The History of Autohaus MerkleAutohaus Merkle, Inc. opened for business at its current location in 1967. Back then, Autohaus was only one bay and serviced only air-cooled Volkswagens. As time went by and the shop grew, the original 24'x24' garage was torn down and a 2-bay shop was built. Since then, Autohaus has gone through two further expansions. First into a 5-bay shop with a new office. Then to the 8-bay service facility we operate today. As the shop grew, so did the desire to expand our service to other European vehicles. Gradually becoming an "all foreign" service facility. Today, we specialize in only German vehicles but will happily service your other foreign vehicles for your convenience.
The FamilyCarl - FounderCarl grew up in a small town near Heilbron, Germany in an automotive repair family. His father owned an Audi dealership in 1927 that changed to one of the first Volkswagen dealerships in 1949. Carl studied as a toolmaker and then a mechanic before coming to the U.S. in 1960. After serving 2 years in the U.S. military and working as a mechanic for a few years, Carl opened Autohaus in 1967. After 45 years of serving the needs of German car owners in Indianapolis, Carl has retired and sold Autohaus to Scott to continue the same high quality service you have grown accustomed to.Manfred - Service Writer/Service ManagerManfred is originally form a small town near Stuttgart, Germany where he learned his trade as a tool maker. Shortly after, he began working in the new car design and prototype department at Audi. He stayed there for 15 years, becoming a group leader. Manfred came to the U.S. in 1983 and has been with Autohaus since. He does everything from answering the phones and selling estimates, to lending his help when and where his specialized skills are needed. With his 45 years of automotive experience, Manfred is an irreplaceable member of the family.Scott - Owner/OperatorScott came to Autohaus in Spring of 2007 as a part time technician apprentice. He moved from his home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was studying automotive at Cincinnati State, to continue his automotive education at Lincoln College of Technology. Upon graduation from Lincoln College of Technology in the summer of 2007, Scott became a full-time technician at Autohaus. Since then, he has advanced rapidly into the Lead Technician, Shop Foreman, and now the Owner of Autohaus. Holding his diploma from Lincoln College of Technology and multiple Bosch certifications, Scott is more than qualified to properly service your German automobile.Zack - TechnicianZack is originally from Dayton, Ohio. He came to Indianapolis to study automotive technology at Lincoln College of Technology. In December, 2012, Zack joined the Autohaus family shortly after his graduation from Lincoln. Zack's skills were evident a very short time after beginning his employment at Autohaus. Since his start here, he has obtained multiple ASE certifications and is currently working to obtain his Bosch certifications. His dedication to the job and continuing personal education makes him the technician you need working on your vehicle.