Chris Colby is the proprietor of Searsport Motor Company. He recently sat down with VilageSoup for a question-and-answer session.

Chris, how did you get in the car business?

I’ve always been interested in vehicles since I was a teenager and had the opportunity to go to work selling cars in Bangor and Brewer. After selling cars for eight years I was a sales manager and used vehicle manager and buyer, which was by far the most fun for me.

Why did you and your family decide to open a business in Searsport?

My wife Diane-Marie grew up in Searsport and I grew up in Belfast. We’ve lived here for 14 years. It’s a great area, full of community spirit and where we wanted to raise our boys (Jed and Judson). When you go in the store to get a cup of coffee, everyone knows your name and that’s a great feeling.

This new facility must have been a huge investment. Why do it now, and why in Searsport?

Two reasons — our customers asked for it and they deserve it. We know people have a lot of choices in where they do business and we wanted to make sure we respect that and provide a place that is inviting and appealing for people to come to.

Chris, I see you have expanded your service department. Why is it so important for a car owner to do their regular maintenance?

Most automotive professionals will tell you that doing scheduled maintenance is the single biggest thing you can do to increase your car’s value. Scheduled maintenance will not only make sure the vehicle is running properly, it will also increase fuel economy and allow potential problems to be caught early. It’s just like having routine physicals with your doctor.

I understand your shop is ASE certified. What does that mean?

ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence which is the industry standard for training levels and certification for technicians or mechanics. Our lead technician, Eric Moody, is ASE certified in three areas: suspension, brakes, heating & air conditioning, and has 13 years of experience. We are thrilled to have him on our team and are constantly looking for ways to improve and advance our technicians. It’s a win/win situation.

Searsport Motor Company is located at 315 East Main Street (Route 1) in Searsport. For more information, visit searsportmotorco.com.