Hess shifts to ‘R’ as automotive tech progresses, embracing retirement.

March 16, 2024


  • C.A. Hess Garage, a long-standing business in Newport, will be under new management beginning April 1, operated by Bill and Samantha Wentz.
  • Owner Crist Hess is retiring after 40 years in the business, citing advancements in automotive technology as a reason for his departure.

In a transition marking the end of an era, C.A. Hess Garage in Newport will be changing hands as Crist Hess, the owner since its opening in 1984, steps back from the business. The garage will be leased to Bill and Samantha Wentz, with plans to eventually purchase it and rebrand as Newport Auto Repair.

Hess, reflecting on his time at the shop, noted the significant changes in cars and technology over the years, leading to his decision to retire. While expressing gratitude to the community for their support, he looks forward to returning to his farm and taking a step back from the daily demands of running a garage.

The Wentzes, who have a background in mechanics, intend to maintain the business in a similar manner, with expanded hours and the addition of servicing small engines. Their goal is to continue the legacy established by Hess and build new relationships within the Newport community.

As Hess prepares for a well-deserved break, the Newport Auto Repair under new management looks to carry on the tradition of reliable service that has defined C.A. Hess Garage for the past four decades.

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