If we can't fix it, it's not broke!

At Auto Repair Specialists we can handle all of your vehicle's maintenance needs and repair problems.  We work on Cars and Light Trucks, American and Foreign, New and Old.  We specialize in diagnosing those hard to find problems.  We have been in business since 1997, and are a family owned business.  We try to treat our customers like we would want to be treated, giving them the best service for the best price available. 

ARS Team


Dave and Gina Timm

Dave Timm has 30 years experience in automotive and agricultural mechanics. He is a graduate of Forreston High School, Whiteside Area Vocational Center, and Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, WY. Dave has worked at various repair shops since high school, and spent seven years at the Freeport Park District overseeing the mechanical maintenance department. In 1997 a dream was fulfilled with the opening of Auto Repair Specialists. Many changes have come in the last years, but the emphasis has remained on customer service and getting your vehicle repaired quickly and properly.

Gina Timm has many years of experience working as an office manager, formerly for a local attorney and for the last years exclusively at Auto Repair Specialists.


Employees: Technicians

Owner and Service Manager, Dave Timm and Technicians: Gary Lamm, Corey Ifert, Chad Schubert and Greg Dyson have a combined 65+ years experience which enables them to repair all aspects of today's modern vehicles.

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Gary Lamm

Gary has many years of experience in automotive, truck and agricultural mechanics. He is a graduate of Freeport High School, Stephenson Area Career Center, and Highland Community College. He owned and operated his own repair facility for a length of time. Gary is excellent in troubleshooting and repairing engines, transmissions and differentials. He is ASE Certified and continues to train with classes and seminars.

Corey Ifert

Corey has many years of experience in the automotive field. He is a graduate of Dakota High School, SAVETS Automotive Training, and Highland Community College. Corey is excellent in troubleshooting, brakes, suspension, and vehicle electrical systems. He is ASE Certified and also continues to train and update himself with classes.

Chad Schubert

Chad Schubert joined us in January of 2011 and works part time for us and also is a full time Freeport firefighter. He is a graduate of Highland Community College’s Automotive Technology program. He has worked previously at area automotive shops, and has many years of experience.  He is ASE Certified and continues to train with classes and seminars.

Greg Dyson

Greg Dyson joined Auto Repair Specialists in April of 2013.  He is a graduate of Highland Community College with a degree in Automotive Technology and Applied Science.  He previously worked in Rockford in an automotive shop, and has been a mechanic for many years.  He is ASE Certified and continues to train with classes and seminars.

Dillon Schoeny

Dillon Schoeny joined Auto Repair Specialists in May of 2016.  He graduated from Highland Community College with a degree in Automotive Technology.  Dillon has already mastered many aspects of auto repair, and is learning from his classes and our experienced technicians how to diagnose and repair the more complicated issues.   


Continuing Education

Dave and his entire team of technicians continually attend classes to stay abreast of all the latest technology needed to repair your vehicle.  The technicians also stay updated with the lastest ASE cetification tests to make sure they are accredited.  The latest technology classes attended were:

Vehicle Data Network Diagnosis                                                 Chrysler Engine Management Systems I
Battery Starting & Charging System Diagnosis                             ABS and Traction Control Diagnosis and Repair
Essential Lab-scope Usage                                                       Volkswagen Audi Diagnosis
Essential Lab-scope Diagnostics                                                Key off EVAP System Diagnosis
Electronic Transmission Control Diagnostics                                PCM Air/Fuel Diagnostic Application


Office Staff

Employees: Technicians

Gina Timm works part time in the office and is part owner in the business.  She has many years of experience in running an office and bookkeeping.   

Office Staff

Employees: Technicians

Jennifer Gruhn is our Service Writer/Customer Relations Manager and joined us in June, 2016.  Jennifer assists Dave in setting up appointments, preparing customer invoices, ordering parts, and calling customers about their vehicles.