The style and feel of British cars have attracted plenty of enthusiasts and for some a British car is the only car worth driving. Similarly, Jay and Pat Chapman’s love for classic British cars turned from a hobby to their livelihood. British Auto Specialists is a family-run auto shop dedicated to repairing and restoring British cars. Before British Auto Specialists happened, Pat was a teacher. Moving from teaching to customer service and reception was “very different,” but now she can’t imagine doing anything else. The company was started in Okotoks in the late eighties but eventually moved to Calgary in the late nineties. This is when Jay became the patron and when he discovered the business was for sale, he bought it. Being both a mechanic and a lifelong lover of British automobiles, it was a perfect fit. “Jay had always worked on these kinds of cars in our garage. It was his hobby,” says Pat. “He came home one day and said, ‘One day, I’m going to buy British Auto,’ and we did. Now, our son has joined the business, so it’s a real family legacy.”
“We want these cars out on the streets, being enjoyed by their owners.”
- Pat Chapman, Co-Owner
As demand for Jay’s services grew, he invested in diagnostic equipment for new British cars, including Jaguar and Land Rover, and soon expanded to include BMW and Mini. Whether you need mechanical repair services, auto body collision repairs or auto restoration services, we have you covered. Our goal is to keep your vehicle looking great and operating reliably. We keep everything in-house in order to offer top-quality work.
In 2007 Kirk also joined the family business. After attending Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) as an automotive technician, he is now the proud recipient of the Dean’s award.
JAY’S AWARD WINNING AUTO RESTORATION PROJECTS:
CONNECT WITH A PEOPLE-FOCUSED AUTO SHOP IN CALGARY
British Auto Specialists is definitely a customer-focused auto shop in Calgary as we offer 1-on-1 interaction services to car lovers when they want to restore or repair their cars after an accident or a collision. Usually in this situation, insurance providers strong arm the customers to go to a specific shop not knowing that they have the option to go to a trusted shop of their choosing. This situation occurs because of the disbelief that shops not determined by insurance providers are not covered by warranty, when in fact, each auto body shop carries their own warranty. That’s not all; our shop also deals with extended and after-market warranties for all makes and models of vehicles.
We are an alternative dealer of Mini, Jaguar and Land Rover. From auto logic programming to keys, we have in-house facility to provide a full diagnosis of your vehicle. Even after 15 years, British Auto Specialist continues to focus on Land Rover and Jaguar repairs. We offer dealer level services with a more personal touch. It is due to this reason that we are a staunch competition in the market. Visit us today.