Miller Auto care celebrates 50 years in Carmel

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Miller Auto Care began in a Union 76 gas station on Range Line Road in 1968 with two bays. In the 50 years that has passed since, the building has moved once and also changed owners.

Current Owner Keith Stockberger began working at the business in 1983. He knew the original owner, Amos Miller, because they attended the same church.

“I remembered he was an elder in our church, so when I got out in my career I came here in ’83,” Stockberger said. “In 1986, (my wife) Debbie and I purchased Miller Auto Care.”

In 1970, Miller Auto Care moved out of the gas station and into the brick building it is in today at 434 S. Range Line Rd. Miller moved the business because of his faith.

“What happened was in the ‘60s, nobody was open on Sundays,” Stockberger said. “There was not a lot of restaurants and stuff, so Union 76 came in and told him he had to be open on Sunday. Amos being a person who worshipped on Sundays said no and had this building built because he said he wasn’t going to be open on Sunday.”

Today, Miller Auto Care is still closed on Sundays.

In 1990, the Stockbergers purchased an acre of land to the north of the building and expanded it to 12 bays total, bricked the building and added a new office.

The Stockbergers have transformed Miller Auto Care into a family business. All four of the Stockbergers’ daughters have worked at Miller Auto Care, with some still employed there.

For the 50th anniversary, the couple added signage to the building but they don’t think they will do a larger celebration event. Amos Miller died in 2015.


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