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Killian Automotive’s History


Tim Lanier Killian Automotive
Tim Lanier, Owner
Killian Automotive was the vision of my good friend, Robert Killian, a veteran Ford dealership technician since the 1970s. Robert and I met in the early 90s while working together at Jim Tidwell Ford in Kennesaw. As co-workers, I always respected Robert and looked up to him as a knowledgeable technician.

In 1996, Robert decided to open his own shop and built Killian Automotive. At that time, Killian Automotive was a Ford / Lincoln / Mercury specialty shop. For the next ten years, Robert operated a thriving business and earned a reputation for high-quality repairs. During that time, I also decided to open a small shop in Woodstock called Lanier Auto Care. In early 2006, Robert payed an unannounced, observational visit to Lanier Auto Care. He was ready to sell his shop, and he asked if I was interested. We negotiated a deal, and the rest is history.

When I asked Robert why he approached me to buy his shop, he said it was because he could tell that I felt the same way he did about taking good care of people, and he believed I would do a good job carrying Killian Automotive into the future. Eventually, I combined my Woodstock location with the larger Killian Automotive.

Eleven years later, we’ve experienced significant growth, thanks to the Canton community, expanding from four to seventeen employees and from eight to sixteen bays. With the addition of many talented team members, our services also expanded to all domestic, asian, and european makes and models. We want to do what is right for people and we always put people first.

Our philosophy is that we would rather lose money than lose your trust. Owning an automotive repair shop involves more than just auto repair, it’s about building relationships with everyone in our community.