About Van Handel Automotive

The employees of Van Handel Automotive have approximately 75 years of combined automotive technician experience. We employ quality ASE certified master technicians equipped with the latest technology and diagnostic tools. In addition, our service manager has 30 years of parts experience. We service all foreign and domestic cars and light trucks. Our staff of professionals is dedicated to create an efficient and pleasant auto repair experience. Van Handel Automotive was established in 2007. Formerly Sisters Car Care, this location has serviced the community of Sisters and the surrounding area for many years. We are always striving to further improve our available services and customer experience. We understand that your vehicle is a major investment. Therefore, we care for each customer’s vehicle as if it was our own. Come by and visit our clean and professional shop in Sisters, Oregon.

Meet the Van Handel Automotive Team

Chad Van Handel
Certifications: ASE Master Technician
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing
Job Title: Owner, ASE Certified Master Technician
Chad Van Handel was born and raised in La Grande, Oregon. Chad followed in his fathers footsteps and acquired a career in automotive repair. He started in high school where he was involved with 3 years of automotive technology. After high school, Chad attended and graduated from Chemeketa Community College where he obtained a technical degree of Applied Science in Automotive Technology. Chad was then hired by Capital Auto Group in Salem, Oregon where he served as a technician. Chad spent approximately 15 years at Capital and Chad obtained multiple certifications including GM Master Technician. Chad was also promoted to Lead Technician/Team Leader for Cadillac. Chad married Katie in 2007 and they have two boys. Chad moved to Sisters in November of 2016. Chad and Katie purchased Van Handel Automotive in January of 2018 from Tom and Cheryl Van Handel.
Tom Van Handel
Certifications: ASE Certified Master Technician
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing
Job Title: Lead Technician/Master Technician
Tom’s desire to start a career in automotive repair began during his high school years in La Grande Oregon while attempting to keep his MGA on the road. He spent many hours in auto shop class learning theory and basic skills. After graduating from Denver Automotive and Diesel College in 1973, Tom married Cheryl. For the next 24 years after college, Tom was employed at Lynch Motor Co. (GM dealer) in La Grande as a technician and later as a service manager. During this time he raised three children while working through years of technological changes and completed numerous factory training courses as well as management training. Tom and Cheryl moved to Central Oregon after their kids had grown up. Tom began working at the former Sisters Car Care in 2000 as a Technician/Manager. In March of 2007, Tom and Cheryl purchased the business and renamed it “Van Handel Automotive Inc”. Tom continues to work as a technician and enjoys the challenges of today’s auto repair. Tom is a grandfather to six terrific grandchildren.
Brian Chapman
Certifications: ASE Parts Technician
Hobbies: Spending time with family
Job Title: Service Manager
Brian has an extensive history in automotive parts for more than twenty years. Familiar with the local dealers and parts houses, Brian is able to procure even the most obscure part with ease while limiting down-time that may effect the ability for our customers to receive their vehicle in a timely manner. Working through these facilities, Brian is able to find the best parts at the best prices. Brian believes in the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Michael George
Hobbies: Tough Truck Competitions
Job Title: Service Technician
Nathan Hearing
Certifications: Automotive program certificates in Automotive Electrical Tech Advanced, Engine Performance Tech, Heating and A/C Tech
Hobbies: Camping, hunting, road trips, and R/C cars.
Job Title: Apprentice/Lube Technician
Nate is currently in the automotive program at Central Oregon Community College.
Corey Sherwood
Certifications: ASE certifications A3 – Manual Drive Train & Axles , A9 – Light Vehicle Diesel Engines
Hobbies: Mountain biking, hiking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow camping, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, mountain climbing, and boating.
Job Title: Service Technician
Corey has completed the 2 year diesel technology course at Lane Community College. He is a very detail oriented technician that specializes in transmissions, diesel engines, and volkswagon diagnosis and repair.

ASE Certification

Van Handel Automotive is ASE-Certified: ASE is short for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Since 1972 this industry recognized independent non-profit organization has worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals.

What Does ASE Do?

ASE promotes excellence in automotive repair and service. over 300,000 Automotive Technician and Service Professionals hold ASE Certifications. ASE Certified Technicians work in every part of the automotive service industry. ASE certifies the automotive technician and service professionals not the auto shops.

Why Does ASE Exist?

To protect the automotive service consumer, shop owner, and the automotive technician. ASE tests and certify automotive professionals so that shop owners and service customers can better gauge a technicians level of expertise before contracting the technician’s services. ASE certifies the automotive technician professional so they can offer tangible proof of their technical knowledge. ASE Certification testing means peace of mind for auto service managers, customers.

How Does ASE Certification Work?

In addition to passing an ASE Certification test, automotive technicians must have two years of on the job training or one year of on the job training and a two-year degree in automotive repair to qualify for certification. The exams are not easy. Only two out of every three test-takers pass on their first attempt. To remain ASE certified professionals must be retest every five years to keep up with ever advancing automotive technology.

Who Writes The ASE Certification Tests?

ASE Certification tests are written in workshops by a national panel of seasoned automotive industry professionals and executives, including working technicians, automobile manufacturers, aftermarket manufacturers, and educators. Not by any single person at ASE. Exams are segmented by sub-specialty such as automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, collision repair, and more. There are 40-plus exams each designed to discern the automotive service technician’s knowledge of job-related skills. See more @ www.ase.com