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Meet Your Neighbor: Couple opens Kingsway Auto Parts

The News-Messenger (Fremont) logo The News-Messenger (Fremont) 3/30/2020 Sheri Trusty, Correspondent
a person sitting on a table: Dan and Amy Miller spent a year and a half cleaning, clearing, and upgrading Kingsway Auto Parts before opening the business under their new ownership in January, 2019. The celebrated the business’ expansion this past January with a Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony. © Sheri Trusty/Correspondent Dan and Amy Miller spent a year and a half cleaning, clearing, and upgrading Kingsway Auto Parts before opening the business under their new ownership in January, 2019. The celebrated the business’ expansion this past January with a Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony.

FREMONT - As one of the “essential businesses” categorized under Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s “stay at home” order, Kingsway Auto Parts LLC will remain open during the restriction period.

The business is under new ownership and now offers a variety of automotive services in addition to a wide selection of used auto parts. New owners Dan and Amy Miller opened Kingsway Auto Parts in January 2019, and celebrated its expansion with a Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 23, 2020.

a sign on the side of a building: Kingsway Auto Parts owners Dan and Amy Miller built this new office as well as a new service garage where they offer a variety of automotive services. © Sheri Trusty/Corespondent Kingsway Auto Parts owners Dan and Amy Miller built this new office as well as a new service garage where they offer a variety of automotive services.

Dan had long wanted to own an auto salvage yard and decided to purchase the business as a retirement investment.

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“Probably 25 years ago I looked at buying another place, but that didn’t work out because of EPA regulations,” Dan said. “It’s something I always thought would be a good business. It’s something I always wanted to do.”

The timing was good. Dan was ready to scale back from his other business, Miller Cement Finishing. Although he will continue to offer a limited number of residential services through Miller Cement Finishing, his main focus is now Kingsway Auto Parts.

The business came at the perfect time for Amy, too. After 10 years as a travel agent for AAA, she lost her job due to downsizing. The change stretched her faith in God, but now, months later, she said she sees God’s hand in it all.

“They downsized, and I asked God what was going on,” she said.

But then an illness in her family required much of her time and she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent months of treatment.

“And I saw that God had planned this all along. With this business, I can go home if I need to. I have good days and bad days,” Amy said. “We prayed that if God allowed us to have this business, we’d use it for Him.”

Getting the business ready to open took longer than the couple anticipated. A projected nine-month clean-up job took twice that long.

“It was literally a forest back there. We took down bushes and trees. There were trees growing up through cars,” Amy said.

A flooding problem in the yard was fixed so customers can now easily access the parts they need.

“Seven thousand tons of stone later, here we are,” Dan said.

The improvements to the site are visible from the road. New fencing was installed around the perimeter, and the Millers built a new office building and a new service garage where they now offer a variety of automotive services including oil changes, brakes, muffler systems and tire rotation. Kingsway Auto Parts recently became an official Sandusky County battery drop-off site.

Community support for the business under the Millers’ new ownership has been overwhelming.

“People are really happy we’re still open,” Amy said.

Kingsway Auto Parts is at 3899 Oak Harbor Road in Fremont. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. or visit kingswayautopartsoh.com.

Contact correspondent Sheri Trusty at sheritrusty4@gmail.com.

This article originally appeared on Fremont News-Messenger: Meet Your Neighbor: Couple opens Kingsway Auto Parts

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