For Lael's International Auto Service owner Lael Leone, fixing things with his hands runs in his blood. His mother, Lorna, was one of a handful of licensed female home improvement contractors in their hometown of Prince George’s County, Maryland. Growing up in humble beginnings with two sisters, Lael had to learn how to fend for himself early. Lorna taught him how to be self–sufficient and make an honest living. By age 9 he was painting houses with his mom, and by age 10 he was already working on cars at a local gas station. It was at this gas station that he learned how to fix cars, delegate tasks, and foster good customer relations.
Once he turned 18, Lael got his first official job at Sidel Chevrolet in Maryland, eventually taking on bigger and bigger jobs at dealerships and independent auto shops. At each job he soaked up as much as he could from other technicians. He also earned his ASE Master Technician certification along the way.
Wanting to change people’s perceptions of the auto repair industry, Lael opened his own shop, Lael's International Auto Service Center, in 1999 in Maryland. He later relocated the shop to right here in Oceanside, CA to be closer to friends and relatives.
With over 20 years of experience as a certified mechanic, Lael is dealer–trained and has the know–how to repair or service your car right, the first time. He and his team of expert ASE–certified technicians, most of whom are ASE Master Technicians, have made Lael's International Auto Service Center Oceanside’s premier auto repair shop.
Lael’s goal is not only to service his customers well, but also to make a difference in the community. The shop is very active in Oceanside, sponsoring youth basketball and football, and is also a member of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce.