Prather Automotive Specialist owner Allen Prather discusses a power steering pump on a BMW with mechanic Josh Cirrito Thursday. Prather Automotive is located at 610 North Market Street in Troy.
TROY — Allen Prather comes from a line of business owners.
His family owns McGovern Builders as well as some apartment complexes in town, and he is the owner of construction business Prather Services.
Now, he has decided to open his own automotive business.
Prather Automotive Specialists recently opened, offering all services to all vehicles.
“We do full auto service on foreign and domestic,” he said. “We are a big tire dealer and we sell a lot of tires at very low pricing.”
He added that his business also offers the standard tire rotations, oil changes, transmission work and engine rebuilding.
Previously, Prather was the general manager for a dealership and managed operations and sales for 17 years before deciding to open his own business.
“I always wanted to do it and now was time,” he said. “I own a construction business also that was doing really well, Prather Services, so I decided to move forward. I am also opening an auto dealership in the next couple of months.”
Currently the shop has five mechanics working there. Prather said two of his mechanics have a combined 55 years experience.
He added that Prather Automotive Specialists would also focus on offering the lowest labor rates than any other service in Troy.
“If we’re not the lowest we’re going to beat any bid they do have for auto servicing,” he said.
Prather had always wanted to open a business in Troy for the economic opportunity, but also because he likes being part of the business community in Troy.
“It’s a great market,” he said. “I like the closeness of it. It’s got that small town feel but has enough population where businesses can thrive. Anywhere you drive in Troy, you see all kinds of traffic to fill a parking lot, that businesses are doing really well. That’s a good sign.”
Prather plans to open a second Automotive Specialists location in the near future.
Prather Automotive Specialists is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located at 610 N. Market St. in Troy. For more information, contact Prather Automotive Specialists at (937) 335-2285.