About Us Naperville, IL Auto Repair

A Reputation Over 45 Years in the Making

Naper Auto Works has provided premier customer service and auto repair in Naperville, since 1977. People who bring their vehicles to us are our friends, family, and neighbors, many of whom have trusted Naper Auto Works with their vehicles for decades. We believe that our quality auto repair in Naperville is a reflection of our shop’s character, and our team is dedicated to upholding the reputation for excellence we have built for more than 45 years. Our team members always strive to meet and exceed all of your expectations for service and auto repair in Naperville. Since opening our shop doors, we have diligently upheld our original business plan of developing ongoing relationships with our customers, rooted in confidence and trust. Our customers are always treated with the utmost respect. We recruit and retain the best auto repair technicians possible, so you have only the most qualified experts handle your vehicle.

Naper Auto Works

Naper Auto Works History

Our original location was at 400 E. Ogden Ave. (at Loomis St). On September 1st of 1977, founding partners Jim Hess & Greg Waite, after much cleaning & refurbishing, re-opened the closed down 4 service bays at the Old “Gas Can” Gas Station there ~ only to find out a few months later that the property had been sold to a bank to build on. On March 1st of 1979 Greg & Jim relocated Naper Auto Works to our Current Location on Mill St where Naperville Ready Mix had been located for many years. Our company has grown at a constant rate ever since. We strive to treat our customers just how we would want to be treated. We look forward to serving you!

Meet the Owners

Jim Hess Sr. | Naper Auto Works
Jim Hess Sr.

Co-Owner & Founder Since 1977, ASE Certified Master Technician

Jim attended Naperville Central High School and concentrated his studies towards an automotive career. Following high school, Jim attended Waubonsee Community College and earned an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology in 1976. He then spent another year studying business at College of DuPage before partnering with Greg to start Naper Auto Works. Jim’s previous employment includes working at a Goodyear tire service center & the service department of a Ford industrial tractor dealership. Jim has spent many years coaching youth football, including teams advancing in the Pop Warner National Champions. He currently is an assistant coach for NNHS Varsity Football. He also enjoys attending Bears games with his family and friends. After spending the majority of his time in the shop and at the front counter Jim’s duties have shifted to a reduced schedule mainly in the back office.

Greg Waite Sr | Naper Auto Works
Greg Waite Sr.

Co-Owner & Co-Founder of Naper Auto Works, ASE Certified Master Technician, ASE Master Truck Technician

Greg, a co-founder of Naper Auto Works, has been involved in its operations over 45 years. He has been Certified as an ASE Auto & Truck Technician. As he inches towards retirement, he can still be found daily at the shop. Growing up in Naperville, Greg is thankful for all that his town has to offer. His hobbies are many, including family travel, wood & metal working and keeping up with his grandchildren.

Meet the Team

Our team specializes in many different types of vehicles, and since they work on a wider variety of vehicles than their dealer counterparts, their overall expertise is greater, too. By working on many makes and models, our technicians can be trusted to properly diagnose challenging repairs and other issues. As automotive technology advances, our team is continually updating their education & skills. We appreciate each one of our customers, and are proud to help them better their driving safety and experience with top quality maintenance and auto repair in Naperville, IL.

Mike Mahon | Naper Auto Works
Mike Mahon

ASE Certified Master Technician

Mike is our Shop Foreman with an advanced L1 Certification, Wyoming Technical Institute 1984, Mike joined our team in January 1996.


Mike Pawlik | Naper Auto Works
Mike Pawlik

ASE Certified Master Technician

Wyoming Technical Institute 1979, Mike joined our team in July 1994.

Tim Breedlove | Naper Auto Works
Tim Breedlove

ASE Certified Master Technician

Universal Technical Institute 2001,Tim joined our team in May 2005.

Al Vasquez | Naper Auto Works
Al Vasquez

ASE Certified Master Technician, Lincoln Technical Institute 1999

Al with 38 years of automotive experience joined our team in December 2014.

Joan Taylor | Naper Auto Works
Joan Taylor

Joan is our office manager has been with since 2014.

Jason Shubert | Naper Auto Works
Jason Shubert

ASE Certified Master Technician, Lincoln Technical Institute 1992

Jason with his 35 years of automotive experience joined our team in June 2015.

Robert Cappello | Naper Auto Works
Robert Cappello

Service Advisor

Robert has been an auto technician with Ford and has had many years of Ford and Volkswagen certified training. He has 12 years experience in the racing industry, working in a team atmosphere such as ARCA, NASCAR (Truck series) as a rear tire carrier/ mechanic. He has provided OEM technical support and Service Management for over 30 years before joining our team in 2018.

Trevor Silberhorn | Naper Auto Works
Trevor Silberhorn

Service Manager & Advisor

Trevor joined our team in 2019. He has his Automotive Certificate through the College of DuPage. He's ASE certified as a master technician, advanced level specialist, undercar specialist, and service consultant. He is also on the College of DuPage Automotive Advisory Board. In his free time you will find Trevor spending time with wife and daughter, golfing, and riding his motorcycle.

Bruce | Naper Auto Works
Bruce VanDevender

Associates Degree - Automotive Service Technology

Joined our team January 2022 as an entry level technician. He has his automotive degree through the College of DuPage. You may hear him answer the phone or call with an estimate from time to time as well.

Give Us a chance to be your “one stop shop” for oil changes, maintenance & repairs!

At Naper Auto Works, we always go the extra mile in the shop so you can on the road! Give us a call today. We’re excited to show you why so many customers chose Naper Auto Works for all of their maintenance needs and auto repair in Naperville, IL!

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