Reliable Auto Repair in Portland Oregon Since 1971.
The best dealer alternative for all models of Toyota, Honda, and Subaru.
ASE certified mechanics with a wealth of experience for all your repair needs. Fleet accounts are welcome. Please call to learn more about our timely service.
1971 – The Beginning
After serving in the military, Jay Dykeman returned to Portland with $1500 to his name. With that money, he rented the garage at a Texaco station in Southeast Portland and began repairing cars in September of 1971. Having no formal training in auto repair, he started reading repair manuals and never looked back. As Jay says, “It was a good thing that I’m a reader.” In 1981, Jay moved his garage to its current location on the corner of SE 7th and Morrison. By this time, Jay became known as the Honda and Subaru repair expert of Portland.
In the early 90’s, Jay jumped into the computer revolution and updated his garage to correctly service the new computerized cars. The auto repair service needs were changing fast, the focus was more on maintenance and computer chips than it was on engine overhauls or exchanges. Jay knew the skill level of his auto mechanics had to change with the times, he began hiring only ASE certified technicians that could read lab scopes, wave forms, and use sensitive electronic gauges to determine current loads on components ranging from electric fuel pumps to computer controlled alternators and fuel injectors, all the while burning a variety of fuels and fuel blends, accommodating driving habits and styles of his customers, and delivering optimal fuel economy and emissions. In 2007, Jay’s began going green by carrying bio-diesel and E85 ethanol gas to help reduce car emissions and help the environment. Jay believes in renewable fuel and is glad that he can do his part to help our environment. Getting 40+ mpg is an added bonus!
Continuing the Tradition – Miles DeWhitt
Current owner, Miles DeWhitt, has been working for Jay’s Garage since 2003 and purchased the store in 2013. Miles runs Jay’s Garage the same way it has been run for years by focusing on customer service and expert repair work. Miles believes that customers should always leave happy and feel that they and their vehicles have been given the highest level of care. Under Miles’ leadership, Jay’s Garage is now the best dealer alternative repair shop in downtown Portland.