When asked why he thinks MauiTime readers voted him as the best mechanic on Maui, Brian Shelton says, “I am the best on island and I’d put that as a challenge to any mechanic.” Shelton’s the proprietor of Shelton’s Auto Masters and has been in the business for 35 years (17 of those years with Mercedes Benz). He began tinkering under the hood when he was just 11-years-old, apprenticing for his stepfather, and his automotive studies have taken him as far away as Germany. He moved to Maui in 1992 and began his own business, and ever since he’s been the man to see to keep your pistons pumping — and in style. His shop does “everything”– from auto repair to custom painting (he says more than 40 vehicles on-isle are his canvasses on wheels). “I just love cars–they’re amazing,” Shelton says. “(What’s) lacking in today’s businesses–especially in the automotive industry–is because people seem to just go to work for the money. I don’t go to work for the money. I just love cars and the money happens. Well, sometimes it doesn’t–and that’s a challenge–but I’m honest and hardworking and people like me. Honesty and integrity is a hard thing to find in the car business, and I think I have both of those things.” MauiTime readers resoundingly agree.
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