Koester’s would like to welcome you to our one stop body and service shop for all of your vehicle needs. Being in business for 50 years proves our commitment to the timely, and detailed repairs for all vehicles, including cars, vans, recreational vehicles, and over the road trucks and trailers.
Koester’s Body and Frame Shop, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana goes above and beyond your typical body shop. Our 70,000 ft² state of the art full service facility also includes a 7200 ft² detail shop. Featuring full detail services including washes, sandblasting, complete degreasing, and reconditioning of all types of vehicles.
Along with 35 indoor work bays this facility also has a full service parts department which carries new and used auto and truck parts, and equipment (i.e. hoods, bumpers, cabs, fuel tanks). As well as Buyers snow plows, and parts. Our mechanical shop services medium to heavy duty trucks, including preventive maintenance. As well as our transportation department, offering towing services, and hauling larger vehicles, and containers to many destinations across the United States.
Our expert teams of technicians take pride in the quality of their work and strive only for 100% customer satisfaction. This is why we are a preferred repair facility for several R.V. manufactures and insurance companies alike.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Feel free to check out our web site at www.koestersales.com, call with any questions or concerns, or stop by any time for a full tour. We will be happy to assist you any way we can.
DO YOU HAVE A PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM FOR YOUR VEHICLES?
A good preventive maintenance program starts with a great mechanical facility, and you just found it! Koester’s works with you, to save your company money when it comes to repair costs and down time. Having your equipment on a regular maintenance program allows you to spend more time on your core business and eliminate down time. This in short, saves your business money.
Not only will you save money, you will be maintaining the most important thing to all people in this business…SAFETY! This includes your safety, as well as for your employees, and all others out there on the road.
Compare Koester’s hourly rates to that of franchised dealers.
Koester’s, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana has been in business for 50 years. This proves our pride and commitment to our services and our customers. We offer more than just maintenance, including complete body, paint, frame, alignment, detail, and wrecker services for all classes of trucks and trailers. We also carry used, reconditioned cabs, hoods, and major parts. Feel free to visit us at www.koestersales.com, call with any questions or concerns, or stop by anytime for a complete tour of our 70,000 ft² facility.
1948- Steve Koester, as a young man, helped his late father, Fred, refurbish a 1941 Willies. As neither of them had the ability to paint their projects, they had to sub-contract that aspect to someone else. At that time, Steve decided that this would provide an honest living for an honest man.
1960-64- Steve worked during the day at Kelley’s Body Shop and in the evening drove a wrecker for Hefner’s on an “on-call” basis while repairing vehicles in his garage at home.
1965-69- Steve’s vehicle repair business increased to the point that he was able to leave Kelley’s and work full time at home, but still continued to drive the wrecker on an”on-call” basis.
1970- In February of that year, Steve purchased the OK Garage (located at Koester’s Maumee Ave. location) which became Koester’s Body Shop, Inc. Steve continued to drive the wrecker at night for a few more years. At that point, Koester’s became his primary employment. Steven completed all facets of the business, including body, frame, paint, and clean up.
1970-79- Koester’s grew in its capacity at the Maumee Ave. location and had seven employees.
1978-79- Steve purchased property adjacent to the Maumee property to be able to expand the operation. He built the new structure on the acquired property. In September 1979, he opened the expansion with the old building still in operation.
1981- The body shop had continued to grow and now had approximately 15 employees.
1982- On February 10 of that year, Koester’s suffered a property damage loss as the result of a fire caused by gasoline leaking from a punctured tank on a “parts car”. The fire was set off by an acetylene torch being used by an employee on another car. The fire damage to the building was beyond repair.
1983-present- Koester’s now has 50 + full-time employees and is a full service car and truck facility, from vehicle pickup to vehicle delivery. After completing our new facility, we now have 82,000 sq ft of under roof space to service your needs.