OUR TEAM

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.
Alonso

Alonso

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.
Justyn

Justyn

Justyn was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1983. He met his wife in his late teens and they have been married since 2006. In 2011, the two decided to move to Bellingham to raise and grow their family. They now have 3 boys and a girl ages 11, 10, 7, and 5. Justyn was a Journeyman Electrician for 13 years but decided to leave the industry and follow his passion for cars. He started at Bellingham Technical College in 2017 and completed 2 associate degrees in Automotive Collision Repair Technology and Automotive Technology. After 4 years of college, raising 4 kids, and all the ups and downs that come with it. Justyn is looking forward to his career as a mechanic where he can work on cars everyday and be immersed in the Automotive Industry for decades to come.
Rob

Rob

Rob has been an ASE Certified Automotive Technician for over 30+ years. He has been a store manager at large corporate automotive repair facilities as well as owned his own shop. Rob is an Air Force Veteran and is married to Cindy, his wife of 21 years. They have 5 children. When not working on cars, Rob enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, astronomy, birding and playing video games.

Contact us

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