About Jeff's Automotive Service mechanics in Urbana, OH

Experienced Mechanics Serving Urbana Drivers Since 1980

On May 5, 1980, Jeff's Automotive Service began out of a one-car garage in Urbana, OH, where owner and founder Jeff Thurman worked evenings and weekends. The business grew, and Jeff moved to a SOHIO station in the early 1980s and then to our present location on E. Water Street in 1984. Along with Jeff, our lead auto repair technician, Bob Knox, has been here all 35+ years, and as of August 1, 2019, we will have been in the same building for 35 years.

Our goal is to serve Urbana for many years to come!

Today, Jeff has been in the auto repair business for more than 39 years. He is ASE-certified. As he explains it—he has seen cars come and go, he was seen people come and go, but the satisfaction he gets from serving people’s automotive needs has made the last four decades fly by. He looks forward to serving Urbana drivers for many years to come.

Let Us Introduce Ourselves

  • Jeff Thurman, Founder & Owner
    Jeff ThurmanFounder & Owner

    I was born in Clark County, Ohio and grew up in Champaign County. I began my automotive career by working on my first car, which I still have 45 years later. I graduated from Northwestern University of Ohio, but just as important, I am a lifetime student of “The School of Hard Knocks.” I married my high school sweetheart and have three children and two grandchildren. My family and my business are the most important things in my life.


  • Robert (Bob) Knox, Auto Repair Technician
    Robert (Bob) KnoxAuto Repair Technician

    I have been an auto repair technician for nearly four decades, and I’ve been at Jeff’s Automotive Service since 1984. I like my job for the fact that it’s a challenge, plus the immense satisfaction when a car is done and done right. Quality work is a direct reflection of me, so quality is important to me. When I’m not fixing cars, I’m a pastor at my church, husband, father, grandfather, and very busy. And you know what? I wouldn’t change it at all!