About our team
At Esty’s Auto Center, we aim to be the premier auto repair center in Longview, WA. We believe that the best way to achieve this is to be uncompromising when it comes to providing excellent customer service and top-quality repairs.
Our expert team has over 75 years of combined experience in auto repair and can easily resolve issues ranging from a simple oil change to a major engine repairs. Each of our technicians has been working in the automotive industry full-time since graduating from Auto Tech School and is an ASE Certified Master Technician. We don’t just expect our staff members to provide outstanding customer service, we expect them to stay up to date with the latest innovations and best practices in the auto repair industry.
Staying well informed and having a wealth of experience and knowledge is a great start, but to make full use of their skills, technicians need the latest equipment. This is why we continuously invest in the latest and best equipment.
Give us a call or contact us online to request an appointment and find out why Esty’s Auto Center Inc is the Longview community’s number one choice for auto repair and service.
Highly trained technicians:
Our Certified Master Technicians have extensive training in all areas of automotive service and repair. They can quickly resolve even the most complicated problems. And they fix it right the first time!
David Vandre, General Manager
David received his Associates Degree in Automotive Technology from the Universal Tech Institute of Phoenix in 1992. Since then, he has received his Master Technician Certificate with Advanced Level Specialist rating, with certificates in Advanced Engine Performance, and Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicles. He has worked exclusively in general automotive repair for the last 24 years as a lead technician, giving him the knowledge and experience that is essential in today's high-tech auto repair world.
David lives in Longview WA with his wife and two children. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family and working on classic and hot rod cars.
Tim James, Master Technician
Tim was born and raised in the Longview Kelso area, graduating from Kelso High before enrolling in the Automotive Technology program at Lower Columbia College, where he graduated in 1986 with an Associate's Degree in Automotive Technology.
Since then Tim has been working full time as a journey level automotive Technician. Tim has also completed the testing and other requirements to earn his Master Technician Certificate.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, and visiting the Puget Sound area, including many weekends on Hoods Canal.
Emily Kindell, Service Writer
We would like to welcome Emily as our newest team member. She was born and raised in Capital Hill, WA, right next door to Seattle. Graduating from Roosevelt High School in 2004. We met Emily while she was working at a local coffee shop as a barista, and when a customer service position became available, she was the first person we thought of.
Emily lives in Longview with her two sons, Jonah and Asher. She enjoys getting her boys to sports activities, mainly tournament baseball, and visiting her family in Seattle. Snowboarding, concerts, and attending sporting events are big on her list of activities. She also follows The Winterhawks, The Seattle Mariners, and of course The Seattle Seahawks! Go Hawks!!
Emily is a natural people person who loves helping others. We are confident that she will always do whatever it takes to get your car back to you on time, and on budget.
Casey Buchholz, Automotive Technician
Casey has been working as a Esty’s team member since October of 2019. He was born and raised in Battle Ground Washington, graduating from Prairie High School in 2014. After high school he enrolled in the Mt. Hood Community College Automotive Program, and is currently finishing up his Associates degree in Automotive Technology.
Casey has passed several of his ASE tests, and very soon will be a Certified Master Technician!
In his spare time Casey enjoys all forms of outdoor activities, including: restoring his 4x4 Bronco, off-roading, hunting, and fishing.
Brandon Nichols, Automotive Technician
Brandon joined Esty’s Auto Center team in 2018 as an Automotive Technician. He graduated from WyoTech College in 2007 with an Associates degree in Automotive Technology, and is currently working towards his ASE Certifications. Brandon has been a full-time journey level technician for the last 10 years working for independent automotive repair shops in the Vancouver area.
Brandon moved here from Southern California several years ago, along with his wife Charlotte, and children: Thomas, Joe, and Lorelai. In his free time, he like shooting, working on vintage Chevrolets, off-roading, and spending time outdoors with his family.