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Pete’s Service Center Restores European & Classic Cars

Photographer / Michael Durr

Need professional care for your European exotic and classic cars? Pete’s Service Center is a small, skilled premier auto repair shop that specializes in repairing and restoring classic and European cars, such as BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Lamborghini and more.

Pete’s Service Center offers all kinds of services, including auto repair, vehicle restoration and classic car storage. Their restorations include complete engine and transmission rebuilds, brakes, rust repair, steering, suspension, and carburetor/tuning rebuild. They also offer storage for classic cars, including special storage services for each car. Their storage location is on 2525 E 56th St, Indianapolis 46220.

“We expanded services alternative to dealerships,” says Ilya Grabovsky, the owner of Pete’s Service Center. “We are able to fill the gap between services for customers after their warranty expires.”

Pete’s Service Center started in 1955 by German immigrant Pete Kahlo. After 42 years of service, it was purchased by the current owners, Ilya and Angela Grabovsky in 1997. They moved to the U.S. in 1989, where Ilya started work in the local Chevrolet dealership. He eventually saved enough money to buy Pete’s Service Center from Kahlo, who now owns Kahlo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Noblesville.

Since then, Ilya, Angela and their son, Eric Grabovsky, have been running the service center. They have continued the legacy Kahlo started by working on European cars. According to Eric, Pete’s Service Center is the only place that works on the high-end European cars. The closest places are in Cincinnati and Chicago.

“We want our passion and love for those vehicles to resonate in the car and for the customers,” Eric says.

Ilya and Eric love working here because they can interact with each customer and make sure they are always helped in the best ways possible. The customers at Pete’s are important to them, and they personally greet each customer as often as they can. Eric had the privilege of meeting with a customer who had parents and grandparents who were serviced at Pete’s. There is generational impact there, and Ilya and Eric are honored to be a part of that.

Aside from simply making repairs for each car owner who walks in their business, the employees at Pete’s Service Center make it a priority to educate their customers about what they are repairing and how to make it easier on them in the future. According to Ilya, they educate each and every car owner about the proper maintenance of each vehicle. They care about their customers, and they want to make sure they are taken care of long term.

“It’s a pleasure to make a customer feel accomplished, and it makes us proud to provide a great service,” Ilya says. “We get to provide them with a valuable experience from beginning to end.”


To learn more about Pete’s Service Center and everything they offer, visit them online at petesservicecenter.com. You can also give them a call at 317-283-7555 or visit them at 4902 N. Pennsylvania St. Indianapolis.

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