A Family Affair! - JuniperCivic.com
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Originally published in the December 1998 Juniper Berry Magazine

A Family Affair!

Richard Metzger and Franz Schweitzer in front of AMEF Auto

The communities of Middle Village, Maspeth and Elmhurst have long been considered close-knit communities, where neighbors interact like families. This family feeling is even evident in some of our local businesses; perhaps none more so than AMEF Auto, located on Grand Avenue and 74th Street in Maspeth, directly across from Edwards Shopping Center. Their patrons (some coming from as far away as Long Island and Upstate!) know that customer satisfaction comes first, and quality repairs that are affordable and fairly priced are a sure thing at AMEF Auto.

AMEF Auto opened its doors in 1969, with its proprietors, Adam Metzger and Frank Schweitzer, who both had extensive training in Europe as auto mechanics, and who were ready to serve the community. Their business quickly gained a reputation for being a quality repair facility at a reasonable price.

Today, the second generation Richard Metzger and Franz Schweitzer, the sons of the original founders, are involved in the high-tech business of auto repair. AMEF Auto is now computerized, making it easier to keep track of part orders and providing up-to-the-minute information on advances made in the repair industry, thus helping Richard and Franz repair your car faster and better. The shop is equipped with the latest in diagnostic equipment to help diagnose high-tech problems as well as up to date technical training from various automotive manufacturers.

Both Richard and Franz were born and raised in Middle Village and make their homes here. Richard is married and raising two children, Chris and Sean, here. He is active in community and civic affairs, volunteering time to St. Margaret's Boy Scout Troop 119 and coaching St. Margaret's Fifth Grade Basketball. He is a member of the Juniper Park Civic Association. Franz is married and has three children. He is an Assistant Soccer Coach. Both Richard and Franz are frequently seen volunteering their time to the community, and spending time with their wives and children.

Richard and Franz both have extensive knowledge in the field of auto repair. In addition to running AMEF auto, Richard is also an automotive instructor for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles' Auto Technician Training Program and teaches other repair facilities advanced systems operation and repair in electronics, emissions, fuel injection, computer and air condition, among other things. He also sits on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicle Advisory Board on the implementation of the new inspection program. Franz sits on the ACDelco Master Tech Advisory Board. Both are certified and New York State recognized technicians as well as ACDelco Master Technicians. All of the Associate Technicians who work in the shop are also New York State recognized.

AMEF Auto handles all phases of auto repair, including shocks, tires, batteries and antilock brakes, air bags and auto diagnostics.

You can be sure that when you bring your car to AMEF Auto for repair, efficient technicians who are very experienced in the field of auto repair will handle the job. Just as important, the long-standing policy of customer satisfaction and affordable repairs will give you peace of mind when you leave your car in the capable hands of Richard and Franz. AMEF Auto, family owned and operated for 29 years, truly is a family affair!