Rasch Service Center was started back in 1944 by Oliver (Ollie) Rasch. He had just returned from duty in WW2 and opened a Mobil Service Station at the corner of Manchester and Berry roads, about 5 miles east of the current location. He and his brother, Fred, ran that shop until Fred moved to Lake Tahoe California and started his own. In 1954, Ollie moved to the current location, a 2 bay shop in Kirkwood, Mo. It is now one of the oldest businesses in the City of Kirkwood.

He sold everything from fuel and repair service to firewood and pumpkins. His main goal was to provide the best service. For example, during the fuel crisis in the mid 70s, when gas lines were very long, he would go up to the shop in the middle of the night, call his customers and have them fill up so they wouldn’t have to wait in line the next day.

He would do whatever it took to make life as easy as possible for his customers.

Oliver had eight kids and just about every one of them worked at the shop, including one of the 3 girls. Upon his retirement in the early 1980s, Terry and Mark Rasch took over the shop. They continued to run it as a Mobil Service until they quit selling gas in the late 1990s. Two bays were added in 1996. The business continued to grow. There was no more space to add on to the existing building, so in April 2006 they bought the shop across the street to give them 4 more bays.

They continue to follow in their fathers footsteps by making customer service, honesty and the commitment to high quality automotive repair their top priority.

As vehicles and technology have continued to evolve throughout the years, Rasch Automotive has kept pace. We understand that everyone is busy, seemingly running at 100 mph on a daily basis. We also understand that automotive repair can be very intimidating, technical and never at a convenient time. We have implemented a number of services to make understanding the repair and the way we communicate those repairs to you as easy and convenient as possible. Some of the services we offer are:

    • Loaner vehicles – these vehicles are free of charge if your vehicle needs to “spend the night”

    • Text, phone and email communication

    • Complimentary vehicle inspections sent digitally to your phone, tablet or computer with pictures and explanations of “why” the services are recommended

    • Appointments requests made right from your phone, tablet or computer so you can schedule your appointment when it is convenient. We will follow up the next day to confirm your appointment

    • If you need Shuttle Service, we can provide that for you

    • 2 year or 24,000 mile nationwide warranty on most repairs to give you that “peace of mind”

    • You don’t even have to come into our facility. We have drop off forms and “Text to Pay” service for your convenience

    • We always recommend “dropping off” your vehicle, but for those who have to “wait” we have a clean, comfortable lobby.


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