Our History

Jim and Sarah Foster opened for business as Foster's Service on Oct 1, 1983. The location was 3306 W. Farmington Rd. They started with 1/2 of the building and in 1984 took over the whole building and the address changed to 3306-08. The business moved into the current location at 3523 W. Farmington Rd. on 10/28/91. With 14 bays and 9 lifts they can offer same day service on most repairs and give quality professional service quickly.

Our Employees



Jim Foster

Jim started working on cars with his father under the old shade tree in the front yard when he was very young. He rebuilt his first engine when he was 15 years old. This was the beginning of the best education from the "School of Hard Knocks". Add to that lots of formal training through lots of aftermarket classes and constant updating of equipment and acquiring the knowledge to use this equipment for him and all of the employees. This is what it takes to keep on top of our trade. I always try to take care of the customer's vehicles as if they were my own. If I would not let my family in a vehicle the customer is going to know that as well.

Jim enjoys woodworking and playing with his grandsons. It is such a joy just to watch his two daughters with their husbands and sons. Jim also enjoys photography and videos as well as music on the computer.



Sarah Foster

Sarah is an avid quilter. She has always been a very good seamstress and has made several wedding parties dresses. She is also very active in the Bartonville Christian Church. She also enjoys babysitting the grandsons.

Jim & Sarah started this business in 1983. Sarah has always done the books and it started out with Jim in the shop and then in the office and now he has moved to over seeing and planning. They have been married since 1971.



Tim McAvoy

Tim is an ASE Certified Technician as well as Macs certified. He also is an NRI Master Automotive Technician. He has been an instructor for Four Seasons and also for Monroe. He has 26 years experience in the trenches. He has spent the most of his time at independent repair shops. He feels that he is able to serve the customers better in an independent shop's atmosphere.

Tim loves to cook and do yard work. He is an avid fisherman and also likes to hunt.



Ken Hartman

Ken is an ASE Certified Technician with 41 years of automotive service experience. His educational background includes Bradley University's 2 year Automotive Technology Program and many GM training classes during his many dealership service years. He has worked in the Peoria area since 1965 with a variety of dealerships and independent service facilities where he has gained a well rounded experience.

Ken has been happily married for 37 years with 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. He enjoys woodworking, yard work, and is a confessed Golf-aholic

He takes much pride in the quality if his work and is always up for a new challenge.



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Rick realized at a young age that he had an interest in things mechanical and that he had some abilities. He had auto shop in high school. After high school he attended Lincoln Tech where he earned an Associates degree in Applied Science with a 3.8 GPA. He has attended several classes made available thru G.M., Ford, and several aftermarket training opportunities. He has numerous ASE certifications. His employment in the G.M. and Ford dealerships as well as his experience and training thru the aftermarket has all combined to make Rick a valuable asset to our team.




Brian is the go to guy. If someone needs a hand it is "HEY BRIAN". If someone needs a ride it is "HEY BRIAN". Brian has been trained to do oil changes and safety inspections. He does a fine job of keeping the shop clean as well as running for parts.

Brian enjoys riding his four wheeler and working on his house. He also enjoys fishing and paintballing.

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Mike is an ASE Certified Technician with an Advanced Engine Performance certification from University Automotive Tech. He has 30 years of well-rounded experience and has extensive training through Allen Automotive Institute.

Mike finds the automotive field today to be the most challenging ever. To solve the tough car problems we encounter today, our training is an ongoing process. Having access to the high tech tools and equipment enables the training to be utilized. Mike feels that his training in communication skills is equally important.

Mike has been married for 31 years and has 4 children and 1 grandchild. In his spare time he enjoys Dirt Late Model racing, playing various sports, working out, watching Nascar racing and playing with his grandchild.