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About Us

About

Diagnosing and fixing car problems since 1960! With 3 generations of O’Neills and a staff of highly qualified technicians, we specialize in transmissions and complete car care.
O’Neill Auto & Transmission Service has a thorough diagnostic and service procedure for ensuring that your car, truck, or transmission gets fixed correctly and on time.

Due to the complexity of modern cars, we provide complete car repair services, including transmission repair.  The whole vehicle can have an impact on transmission function.  Because we know transmissions, and other aspects of the vehicle, our customers can be assured of an accurate diagnosis.

A Reputation 60 Years in the Making

In 1960, Pat O’Neill, a dealership mechanic with a passion for quality and complete auto care started his own business.  The business grew quickly in the current location 6749 Old 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, and was expanded in 1964.  Through the early 70’s, O’Neills was a complete automotive service center.  Pat’s reputation as a transmission authority combined with the high volume of transmission repairs needed allowed Pat to market his business as a specialty transmission shop.

By the 80’s, Pat’s influence had expanded far beyond his business.  He was known as a great mechanic, as well as a good businessman and community leader.  This reputation allowed him to be an arbitrator, professional witness, and he served multiple terms as the Automotive Service Association of Michigan ‘s President.  Pat also served on an advisory committee to the Bureau of Automotive Regulations for the State of Michigan and helped develop a test that would be used to certify mechanics working in Michigan.  Pat also addressed the Michigan State Legislators on behalf of repair shops in Michigan in 1978. In 1988, his son, Tedd, became his partner.

Tedd continued to learn all facets of running the business from Pat. The 90’s saw the third generation of O’Neill’s join the business; Shaun first, followed by Craig. Although Pat is retired from the daily life of fixing cars, he is still very active in the automotive community.  Pat was heard on Wood 1300’s Auto Talk on Saturday mornings until his grandson, Shaun O’Neill, took over for him.  He is also writing a book about the life of an auto mechanic dating back to the 1930’s.

Today, Tedd O’Neill is in charge of a modern diagnostic automotive shop whose knowledge of transmissions is unrivaled. Service excellence is seen in all their auto care and a strong reliance on computer diagnostic work ensures the right repairs are made. Tedd and his team are often called upon for a “2nd opinion”, and they really enjoy having a strong relationship built on trust with their clients.

Having such a long history has the effect of long-standing trust.  As with any long-standing trust, no one would ever want to do anything that would betray that trust within the community. This is your assurance we will continue to strive for excellence. – Tedd O’Neill

Mission

Due to the complexity of modern cars, we provide complete car repair services, including transmission repair.  The whole vehicle can have an impact on transmission function.  Because we know transmissions, and other aspects of the vehicle, our customers can be assured of an accurate diagnosis.

Meet the Mangement

We treat our customers the way you want to be treated.

Tedd O’Neill

Owner

Tedd worked as a parts washer/janitor part-time from an early age in his father’s shop. He learned to fix transmissions at age 15 and started part-time work in 1978. In 1984 Tedd received specialized transmission training through ATRA. He also took electronics courses in 1986 and wheel alignment training at Hunter Engineering in 1988. Tedd became partners with his father, Pat, in 1988. In 1998, Pat sold his shares back to the company making Tedd the sole owner of the business. Tedd and his wife Lisa are graduates of FHPS, as are their three children: Shaun, Craig, and Shannon. Tedd’s hobbies include raising and training Golden Retrievers, astronomy, woodworking, aviation, road, and mountain biking. Tedd also is a Shorin Ryu karate instructor and owner of Cascade Village Karate.

Jody Wierenga

Corporate Vice President

Jody started working on cars at age 16. Before specializing in transmission, he spent several years in a full-service repair shop. Like many auto techs, his interest in cars led him to build up several 4×4 trucks and high-performance cars. Jody has been with O’Neill’s since 2003 and is corporate Vice President and our lead tech. He has two daughters: Alysha and Mary. When Jody is not fixing your car, you’ll find him coaching his kid’s softball team and playing softball. He likes to bicycle and stay physically fit. As a family, they enjoy camping and water parks.

Our Team

Meet Our Specialists from O’Neill Auto & Transmission Service

Our team specializes in many different types of vehicles, and since they work on a wider variety of vehicles than their dealer counterparts, their overall expertise is greater, too. By working on many makes and models, our technicians can be trusted to properly diagnose challenging repairs and other issues. As automotive technology advances, our team is continually updating their education & skills.

Doug Alexander

Tech

Mike Kommer

Tech

Dallas Lang

Tech

Shaun O’Neill

Technical Advisor

Need Help With Your Car? We’ll fix it

We specialize in repairing all models of cars.

Call: (616) 949-1230

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