Mike started Vermont Custom Auto Service in 1989 with one bay on West Canal Street, Winooski. Mike started working on cars well before that in his Winooski back yard. Going through the Automotive Technology program in high school and working after school at a local shop provided him with an educational foundation and work ethic that continues today. After graduation, Mike joined the team at D. Richards Automotive in Colchester where he extended his knowledge while rebuilding vehicles and trouble shooting customer cars. An opportunity came about to rent a bay on West Canal Street and Mike, being driven to work for himself, jumped at the chance. This is where Vermont Custom Auto Service was born.
Two moves later, Vermont Custom Auto Service is housed in its own building, providing services to many of the same customers that walked into the one bay shop in Winooski. And much of this is in thanks to our customers who continue to refer their friends and family to us.
Mike continues to work in both the office and the shop providing direction and guidance to the staff. He also regularly attends classes in both shop management and vehicle repair to stay up to date on today’s ever changing vehicle technology.
While in the shop, check around to see if one of Mike's own cars is here. He has build and/or restored countless of show winning vehicles in the past years.
Mike Burnham - Owner
Dave O'Grady - ASE Certified Technician
With over 25 years of auto repair experience, Dave is an skilled technician and craftsman. Starting when in junior high school, Dave helped out in his brother’s auto shop where he learned that this was the path for him. After attending the Essex Technical program, Dave started working for Sears Auto full time coupled with Midas part time. Sears provided advanced training where he became ASE Certified in Brakes, Electrical and Suspension. Looking for a place where he could better use his craftsmanship, Dave joined Vermont Custom Auto Service and is the lead on most Custom Exhaust systems.
With his kids grown and gone, Dave and his wife enjoy camping, traveling and riding their motorcycles.