About Paceley’s Garage in Decatur, IL 62526

We started Paceley's Garage over 25 years ago because our community needed good, honest and reliable auto repair shops that the public could depend upon to service and repair their vehicles. With a staff that is friendly, caring and professional.

We want to be your auto repair shop for life

Our goal is to be the best auto repair facility in Decatur, IL with customer satisfaction at the top of our list. Why choose Paceley's Garage as your repair shop?

Experience: We are a family-owned and operated repair shop that cares about you and your vehicle. We have provided excellent auto repair services to the Decatur, IL area for over 25 years.

Convenience: We want to make our customers' repair experience with us as stress-free and easy as possible, and so we provide:

  • Free shuttle service
  • Early bird drop off
  • Large Parking Lot
  • Only quality parts are used

Quality: Our top priority and standard is quality—there is no auto repair shop that wants your vehicle repaired better and faster than we do.

Trust: Dealing with auto repairs can be frustrating and the last thing you need to worry about is whether you can trust the repair shop working on your vehicle. For over 25 years, our customers have put their vehicles and trust in us.

Meet Our Crew

John Paceley

Paceley's Garage was founded in September of 1990 by John Paceley, who has over thirty years of experience working in the auto repair industry, including an import shop in Champaign and at the local Ford dealership in Decatur. John graduated from Parkland College in Champaign, IL, with an Associates Degree in Applied Science-Automotive with Honors and is an ASE-Certified Master Automobile Technician. John's mother loved to drive. He treats his customers the way he would have wanted her to be treated if she had car problems while driving out of town. To unwind, John likes gardening, woodworking, watching NASCAR races, working on his '67 Mustang and spending time with his seven brothers and sisters, his wife, his two children and friends.


Margaret Paceley

Before joining John at the garage as Office Manager, Margaret took a few business courses at Richland Community College in Decatur and worked at Cashco, Inc., ADM and Mueller Co. They have been happily married for over twenty-five years. Margaret likes to watch the antics of wild birds and has feeders both at the garage and at home. Some of her other interests are cooking, reading, crafting and visiting with her two stepchildren, family and friends.


Brad Mollohan

Brad Mollohan has worked at Paceley's Garage for over seven years. He earned his Associates Degree in Applied Science-Automotive at Richland Community College in Decatur and is an ASE Master Automotive Technician. During high school, Brad frequently visited John to talk and watch him work. John was his mentor, encouraging him to get his degree in automotive and hiring him when he graduated. A talented musician, Brad later graduated from the Atlanta School of Music. Among the many instruments he can play, the guitar is his favorite. When he's not fixing autos, he repairs guitars and gives guitar lessons.


Dave Hollar, In Memorium

Dave Hollar worked at Paceley’s Garage for over thirteen years, and was an ASE Master Automotive Technician. His earliest memories were of watching his grandpa at his workbench: electrical, mechanical, appliances, or cobbling—Grandpa could fix anything. From him, Dave learned to apply the same good work ethic and tenacity to achieve success in the challenges that came his way. Before turning his auto repair hobby into a fulltime career, he rebuilt and fixed vehicles for himself and his friends, starting with Volkswagens. In his spare time, Dave enjoyed playing bass guitar in a local band.