By Ben Lawson
When he moved back to Seymour, Darrell Carter set out to open his own auto body shop. After 16 years, Seymour Tire & Auto is going stronger than ever, which he attributes to two changes: his wife Karen joining the business and his new relationship with God.
Darrell grew up around cars and engines with his father, who was a diesel mechanic. Darrell later spent four years with the Army as a mechanic on M1A1 Abrams tanks. After getting out, he worked as a mechanic around Nashville until customers suggested he open his own business.
“I’ve worked around cars all my life,” he said.
The result was Seymour Tire & Auto, a full service mechanic shop that deals with everything except transmissions. Darrell indicated that his business practice is simple: he treats people honestly and performs the best work he can. The result, he says, is a loyal customer base that not only keeps coming back, but recommends him to others. Keeping people happy is no small feat.
“Seymour’s a small town,” he said. “If you do something bad, it’ll get out at Hardee’s over breakfast.”
A year ago, his wife Karen stepped in to help out. Karen said she’s “actually outsold him on tires” since then. But business has not always been so great. Just a few weeks ago, they were considering closing the doors. But now, all that has changed.
“I’ve had to turn people away the last three weeks,” Karen said. “I’ve never had to do that before. It’s a blessing.”
Karen attributes the sudden turn around to Darrell being saved over Mother Day’s weekend. The Carter’s are active members of North Hills Baptist Church and believe that leading Godly lives has helped save their business. They are even planning to take a second vacation this year.
“God has truly blessed us,” Karen said.
Seymour Tire & Auto is located at 10251 Chapman Hwy. Their sign was destroyed by the recent storms that blew through, but they hope to get the new one up soon. For more information on their services, or to book an appointment, check out their Web site at http://www.seymourtireauto.com.
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