Star City Six – Delta Nelson
The Mechanix Garage (themechanixgarage.com) offers clean and honest auto services and repairs, as well as, customization of your off road vehicles in Lincoln. Delta Nelson is the owner of The Mechanix Garage.
Tell us a little about your business.
By listening first to all of our customers’ questions and concerns, we make sure that we handle everything they need and that they drive away completely satisfied. Our team members love helping others and take it upon themselves to treat every customer fairly. We’ve established ourselves as industry leaders by achieving the highest customer satisfaction of anyone in our area. We’re striving to keep it that way! As a result, they usually tell their friends and family about us, and we couldn’t be more proud of our reputation.
How did you get started in the business?
I grew up around the auto industry my entire life, starting with my great-grandparents. I have been around everything from working on race cars to working in an auto repair shop. To now, owning my own shop.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Even in 2021, the automotive industry is still primarily a male dominated industry. As a female, it takes a little more to promote my knowledge and experience.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Although owning my own company is a great achievement, it really comes down to the relationships I have developed over the years with my customers and my fellow colleagues in the industry. From that, I was asked to be a member of the Women’s Car Council, now the Car Care Council Women’s Board. This organization is comprised of professionals dedicated to providing opportunities, education and career leadership to women in the auto care industry.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband Stacey and I have been married for eight years. Together we have three children: Garrett and his wife Brittany, Kylie and her husband Nick, and Kolby who is graduating from high school this May. We also have four amazing grandchildren: Beau, Lane, Kodie, and Briggs. Without the support and love of my family, none of this would be possible.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Working in other auto shops and experiencing the dire lack of integrity of other owners, encouraged me to open my own facility that can offer honest repairs with integrity. With integrity there also needs to be empathy to customers and their needs.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
With our kids and grandchildren, we love to go off-roading. We have taken our Jeeps and side by sides to the mountains, sand dunes, and down rivers.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.” – Maya Angelou
Who inspires you?
My children have always been my biggest inspirations. They each have taught me some of the most important life lessons a person could have. From unconditional love to learning to pick what battles are worth fighting for. Without them, I would not be the person I am today.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“State of my Head” by Shinedown. We have all had a time in our lives where we have had to adapt to certain circumstances, whether good or bad. This song, to me, is a reminder there are events I can control and events I cannot. It is only up to me to how I allow the event to affect me.