About Us – Sparks Computerized Car Care

Who Are We – Omaha Auto Repairs

John Stern - omaha auto repair shop ownerJohn Stern – Owner. Westside High School’s auto program in the late 70’s, combined with a knack for building award-winning, OWH-recognized hot rods out of his parent’s garage triggered Sparks owner John Stern’s interest in automotive repair. Several summer stints at Tires Inc® & an overnight job at a custom Omaha Porsche® shop further fueled his passion. In 1980, John’s drive to succeed independently accelerated.

Mike Goodrich

Mike Goodrich – May 26, 1958 – Aug 26, 2015

During high school, John & childhood pal Mike Goodrich, Sparks long-time Master Tech, who passed away in summer 2015, opened up a makeshift repair shop at the Omaha apartment complex where they lived. Out of two rented garages, the duo fixed neighbors’ vehicles in what became a gripping story.

“The garages had no power. So, we actually strung a long extension cable from our 3rd floor apartment. Our operation grew so quickly that we were forced to rent out 5 additional garages,” a fond memory John recalls with a laugh.

Nearly a year later, John took a break. He set aside his small Omaha auto repair shop business & hit the books, graduating from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a BA in economics & business administration, before obtaining an auto mechanics education at Metro Tech & advanced ASE certifications – to boot.

Sparks Co-Founders – Father and Son

Arnold Stern 11/10/1931 – 3/13/1999Arnold Stern

In 1984, John and his father, Arnold, co-founded Sparks Computerized Car Care™, an Omaha automotive repair shop that has grown to over advanced diagnostics and repairs of most makes and models. Specifically, over more than 2 decades, Sparks has expanded from doing oil changes & lube jobs to offering a specialized automotive service menu – backed by modern high-tech equipment & ASE-certified staff, most of whom have been long-time employees spanning decades.

A commitment to honesty, top work at reasonable rates is why this Omaha automotive repair facility remains one of the finest, family-owned auto repair service centers in the Omaha Ne metro. During his free time, John enjoys power boating, snow skiing, gardening, bowling & spending time with his wife and two adult children

Sparks Team – David Georges

Dave(3)ASE-certified Technician brings two-and-a-half decades of automotive service expertise to Sparks. Dave, who joined the Sparks family in 2008, specializes in engine work, steering chassis & suspension, cooling system repairs, air conditioning & drivability. He’s an outdoor enthusiast who avidly bow hunts. Photos of his adventures are tacked to our shop wall. Dave enjoys spending time with his wife & family.

Sparks Team – Eric Elmborg

AericSE-certified technician Eric Elmborg has more than two decades of automotive service expertise. Eric specializes in engine, chassis & suspension work, brakes & cooling system repairs. Eric is a long-time employee since 1989. During his free time, Eric loves spending time with his kids doing outdoor activities with them like fishing & camping.

Sparks Team – Joe Hunt

Joe HuntJoe Hunt, a friendly chap, is the one you may talk to when you call Sparks. He is the middle man acting as the point of contact between the customer and technicians. Hunt brings to the table six years as an ASE-certified service writer and parts specialist. Joe Hunt joined Sparks in 2015 as a Service Adviser.  During his private time, Joe has earned a name for himself as a drag racer across the grand USA. He drives his prized Pontiac Firehawk, nicknamed “blackhawk,” a performance vehicle he built from the ground up.

Sparks Team – Chris Ward

Chris WardUnder the hood, Chris Ward is one of our expert technicians that diagnoses, at an advanced level, automotive problems and repairs them. Omaha automotive care is one of his specialties! Chris joined the Sparks team in September 2015, bringing with him 25 years’ experience as an ASE-certified Master Tech while also holding L1 Driveability certification. He has a wife and one teenage daughter. As a hobby for the past 25 years or so, Chris enjoys drag racing at I-29 Raceway in Pacific Function, Iowa.


Sparks Computerized Car Care in Omaha, Nebraska strives for excellence. We provide the highest quality Omaha automotive repair & maintenance services performed by talented ASE-Certified & Master Techs – who you can trust, absolutely. That’s why customers return year-after-year. National, regional & local organizations consistently recognize us, too. We’re a AAA® Approved Repair Center. Plus, we hold an A+ Better Business Bureau® (BBB) rating. Whew!

You can count on us! We’ve achieved the Automotive Service Excellence® (ASE) Blue Seal; a 5-time Carquest Technet® Excellence Award Finalist; AC Delco® Total Support Specialist accommodation & are Automotive Service Association® (ASA-preferred). Here in Omaha, NE, Sparks holds membership in the Independent Shop Owners Association® (ISOA).

We’ve earned a solid reputation for providing advanced diagnostics and superior Omaha auto repairs that our clients can trust. Schedule appointment online now.

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