Pete’s Auto Repair staff are more than just technicians. We are part of your community and care about you, our customer, and your car!

Pete’s team takes pride in our work and is dedicated to your satisfaction. We stay current with the latest technology and tools to maintain and keep your vehicle functioning properly. As an ASE Certified auto repair shop, we regularly attend training to keep our Technician Certifications up to date.

Peter Harksell Jr.

Peter Harksell Jr.

Owner, Technician, Service Adviser, Etc.

Pete is a lifetime resident of Whatcom County. He has been involved with cars all his life. He started out working in his father’s service station in 1969 and then he purchased the business when it moved to its present location in 1991.

Pete is an ASE Certified Master Technician, ASE Certified Parts Specialist, and ASE Certified Service Advisor.

His interests are hot rods, hot wheels, reading, camping, and bicycle riding.

Nita Harksell

Nita Harksell

Co-owner and Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Nita is a lifetime resident of Whatcom County. She has been involved with the business since it opened in 1991. Before that she was a stay at home mom to their son.

She attended the Bellingham Technical College for secretarial and bookkeeping. Nita was the treasurer for the Whatcom unit of ASA from 2001 to 2012 and is currently holding this position again.  Nita also organizes the annual ASA Lights On Event held the first Saturday of October.

Her interests include cooking, making pies, gardening, bicycle riding, and writing poetry.

Allie Spencer

Allie Spencer

Service Manager/Technician

I grew up in Yakima Wash. and moved to Bellingham in 2012. I have been around cars since the age of 5. I finished my Auto Tech Degree at Bellingham Technical College in 2015. I worked at Pete’s during my internship and was hired on full time after graduation. I love being in the shop, working on cars but I also love being up front and helping our customers. In my free time, I enjoy being around animals and being outdoors. I was recently married to Nate and we have a wonderful new daughter.


My name is Alonso, I have worked here at Pete’s auto repair for about three years. I started off as an intern, and was hired on after I graduated from the Bellingham Technical College Automotive technology program. Some of my favorite hobbies are playing chess and working on cars, specifically lowriders. I have an ’86 Oldsmobile Cutlass supreme, and a project 1964 Chevrolet impala. I am the president of my lowrider car club and enjoy going to car shows and cruising around town on a warm summer evening. I am also a father to a beautiful year and a half old baby boy, Daniel. I am very detail oriented and every job I perform, I make sure it is done to the best of my abilities. I look forward to keeping your vehicle in tip top shape.



Hi my name is Alondra and I was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, but raised almost my entire life in Bellingham, WA. My love for Washington comes from it’s beautiful nature. I have a four year old daughter named Hailey and on my free time I love to spend time with her and watch movies. Here and there we like to get crafty or do puzzles. I started working at Pete’s Auto Repair in June of 2021, but before this I was working at O’Reilly’s for almost four years. Mostly all of my jobs have consisted of working in customer service. I find myself to be a very outgoing individual.


Hello my name is Jonathan Mendoza and I was born and raised in Bellingham, WA. My hobbies are working on cars trying to learn more about them and seeing how they work. I personally have a 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme as my project car that I work on in my free time with family and friends. I have been working at Pete’s Auto Repair for about a month now and love waking up to fixing things. I love the feeling of knowing that I am doing what I can to keep your vehicle up to date on service and in a good/reliable condition for your every day life.


I am Perry and I’m the intern here at Pete’s! I’m originally from Chicagoland in Illinois and I came here for the beautiful Pacific Northwest views and opportunity. I am a second year student at Bellingham Technical College and am honored to be training here at Pete’s Auto Repair. I have a passion for working with my hands and being of service. I love being a part of my community and hope to make a positive impact every day. Thank you for your trust in us!

Contact us

Monday – Friday
Shop Hours: 8am-4:30pm
Office Hours: 7:30am-5pm
Key Drop Service Available