About Auto-Assist in College Park, Maryland
Auto Assist, Inc. in College Park, Maryland has been in business since 1983, and our team has more than 45 years of experience. Auto Assist is staffed by a team of mobility modifications specialists who work with handicapped drivers and passengers in need of vehicle modifications that address their specific issues. We work with you during the entire process to ensure that you retain your independence with a focus on safety. The self-satisfaction of helping someone in need is our greatest reward.
From an early age, the Auto-Assist founder Bob was fascinated by mechanical things and what makes them tick. As a young kid about four years old, he had a push-pedal Jeep™ and his dad told him that he would jack it up, get underneath, and “check the mains.” Honestly I don’t remember that, but Dad did. However, he does recall moving on to souped-up bicycles, soap box derby racers, hot rods of various makes and models, stock cars, and airplanes. Collectively, they served as an incubator for the business that was eventually to come. Despite the bruised fingers and dirty hands, he indeed learned something along the way.
Bob also acquired a large collection of tools and equipment that found their way to our mobility shop that is known today as Auto Assist, Inc. Bob used those skills learned through years of experience to assist those who have special needs and require our services to stay independent and mobile.
"We established our business in 1983 to provide adaptive equipment for drivers and passengers. At first, it seemed simple, and now looking back, it’s almost laughable. Your age will tell on you if you remember when the high/low beams were controlled with a foot switch. This worked for just about everybody with the exception of someone without a left leg."
That was their first job, installing a relay with a dash-mounted switch placed near the turn signal lever. This did the trick, and it was a priceless learning experience for Bob. Living in a rural area, this primitive device made night driving possible with improved safety. Customer number one was more than pleased, but the more memorable part in Bob's mind was the eye-opening experience and the pride and self-satisfaction that was received from providing a practical solution for this problem.
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