Smith Muffler, a fourth-generation family business, is built on principles of honesty, integrity, and hard work. We are committed to providing our customers with quality work at a fair price. Generations of families have entrusted us with their automotive needs, and we take pride in providing service to thousands of repeat customers. Over the years, our modest beginnings of eight bays and two employees has blossomed into 35 bays and a dedicated team of 20 full and part-time staff.

We strive for excellence in every aspect of our service. At Smith Muffler, we understand that nobody is happy when their car breaks down. We aim to make your car repair experience as smooth and painless as possible. We’ve been around for over 100 years, so we know a thing or two about customer satisfaction!

Smith Muffler Mascots (the dogs)

Great Reasons to Bring Your Car in Today

  • No Appointment Necessary
  • Quick Oil, Lube & Filter
  • 35 Service Bays
  • Free Downtown Shuttle
  • Commercial/Fleet Accounts
  • We Service All Major Brands

At Smith Muffler Complete Automotive Care we offer on the spot repair and maintenance work on a first come first served basis.  We strive to complete your repairs in a reasonable time frame and get you back on the road.

A Third Generation Family Business Since 1924.

Lew Smith quit school at age 16 to help his father run the business. In the early days, the business sold used parts and re-grooved tires. In 1952, Lew left for the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany as a ration clerk, issuing food to the troops. When he returned from the war in 1954, he went back to work for his father. He stated that he went to work every day, 7 days a week, and 10 hours a day.  “If you wanted to make a living, you went to work every day!” Lew built the shop at the current location of 5th and Main Streets in Covington in 1966. He started with 8 bays and 2 employees. He began by repairing mufflers and brakes only. He was no longer interested in working with tires! He married Marilyn Jean Hall in 1961. In 1962, Alan J. Smith was born, followed by Charles Michael in 1965. The family resided in Kenton County, Kentucky. Lew spent many long hours at the shop exhibiting the same strong work ethic he learned from his father to his sons.

The business expanded again when Alan and Mike began working full time in the 80’s. In 1996, the shop added a second building at the same location. The business evolved again by offering complete auto repair. Sadly, Lew passed away in March of 2014. In January of 2015, Mike acquired sole ownership of the shop. Mike and his wife, Sandy, and their three boys currently run the shop. The oldest son, Lewie, can be found at the counter. Tommy and Charlie are out in the shop and all three are helping to carry the family business into the fourth generation. The business has grown from 8 bays to 35 bays and 2 employees to 25 full and part time employees. 

The shop is currently open 5 days a week, Monday thru Friday, from 8 am-6 pm.