Serving auto needs for 55 years

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By Doug Ponder

One local automotive business has been serving people of LaRue County and other surrounding counties for more than five decades.

Auto City by Wright’s 210 main location is located on 1461 Campbellsville Road in Hodgenville. The business also has two more locations in Hodgenville, Parts City Auto Parts on 196 Lee Oak Drive and Auto City Service Center on 110 Lincoln Drive.

The hours are different for all three locations. The hours for the main location are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, the hours for the parkway location are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and the hours for the Auto City Service Center are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Auto City by Wright’s 210 provides a wide variety of auto service needs at their three different locations including heavy and light duty towing, automotive repair, body repairs, alignments, automotive lockouts, vehicle rentals and much more.

Owner Bobby Wright said that he has always been interested in fixing anything mechanical and that he actually got his start in auto repair by accident when he was a teenager.

“I turned my mother’s car over when I was a teenager. She told me before I drove it that if I got it dirty, I would have to wash it. I ended up having to do more than wash it as I also had to fix it,” Wright said. “I have always been interested in anything that had a motor, I love fixing things and I learned different tricks of the trade as I got older.”

Wright turned his interest into a business venture in 1960 when he and his wife Bonnie opened a salvage yard in 1960 on Hwy 210 near the LaRue County Fairgrounds and he said they opened what is known as their main location in 1977.

“I had been showing cars since I was 20-years-old and I learned a lot from the car show people. I had always had the urge to start a salvage shop, so I did in 1960. Through the years it grew into a body shop and then a mechanic shop,” Wright said. “Showing cars helped because a lot of them would come to me wanting work. It helped grow my customer base early on.”

Auto City by Wright’s 210 grew into a true family business as Wright’s children and grandchildren became adults. The main location is managed by Wright’s oldest son Jimmy Wright and his daughter Susan Howard serves as the office manager. Wright’s wife Bonnie also continues to work at the business handling numerous business and financial matters.

In 1997, Auto City by Wright’s 210 expanded to their parkway location, Parts City Auto Parts. It is managed by Wright’s daughter Angela Greenwell. They opened the Auto City Service Center location in 2009, which is managed by Wright’s granddaughter Shelly Hatcher.

“We are definitely what you would consider a family owned and operated business,” Wright said. “We have been blessed throughout the years and I have got some great people managing these locations. I also have some of my other grandchildren working here now too. We hope to continue going strong for years and years from now.”

For more information about Auto City by Wright’s 210, call 270-358-4256 or visit www.wrights210.net.