Snehal Shah is a 12-year veteran of the automotive industry and owner of Auto Techies, a Diamond Certified company since 2011. He can be reached at (510) 397-8966 or by email.

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Snehal Shah: High Gear

  • Snehal Shah is owner of Auto Techies.

Snehal Shah: High Gear
“I’d always had a desire to work in auto repair."

FREMONT − Even though Snehal Shah’s first career was in the high-tech industry, his passion has always been cars, so when an opportunity arose for him to get involved in the automotive field, he shifted things into high gear. “I was working with Fortune 500 companies in the technology sector, doing everything from product development to marketing,” he explains. “I’d always had a desire to work in auto repair, and I was keeping an eye out for an opportunity to purchase a business. When I came across Auto Techies, it just seemed like a great fit, so I decided to go for it.”

Today, Snehal says he enjoys the freedom that comes from running his own business. “I like having control over the entire operation. In my previous career, I had to navigate a lot of politics just to get anything done, so it’s nice being able to manage every aspect myself.”

Born in India, Snehal came to the United States at an early age and was raised in Southern California before making his way to the Bay Area. Today, as a resident of San Ramon, he says he appreciates the comparative lack of traffic. “In Southern California, there’s traffic pretty much 20 hours a day due to the constant growth and freeway construction. We have our share of traffic here, but overall, it’s a lot easier to get around.” While Snehal says his business accounts for the bulk of his schedule, when he’s able to get away, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Bhavna, and their son, Abinash, who is currently attending college.

In regard to his professional career, Snehal emphasizes the importance of customer education. “Obviously, few customers have a working knowledge of auto repair, so we try to be sensitive to that and clearly explain things to them,” he says. “To us, automotive work isn’t rocket science, it’s our everyday job, so it’s just a matter of breaking things down in such a way that the customer can understand.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Snehal says he’d take up a new hobby. “These days, I don’t have time for much besides my business, so I’d probably cultivate some of my interests. I love travelling and wildlife photography, so maybe I’d go to Africa and take pictures of the animals.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s your favorite season?

A: Summer—I enjoy the long days and cool evenings.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

A: The 4th of July, because of the outdoor activities like barbequing and watching fireworks.

Q: What was your first car?

A: A 1970 Buick LeSabre, which was a family hand-me-down.

Q: What’s your dream car?

A: Any kind of Ferrari.

Q: Who’s the best James Bond?

A: It’s a toss-up between Roger Moore and Sean Connery. However, I would say the best Bond movie is “Casino Royale.”

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