About Japanese Auto Service

Located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Japanese Auto Service draws on a customer base from around the Denver-metro area, including Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Golden, and Westminster, Colorado.

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For over 31 years, Japanese Auto Service, a family-owned and operated business, has provided the west Denver metro area with honest and reliable automotive service.  Our focus is maintenance and repair of Japanese and Korean cars, including  Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Subaru, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Scion, and Hyundai.

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As an ASA certified business, we use state of the art diagnostic & repair equipment and our highly trained technicians believe that you and your car are our first priority. Contrary to popular belief, your car’s warranty will NOT be voided if you take it to someone other than your dealer.


Our Award-Winning Technicians

Our technicians are all certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence which was established in 1972 as a non-profit organization to help improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians and parts specialists.

Steve and Anthony

Steve Shelton started the business in 1985 and has over 40 years in the auto repair industry.  Steve is L-1 and ASE Master certified.  

 Prior to establishing Japanese Auto Service, Steve served in the Marines, specializing in aviation electronics.

In 2010, Steve  was selected as Identifix/ASE Aftermarket Drivability Technician of the Year, one of only 38 auto technicians recognized by the ASE.

In 2005, Steve’s son, Ross, came to work full-time at Japanese Auto Service after a stint in the Marines where he specialized in aviation electronics, working on helicopters.    Ross is ASE Master Certified.

Since Steve retired in 2019, Ross is running the shop. Steve still comes around when he feels like it but he has to do what Ross tells him to.

It’s working out pretty well.

Ross Shelton
Ross Shelton, Owner

Doc Jones
Doc Jones, Shop Manager

Aaron “Doc” Jones has been working on cars since he bought his first car and realized he couldn’t afford to pay someone else to fix it for him. His dad bought him a set of tools and he has been tinkering on cars ever since. A native Coloradan, Doc enjoys backpacking, camping, and all the other things Coloradans like to do. Doc says that fixing cars is not just his job, it’s also his hobby. And since he’s an emissions diagnosis test expert, Doc can figure out exactly what your car needs to get cleaner emissions test results.

Rob Edwards, Service Manager

Rob is a Colorado native. He served in the Navy for four years and then moved around the country, working for an engineering company. He returned to Colorado and is now our Service Manager.

Rob likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

Anthony Thompson
Anthony Thompson

Anthony Thompson is key to shop operations. He has been working at Japanese Auto Service with Steve since 1989. Anthony is ASE certified.

Joe Risavi
Joe Risavi

Joe has been working on cars since 1996. He especially loves Toyotas so Japanese Auto Service is a perfect fit. When he’s not here in the shop, Joe likes to spend time in the outdoors with his family – camping, snowboarding, and four-wheeling.

Zach Thompson
Zach Thompson

Zach Thompson is the son of our longest-serving employee, Anthony. We’re happy to have him here at Japanese Auto Service.

It’s almost like cloning Anthony. Auto mechanics is in his blood.

Chris Moore
Chris Moore

Chris Moore has been working on cars for over 12 years. He also modifies Hondas and races them at the Bandimere Speedway. Chris has 3rd and 4th place trophies for ET (reaction time) racing.