Community Involvement

Lonsdale Auto Works is dedicated to providing unparalleled support to the community of Lonsdale, MN.

Since our doors opened in 2005, we’ve cultivated a deep focus on equality, accommodation, and development. We’re always looking for new ways to serve our community members and are genuinely open to sharing critical resources with people in our area.

Learn more about what makes Lonsdale Auto Works a community-driven powerhouse.

How We Serve Our Lonsdale Community

Lonsdale Auto Works has spent more than 15 years investing in the community. It has been this way since 2005, thanks to our owner and CEO, Scott Pelava.

Scott has shaped our vision of community involvement since day one. Today, he works to give back in a multitude of ways. He has served so many posts:

Lonsdale Auto Works is also an active member of the Lonsdale community:

Community involvement isn’t just a part of what we do—it’s one of our missions!

Lonsdale Auto Works is a Proud Member and Partner of ASOG

Scott Pelava established Auto Shop Owners Group (ASOG), a 501C3 educational organization, to help technicians, shop owners, and automotive vendors connect and grow in the professional automotive industry. ASOG quickly grew into a large-scale community for shop owners to network with others in their field. 

Today, ASOG offers nationwide scholarships, dinners, and connection opportunities for auto shop owners. Thousands of shop owners rely on ASOG to enhance their existing skills and get access to regularly released podcasts, scholarship funds, and business networking events.

Experience the Lonsdale Auto Works Difference

Lonsdale Auto Works cares deeply about our community and the people who live in it. From the first moment you walk through our front door, you will experience this commitment to how we work.

  • You’re always treated as an individual (and not just a number).
  • You’re never exposed to high-pressure tactics.
  • You’re provided with kind treatments that make you feel safe.
  • You’re confident your vehicle is competently repaired for the road ahead.
  • You’re treated fairly by staff members and always as an equal.

Discover how Lonsdale Auto Works transforms our love for the community into our services. Call us today at (507) 744-3304 to set up an appointment. You can also visit our full-service auto shop at 616 Industrial Dr., SE Lonsdale, MN 55046.

KC Eyton


KC Eyton is our Light Duty Auto Technician where she serves in support for our other technicians and provides inspection, maintence and tire services and assists the front counter. KC has been with us since 2021.

Being an automotive technician at LAW has allowed me to learn & do what I’m passionate about. I enjoy the fast-paced environment filled with challenges & feeling a sense of accomplishment when I’ve used my knowledge & experience to solve an issue. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful people who care about my personal well-being & professional growth. I love how my boss Scott constantly believes in me. He pushes me to take on projects that I think are way beyond my abilities. I am so grateful for the mentorship & support. This truly creates a family environment where everyone is there for each other. I love my job!

Chris Waskosky


Chris Waskosky is a Master Auto Technician and has an extensive background in vehicle diagnostics, powertrain management systems and electronics. Chris joined our team in 2011. Chris has a lifetime of mechanical experience from vintage steam engines, to carburetors, to the latest in high-tech modern automobile systems.

Along with having a fun work environment, I enjoy a variety of jobs I can do. One vehicle may be an oil change, but the next vehicle may be using a lab scope to find a communication problem between computers. Every day brings new vehicles and new challenges.

Denise Davis

Service Manager

Service Manger, Denise Davis joined our team in 2018. Her experience in customer service, retail sales as well as store & employee management is extensive.

Denise has a great ability to transform the complexity of modern automobiles into easy to understand explanations that help bring comfort & confidence to our clients. Whether dealing with a simple oil change or a complete engine replacement, she will take the time to explain the issues in a manner that is understandable and she provides our clients with the information required to help them make an informed decision about their vehicle repairs. She is always willing to help with whatever questions & concerns you may have.

Scott Palava


Lonsdale Auto Works was founded in 2005 by owner, Scott Pelava.

As an ASE-Certified Master Auto Technician, Advanced Engine Performance Specialist, Undercar Specialist, and Service Consultant, he saw the need for a more modern auto service center in the fast growing community of Lonsdale. A strong background in domestic and import vehicles helped formed the vision of what Lonsdale Auto Works is today.

Starting with one apprentice, he built a reputation for quality service and fair pricing. As the need arose, additional technicians joined his team to keep up with our customers’ need for fast, quality service.

Scott is also very active in the community. He is currently in his fourth term as a Lonsdale City Council Member. He has held numerous leadership positions with the local Boy Scout Troop and at the District and Council levels. He is the Past President of the Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the Lonsdale Lions Club.

Scott has been recognized multiple times for his contributions to the auto repair industry. In 2017 he founded ASOG (Auto Shop Owners Group) in an effort to provide support to other repair shop owners. The organization has grown to the largest in the world. As a result, Scott was named in the Top 100 People in World the Automotive & Transportation as well as listed in the Marquis Who’s Who of Business in America.