K Auto Repair and Tire Center has long-established roots in the Arlington Heights area. Our history begins in 1974, when my parents, Neil and Joan Koebernick, founded the Dakota Union 76 service station. The name Dakota came from North Dakota, the state where my father was born.
Over the years, mom and dad always believed in helping the neighbors that supported them, and invested back into the community on a regular basis. They hired high school students, supported school programs to help enrich the students’ lives, donated to local charities, and supported sports programs in the community.
As the industry changed, they made the decision to eliminate gasoline from the business and focus on automotive repair in 1991. The change in the business was reflected in a new name as Dakota K Auto Repair and Tire Center was introduced to the community. In just a short time, the business was recognized as a leader in the industry.
Throughout the 1990’s, my parents developed an outstanding reputation for their business success, receiving awards and recognition from local, regional, and national industry groups and business organizations. Equally important, they received many commendations for their commitment to ethics in business, a lesson I have learned and tried to use as a cornerstone for how we operate today.
Eventually the business expanded with the opening of a second location on Northwest Highway that served the south end of Arlington Heights, Palatine and Rolling Meadows communities. Having achieved more than they could have imagined, and raising two sons, one with a strong interest in automotive repair, and on with a penchant for business development, the business was sold to my brother and me in 2010.
It was our pleasure to continue to serve the community by supporting the local high schools, sports organizations, park district programs, local charity groups, and by being members of Rotary and Chambers of Commerce. We learned from our parents that admitting our mistakes, learning from them, and correcting them, is of the utmost importance in building and maintaining the trust of our community, suppliers, employees, and most of all, our customers.
As we move into the present, the two locations have now spun off into distinct businesses. As such, the introduction of K Auto Repair and Tire Center allows me to focus on serving the customers in the Arlington Heights and Rolling Meadows areas, and to further develop a community-oriented operation of which everyone can be proud.
We look forward to maintaining the relationships that my family has built over the decades, and to welcoming new customers into the new K Auto Repair and Tire Center.