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For many years, Stan's Automotive has been a trusted name in Lafayette. Yet, few are aware of the fascinating story behind it all.

Back in 1973, Stan Elmore and Wally Prather joined forces to establish Stan's Tire Shoppe in Lafayette. Fresh out of high school and newly married to Donna, Stan had previously worked at Wally's George Oil gas station during his high school years. At the time, Wally was a major tire wholesaler in the Front Range region but lacked a retail presence. Stan, despite his limited business experience as a former grocery clerk in Lake Wales, Florida, had a vision. He saw a need for a tire store in Lafayette, and with Wally's tire inventory and a suitable location, they formed a partnership, and Stan's was born.

While Stan may have lacked business polish, he compensated with determination and unwavering integrity. As a young entrepreneur, he surrounded himself with exceptional individuals who helped him navigate the world of business and expand his enterprise.

By 1980, Stan's original Lafayette location and a small Front Street site in Louisville had outgrown their capacity. This prompted the construction of a new facility on South Boulder Road, strategically positioned between Lafayette and Louisville, to better serve both communities.

Since relocating to South Boulder Road, Stan's has grown with the community, evolving from a tire sales and light service operation into a state-of-the-art Complete Automotive Service Center. We now boast the latest computer diagnostic equipment and some of the nation's most highly trained technicians.

Our Achievements and Awards

  • 1992-2006: National CarQuest Excellence Award Honorable Invitation and Request
  • 2005: Best of the West - Best Automotive Repair Facility
  • 2005 and 2004: BBB Gold Star Award (Zero Complaints)
  • 2003: Best of the West - Best Auto Repair Shop
  • 2003 and 2002: Daily Camera Reader's Choice Award: Runner-Up for Best Auto Repair Shop/Service Department
  • 2000-2001: Top 5 AAA Approved Repair Facility in Colorado (Based on Consumer Ratings)
  • 2000: Stan Elmore inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame
  • 1992-2000: CARQUEST National Advisory Council Member (Top 10 shops in the nation)
  • 1995-2000: Voted Best Auto Technicians by Lafayette News readers
  • 1999: Voted Best Deal on Tires by Lafayette News readers
  • 1996: Stan Elmore received the Sam Walton Business Leader Award
  • 1995-1996: Voted Best Oil Change by Lafayette News readers
  • 1995: Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Service First Award
  • 1993: Voted Best Independent Auto Repair Facility in the NATION!
  • 2018-2023 Best of Boulder East County - Best Auto Repair
  • 2023 Hometown Weekly - Best Auto Repair

Yet, the real success of Stan's has always come from you, our valued customers. Our strong community involvement and relationships with local businesses, charities, schools, and other organizations have firmly established Stan's as the go-to experts in automotive repair throughout Boulder County.

We express our sincere gratitude for your unwavering support.