The First & Last Word on Fuerst Automotive

Fuerst Automotive was started in 1968 as a one-man, family-owned auto repair shop serving Broadview Heights. Our family purchased the shop with the goal of building our own business and continuing to provide a valuable service to the community. The best thing about purchasing and owning our own shop is that we can treat people the way we would want to be treated. We also offer our customers over 100 years of combined experience. That is something you can't replicate or replace.

The First & Last Word on Fuerst Automotive

"I started working on cars at the age of 15, and currently I am 54 years of age. During high school, I attended Polaris vocational school in my junior and senior years for auto tech. Before graduating, I went on early job placement at a large family-owned Goodyear tire dealer. At that time they ran 18 shops and currently have 39. When I became 18 years of age, they made me a service manager, and I ran a six bay shop.

"I ran that shop for six years, and then my wife, Sheri, and I decided to start our own business. In 1986-1987, we purchased Fuerst Automotive, an already existing automotive repair business, and rented a 1,800 square feet facility, roughly two bays side-by-side. As our business grew, we added a third lift to better accommodate our customers, but we were running out of room!

"One afternoon, I was looking out our front window when I noticed the auto repair shop across the street from us had a ‘going out of business’ sign placed in the window. I immediately grabbed the phone, called my wife, and said this is our chance. I called the owner of the property and made the necessary arrangements. We signed a 5 year lease with option to buy. In 1998, we purchased our building."

Meet Our Team

  • Bob Stout
    Bob StoutOwner & Certified Master Technician

    Bob and his wife, Sheri, purchased Fuerst Automotive in 1987 from the previous owner. Since then, he has grown the business from a two-bay shop to a five-bay shop, having to relocate to accommodate our growing customer base and the need for expansion. Bob’s priority has always been taking excellent care of his customers through honesty and integrity, and he loves to lend an ear and take the time to chat. He has seen three generations of customers over the length of his time in the automotive repair industry.

    Bob has extensive technical training in all makes and models, including Hybrid vehicles, and he continues training in the automotive repair industry to keep up with current technology. On a personal level, he is always eager to help others and has done so in the past by making time for the Rotary Club, the local food bank, Broadview Heights Community Foundation, North Royalton City Schools’ business advisory council, and Tri-C auto tech advisory council. Bob has also been on the advisory council for AC Delco and Jasper Engines, sharing advice and ideas to help create and good working relationship between the big corporations and small business owners.

  • Sheri Stout
    Sheri StoutOwner & Bookkeeper

    Sheri has been taking care of the shop’s bookwork at home, giving her the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom to three children. Today, she is often seen at the shop lending a woman’s touch to the automotive repair business atmosphere, such as decorating for the holidays, which she especially enjoys. Sheri is always there to support Bob, while becoming involved in community events and business adventures.

  • Rick Sunderman
    Rick SundermanStore Manager

    Rick has been a service writer at Fuerst Automotive since September of 2004. He is friendly, helpful, very knowledgeable, and eager to build strong customer relationships. With several ASE certifications proving his knowledge in the automotive industry, Rick not only takes care of the customers over the phone or as they walk through the door, he also keeps the shop running smoothly and efficiently throughout the course of the day.

  • Mitch Stout
    Mitch StoutCertified Technician

    Mitch is the son of Bob and Sheri Stout, owners of Fuerst Automotive, and has been with us full-time since graduating high school in 2013. When Mitch was little, he always hung around his dad at the shop. He started working part-time around the age of 13, cleaning floors, emptying trash, and even helping out with oil changes. Mitch’s liking of the auto repair trade led him to take two years of vocational school, and presently, he is taking training courses to prepare for his ASE certifications. Mitch is also enrolled in Management Training to further his education in hopes of owning the business one day.

  • Geoff Clark
    Geoff ClarkMaster Technician

    Geoff Clark is a Master Certified Technician with an Associates degree in Automotive technology. Geoff has been working in the automotive industry for over ten years. His career started with the introduction of European vehicles. Joining the Fuerst automotive team has helped Geoff expand his skillset. Geoff now enjoys working on all makes and models.

  • Mike Scott
    Mike ScottLube Technician

    Mike Scott has always had a passion for working on cars. Mike’s passion began at the age of 6 helping his father works on cars and motorcycles. Following his dream, mike is currently a lube tech and is TIA certified (Tire Industry Associated). Mike wants to continue to grow and become ASE certified.

  • Eli Muser
    Eli MuserTechnician

    Eli Muser began his automotive career by attending a vocational career center at the age of 16. After Eli graduated, he continued to follow his passion and enrolled into a community college to get an associate’s degree in Automotive technology. Eli did his internship here and his goal is to become Master Certified.

  • Dixie Stout
    Dixie StoutGreeter

    Dixie is a 6 year old beagle/coonhound that has become an important member of the Fuerst Auto family. Dixie loves people and is always quick to greet everyone that walks in, bringing with her a sense of calmness and affection which has endeared her to many. One of Dixie's favorite activities is chasing squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons! She is always willing to share a meal with her human companions, but she especially has a sweet spot for peanut butter -- she finds it to be absolutely drool-worthy!! Most of the time, Dixie can be found laying around, hanging with her humans.

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