A long long time ago...

Larry Hatt



Larry Hatt’s Auto Service Ltd.

Larry Hatt

Having grown up in Dartmouth, I began my automotive career many years ago pumping gas and cleaning windshields at the Irving gas station on Windmill Road in Burnside. I was making a whopping $1.00 per hour!  

Later, after moving to the Creighton Avenue area of Dartmouth, I worked for 10 years with Mr. Chris Dean at Dean’s Shell on Ochterloney St.  pumping gas and helping out  repairing vehicles in the shop. 

I was brought up as an honest person by my parents and Chris re-enforced with me my belief that you could operate an honest automotive repair facility and still be successful.  I completed my Automotive Technician Apprenticeship in 1982 while working with Chris and graduated with an Inter-Provincial Automotive Technician Red Seal license. 

In 1988 I shook hands with Chris and, with his blessing, I  opened Larry Hatt’s Auto Service Ltd at the Petro-Canada on the corner of Main St. and Forest Hills Parkway.  After six years at that location Petro Canada offered me a larger facility in 1994. My staff and I packed up the equipment in the spring of 1994 and moved to my current location at 909 Cole Harbour Road .  My family and I have resided in the Cole Harbour area since 1982.

My business motto from day one has been “Honest Service – Quality Repairs” which I have maintained as my driving force for the past 31 years.  I told myself from the start if I couldn’t make a living being honest with my customers and doing high quality work for them, then I would need to find a different career. That was, as I mentioned, 31 years ago.  

In  late 2013 I was notified by the Better Business Bureau that Larry Hatt’s Auto Service Ltd. had received a nomination by one of my customers for the  Atlantic Business Ethics Awards which is an award presented annually by the Atlantic Better Business Bureau in recognition of outstanding ethical business practices.  After completing the required extensive submission information I was very proud that my company, out of over two hundred submissions in six categories, was chosen as the winner in the “Less than 15 Employee Category” in the 2014 Atlantic Business Ethics Award competition. 


I am a firm believer that, as a small business owner, supporting your community is extremely important.  So I support as many community activities and fundraisers as possible.  Larry Hatt's Auto Service has been a "Major Sponsor" of the Westphal Cole Harbour Don Crook Ladder-a-Thon  for MS for over 20 years.  I also offer our roadside reader board sign at no charge for organizations to promote their events and fundraisers.  Please feel free to pass on your community based happenings to me via our web site “Community Information” section and I will do my best to help your promote your event. 


Larry Hatt


Larry Hatt's Auto Service Ltd.