By Barbara Tetreault
BERLIN – Painted a bright yellow, Extra Care Auto Repair garage is hard to miss on the Jericho Road. After being vacant for some time, Richard and Rebecca Murtagh purchased the building and have done a major renovation to get it ready for a June 29 grand opening.
Extra Care Auto Repair is a full-service auto repair shop. It does repairs on all makes and models of vehicles including cars, light duty trucks, ATVs, and snowmobiles. The garage also offers a wide array of services, including auto and motorcycle inspections, oil changes, AC services, brake repair, engine swaps, transmission services, tune-ups, and diagnostics. It is famous for its $14.95 state inspection fee.
This will be the third Extra Care Auto Repair shop for the Murtaghs. The couple also own auto repair shops in Hooksett and Manchester.
“We are very different in what we do. We take care of people,” Murtagh said, emphasizing that the customer comes first. “We give the extra care without the extra cost,” he said
Murtagh said he likes running a mom-and-pop shop because it allows him to get to know his customers and enjoy them. Some have become close friends over the years.
Murtagh has over 25 years of experience in all facets of the automotive field and is a second-generation auto mechanic.
He opened the first Extra Care Auto Repair in Hooksett with his wife, Rebecca, in 2010. The business was next door to his wife’s daycare facility. After working together for a while, Murtagh said his wife decided it was better if she retired from the auto repair business and found someone else to run the front office.
Murtagh opened a second Extra Care Auto Repair in Manchester in 2014. Rebecca Murtagh runs two daycare centers in Manchester and Hooksett.
The couple was familiar with the Androscoggin Valley from trips here with their camper and decided to purchase a lake house at South Pond in Stark. Semi-retired with his son running the garages in Manchester and Hooksett, Murtagh noticed the vacant former garage building at 265 Wight Street as he drove by it on trips into Berlin. Curious and looking for something to do, Murtagh discovered the building was for sale.
He closed on the building in April but actually started working on it even before. Murtagh said the couple picked a bright yellow for the exterior because they want to project a cheerful, positive image.
Murtagh said he and his wife are very community oriented and have already joined the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“We love to give back,” said Murtagh, noting they have been supporters of various charitable efforts in Manchester and Hooksett.
A grand opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, with the doors opening at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and there will be door prizes. People who schedule appointments during the grand opening will receive a 15 percent discount.
The garage will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information log onto firstname.lastname@example.org.