An Auto Repair Shop with a Rich History in Wichita

L&M Auto Repair first opened its doors in 1967 as a general auto repair facility under Leon (“L”) and Marge (“M”) Woods, who called the shop L&M Shocks & Trailer Hitches. The Woods family provided excellent automotive services to the Wichita community for nearly three decades, until they decided to retire. They sold the shop to Howard and Betty Marquis in 1995. Howard had worked in the shop since its opening, and he and Betty continued L&M’s tradition of offering quality auto repair to Wichita drivers.

By continuing a tradition of auto repair excellence, we’re moving the past into the present.

Caleb Shrout came on the scene about 20 years ago, when he started working for Howard as a teenager. His passion for vehicles started at a very young age, with his first real “build”—a 1954 F100, which he not only still has, but continues to use as his daily driver! While on summer breaks from college, Caleb continued to work for L&M, and during the school months, he would fix vehicles for other students in the parking lot on campus. He called his business 5ive 4 Auto after his beloved 1954 F100.

Toward the end of college, Caleb realized he wanted to give running his own automotive business a shot, and his passion for vehicles was (and continues to be) the driving force to make that happen! After earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and marrying his wife, Erin, the couple moved back to Wichita to buy L&M. (Howard was very happy to pass on the shop, knowing it would be in good hands. And he could finally retire!) On September 20, 2006, Caleb’s dream became a reality when the Shrout family became L&M’s sole owners.

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Fun Fact

We mentioned Caleb drives a 1954 F100 he restored himself. Well, before Caleb and Erin got married, he wanted to share with her his love of hot rods, so he built her a 1948 Plymouth Deluxe. Erin uses the Deluxe as her daily driver, toting kids to school, lessons, and extra-curricular activities. She gets a lot of interested looks wherever she goes!

Our Mission at L&M Auto Repair

Here at L&M Auto Repair, we strive to provide honest, quality repairs done right the first time. Open since 1967, we care about our community, our customers, and giving them a safe, reliable vehicle they can trust.

Meet Our Auto Repair Team

At L&M Auto Repair, we work together as a team to deliver the best customer service, repairs, and final product to you when you bring your vehicles to our shop. We stand by our work, and always do what we say we will.

  • Caleb

    Caleb grew up in a close-knit, military family that lived all over the country. (In fact, one thing that stayed with him wherever they went was his love of cars.) Since the age of 15, Caleb has been building and tinkering with his own personal hot rod, a 1954 F100—a passion that lives on till this day. As the owner of L&M Auto Repair (for 10 years and counting), Caleb has expanded the shop from a 5-bay garage to an 8-bay facility with a beautiful, family-friendly waiting room. He now has 20 years of experience diagnosing tough issues, and working with customers to meet their vehicle needs.

  • Erin
    ErinOffice Manager, Marketing & PR

    Erin was born in Olathe, KS, but moved to Wichita when she and Caleb got married. She has always managed the shop's finances and assisted with office tasks. Erin brings a strong energy to the shop, and helps Caleb dream big and put actions into place to make those dreams become a reality. Her focus is marketing and advertising to reach new customers and keep current customers coming back.

  • Don
    DonService Manager

    Don has worked over 30 years working in the automotive industry in both sales and service – he comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience! He loves the automotive industry because of all the variety – the new technology in cars and the old classic cars. In his free time, he loves to go fishing, bow hunting, watching his kids in sports, and to church. His dream car to own is a 1965 Ford Mustang. Don’s hidden talent is that he loves to cook! He has three pets – Behr, half Mastiff, Half Pit and Smokey and Bandit – two cats. His favorite pizza is beef and pepperoni, and if he could choose to go to any restaurant it would be The Melting Pot. Don is a wonderful addition to the L&M Team. Stop by and meet Don – he would love to get to know you!

  • RyanService Advisor
    Ryan joins the L&M team with over 20 years experience in the automotive industry. He comes with both a service advisor background and a technician background, and truly loves working around vehicles. In Ryan’s spare time, you can find him doing anything outdoors – hiking, golfing, off roading or riding ATVs, and spending time with his dog Jack. If he could go on his dream vacation, it would be to Europe with his wife. Ryan loves well done pepperoni pizza, and going out to P.F. Chang’s. Given the opportunity to own his dream car, it would be a Bugatti. Ryan loves to be a problem solver, to help customers be heard, and to get their vehicles through the repair process smoothly!
  • Rich - Service Advisor
    RichService Advisor

    Rich comes to us with over 15 years experience in the automotive industry, and he has a passion for cars and taking care of customers. He always has a smile on his face, and loves meeting new people. Rich is also a parts specialist. If he could meet anyone dead or alive, he would love to meet Stan Lee because Rich owns over 6,000 comic books! His dream vehicle to own and drive would be a Corvette Z06. If he could travel anywhere in the world, he would go to Castle Bran (Dracula’s castle) in Romania. Rich loves animals, and has a long haired chihuahua that loves him back. During his down time from work, he loves football and boxing. If you want to meet a guy that goes above and beyond, always has a good attitude, and cares about your safety in your vehicle, come meet Rich and say hello!

  • CodyService Technician

    Cody has been an automotive service technician for over 10 years. He works hard every day to diagnose and repair vehicles to keep customers safe. Cody is an animal lover – he has 2 dogs and 3 cats. In his spare time, he enjoys riding motorcycles. If he could go on his dream vacation, it would be to Scotland. Cody loves learning about vehicles and all the moving parts. If he could build any vehicle, it would be a mid 60s Indy car that is street legal. Two of his favorite restaurants are Olive Garden and Pizza Hut – his favorite pizza is thin crust, Canadian bacon with white sauce. If Cody could meet any person, he would love to sit down with Chip Foose and talk cars. Cody is a great addition to the team at L&M, and he would love to help make sure your vehicle is in tip top condition!

  • Jim
    JimService Technician

    Jim is a 30-year service technician in the automotive industry. He has always been very mechanically inclined, even from a young age. He personally loves driving Ford products. Jim’s dream vacation would be an Alaskan hunting and fishing trip. If he could meet anyone dead or alive, he would enjoy meeting Johnny Cash and hearing all his stories. One interesting fact about Jim is that he is currently re-building a bass boat from the hull up. In everything Jim does, he is always trying to improve and do it better. One of his favorite restaurants is Red Robin. Jim works hard to keep our customers safe on the road and to help them maintain their vehicles. Come meet Jim sometimes!

  • John
    JohnService Technician

    John has been an automotive service technician for over 20 years – He LOVES working on vehicles. If he could own any vehicle to have as a daily driver, it would be a Hummer. His dream vacation is to go out on sand dunes with his own specialty sand rail that he built. He considers his hidden talent to be a “jack of all trades.” John is a big family man and loves spending time with his family when not at work. He also loves dogs, and has two great Danes named Ruby and Cosmo. His favorite pizza is supreme pizza, and when he goes out to dinner, you might find him at Red Lobster. John loves helping customers feel safe in their vehicles, and he goes above and beyond with each repair. Welcome to the team John!

  • Dylan
    DylanShop Helper

    Dylan loves working in the automotive industry, and comes to the shop ready to support everyone on the team any way he can. His dream vacation is to travel to Germany, but in his free time he enjoys tinkering with off road “toys.” If he could build any vehicle, it would be a diesel Camaro. Dylan considers himself a sponge – he wants to always continue to learn more and grow as a person in life. His favorite pizza is pepperoni and bacon, and he likes going to Chilis sometimes when he eats out. If Dylan could meet any person, he would love to meet Peter Frampton and listen to him play his guitar – he loves the way the guitar sounds. Dylan has a great attitude and is a wonderful shop helper for the whole team!

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    This Could Be You!Your Position

    We are looking for experienced Automotive Technicians and Service Writers. Click here to apply!

    What kind of team member we seek:

    • GREAT attitude
    • Motivated and hard working
    • Team player Knowledgeable, but willing to learn more and be taught
    • On time to work
    • Driver's License and insurable