About Us

Rodney Schindler first opened Rod's Japanese Auto Care in 2002 in Bellingham, WA. He started fixing cars and small engines when he was just nine years of age. Rodney has always had a certain passion for fixing things, and that's the main reason why he has been in the automotive industry for 30 years and counting. He is an ASE Certified Master Mechanic, and the shop's entire staff has the same technician certification that allows them to tackle even the hardest and most sophisticated auto repairs.

Today, Rod’s Japanese Auto Care provides residents of Bellingham and surrounding communities with honest, reliable, and high-quality auto repair and maintenance services for both foreign and domestic vehicles. We are a family-owned and operated auto repair center in Bellingham that is staffed with a team of experienced and ASE Certified technicians who receive ongoing training in automotive technology and auto repair services. We use the most current diagnostic equipment available, including original factory equipment, which enables us to quickly discover any problems and start working on the solutions as soon as possible.

We are members of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), , and Automotive Training Institute (ATI). Our auto repair center is a full-service facility that offers complimentary WiFi, loaner cars, local shuttle service, and unparalleled customer service. We stand behind the quality of our work with an unprecedented limited LIFETIME WARRANTY on all repairs.

As a family-owned and operated business, we’re proud to serve the families in our community. We support many local and high school sports teams, including Meridian School District, Nooksack High School, Bellingham Bull Dogs, Bellingham Dogs Cheerleaders, Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, and many more. We also love to donate to local charities such as Lydia place, and the Women’s Care shelter, and Blue Skies for Children!

Are you ready to experience the best Bellingham car service available? Please give us a call or make an appointment here.


Rod - Owner | Rod's Japanese Auto Care



Rod is a Former Technician and now Business owner for over 17 years. He has been in the automotive business for over 30 years! Rod values each customer that walks into his Bellingham auto repair shop. In his spare time, Rod enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 children and going camping with his cat Skye.

Brittany - Service Manager | Rod's Japanese Auto Care


General Manager

Brittany has been a full time General Manager for over 8 years now, and she absolutely loves working with our team! She enjoys providing excellent customer service to every customer, building lasting customer relationships. If you have any car questions, Brittany loves to be thorough in explaining what needs to be done and why. Outside of work, Brittany enjoys spending time with her wife, their 2 dogs, the outdoors and fishing!

Jayson - Technician | Rod's Japanese Auto Care


Shop Manager

I have been a technician for over 13 years. I love everything about cars. I also enjoy hunting & fishing spending time with my 3 boys and beautiful wife.


Jeffrey | Rod's Japanese Auto Care


Service Advisor

I am Rod’s son Jeffrey, I have been in construction most of my life. I enjoy bowling, hiking, hunting, frisbee golf, and nearly anything outdoors! I have been married for over a year now to my beautiful wife Sarah. I’m very proud to be working for the family business.

Luis - Technician | Rod's Japanese Auto Care



Has been a technician since he was a kid. He loves working on cars and takes a lot of pride in his work. He also has a Model T at home he has that runs and drives & an old VW Bus. He has 3 kids and a beautiful wife and one grand baby.

Zach - Technician | Rod's Japanese Auto Care


Service Advisor

Grew up here most of his life in Whatcom County. New to this side of the industry! But definitely not new to cars. He loves working on his own and capable of doing a lot of different things on them. So he knows has a good technical understanding of how a vehicle works. He loves spending time with his 3 kids and his amazing wife Sarah. Zach likes to do out doors activities with his kids when he isn't working!


Steven | Rod's Japanese Auto Care



Steven grew up in Whatcom County. He enjoys working on cars, he has been doing it for 8 years professionally now, but has always been in the automotive industry. He is a certified EMT, and enjoys Firefighting too! In his spare time he loves anything outdoors with his Wife and dogs, doing what is the best in the great PNW- mountain biking, kayaking, camping, hiking, etc!

Lexus and Skye | Rod's Japanese Auto Care

Lexus and Skye

Shop Cats

Lexus (left) has been Rod’s Greeter for just over 9 years. She loves to sunbathe, but is usually too tired to play anymore. She asks you to be gentle when petting her, especially on the belly because she’s a bit tender there. Lexus has handed the title of “The Official Greeter” over to Skye (pictured on the right) Skye is 7 years old and LOVES people, especially strangers. Don’t be alarmed if she jumps up on you lap and hangs out with you while you are waiting for your car- she is VERY friendly. If you don’t want her on your lap just give her a slight nudge and she will understand and not bother you anymore. Lexus and Skye both love people, but are not used to dogs and are afraid of them.

Troy | Rod's Japanese Auto Care


ASE Master Technician


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We are a progressive and environmentally friendly shop. We recycle everything at the shop- metal, paper, plastic, etc. We use 100% recycled paper. We are working on going fully paperless with our Digital Vehicle inspections and Digital Work Orders! We specialize in Hybrid batteries and reconditioning


Bellingham Auto Repair Shop | Rod's Japanese Auto Care


Looking for an affordable alternative to the high Auto Repair service pricing at the local dealership? Rod's Japanese Auto Care can help. Owned and supported by a team of ASE certified mechanics who receive ongoing training in automotive technology and auto repair services, we're proud to be able to offer you dealership quality knowledge and experience without dealership pricing!


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Our team of technicians strives to stay up to date on the latest automotive technology, and has professional, hands-on experience working with both foreign and domestic vehicles. We strive to use the most current diagnostic equipment available including original factory equipment, which means that we can often more quickly uncover the problem and begin working on the solution. Combining cutting-edge technology with real-world experience, it is our mission to be able to get your car back on the road in less time than it takes other shops to simply figure out what's wrong!



We invite you to take a look around our website and learn a bit more about our Auto Repair shop and what we do. Read some of the testimonials from some of our many happy customers, or find out more information on some of our Auto Repair specialties. Call or email us to inquire about how we can help with your specific automobile concern. And if you're in the Bellingham area, feel free to stop by the shop and say hello, even if you aren't currently in any need of auto repair or maintenance services. We'd be delighted to introduce ourselves, show you around the facility and answer any questions you may have about our business and our services.


Benefits and Convenience for Our Customers

Auto Service Bellingham | Rod's Japanese Auto Care

  • Limited LIFETIME Warranty
  • Courtesy Shuttle Service
  • 24 Hour Drop Off
  • Free Loaner Car by Appointment
  • Vehicle Pickup and Drop Off
  • Financing Available
  • Online Vehicle History Reports Through AutoVitals
  • We Think Green: We recycle everything and use a paperless system to manage our work orders.

The Result is Customer Loyalty

We are a family owned business that has been providing top-notch customer service to the residents of Bellingham since 2002. With countless 5-star reviews and customer testimonials, we are proud of our reputation as one of the area's most trustworthy Auto Repair shops.

Customer Advantages


At Rod's Japanese Auto Care, we understand that it can be difficult to manuever your day while your car is in the shop. This is why we are committed to providing convenient ways for you to bring your vehicle in for service. We strive to make your experience as hassle-free as possible. Friendly service and high quality repairs, backed by the latest technology - it's a difference you and your vehicle will appreciate. Here are some advantages that set us apart.


Bellingham Logo | Rod's Japanese Auto Care


Your car is the second largest purchase you'll make, your home being the first. So, why would you trust just anyone to work on your car? Since 2002, the residents of Whatcom County and Vancouver have been coming to Rod's Japanese Auto Care. Why? Because we're the best. We offer dealership-quality repairs at a price you can afford, with the best out there warranty! 


Our ASE-Certified Technicians are the best in the industry. They have decades of experience performing all kinds of repairs. From engine rebuilding to electrical troubleshooting, they do it all. They know all makes and models too, including Asian, European and domestic vehicles. Some of the services we provide include:

  • Engine Repairs
  • Drivetrain and Transmission Repairs
  • Brake Repairs (drum and disc)
  • Charging System Repairs
  • Cooling System Repairs
  • Suspension & Steering Repairs
  • Tire Repairs and Replacement


Performing auto repairs without a complete inspection is a waste of time and money. That's why at Rod's Japanese Auto Care, our technicians perform a complete visual inspection on every car that comes in. They then follow up with any needed mechanical or electrical testing. When you've got a check engine light on or a slipping transmission, you can trust us to figure it out.


Some shops leave you scratching your head about your car. Not at Rod's Japanese Auto Care. We provide our customers with a thorough, transparent overview of any recommended repairs, and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Honesty is our top priority, meaning we will never make any unnecessary repair suggestion.


Some shops want to sell you everything under the sun. They think that's the easy way to make money, but it doesn't last. At Rod's Japanese Auto Care, we earn business through honesty and integrity. We provide no-pressure repair recommendations. In addition, we make clear which repairs are vital (such as worn steering components) and which are suggested (such as replacing your cabin filter).

Come to Rod's Japanese Auto Care for the best auto repair in Bellingham, WA. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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