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Bob's Lil Car Hospital, The Best Truck and Car Repair Service in Kelso

Get top-notch auto repair services today at Bob's Lil Car Hospital. From AC repair to transmission services, our goal is to offer expert auto repairs at an affordable price.

We are conveniently located near you in Kelso. Come by our shop at 1508 Westside Hwy or call today to schedule an appointment at (360) 200-5731.

Mechanics at Work - Bob's Lil Car Hospital
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Bob’s Lil Car Hospital (BLCH) was founded in 1968 by Lyle and Delores Coulter. They specialized in Hondas and later air cooled Volkswagens. They later hired Robert (Bob) Ireton and expanded their business to include most Domestic and Asian vehicles. In 2003 Lyle and Delores decided to retire and sold their business to Bob and his wife Laurie on March 1, 2004. Later that year, Bob hired Charlie Zimmerman as a diagnostic technician and the following spring, his wife Kevena as a service advisor. Exactly 16 years later on March 1, 2020, Bob and Laurie sold to Kevena and Charlie.


“Through positive relationships with our customers, employees and vendors, we provide professional quality maintenance, diagnostics and repairs to ensure the most dependable, longest-lasting, safest and most enjoyable means of vehicle transportation possible for our customers.”


Our core values are: Integrity, Reliability, Pride and Value


We believe in being honest with our clients and with ourselves in order to become the best people, co-workers, and advisors to our clients that we can be. Integrity is not just standing behind our work but admitting when we made a mistake and didn’t live up to our own expectations of great customer service. Learning by experience is the way we all grow. We shouldn’t be afraid of failure if we’re trying, learning, and moving forward.


We strive every day to do our work right the first time so our customers can trust their vehicle to get them where they need to go safely with little to no breakdowns.


Our work is our art and we want to apply attention to detail, pride, and the highest quality behind every vehicle we work on. We take pride in our work and always strive to do the best possible repairs with the best possible parts available.


We believe the best repairs may not be the least expensive but the best value because quality repairs mean a more reliable vehicle with fewer breakdowns and overall a longer vehicle life.

Get A Clear Estimate With No Hidden Costs

We promise to provide you with an easy to understand estimate before beginning any services. We are able to email or text a link to review your estimate with pictures and a clear explanation of all recommended services and repairs. We stand behind all of our work with a 3 year/ 36,000 mile nationwide guarantee you can count on. Call today to schedule an appointment at (360) 200-5731 or fill out an appointment request quickly and conveniently on our website.

Our Mechanics Are Here to Help

Our certified mechanics are highly skilled auto repair specialists who provide the best in automotive repair services for European, Asian and Domestic cars and trucks. We use the latest technology to assess the situation and offer you the best options to keep your vehicle safe and reliable. Stop in or give us a call at (360) 200-5731 to let us know how we can help you!

Bob's Lil Car Hospital is a full-service preventive maintenance and auto repair center in the Kelso and Longview, WA 98626 and 98632 area since 1968.

Bob's Lil Car Hospital is committed to ensuring effective communication and digital accessibility to all users. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and apply the relevant accessibility standards to achieve these goals. We welcome your feedback. Please call Bob's Lil Car Hospital (360) 577-1187 if you have any issues in accessing any area of our website.