Dean Hayes works on the brakes for a customer’s vehicle at DIH Auto Repair.
Dean Hayes works on the brakes for a customer’s vehicle at DIH Auto Repair.

   Dean Hayes has run an auto repair business before.

   “[Down in] Prairie du Sac; we had a big shop down there” for 37 years, he said.

   But retirement beckoned — or so he thought.

   “A year ago I thought I wanted to retire, and we had an offer for [the shop], so we sold it,” Hayes said.

   Then?

   “I got bored ... really bored,” he said. “... So my wife gave me permission to buy another place.”

   That’s what led him to “friendly” Ripon, where he opened DIH Auto Repair Aug. 10 at 412 E. Fond du Lac St.

   “People are super-friendly here; I’m not used to that,” he said of finding people at his previous location less joyful. “People are happy here. We’ve run into nothing but super-nice people. I like the community.”

   If history is any guide, customers will feel the same way after working with Hayes.

Read the full story in the Nov. 30, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.