Parts, trailers, cars and more


                                                                                                               Photo by Shari Harris
From left, Larry Steinbarger, Harry Buckner, Vance Lane, Mike Cooper, Roy Kinder, Carrie Kinder and Khloe Kinder are there to serve you at 
Kinder Automotive/Parts City.
By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

Kinder Automotive celebrated their nine-year anniversary Monday, April 6. In 2010, Roy and Carrie Kinder bought out the NAPA store on Main Street and moved the stock to their current location in the Friendly Village Shopping Center. They can mark their opening by the age of their youngest child, Khloe, who was still crawling at the time. Carrie fondly remembers, “Everyone had to step over her.”
Kinder Automotive is a multi-faceted business. The Parts City Auto Parts franchise offers parts, tools and supplies for DIYers and garages alike. Services include battery testing and recycling, building custom hydraulic hoses, checking engine codes, loaner tool program, oil recycling, starter and alternator testing, turning brake rotors and drums and wiper blade installation. The independently owned Parts City stores are serviced by and have the same pricing and product selection as O’Reilly Auto Parts. They also honor O’Reilly Auto Parts’ warranties.
But Kinder Automotive doesn’t stop there. Roy Kinder recalls he believes he sold his first car at sixteen, and he’s had a dealer’s license for about twenty years. You can see the selection of used cars and trucks parked in front of and on the north side of the store. Kinder Automotive also sells new Kodiak stock trailers and B&R utility and dump trailers. They stock both gooseneck and bumper hitch trailers and carry a range of trailer tires, from 12” to 17-1/2”, many already mounted on wheels.
Says Roy Kinder, “I don’t want to sell people stuff, I want to fix their problems. We try to go over and beyond, even responding to after-hour calls. We try to meet whatever need they have at whatever time it is.” Kinder also encouraged customers to take advantage of their annual sale on Wix filters, but you have to hurry. It ends on April 18. Most Wix filters will be 40 to 50% off their regular price.
Another facet of Kinder Automotive is small engine repair. Larry Steinbarger is their mechanic responsible for these jobs. Another employee is Mike Cooper, who followed the stock from his NAPA store when he and his partner sold out to Kinder Automotive. He is a familiar face to many in the area when it comes to shopping for auto parts. Vance Lane and Harry Buckner also work at the store. Roy Kinder works at UPS so is at the store part-time. Carrie Kinder manages the books for the company and can be found behind the parts counter. “We definitely appreciate our workers,” said both Roy and Carrie Kinder.
The rest of their Kinder crew help out around the business. Son Kyle sells cars and trailers when not working on the railroad. Daughters Kailie and Katie and their youngest, Khloe, have roles as “sanitation engineers” and “vegetation management specialists.”
The Kinders stay busy outside of the business as well. Roy Kinder is a member of the Licking School Board and both he and Carrie are youth group leaders at Rock Springs Baptist Church. They were busy last week preparing for the Carry the Cross event on Good Friday. Carrie is also anxious for the arrival of their first grandchild, with Kyle and wife, Katie (Bub’s Katie, not daughter Katie), expecting.
According to the federal government’s Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, essential services include “Automotive repair, maintenance, and transportation equipment manufacturing and distribution facilities (including those who repair and maintain electric vehicle charging stations).” Kinder Automotive plans to remain open, and they have been undertaking extra cleaning measures and social distancing to reduce the risk to their employees and customers.
Kinder Automotive is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. They are located at 131 W. Highway 32 in Licking. Call them at 573-674-2500 if you would like more information.

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