North Smithfield Automotive Center mechanics and staff in North Smithfield, RI

Get to Know North Smithfield Automotive Center

North Smithfield Automotive Center is family-owned and operated by Michael H. McAlister and Mary Anne McAlister. Michael opened the shop to provide a valuable service that people need and to help others. Today, we are a very busy auto repair shop, with Michael, Mary Anne, and their daughters all behind the counter. Auto repair has been a daily part of the McAlister family’s lives for two generations.

"I love the experience and the daily challenge of running an auto repair shop, as well as the people who depend on us and our ability to help them."
— Michael H. McAlister, Owner

Michael’s Auto Repair Journey

Michael started out working on jets in the United States Air Force. After he finished his service, he went to Franklin Institute and graduated at the top of his class, receiving the McTavish Award. Then, he was hired at Wellesley Volkswagen and worked there for 20 years as an automotive technician. Along the way, he went through all the schooling Volkswagen and Mazda had to offer and became a Registered Guild Master Technician with Volkswagen, as well as a Master Technician with Mazda. He also earned his ASE Master certification.

In 1998, Michael opened his own auto repair shop to gain independence and show his children not to fear failure… if he had failed. Over 20 years later, the McAlisters love their life in the shop.

Meet Our Friendly Service Team

  • Mary Anne, Owner & Go-To Person for Help
    Mary AnneOwner & Go-To Person for Help

    Marry Anne is our friendly and helpful jack-of-all-trades, from answering phones, to paying bills, to cleaning up. She always goes the extra mile to get the job done and ensure everyone is happy. A truly beautiful person inside and out, she always makes sure our customers’ best interests are put first and foremost, and she makes it a priority to get the right answer to any or all questions as they arise.


  • Karen, Service Writer
    KarenService Writer

    Karen has been a service writer with us for seven years. She is a very knowledgeable and caring person, always with a big smile on her face and eager to help you get your vehicle fixed and back on the road.


  • Christine, Service Writer
    ChristineService Writer

    Christine is a very warm and welcoming service writer and counter person, who is learning on the job and enjoying the journey. She does all she can for our very valued customers, making sure all their needs are addressed.


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