Bed-Stuy resident Henry Garcia, 54, has been fixing cars since he was 7 years old.
His father, who was also a mechanic, taught Henry all about cars and how they’re engineered while he was still a little boy growing up in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Today, Bed-Stuy residents who’ve lived around the neighborhood for two decades or more know that Henry’s the guy to call when their car is having problems.
Not only will he come directly to where you live (or where your car has stalled), but you can call him any time of the day or night, and he can usually fix anything wrong with your car for under $100.
It's an old-school way of doing business. But for many of his clients, it works!
That means, if your car runs out of gas, gets a flat tire or just plain stops running from anywhere in Bed-Stuy, you can call Henry – even at 3:00 a.m. -- and he will be there in no time flat, no questions asked.
“I can fix pretty much everything on any type of car,” said Henry, who gives the impression he’s a man of few words. “If I have to buy a part, I show the customer the receipt and then I always keep the receipts in case I have to return something, I’ll already have the receipt on me.”
If your car needs a tune-up, he and his assistant Rosaura, who is also his wife, will drive to your house in Henry’s signature green van and give you a full tune-up for $40.
“My tune-ups include everything: spark plugs, wires, oil, filters, valves, everything, everything,” said Henry.
His longtime clients swear by his ability to identify and fix any problem in a relatively short period of time, granted he’s able to get his hands on the necessary part.
“He’s amazing, a godsend,” said Alana Minor, who moved to Bed-Stuy last year from Syracuse, New York. Last summer, Minor’s car stopped right as she merged onto the BQE.
“I was freaking out, because it was 9:30 at night, and I was alone with my son, who’s three. Minor had no idea who to call, so she called her neighbor who referred Minor to Henry.
“He came right away, fixed whatever was wrong with my starter for an insanely cheap price, and I made it all the way Upstate with no problem. I’ve called him like twice since then, and he’s always fixed me up.”
Henry stays busy. He said he usually responds to 5-6 calls a day during the summer and 1-3 calls a day during the winter months.
“It depends on the weather. Sometimes it’s too cold to work,” he said. “But I take most calls. Just call me; I’ll be there.”
To get in touch with Henry, call him at 347-785-3320.