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Meet the Team 2017-12-08T21:02:58+00:00

H K Auto — The “Mechanic Near Me” You Can Trust

After serving Columbus, Indiana, for more than 30 years, Harold Hutchinson partnered with Toby Kleffman in 2009 to start Columbus, Indiana’s premier independent auto repair shop. Their goal was to provide first-class car and truck repair services at the best possible price.

Today, H K Auto continues to fulfill that vision as a family-owned-and-operated business at its Jonesville Road location, “a block and a bridge from downtown.”

H K Auto is certified as a Bosch and ACDelco repair center and is ASE certified. It also boasts 150 years of combined auto repair experience. The repair shop also fully backs all its repairs with a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for parts and labor.

Columbus, Indiana’s Premier Independent Auto Repair Shop

Experience isn’t the only thing that sets H K Auto apart from other car repair shops in Columbus. H K Auto is dedicated to customer service, making sure our customers understand the problems their vehicles are experiencing. We always provide fair and reliable estimates and work to maintain a clean, comfortable environment for our customers.

We’re also environmentally conscious at our repair center. We recycle our used antifreeze, and rather than dump or otherwise dispose of used car oil, we burn it to heat the shop during winter.

Toby Kleffman

Toby Kleffman, certified mechanic and owner of H K Auto, has been in the auto repair since before he graduated from North High School in Columbus, Indiana. In 1994, he joined the repair team at a local dealership and so excelled at car repair that in 1996 he won the USA Skills Championship hosted by Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Inc. (VICA, now SkillsUSA).

Toby is married to Amy Kleffman. They have two teenage sons. For fun, Toby like to hunt and fish.

Mike Anderson

Columbus, Indiana, native Mike joined H K Auto in 2017 after managing parts in the automotive industry for 32 years.

He lives on a farm in Hartsville, Indiana, with his wife of 29 years. He has two children and three grandchildren. Outside work, Mike enjoys playing guitar, hunting, and shooting targets.

Chuck Brewer

Chuck has worked as a mechanic at H K Auto since 2010 and has been in the car repair industry for 31 years. He lives in Columbus, Indiana, with his wife of 28 years. He and his wife have two children.

Chuck’s interests include farming, four wheeling, and hunting.

John Hoff

John joined H K Auto as “the guy who picks up the phone” (service provider) in 2011 after 23 years in the auto repair industry. He graduated from Wyoming Technical with an associate’s degree in applied science and then worked at a dealership in Columbus, Indiana, for some years.

Originally from Columbus, John enjoys watching Formula 1 races. He owns a Keeshond, Duchess II.

Amy Kleffman

In 2017, Amy joined H K Auto as office administrator. She is married to Toby Kleffman (17 years) and has two teenage boys.

Amy enjoys running, cooking, and baking.

Mike Adams

Mike joined H K Auto in 2014 and has 10 years of auto repair experience. He grew up in Petersville in Bartholomew County and currently lives in Hartsville. He has one daughter (Aubree). Other than auto repair, his interests include woodworking, four wheeling, and off-roading.

Mike Lee

Born and raised in Brown County, Indiana, Mike Lee has been at H K Auto since 2010. Before doing auto repair at H K Auto, Mike was “wrenching” at a local body shop. He has 37 years of experience working on cars. Before turning to automotive work, Mike repaired heavy equipment.

Mike is married (37 years) and has a daughter and two grandchildren. He lives in Brown County in the house he grew up in and enjoys hunting, fishing, and landscaping.

Kyle Ludwig

Kyle originally planned on a career in graphic design and web development. However, he’s long been an “automotive lover who loves to tinker around with cars.” He ended up at a local dealership before joining the team at H K Auto as a service advisor.

Kyle’s hobbies include cars and “all guns that go boom.”

Vince Rodriguez

Hailing from the Caribbean, Vince has lived in Columbus, Indiana for 21 years. Prior to joining H K Auto in 2015 as janitor, Vince worked as an auto mechanic.

Vince has been married 38 years and has two children. Besides work and family, he is committed to his Christian faith.

Gary Smith

Originally from Bloomington, Gary lives in Hartsville with his wife of 22 years. He’s worked at H K Auto in Columbus since 2012 and has 41 years of car repair experience.

He has two boys and enjoys boating and jet skiing.