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Gates Automotive

Family Owned and Operated Since 1952

How It Started

George Gates first opened the business in 1952 on Bardstown Road several blocks south of the current location. It opened under a lease arrangement with Standard Oil Company as a full service station (gas/repair). We moved to our current location in 1968 and then in 1983, George bought the lease and property from then successor Chevron.

Throughout the years, George and his sons along with many dedicated employees established Gates Automotive Service as a mainstay in Louisville’s Highlands and the greater Metro area. It is a place generations continue to rely on to keep them going.

Gates Automotive Service Center offers repair services that keep your vehicles running properly. Our technicians are qualified to perform any repairs on your vehicle that are identified during our maintenance, service or tune-up checks as well as anything that you may notice in between regular maintenance services.

We offer the following services:

General Maintenance


Gates Automotive Service Center provides scheduled car maintenance. By making scheduled maintenance, you may avoid many costly repairs for your vehicle in the future. Your vehicle manufacturer recommends services, inspections and part repairs at regularly scheduled intervals to keep your vehicle running at optimum efficiency. At Gates Automotive Service Center, we also recommend letting us do a routine maintenance check which thoroughly inspects 19 critical component areas of your vehicle. Some of our maintenance services include inspections of the following:

Engine Performance

Are you looking for great car tune-up service in Louisville? Today’s cars are made up of hundreds of complex components all working collectively. Over time, however, these components can wear out, resulting in a loss of efficiency, as well as performance and fuel economy.

At Gates Automotive Service Center, we want to educate our customers with preventive maintenance techniques and an understanding of their vehicle so they’ll know when it’s time for service. Our Technicians are specially trained to work on today’s high tech engines. We are here to help you maintain your vehicle, keep it running well and extend its life for as little expense as possible.

Engine Cooling

Engine Cooling maintenance is extremely important. An overheating engine can quickly escalate into serious problems for an automobile. Whether the repair is minor or major. While most service shops perform just a “drain and fill” service, Gates Automotive Service Center provides a complete radiator flushing service that includes the following:

Heating and Cooling

To keep passengers comfortable, we recommend having your air conditioning system checked at the start of the each warm season.

Our standard A/C Performance Check Service includes the following:

A/C Maintenance

The trusted team at Gates Automotive Service Center provides a variety of services to guarantee a comfortable drive for you and your passengers. At Gates Automotive Service Center, some of the key components to our air conditioner and heating services include the repair or replacement of:


No matter how careful a driver you are, your car’s brakes are constantly working hard, and the job they do is essential to your safety. That’s why it’s important for you to be aware of how your brakes work and to be alert for signs that your brakes may need maintenance.

Steering and Suspension

Much like your cars brake system, the steering and suspension systems are key safety-related operations within your vehicle. Together, these components largely contribute to the vehicle control of your cars ride and handling. At Gates Automotive Service Center, we recommend having your cars steering and suspension systems checked, along with performing a wheel alignment, at least once a year. The key parts we service for your vehicles steering and suspension systems include but are not limited to:

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