Turner's Garage & Transmission

The Story of Turner's Garage & Transmission

Some of our customers have always wanted to know the history behind Turner's Garage & Transmission. Here’s how it all came about! And if you’re visiting us for the first time, perhaps you’d like to get to know our auto repair and service team. We’re ready to help you with all your car care needs.

Our History—From the Owner, Wendell Turner

The seed for Turner's Garage & Transmission was planted back in 1949 by my father, Johnny Turner. He opened a gas station, parts store, and junkyard just at the south end of Harvin Street in Sumter. I grew up right beside the shop, and have been on the property for over 50 years. My passion for cars started when I was only four years old. I built my first car engine at 14 years old after going to work for my father’s best friend, a used car dealer, in 1975. I continued working there on Japanese automobiles, along with the American ones, until I was 17 years old. In the meantime, my father passed away in 1970, and the shop was run by other individuals until 1979 when it became vacant. I began repairing vehicles in the building that was originally the parts store, and Turner's Garage & Transmission took root and grew to serve drivers from all over the Sumter area.

Auto Mechanics and staff at Turner's Garage

"I love being able to make sure our customers’ vehicles are safe and reliable!" -Wendell Turner, Owner

Meet Our Auto Repair & Service Team

  • Wendell Turner
    Wendell TurnerOwner

    An automotive authority here in Sumter, Wendell hosts his own radio show—called “Auto Show”—on WDXY 105.9 FM/1240 AM every Saturday at 9 AM, which is rebroadcast on Sunday at the same time. He also writes an automotive article for Sumter Living Magazine. Now with nearly 40 years of experience in the auto repair industry, he is extremely knowledgeable on all types of European, Japanese, and American vehicles, including hybrids. In his free time, Wendell enjoys riding his Honda ATV Pilots, deep sea fishing, and spending time with his wife and grandkids.


  • Heather Owen
    Heather OwenAsst. Manager/Service Advisor- Marketing

    As our marketing go to person, Heather designs all our marketing pieces, along with our social media updates. When not at work, she enjoys being with her family and friends camping, cooking out and sleepovers with all her grandkids.

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