Most car enthusiasts recognize two leading names in the industry for excellence and customer satisfaction. When the names Mopar and Barrett Jackson are mentioned, automotive aficionados pay close attention. For Paul Kraft, owner of new shop PK’s Garage, being associated with these names is assurance that he provides quality work to his customers. Before it’s relocation to Haywood County, Kraft’s business went through the roof with a three year waiting period.
For more than 25 years, Kraft has earned respect from his customers by providing an excellent product with a lot of attention to detail. Opening his new location at 3379 Dellwood Road in Waynesville, he promises to continue this kind of service for foreign and domestic auto repair and domestic classic car restoration.
Kraft started in the business as a high school student helping his neighbor who worked for a Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep dealership. Eventually he went to work there too. The first car he bought to restore was a Plymouth Barracuda. He was so pleased with the results that he sold the Barracuda, bought a new one, and refinished and sold it.
Throughout the years, Kraft honed his skills and eventually put an ad for his work in Mopar Collector’s Guide. When a copy landed in the hands of Miami Ink’s Ami James, Kraft received a phone call from the television personality where he requested his assistance in not only restoring a Barracuda for him, but also helping him locate and buy the car.
This ended with James’ Barracuda being featured in Mopar Collector’s Guide and Kraft’s business taking off. Kraft’s work has been recognized at national shows such as Mopar Nationals where he brought home first place.
Barracudas quickly found a place in Kraft’s heart. He has sold two of them at Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auctions, what many consider the world's greatest classic car auction.
While Kraft really enjoys the restoration projects where he restores the paint, body, engine, and upholstery of the vehicles; he admits that sometimes it’s nice to do general automotive work. “I enjoy breaking up the long restoration projects with tires, brakes, batteries or oil change jobs.”
All of these services and more can be found at PK’s Garage. The business opened on August first and has experienced brisk service once up and running.
Before Kraft moved to the area, he reached out to Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center where he says the center’s Director, Katy Gould gave him invaluable resources about the business climate of the area and helped him make connections in the business world that would make starting a successful business in Haywood County a reality.
“I checked into getting a loan with about two dozen places such as banks and credit unions,” Kraft says. “It’s hard to get a loan when you haven’t moved to the area yet. But Katy hooked me up and I had approval within 10 days. I bought a house in July and opened my business the first of August.”
Now, Kraft hopes that his restoration projects will bring customers from all over the US and when they come to his business, they will stay a while and enjoy what the county has to offer.
Kraft is working on a unique option for automotive owners. He plans to offer financing where customers can set up a payment plan. “I want to get them back on the road as soon as possible. I want them to have the option of making monthly payments.”
PK’s Garage is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. For more information, visit pksgarage.com or call 828-944-0808. Open house will be held on October 1 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with the unveiling of a new paint booth.