About Corning Auto Center

From the mid-sixties until his retirement in 2011, Columbus F. (Dick) King was known as the man to see in the Corning area for honest, reliable auto repair. Before California's strict paperwork regulations, most of his customers would simply drop off their vehicles and say "fix it", knowing it would be done correctly and the bill would always be fair. In 1990, Dick and his wife Gail purchased Corning Auto Center. Dick had worked there since it opened, and it was known locally as "Dickie King's place", regardless of what it said on the sign. Over the next 21 years Corning Auto went from a two man operation to five full time technicians, always staying true to a policy of honesty before profit. Since retiring, Dick and Gail divide their time between church service, maintaining an amazing garden, antiquing and a pair of very spoiled English Bulldogs.

Meet the Team

Owners Rick and Maria King

Rick King - Owner Corning Auto Center, auto repair shop at Corning CA

Rick King is an ASE Certified Master Technician and State of California licensed Emissions Test and Repair Technician. He began working at Corning Auto Center in 1993. Rick passionately believes that any endeavor that is not being actively improved on will begin to decline. At Corning Auto Center, this means ongoing planning and implementation of projects to improve the customer experience. This includes continuing education of all employees, keeping the equipment up to date, and weekly shop meetings to fine tune policies and procedures.

Rick's wife Maria of 25+ years and their three adult children all have occupations outside of the family business, but all have done their part when needed as technicians, service writers, tech support, and critics of less than brilliant ideas.

Joaquin Perez, Technician

Joaquin Perez - Technician at Corning Auto Center, auto repair shop at Corning CA

Joaquin has been with us since 1997. He is ASE Certified, and is our drive-train, steering and suspension specialist. Joaquin has always had the "need for speed", and this daily driver spends a lot of weekends at the drag strip.

Jim Thrompson, Smog Technician

Technician atCorning Auto Center, auto repair shop at Corning CA

Jim Thompson is an ASE certified Master technician and smog technician. This Corning native has been in the industry since 1979, after getting his start at Shasta College. Jim joined our team in 2013. Although he has experience working with all makes and models of vehicles, he has spent a considerable amount of time completing Honda specific training, making him an asset to our shop. In his spare time, Jim can be found riding his motorcycle or spending time with his two kids.

Leonardo Tapia, Smog Technician

Leonardo Tapia - Technician at Corning Auto Center, auto repair shop at Corning CA

Leo is an ASE certified general repair and smog technician, and he has been part of our team since 2013. He is a Corning native, and received his training and certifications through the Universal Technical Institute of Sacramento. When he's off the clock, Leo loves to spend time holding barbeques, camping with his family, or renovating his new home.

Martha Bennett, Service Manager

Martha, Service Manager at Corning Auto Center, auto repair shop at Corning CA

Martha takes great pride in making sure your experience at Corning Auto is an enjoyable one. Martha can arrange a ride home or to work, and a return ride when work is completed. For large repairs, she can assist in arranging special financing to ease the financial burden. Martha will always greet you with a friendly smile and answer any questions you might have about your service needs.