we added employees to the shop, and as the family has grown they have become employees.  

The last thing a neighborhood wants is an industrial shop next door, so we moved into Brad Dietrich’s shop on International Street.  We have planted rhubarb, apple trees, birch trees, raspberries, and decorative vintage parking meters.  

Although we miss being the neighborhood Garage, we love the way our business has grown and we appreciate the community that supports it! We are a CSA (Community Supported Autoshop).

Practices and Procedures (competence, integrity, economy, prompt service = reputation):
Industry leading training and practices increase diagnostic and repair precision.
All wheels hand-torqued with precision tools.
All cylinder heads, flywheels, and brake rotors are machined to exceed OEM specifications for better fit and performance.
We identify cause of failure in before replacing bad parts so problems are solved.
Regular, in-house training with industry experts on diagnostic and repair protocols.
All retiring parts are set aside and available for inspection by customer at time of pick up.
Planet Earth:
We recycle almost everything:
About 400 lbs of cardboard every month (with the help of child labor).
All waste steel, aluminum, and copper.
All waste oils and other fluids.
We dispose of waste oil filters carefully to better than EPA standards.
Used oil filters deliver massive amounts of oil into the environment.
Here are 10 filters that have been upside down for over a day.   After puncturing they yielded 1 quart of captured oil.  They then rest on the drain grate for about a week before they go to the incinerator. 


One of our favorite things about being a locally owned business is supporting our community in non-profit adventures.  We target organizations that educate and invigorate life this close to the Arctic Circle.   These organizations include:

Folk School 
Alaska Cello Intensive
Tanana River Challenge
Alaska Northern Environmental Center
Week in the Woods
Fairbanks Association of Young Cellists
Fairbanks Nordic Ski Club
Fairbanks Suzuki Institute
Calypso Farm