A Little History of Knight's Automotive Repair
It Began With Filling Your Tank, Now They Fix Your Grandson’s Car
by Kathryn Morris from Tap Into Roxbury, January 16, 2017
Driving east on Route 10 through Roxbury, many of us may remember a Shell Station right before the border of Randolph next to the Driving Range. Nancy and Peyton Knight began their long history of auto repair in Succasunna by filling your tank as you headed down the highway. That was 1983 and soon their business was growing and expanding. In fact the humble gas station gradually morphed into a state of the art repair facility that had to be relocated to a larger building in 1996. Knight’s Automotive Repair eventually became Roxbury’s longest running repair facility. Such longevity in this industry is a direct result of loyal customers who return year after year for service they have come to expect. According to Peyton “Many of our original customers followed us to our present location where today we continue to provide honest, reliable automotive service and repair to multiple generations of these same families in our local community.”
Knight’s may be in the auto repair business but their presence in town is much broader than oil changes and rebuilding engines. The Knights have become a fixture in the town of Roxbury and one of the strongest supporters of local team sports from junior to high school levels. When it’s time for a fundraiser for any sport or Scout or band program, Nancy Knight will tell you, “Being in business here for over 33 years, we have seen many of the area kids grow up and participate in all the wonderful programs available here in Roxbury, so of course we like to support them.”
The Knight Children in front of their parent’s Shell Station on Route 10 East in Succasunna, NJ
Peyton and Nancy in front of their current location 171 E Main St Ledgewood
But the Knights don’t stop there. Both Knights have been generous with their time volunteering with numerous clubs and organizations in Roxbury. Peyton served as both vice-president and president during his tenure in Roxbury Kiwanis. Nancy is a past vice-president and president of the Roxbury Chamber of Commerce and remains active as an ex-officio board member. They are active sponsors of the Summer Concert Series through the Roxbury Arts Alliance each year. Always pitching in, the Knights volunteer time at the Taste of Roxbury, Santa Land and the Community Yard Sale. In fact, rumor has it that Peyton once donned a Santa suit to save the day when the real Santa came down with the flu.
In fact, the location of Knight’s Automotive at 171 East Main Street in Ledgewood couldn’t be better during the Holiday Season. As luck would have it, this location is on the very same rail line that the Military Transport Association uses to collect donations for Toys for Tots. Every year, you will find huge boxes filling the lobby of Knight’s Automotive to collect toys from their generous customers. Each December, when Santa makes his whistle stop at their shop, the Knights are ready with refreshments for the Marines and the volunteers while they help load all the toys collected onto the train.
Of all the causes that the Knights are involved in, they are most passionate about their participation in the national Wheels to Prosper Car Give-Away program. For the last six years, Nancy, Peyton and their employees have refurbished a used vehicle to make it safe and reliable transportation and then awarded it to a deserving community member who is in need of a car. According to Peyton, “Every year we seek nominations from the local area. With the help of other local businesses, we help change the life of someone who is struggling with transportation needs.”
Through the years, Knight’s Automotive Repair has earned a reputation not only as a trusted auto repair facility but as a friend in business to the town of Roxbury. If you are looking for excellent repair and maintenance service provided by a family owned business, consider Knight’s Automotive Repair. They don’t just fix cars, they are involved in the town you call home.