Get to Know North Smithfield Automotive Center

North Smithfield Automotive Center is family-owned and operated by Michael H. McAlister and Mary Anne McAlister. Michael opened the shop to provide a valuable service that people need and to help others. Today, we are a very busy auto repair shop, with Michael, Mary Anne, and their daughter all behind the counter. Auto repair has been a daily part of the McAlister family’s lives for two generations.


"I love the experience and the daily challenge of running an auto repair shop, as well as the people who depend on us and our ability to help them."
— Michael H. McAlister, Owner

Michael’s Auto Repair Journey

Michael started out working on jets in the United States Air Force. After he finished his service, he went to Franklin Institute and graduated at the top of his class, receiving the McTavish Award. Then, he was hired at Wellesley Volkswagen and worked there for 20 years as an automotive technician. Along the way, he went through all the schooling Volkswagen and Mazda had to offer and became a Registered Guild Master Technician with Volkswagen, as well as a Master Technician with Mazda. He also earned his ASE Master certification.


In 1998, Michael opened his own auto repair shop to gain independence and show his children not to fear failure… if he had failed. Over 20 years later, the McAlisters love their life in the shop.

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