Jim & Barb Blanchette
While many young men and women are passionate about their cars, few avidly follow their desires through to a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Jim first embarked on a career path with UTC, a corporate global leader in the aerospace industry. This career path, however, distanced him from his family and affinity for automotive skills.
As opportunity knocked, Jim acknowledged and traded the corporate world for a chance to grow with the independent automotive industry. He developed an intelligent business model and has masterfully matured it over a 25 year period. The result is the highly proficient and unified team we are today, our capabilities ever evolving.
Barb has played an irreplaceable role in both Jim’s life and our company’s growth beginning with the home garage tinkering days and spanning to present day Auto-Bon. Barb brings a character and warmth to our family that is immeasurable. In addition to hospitality, she oversees financial, decor, and amenities.
As our team's Director of Operations, Rai has extensive knowledge pertaining to European and Asian vehicles and their systems. More notably, As Jim and Barb’s firstborn son, he carries vital trade knowledge bestowed upon him by his father, along with a passion for automotive technologies. In concert with the many hats he wears, Rai enjoys performing final quality control tests on most vehicles before they are released from our care. His integrity and innate desire to serve ensures that both customer & vehicle needs are met on a daily basis.
Like Jim, Rai has his hand in every aspect of the business, and invests a substantial amount of time into advancing our capabilities.
John joins our team as an Advanced level Master Technician with over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of the automotive industry. With both aftermarket and new car dealership experience, John has worked as a technician, shop manager, and as a professional automotive technology educator / instructor. He carries certifications from ASE (Master), the State of CT Emissions division (repair and technician instructor), and University of Toyota (certified expert technician).
With a passion for air-cooled VW cars, Jacob brings a trade-skill to us that not many facilities can boast. His mechanical abilities range from dismantling / rebuilding to interior reworks. The pride and integrity Jacob has for his workmanship make him the perfect fit for our team.
At Auto-Bon Inc., our experienced and highly skilled technicians ensure that the job is performed properly on each and every vehicle we service. Factory training and years of experience allow us to provide the assurance that leaving your vehicle to be serviced with us is the right decision.