Growing up in the area together, Lloyd Bare and Mark Baull have become close friends, and for more than a decade, they have been coworkers, as well. But working in the automotive industry as long as these two have, it was just a matter of time until they took things into their own hands. Late last month, the two started up Crossroads Auto Repair in Selbyville, with an aim of offering fair prices and quality work.
For quite some time, easily 10 years, as Bare estimated, the two-bay garage nestled at the corner of Lighthouse Road and Hudson Road in Selbyville had served as a storage unit for the owner, but when Baull rode by and saw the property was up for grabs, the two jumped at the opportunity.
“I drove by one day,” said Baull, an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)-certified master technician, “and figured this was a great chance to do something of our own.”
“We’ve been looking to do something like this for a while now,” said Bare. “It’s a great opportunity.”
The two share a combined experience in the automotive industry of nearly 50 years, much of which has been developed right in Bethany Beach.
“Mark is the one who gets dirty, and I help run the rest,” said Bare with a smile. “We do it all – anything from an oil change up to changing an engine. We offer computer diagnostics, exhaust and brake work, tune-ups, whatever you need.”
While their combined experience is one of the major selling points of their business, the pair wants to offer something to the year-round customer.
“The summertime business is what a lot of people here are after,” said Bare. “We want to offer something for vacationers, too, but we really want to be here for the year-round customers. We want to give something to the locals.
“We have customers that we’ve seen in Bethany and Ocean View, and they’ll stop in and say they are glad they found us again, but we’re here for people in Selbyville, Fenwick Island, Bishopville and Ocean Pines, too. There aren’t too many places to go when you’re down here, so that’s what we want to bring.”
Customer service is one of Baull’s specialties, as well.
“We just want to treat people right,” he said. “We’ve got one of the best labor rates around. Most places charge around $70, $75 or $80, but ours is $65 per hour. We run a regular, flat-rate price. We’re not here to cheat people. We want to be fair and treat customers right, because that’s what’s going to keep them coming back.”
Crossroads Auto Repair is open five days a week, every weekday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. As business picks up through the offseason and word gets out about the new business, Bare said he plans on offering Saturday hours and appointments, too.
“It’s just a matter of people finding out we’re here now,” he said. “I think it’s catching on.”
Crossroads Auto Repair is situated on the northeast corner of Lighthouse and Hudson roads in Selbyville, 8 miles west of the Route 1 and Route 54 intersection in Fenwick Island. For more information about Crossroads, call (302) 436-9100 or email them at BCHBMS92@yahoo.com.