Dusan (pronounced Doo Shawn) Sabo moved from Slovakia to the United States in 1980. He, like many other immigrants, came to the U.S. with a dream to be his own boss and have his own business. He came with very little and not knowing the language, but he had special technical training and rally car racing experience.
Dusan’s previous experience was in a communist country, where everybody worked for and got paid by the government. If you didn’t like your boss, you were stuck, you couldn’t quit and take another job. Dusan told me that everybody wanted to leave, but few had the gumption to do it. Coming here showed that he had the perseverance to follow his dream and make something of himself.
Dusan was able to come to the U.S. due to a sponsorship by Mr. Rusnak of the Rusnak Automotive Group. He was employed at the Audi store where he spent ten years learning his trade. During his time at Rusnak Audi, he worked his way from being a trainee who knew little English, to one of the top twelve technicians in the USA. Many automotive manufacturers have competitions every year to showcase their best technicians. On his tenth year Dusan had passed all the written tests and was asked to go Audi’s US headquarters to participate in the hands on competition, where Audi invites only those technicians who have passed all the written tests and have beaten the other participants in hands on troubleshooting competition. Dusan ended up in the top of the competition, making it all the way to the finals. This made him one of the top Audi technicians in the Nation.
It was soon after that accomplishment that Dusan made his jump to become a business owner. He opened up shop in 1990 at his present location, where he services Audi, VW and BMW vehicles. He has all the latest computerized troubleshooting equipment to handle any repair. His status as an Audi Certified Master Technician and an ASE Certified Master Technician (www.ase.com ), proves that Dusan has spent the time and effort needed to become one of the best in his business. Through continued training he stays on top of the latest technology, constantly improving himself.
A good percentage of Dusan’s customers have so much trust in him, that they drop their cars off early in the morning before he opens. They stay in contact with him by phone throughout the day, handling their vehicles’ service or repairs. Some of them he hasn’t seen in person in years, but they keep bringing their cars back for more!
The shop is inside the Monrovia Auto Center, which is located at Huntington Dr. and Cypress just west of Mountain Avenue on the south side of the street. After coming into the driveway, go down past the first group of shops face each other. Automotive Import Specialists is the first shop on the right. His hours of operation at Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. He accepts Master Card, Visa, American Express, cash and checks. All repairs come with a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty.
Dusan also offers free pre-sale inspections of used Audis, Volkswagens, and BMWs because so many of his customers have been burned with used cars. Please call (626) 357-5234 to schedule.