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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.
Levi joint L&M Auto Repair in August of 2016, working as the service writer. He loves cars and talking with customers about their vehicles. If he could build any vehicle, it would be a Plymouth Roadrunner, and if he could meet any person, it would be Nostradamus to discuss his thoughts on the future and his theological ideas. If you went to eat pizza with Levi, he would choose pepperoni pizza with jalapenos and bacon. Come see him at the shop or give him a call to talk about your vehicle.
Robert has been working hard as a technician at L&M for five years now, and he has been working on cars in general since he was old enough to turn a wrench. He loves working on cars because "there isn't much you can't do with them – the sky is the limit!" If he could build any vehicle, it would be an early 50's Chevy pick-up rat rod. If Robert were to go on a dream vacation, it would be anywhere warm and sunny with sand.
Kevin has been fixing cars his whole life, and loves to race his personal modified race car. He is busy during race season trying to beat all the competition. Kevin's favorite pizza is meat lovers, and he loves going to Fat Ernie's here in Wichita with his family and enjoying delicious food. In his free time, he likes spending time with his family, his dog Sugar, and his birds. Kevin loves working on big engine jobs!
Mychal is the newest team member to the technician crew. He has been working on cars for about 15 years. If he could own any vehicle, it would be a 2002 Nissan Skyline GTR-R-34. With a big passion for learning, Mychal enjoys researching topics he is interested in and soaking up as much information as possible. His dream vacation would be to do a backpack trip through Europe. If you sat down to eat pizza with him, he would choose meat lovers because he says veggies are over rated. We are happy to have Mychal on the team!