Arne’s Auto Service opened in Blairsville in July 1989, however, the dream started long before then. Arne and Donna bought the property in 1981 in the hope they could one day move to Blairsville and open their own business. They operated Arne’s Auto Service for 3-4 years on a smaller scale in South Florida before the dream was realized when they moved with their two sons, Erik and Leif, to Blairsville in 1988. Arne’s was built and opened nine months later.
Arne was born in Drammen Norway in 1946. After working on the family farm, he completed the mandatory four-year apprenticeship to become a certified mechanic and in 1968 left Norway for a job on an oil tanker. After transferring to a cruise ship for a different position he met Donna who also worked on the same ship they married in 1970 and moved to South Florida. Arne worked in the automotive industry for over 40 years and after 20 years of working for other shops and dealerships, he knew he wanted to start his own business where honesty and quality work were going to be a top priority. He and Donna engrained these values in Erik and Leif and they had the great opportunity to continue the dream when Arne and Donna decided to retire and they purchased the business in 2007.
Erik and Leif both went to college in Sylva, NC. Erik attended Western Carolina University for corporate finance and Leif attended Southwestern Community College and graduated with an associate’s degree in automotive systems technology. Leif is an ASE certified master technician and with the group of highly skilled technicians and office personnel they continue to provide honest and top-quality automotive services and repairs.