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About Us

On November 12, 2017, our family opened the doors of our newest automotive repair and service facility, Gold River Automotive.  We are proud to be located here in the lovely Gold River community and intend to provide our customers with a new “Gold Standard” for auto care:  technically sophisticated car repair and maintenance and old-fashioned personal service!  Our Automotive Technicians are all ASE Certified and have many years of professional experience in performing simple to complex automotive diagnostics and in completing the superior quality repairs and service you deserve.   Our totally renovated service bays now sparkle with clean, modern diagnostic and repair equipment that move us far beyond what you’ll find at most auto repair shops.  We think you’ll also be comfortable in our unique waiting room which features inviting décor, tasty drinks and treats at “the Spark”, our one- of -a- kind coffee service station, and a wide assortment of magazines and games to keep both children and adults pleasantly entertained.   Although our quality and service is clearly a huge step above the average, our prices are always fair and competitive.  Additionally, all of our work and the parts we sell come with a full 24,000 mile warranty.  We’re your new neighbors and hope you’ll stop by to meet us soon!        

The totally new Gold River Automotive is a family owned and operated business.  For over 50 years, under the guidance of my eminently talented husband, Michael Palmer, our family has been providing superior quality, affordable automotive repair and maintenance through our successful shops Sacramento, Auburn, West Sacramento and Vacaville.   Our family has gained a strong reputation for honesty, integrity and long-term commitment to all of our customers.  At present, our staff is comprised of Renton Garrett, Manager; Max Garrett, Service Writer/Assistant Manager; Nate Boyd, “A” level ASE Certified Automotive Technician; Josh Fizer, “A” level ASE Certified Automotive Technician and me, Bobbi Palmer (the Mom).  I do the office work, drive our courtesy shuttle and make sure our shop shines!

Our People

Renton Garrett, my oldest son, is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with B.S. Degree in Business Administration, and is also an ASE Certified Automotive Technician.  He has 15 years of professional experience in managing our automotive repair shops and astonishing expertise in supervising of all phases of automotive diagnostics and repairs.  Renton will impress you with his warmth and extensive knowledge.  He takes special care to provide our customers with clear and complete explanations about the maintenance and repair needs of their specific vehicle.  Renton is married and has two adorable daughters.

Max Garrett, my youngest son, is a graduate of WYOTech Automotive Institute and has completed 30 units of specialized study in Electro-Mechanical Robotics at Sierra College.  He is an ASE Certified Automotive Technician, has 9 years of experience both working in and managing our shops and is an expert finding the best parts prices for our customers.  He is also passionate about keeping up with the latest technological advances in the automotive technology field.  Max is engaged, with a wedding planned for next year.

Nate Boyd has been an integral part of our extended work family for almost 20 years.  He is an ASE Certified Automotive Technician capable of performing advanced diagnostics and any type of automotive repair.  He has functioned as Lead Technician for many years, supervising and offering advice to other technicians regarding particularly difficult repair challenges.  Nate is married and the father of 3 sons, one of whom was just married himself!   He is also a Deacon at Crossroads Church in Carmichael and is now the church’s musical director.

Josh Fizer has been with us for 10 years.  Prior to joining our team, he graduated from UTI Automotive Institute and worked at a Chrysler dealership for several years.  He is an ASE Certified Automotive Technician and is an avid custom race car enthusiast. Josh is married and the busy father of a family of five delightful children.  Josh is also a skilled welder who takes care of all our automotive welding needs and creates incredible metal art in his spare time.

Bobbi Palmer, that’s me.  I’m the proud mom of Renton, Max, and Alexis. Alexis worked in the family business for two years after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo but then decided to move onto a career as a Commercial Real Estate Broker.  My wonderful husband, Michael, has owned and operated automotive repair facilities and Shell Gasoline stations for his entire working life.  He is an ASE Master Certified Automotive Technician, Adjunct Professor in Automotive Technology at American River College, SMOG Technician trainer and Certified Aircraft Flight Instructor.  He loves teaching and has passed much of his extensive knowledge onto his sons.  I received BS and MS Degrees in Counseling from California State University, Sacramento and worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant for 20 years before becoming involved in the family automotive shops.  I love interacting with our customers and making our shop as welcoming as possible!