CAR CARE TIPS
Preventive maintenance is by far the most important aspect of automotive care, and is crucial to protect your investment. The additives in fluids, including corrosion inhibitors, PH buffers, anti-foaming agents, viscosity stabilizers, and so on, break down during use and heat cycling. Age also affects the attributes of these additives and causes them to lose their effectiveness.
We don't want to replace your engine, transmission, or differentials any more than you do. We are here to help keep you from replacing these expensive components by changing their fluids regularly.
Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can be even more problematic in cold operating conditions.
Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance. Cold weather makes engines harder to turn, which puts more strain on batteries.
Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.
Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
Use dedicated winter tires, all season tires may save you money but a "jack of all trades" is a master of none.
Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.
Drivers should check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blanket, extra clothes, candles/matches, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn about us. Thank you for considering trusting us to resolve your car care needs. Our friendly, professional, and knowledgeable staff are happy to answer your questions about the services that we provide, and help you resolve your automotive troubles.
We are dedicated to providing honest, dependable automotive repair by ASE certified technicians. Our highly trained technicians take pride in providing first class auto repair. You can rest assured, knowing that you have found a place and people whom you can trust with your vehicle. The Six Star Automotive Team would be pleased to meet your automotive service & repair needs. We look forward to serving you!
MEET THE TEAM
Owner | ASE Master Technician
Steve has been a natural tinkerer since his youth, always curious about the inner workings of mechanical devices and cars. Steve was born and raised in Sacramento, California but don’t hold that against him, he is a red blooded American at heart. After serving in the Army from 2003 to 2011 and one deployment to Afghanistan, he met his beautiful wife Danielle in Washington. They moved to Sandpoint in 2013 to find a better place to raise their two girls. His main goal at Six Star is to use his abilities and knowledge to help people in need and keep their cars running like they should. In 2022, he took the opportunity to purchase Six Star and looks forward to taking this business to the next level by providing the best environment for those who work with him and those he can serve.
Brandon grew up In McMinnville, Oregon as the oldest of four boys. He has had a lifelong passion for racing and anything on wheels. From an early age he gravitated towards the mechanical field, starting off in a small-town motorcycle shop; it was there that he met his beautiful wife Mandy. In the years that followed he briefly left the automotive industry to pursue other sales, only to be pulled back in by his passion for it. After a skiing trip in North Idaho he and his wife fell in love with the area and Brandon came to join the Six Star Team as a service advisor in 2017, he is now a beloved member of the community and our team, we are so glad to have him. Brandon enjoys riding the local bike trails and watching Rom-coms with his family.
Todd may be new to Six Star, but he is not new to the automotive industry. He began his love for cars in the 70's at high school drag races. He began working for Firestone in 1988 and has since been part of many shops over the years, including dealerships and performance shops in Spokane and North Idaho. He is a member of two offroad clubs (after realizing one was not enough). Todd enjoys camping and boating with his wife and grandson. He moved to Idaho to escape life in the city and to be closer to the outdoors and the welcoming Sandpoint community. Todd is known for his determination and passion for what he does, and we have it on good authority that he spends his cold winter nights cuddling with his 2 German sheep dogs in front of a warm birchwood, fire reading poetry.
Honda Master Technician
Sam also hails from the Coast of Oregon. He was raised in Oregon City where he built racecars with his father from age five. His career took off in 2007 when he started working for a local Honda dealership and became Master Certified in 2012. Sam also has passion for his craft, enjoying making broken things new and helping people in need. Sam is married with two children and an active member in his church. He also enjoys hiking, camping, spending time with his family and diners by candlelight.
ASE Master Technician
Dan brings a great deal of talent and experience to the Six Star team. He found a passion for automotive work immediately out of high school which has fueled his career. His personality, energy, and expertise are a valued addition to the team. When he is not in the shop, he enjoys fishing or hunting with his beloved Labrador "Roman" or contriving some manner of gourmet cuisine to share with his loved ones and co-workers. He is a coinsure of fine coffee, and enjoys long walks on the beach.
Matthew is our apprentice level technician. Six Star is dedicated to training the next generation of highly skilled technicians. Matthew is a fast learner and has shown much promise in his time with Six Star. We look forward to seeing him grow in his ability and passion for serving our community. We have found Matthew to be a connoisseur of all things related to pizza, and hair styling. He enjoys figure skating and exotic cheeses.
Danielle was raised in Olympia Washington. She moved to California with Steve in 2008 where they started their family. They decided to leave California in 2013 find a better place to raise their new family and ended up in Idaho. Although she did not have an automotive or mechanical background, she is growing into her position extraordinarily well. She spends her free time sewing amazing quilts, floating the river with her girls and antiquing.
Greeter/Customer Service Specialist
Missy joined the crew in Dec 2021. She went through exhaustive training in customer relations and networking techniques and graduated Magna K-9 Loud. Her duties include announcing customer arrivals, begging for attention, and customer comfort verification (aka snuggling). You will often find her in your lap or in aggressive negotiations with her chew toys. The shop wouldn't be the same without her.
To provide the greater Sandpoint community with personal, reliable, and trusted automotive repair, diagnostic, and maintenance services in order to preserve safe and worry-free transportation to our customers and their families, using the highest quality talent and parts available.