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McCabe’s Automotive Specialist is a family-owned business that started in 1972. Ever since we opened our doors, we have been committed to providing the Greater Tacoma Area the best customer service and auto repair service every day for every customer. Whether you are coming to us with an urgent issue or simply being a cautious car owner and bringing your vehicle in for routine maintenance, our teams main goal is to get the job at hand done right and done right the first time.

Family Owned and Operated Since 1972

Rick and Ashley McCabe

Growing up, Rick McCabe, owner of McCabe’s Automotive, spent much of his time at a local grocery store that his parents owned. One day when he was just 14 years old, a man who owned a neighboring gas station asked Rick if he’d like a job. Rick said yes and discovered his love for working on cars.

Just five short years later at the age of 19, Rick became the proud new owner of his very own Enco (Exxon) gas station in South Tacoma, which soon after moved to University Place near Tacoma, WA. In 1979, Rick decided to further pursue his passion for auto repair by making the choice to sell his gas station and open up his own shop, McCabes’s Foreign Car Repair. In the beginning, McCabe’s specialized in repairing only foreign vehicles, but later made the decision to change their name to McCabe’s Automotive Specialists in 1980 and began offering services for both foreign and domestic vehicles.

After being in business for over 42 years, Rick was approached by someone interested in purchasing his business, but he wasn’t quite ready to sell. After some thoughtful consideration, Rick and his wife Rebecca entertained the idea of keeping the business in their family. The two approached their youngest daughter, Ashley, thinking she could be the perfect fit for carrying on the McCabe legacy and Ashley was interested.

In 2015, Ashley took over the family business and like her father, she discovered a love for working in the automotive industry. Ashley continues to carry on the McCabe family tradition with guidance from her dad and plans to keep the shop going for another 50 years. Not only does she have a true gift for helping others, but also was recently nominated and awarded as one of South Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 dynamic leaders in the local business community. Ashley’s responsibilities range from managing a talented and knowledgeable staff, to connecting with clients and ensuring that their needs are well taken care of.

Today, McCabe’s Automotive Specialists has been family-owned and operated for nearly half a century and is a trusted name within the University Place and Tacoma community, known for outstanding automotive services and customer service that goes above and beyond expectations.

Thanks to the thousands of cars we have serviced and repaired over the years, we have pretty much seen it all. Foreign or domestic, old or new, we’ll make sure that your vehicle leaves our shop in the best possible condition and that you leave the shop with a smile on your face and a few extra bucks left in your wallet.

McCabe’s has been providing customers in University Place and Tacoma with excellent customer service and unsurpassed auto repair since 1972.

McCabe’s Automotive is a AAA Approved Auto Repair Facility and has been awarded the AAA Top Shop Award in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

3147 Bridgeport Way West,
University Place Wa 98466

(253) 565-5173 

Monday – Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm

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