With the automotive business coming into the 21st century Schafer’s moved up to a full complete service repair center, ranging in everything from oil changes and tire repairs to full advanced diagnostics and engine repairs, as well as maintenance in every category, since opening the current location in 2002 the business has been at the forefront of the automotive repair field constantly changing and updating to meet the standards of today’s cars and although faces have changed, and people come and go this family owned and operated business is set out to achieve the best level of custom service and satisfaction possible.

Today the shop is home to 7 full access bays along with a full size heavy duty truck lift and expertly trained ASE master technicians to meet any and all issues of vehicles from yesterday today and of course tomorrow.

Meet our Team

Michael Schafer


I started in this shop in 1999 and never looked back. I worked my way up from oil change lube tech to an ASE Certified Master Technician in 2007 where I was the lead tech for 8 more years.  I became assistant manager in 2010 and manager in 2012. I finally took over the business in 2014. I enjoy bringing my boys (I have three) down on the weekends and having them help fix our cars, in the hope that someday they will take over my position.

Jennifer Hoffmann

General Manager

Has more than 20 years of management experience. Jenn is a South Philly native and still resides here. Customer satisfaction and care are number one for her. Schafer’s was able to steal her in mid-2020 to help lift this business to a new level of customer service experience.

George Garber

Lead Tech

George wanted to fix and repair vehicles since high school. He started out more than 10 years ago at Schafer’s and has worked his way up from oil change lube technician to shop foreman and now lead tech. He loves trying to figure out things that no one can.

Steve Lever

Service Advisor

Steve is a seasoned automotive professional dedicated to providing exceptional service and guidance to car owners seeking expert advice. With almost 40 years of experience in the industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for delivering personalized solutions to every customer.  Steve understands the challenges vehicle owners face on a daily basis. From routine maintenance to complex repairs, navigating the world of automotive care can often feel overwhelming. That’s where Steve, drawing on his experience and background, provides comprehensive guidance and reliable recommendations tailored to each individual’s needs.  Steve takes pride in going above and beyond to educate and empower individuals, demystifying the automotive world and enabling them to make confident choices.  When not at work, Steve enjoys spending time with this family at the Jersey Shore, doing home improvement projects, and cheering on the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers.

Mathew Martinez


Mathew Martinez has 12 years of professional experience in the automotive field as of 2021 and has been working on cars and engines his whole life. He is an A-level technician. He has joined our team to help Schafer’s grow in our ability to diagnose and make the hard repairs on of all the makes and models of vehicles that we see. He made the move from California to New Jersey to become a part of our team.

Charles “Chas” Swan, Jr.


Charles “Chas” Swan is our newest technician, with over 8 years of experience in the field. Native to Northeast Philadelphia, he’s been into cars since he was in diapers. He’s loved working on them and building them from a young age. He joined the Schafer’s Family to round us out at 5 technicians, giving us more time to spend taking care of your vehicles!

Michael Camm


Bridget Lewis

Customer Service

Another Philly native, Bridget started working with us after leaving Starbucks, bringing with her a few years of customer service experience. She worked in food service and decided she wanted a change, coming to us to take over the customer service position from Cindy, who was with us for 5 years. She is passionate about helping customers and we are glad she continues striving to become better, both in her position and beyond. We pride ourselves in our customer service, and we’re glad she embodies that energy!

Chris Muller

Service Advisor

Chris Muller grew up in North Philadelphia, as one of 4 boys. He’s been in the automotive industry for 25 years, working in various dealerships and shops around the tri-state area. He believes in Integrity above all else, which is an asset in the automotive world (his high school yearbook quote was “No Roger, No Re-run, No Rent”, from the TV Show What’s Happening). He is a diehard Volkswagen fan (ask him about his collection), and loves to take spontaneous road trips, when he’s not at home relaxing with his wife.

Eric Henderson


We’re Family Friendly!

Here are some shots of owner, Mike Schafer’s family!


Started in 1954 by Wilhelm Schafer, Schafer’s muffler and brake was started as a small repair garage in its original location on hunting park ave, rebuilding starters and alternators.

In the upcoming years Schafer’s would slowly but gradually expand in the field of automotive repair and by 1962 opened its first full service repair facility.

In 1975 Schafer's moved to their next location on Whitaker and Luzerne in the north Philadelphia area of Philadelphia.

Schafer’s would stay a small one location branch until 1990 when they purchased a second location in south Philadelphia in a shopping plaza at the corner of Delaware ave and tasker St. Together the two locations thrived in the fast moving and ever changing automotive field.

In 2002 Schafer’s made the decision to purchase an old truck repair facility on Columbus Blvd. and Snyder ave. with 8800 sq. feet the decision was made to close down the Whitaker and Luzerne location and combine the two into the new location.