Johnson’s Transmission & Auto Service Shop in Dunn

Get to Know the Johnson Family & Our Dunn Auto Repair Shop

Johnson’s Transmission & Auto Service is a family-owned auto repair facility offering quality automotive services at reasonable prices. We strive to fix any type of vehicle—foreign or domestic, gas or diesel—to our customers’ specifications and satisfaction, and while we’re a small auto repair shop located in the country, we have a wide selection of modern tools and technology to repair vehicles accurately. We also have access to auto repair hotlines where experts supply us with details to make necessary repairs. With the goal of meeting all our customers’ needs, we provide towing services too. Our technicians are ASE-certified and ASE Master-certified.

Jerry and Jesse Johnson

Jerry Johnson’s Story

Jerry Johnson, Owner of Johnson’s Transmission & Auto Service in Dunn, NC

Jerry Johnson opened Johnson’s Transmission & Auto Service in April 1993 after a series of life events that led him to a career in auto repair. When he was a child, he and his brother received one bicycle to share for Christmas, so it was ridden a lot (to say the least). They wore out every moving part on that bicycle and replaced several sets of crank bearings and rear ends. They even had to replace the fork bearings a couple times, along with putting boots inside the tires where they dragged them on the highway until they had holes in them.

At the age of 15, a friend of Jerry’s had a 1962 Ford Falcon, which they had to work on to be able to drive it around. He enjoyed working on vehicles so much he took Auto Tech for two years in high school, where he rebuilt engines and worked with different cams, carbs, front ends, and transmissions. Jerry also learned a lot working on his friend’s 1967 Chevy-powered Firebird.

After high school, Jerry went to Wayne Community College for two years, studying Auto and Diesel Technology. His goal was to work on farm equipment, but when he finished school, he got a job at Auburn Pontiac in Raleigh—an adventure for Jerry. In 1977, a friend offered him a job in Goldsboro (happily closer to home) working on Mazdas and Volkswagens. He worked there for a while before taking up farming again and then going to work at Plainview Auto and Truck Center, which was followed by an independent auto repair shop specializing in European cars, Honda in Goldsboro, Ford Place in Smithfield (where he worked one day and got a raise for his go-and-get-it attitude), and Benson Ford where he rebuilt automatic transmissions.

Johnson’s Transmission & Auto Service Today

All Jerry’s automotive experience gave him the confidence to build an auto repair shop of his own. Only two years after establishing Johnson’s Transmission & Auto Service, he was able to add a transmission room and another bay. Then, in 2003, he built an entirely new auto repair shop with five more bays, making eight bays total. Today, the shop also has 10 full-time employees (including Jerry’s son, Jesse) and three part-time employees. Never one to rest on his laurels, Jerry even started a car lot in 2004 to stay busy during the slow times.

There’s always something going on at Johnson’s Transmission & Auto Service, from new additions to our family to new professional certifications!

Come in and get to know us or learn more here.

Meet Our Team

  • Jerry Johnson
    Jerry JohnsonOwner & President
  • Don
    Don MelcherGeneral Manager
  • Jesse Johnson
    Jesse JohnsonService Advisor

    Jesse is the son of Jerry and has grown up in and around this shop. He was doing custom work as early as 14. He is married to Traci and has a son, Cam and a step-son, River. When he is not at the shop, you will more than likely find Jesse at White Lake boating and grilling. Jesse will be grilling the chickens.

  • Austin Johnson
    Austin JohnsonService Technician, Shop Foreman
    Austin has been with the company for 8 years and is our shop foreman. He does all our lift kits and is a very qualified technician in all aspects of the job. He is the proud daddy of his daughter Rayleigh. Outside of the shop, he enjoys grilling, golf and spending time with his family. Austin is also a volunteer firefighter.
  • Anthony Allen
    Anthony AllenTechnician

    Anthony has been with us since January of 2018. He previously worked with us for 5 years. He is multi talented with diagnostics and all aspects of auto and truck repair. Anthony is extremely detailed on completion finished work. He is originally from Illinois. He served 5 years in the US Army and also goes by "Sarge". He brings 27 years of auto experience to our shop. When he is not working he enjoys drag racing and is a talented bowler. Anthony recently got married to Candace.

  • Dean Hyatt
    Dean HyattPaint and Body Work Technician

    Dean is our body shop technician and painter. He has over 30 years experience and does outstanding work. He is currently working as a contractor with the company. When Dean is not at work, he enjoys restoration of Classic Cars and is an avid target shooter and ammunition re-loader.

  • Katie MassengillOffice Manager

    Katie has been with the company for almost 3 years. She comes to us with a business background. She has been married to her husband Robert for 23 years and they have one son Anthony and two daughters Michelle and Bonnie. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her family, fishing or crocheting. On December 31, 2021 she became a grandma to her grand-daughter Addison Lynn.

  • Jonathan MelendezTechncian
  • Chris PleasantService Advisor


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