About Plaza Service Center, Inc

Our Story

Plaza Service Center Inc began as the Plaza Shell gas station below the Rt. 68 overpass on Rt.5 in Wallingford, CT. The owner, Tim Clark, opened the business in 1990 and was the only employee. He was the mechanic, tow truck driver, gas pump operator, owner and operator. He purchased a 1978 Ford Wrecker to which he later added a wheel lift. He painted it himself and maintained it through the years in the 3 bay building.

Tim juggled the work himself until the business began to grow. He began hiring technicians, tow truck drivers, and gas pump attendants. Over the next 8 years, the business out grew the building, and we were forced to move. In July of 1998, we moved the business down the road and into another, larger building. At that time, we changed the business name to Plaza Service Center, Inc.

Today

Since we opened our doors in 1990, Plaza Service Center Inc has expanded exponentially. We now have 26 employees including 1 owner/operator, 12 AAA and TRPC (Towing and Recovery Professionals of Connecticut) certified wrecker drivers, 7 NAPA, AAA, ASE, MACS (Mobile Air Conditioning Service) and Standard Motor Products certified service technicians, 4 DuPont AOQ certified body technicians, a service manager, a body shop manager, and 2 receptionists.

Plaza Cervice Center Inc now owns a fleet of 16 wreckers that are capable of vehicle towing and recovery in any situation. We tow and recover light duty, medium duty, heavy duty, advanced heavy duty, and perform air cushion recovery. We have also attained many certifications from renowned companies.

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Our Certifications

  • AAA Approved Auto Repair
  • AAA Approved Auto Body Repair
  • AAA Emergency Services
  • NAPA Auto Care
  • TRAA (Towing & Recovery Association of America)
  • TRPC (Towing & Recovery Professionals of Connecticut)
  • MACS (Mobile Air Conditioning Service)
  • Dupont AOQ (Assurance of Quality)

Our Management Team

Gary

General Manager

Gary has been doing autobody repair since 1973.  In 2002, Gary came to work for Plaza Service Center as our General Manager, and has been running our day to day operations ever since. He also runs our full service body shop, so for a minor fender-bender or a major accident, he is the man to see.

Dave

Body Shop Manager

Dave has been working at Plaza Service Center since 2002. He manages the body shop, and oversees all of our body work.

Chris

Service Manager

Chris has been working for Plaza Service Center since 2004, and has been managing the service department for the last few years.

Theresa

Dispatcher / Service Writer

Theresa has worked in the automotive industry for over 17 years, and has been working at Plaza Service Center as a dispatcher and service writer since 2006.