While Bruce Hansen hopes to build his own auto shop someday, he said he was fortunate to be where he is during a ribbon cutting at Texas Discount Automotive in Cove Wednesday.

Hansen rents space in the Cove Taxi building, where he said the company works on anything from lawn tractors to sports cars.

A huge part of that work is focused on giving military families a 13.33 percent discount and not marking up the price of parts.

“Even while we were adjusting our prices, we still kept the military discount the same,” Hansen said.

Hansen is also committed to giving back to the military and the community. He’s repaired vehicles for free, when the owner couldn’t afford the cost.

A recently acquired vehicle will be repaired and donated to a military family who needs it.

“We’ve saved customers hundreds to thousands of dollars,” Hansen said. “We have nothing but five star reviews online.”

Hansen’s motivation for giving customers a great deal stems from his previous jobs, where he saw businesses marking up parts and labor to the point many couldn’t afford the maintain their vehicles. He talked with his wife and decided to open his own shop.

Another thing Hansen offers his customers: a 24 month, 24,000 mile warranty on repairs.

Texas Discount Automotive became a member of the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce May 5, which is the reason the organization sponsored the ribbon cutting.

Jennifer Flood, membership and finance manager for the chamber, presented Hansen with a certificate during the ribbon cutting.

Members of the Five Hills Scholarship Pageant were in attendance as well, along with Cove Mayor Frank Seffrood.

“We always need more businesses,” Flood said. “Our businesses are growing and thriving.”

Hansen hopes to continue thriving, with a new employee scheduled to come on board today.

From the confidence his customers have in his skills and caring attitude, he’ll be in business for many years to come.

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