28th Anniversary for Lanpro Auto
To celebrate this occasion, Lanpro has a 28th Anniversary Special.
Present this coupon before work order is written.
In Memory of John Moed - Licenced Technician
August 30, 1953 - November 7, 2014
John was a large part in making Lanpro what it is today. John started at Lanpro Auto in October, 1989 and was with Lanpro since the day it opened. He worked at all facets of auto repair, from oil changes to fuel injection diagnostics. He was constantly upgrading and attended various training courses 4-5 times a year. John married his wife Dianne in 1972 and has 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Meet Brian Kim
Lanpro welcomes Brian Kim, Brian joined the Lanpro team October 2017.
Meet Jackie Lin
Lanpro welcomes Jackie Lin, Jackie joined the Lanpro team May 2017.
Meet Austin Sucharyna
Lanpro welcomes Austin Sucharyna, Austin joined the Lanpro team January 2017.
Meet Dylan Reinheimer
Lanpro welcomes Dylan Reinheimer, Dylan joined the Lanpro team December 2016.
New Tire Changer
Our new tire changer was installed last Friday (posted April 10, 2016). It allows us to work on larger diameter wheels as well. It also helps to protect any wheel from being damaged.
Congratulations to our Shop Foreman Licensed Technician, Scott Reinheimer and Michelle Edmunds on the birth of their first born, baby boy Charles Dylan Reinheimer. Charlie was born April 5, 2016, mom, dad and baby are all doing well. We wish them all the best with the adventures a new little one will bring to their lives.
Our New Digital Sign
Our New Look
Lanpro has replaced their signs. The new signs on our building have our logo and website information on them. The biggest change is our new digital pole sign. This sign is able to display current specials and promotions, our pre-owned vehicles for sale, the weather and other information.
October 13, 2014 Lanpro Auto Celebrates 25 years in Business
When I started my career in the automotive field, my goal was to own my own new car dealership. I started off by taking the Automotive Technician course at Red River Community College. After graduating from it, I worked at a new car dealer, where I ended up getting my licence. While working as a technician I went to night school where I took accounting. After five years as a technician, I went into management, 2 years at a box store automotive shop and then 9 years at a new car dealership. At the dealership, I was there from the day it opened, there was one technician and myself. I was the Parts and Service Manager. After about five years we added a Body Shop, which I also managed. We grew to a staff of 16 plus myself when I left.
In the spring of 1989, I decided that it wasn't likely I was going to be able to come up with enough money to acquire or start a new car dealership. So after a lot of thought and talking with my wife and parents, I decided the next best thing would be to start a repair shop and build from there. My ultimate goal was to have a one stop place where you could buy a vehicle and be able to have it repaired there too.
I scoured the ads for businesses for sale, looked at a few and ended up buying a person's equipment and tools and taking over his lease at the corner of Ellice Ave. and Wall St. This location was shared with Thrifty Car Rental. They had the front office and 1 bay, and I had 3 bays with my office/reception on the opposite end of the building at the back of the building with the entrance on the side. My next problem was a name. So my parents, wife, and I sat down and tried to come up with a name. I'm not very creative that way, but someone came up with the name Lanpro Auto Care Centre Ltd. Which in hindsight was way too long and Lanpro Auto would have been just fine.
Next issue was employees. The person I bought the tools and equipment from recommended that I keep on one of his employees, John, which I did. Through the paper's classified ads, I found and added one more technician. On October 13, 1989 I received the keys to my building and Monday at 8:00 am Lanpro Auto was started. We boomed right from the start and I thought, wow had I lucked onto a good thing. It was cold, vehicles were breaking down, which made us busy even though it was Christmas. But then I had a rude awakening. When February came, the weather was warm and at that time, it was when everyone's Autopac had to be paid by the end of the month. It was like someone turned the switch off and business slowed down to just about nothing, and it made me realize that this wasn't going to be as easy as I had thought. It would take a marketing plan to make us grow.
After 2 1/2 years, Thrifty Car Rental moved out and I was able to take over the whole building. This gave me 4 bays and my office was moved to the front of the building. This made things better visibility wise, and was way better to operate out of, for our clients as well as myself. When my lease ended after 8 years, we had out grown our building and I knew I would need a larger facility. I finally located our current location, which has nine bays, and on the September long weekend in 1997, we moved in and were ready for business on the Tuesday morning. It was a huge undertaking, with our employees and the help of family & friends, we managed to do it.
It's been a challenge to continue to grow in many ways, with finding the right employees to finding ways to grow our business. In the spring of 2007, I decided to add the sale of pre-owned vehicles. This has been a challenging and interesting addition to Lanpro Auto. It's a totally different type of business. It's now become an important part of our business.
When I think back to where I was when I started, to where we are today. It's been a long and challenging road with lots of peaks and valleys. There are times I've wondered if it was worth it, but overall I would have to say it was. We have 9 bays, state of the art equipment, and a total of 11 employees with John being with us from the day we started. I wanted a place where you could bring a vehicle and know you will get it repaired properly and also buy a pre-owned vehicle knowing you got value for your money. I'm quite proud to think we've come really close to reaching those lofty goals.