About Us

History


Tilson’s Auto Repair is locally owned and operated, serving Rochester, MN, since 1983. Operating in a total of four locations from day one to today, the business has grown from a house garage into a state of the art 8 bay full-service shop. Tilson’s Auto Repair is considered the last full-service gas station in Rochester.

At Tilson’s Auto Repair, we’re much more than automotive experts; we’re proud to be actively involved with our community. Lending our time and efforts to the needs of our friends and neighbors, we enjoy giving back in every way we can.

Ben Tilson Sr.– Owner


Tilson’s Auto Repair was founded by Ben Tilson Sr., who started his business in a two-bay house garage with no running water or hoists. He worked from this garage for four years until he built up enough business to move in 1987 to a two-bay auto and gas facility on 12th Street SE, AKA The Beltline. Throughout the years to follow, Ben Sr. and his wife Shae raised four children: Hollie, Joe, Ben Jr. and Jessica.

Ben Sr. worked out of his 12th Street location until 2004, when he relocated to the K-Mart Shopping Center. This move from a two-bay facility to a six-bay, full-service shop marked a huge leap in his success. K-Mart remained home to Tilson’s Auto Repair for 11 years, until the shop’s third move to its present location.

Ben Tilson Jr.


Ben Tilson Jr. proved valuable to the family business in terms of marketing, policies and volunteering. Outside of the shop, he’s the founder of Mentorship Rochester, and Better Rochester. Ben Jr. enjoys his volunteer roles as a Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Member of Rochester Exchange Club, and Member of Interconnection. Community events Ben has started are Donate to Drink, Volunteer Connect Night, and Nonprofit Connect Night.

Joe Tilson


Joe is the oldest son of the family. He graduated from Lourdes High School and attended RCTC. Once Joe joined the family business in 2011, he became the friendly face that customers recognized at the front counter, while excelling at service advising and managing. Joe eventually became the driving force behind the fourth move for Tilson’s Auto Repair. He also got second son Ben Jr. to join them, turning Tilson’s Auto Repair into the family shop it was always meant to be.

No Question Is Too Big or Too Small

When you want your vehicle worked on at a family-oriented, dependable, trustworthy shop with years of experience, there is only one place to go - Tilson’s Auto Repair. Let us help you with your auto repair, or any other vehicle services you may need, at our clean, modern shop at 1740 South Broadway Avenue in Rochester, Minnesota. Give us a call at (507) 282-4924 or schedule use our online form to schedule an appointment with us today!

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