Kusch, right, looks at classic cars receiving
service at Hartland Service on Wednesday. The shop
is expanding to better serve both modern and
classic car owners.
— When vehicle emissions testing became privatized
more than three years ago, Hartland Service owners Mike
and Debbie Kusch embraced the opportunity and hired
trained professionals to handle the testing and work
with potential long-term clients. By offering emissions
testing at Hartland Service, as well as specialized
services such as detailing and muscle car repairs, the
24-year-old business has seen significant growth in
customer numbers and now in building size.
Service is adding about 7,500 square feet to its
10,000-square-foot building. It will go from 13 service
bays to 20 bays. An existing building that has been the
location for auto detailing will be transformed into a
two-lane car wash, with the touch-free car wash lane
being eight feet to allow for work vans and other larger
vehicles. On the exterior of the car wash, there will be
vacuums that can be used for free, 24/7.
opening Hartland Service on April 1, 1992, Mike Kusch
said his business has grown substantially and has
already undergone one expansion in 1997 that included
six new bays.
said he has always been interested in classic cars and
working on them personally.
want to walk into a shop that looks like it knows how to
take care of it,” Kusch said about classic car owners.
newly expanded space will include a room specifically
for bringing in collector cars for service and repair.
The room will be used for discussing and inspecting the
car while protecting it — and the owners — from the
weather. There will also be a work area specifically for
classic car repairs, as well as storage for their parts.
Because it takes more time to order classic car parts,
those vehicles can sit for a longer time at Hartland
Service, so Mike Kusch said he wanted to create an area
designated for them so they are protected and their
Woolever, owner of Wooly’s Hot Rods in Johnson Creek,
has been hired to work at Hartland Service.
Kusch said last summer their lot was full of classic
cars waiting to be serviced.
rendering of Hartland Service’s facility when
its expansion is complete.
detailing and classic car shop will have a separate name
from the rest of the business and will be called K4
Specialty Vehicles, as in K to the fourth power, to
represent the four generations of the Kusch family who
have been in the automotive repair business, including
Mike’s and Debbie’s son, Jeff; and Mike’s brother,
Service employs 12 full-time and three part-time
employees, and expects to add a few more in the coming
Kusch refers to emission testing as his business’s
“secret weapon.” He said it gives Hartland Service
the opportunity to spend five minutes meeting and
greeting the vehicle owners with the hope that they will
be impressed and become regular customers.
made literally hundreds of customers in the last
three-and-a-half years,” he said. “I’m still
the growing focus on classic cars, Hartland Service will
hold car cruise nights this summer and other related
the future, a hybrid vehicle charge station will likely
be added to the property. Hartland Service already
employed a trained hybrid technician.
you look at electric car technology, they are becoming
more and more common,” Kusch said.
hopes the visibility of the charging station will be
publicity for Hartland Service’s ability to service
recent years, Mike and Debbie Kusch have purchased land
surrounding Hartland Service for a total two-and-half
acres, so there’s even more room for growth.