By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Automotive | Issue: February 2010
Luis Cruz and Steve Shearhart stand ready to help you maintain your vehicle at the new Aamco Total Car Care in Owasso.
Owasso’s new Aamco Total Car Care is owned by partners with two very different backgrounds and one shared goal – to be a trusted business in the Owasso community.
Steve Shearhart, who grew up in Nowata and later graduated from Claremore Christian School in 1985, is an Oklahoma boy through and through. An NSU graduate with a degree in industrial operations management, he and his wife, Jennifer, now live in Broken Arrow and are parents to children Kacey, Nick, Alex and Israel. Steve served as a lance missile technician in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm and was stationed in Korea. “I enjoy spending time with my family, attending church and going to car shows,” he says with a smile. “I like to stay pretty close to home.”
His father-in-law and business partner, Luis Cruz, is another story. Luis began his education in his native Mexico, graduated from high school in New Mexico, and spent two years studying at New Mexico State University. An honorably discharged Vietnam veteran, Sergeant Cruz served four years in the U.S. Army instructing soldiers in commercial equipment operation. He is multilingual and has traveled the world, working in international sales and marketing in the oil industry and as the operations manager for American operations at Franklin Electric.
Talking to Luis Cruz is both a mini history class and a lesson in American pride. “I have traveled and worked in every country in South America, and there is nowhere like the United States. Where else in the world could a man from my background make it so far? Everywhere I travel, people want to come back to the United States with me. I love America.”
More recently, Luis has worked in the automotive industry, selling cars and restoring headlights for Tulsa-area car lots. He is excited about the opportunity to work with his son-in-law. “Steve starts a job and he doesn’t stop until it’s done right. He’s very safety-conscious, and I completely trust his work.”
Steve’s work experience includes years of motor and pump building for Centrilift, but his ultimate goal was to start his own business. Always a car enthusiast, he spent years researching the options, and two things became clear: Owasso was the right location and Aamco was the right company.
Aamco offers wide name recognition and a solid reputation, and although transmission work has been the company specialty, the new focus on total car care really appealed to Steve. “The nationwide transmission warranty offered by Aamco is unique; the parts and labor are covered with no deductible at over 900 service centers throughout the United States and Canada,” he explains. “You can head off to your destination knowing that if anything goes wrong, you are covered and help is nearby.”
The shop and waiting area are bright and clean, and prices are posted on the wall for all services. Both men say their aim is to provide a safe and comfortable environment where you can trust the technicians and the quality of work, especially for women. “We know there are a lot of single moms and women who don’t have family nearby to help with automotive needs. Our goal is to be a place they can trust to help keep their car running dependably for the best price possible.”
Steve and Luis offer a 10 percent discount to teachers and will be honoring teachers and pastors throughout the year. “My sister, Julie Thompson, is the media specialist at Barnes,” said Steve. “We have a great respect for educators here.”
Aamco offers a free service called Protect Check, which looks at over 35 items in your car that deal with vehicle performance, and issues under the hood and under the car. They will also perform a complimentary TranScan®, which includes an electronic scan and road test. “Sometimes people get their transmission replaced only to find out something else was actually the problem,” Steve explains. Stop by today to have your car checked out. Aamco is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.