All Services/Repairs By Appointment Only • Free Pickup & Delivery From Home Or Office
For all your automotive repair needs in the Lake Norman area call (704) 799-0318
You are truly "my guardian angels", not only do you keep me driving safely by checking all parts of my car with each service, but you came, in record time, when I had an emergency and no one else would come. Your personal, friendly and expert service means much to me. I feel safe in your hands. Thanks so much.
Your time is valuable, so no matter your automotive needs in Mooresville, Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville – we come to you.
“When you need the Guardian Angels of automotive repair, with GOFAR that feeling will always be there!”
All our services are performed by pickup and delivery from home or office – simply call your guardian angels of automotive repair at (704) 799-0318.
Being pro-active about your vehicle’s preventative maintenance is the best insurance policy you can have. That is why with most of our services we provide a free PMI (Preventative Maintenance Inspection) to catch any little problems before they become “BIG PROBLEMS!”
We have 40+ years experience in the automotive industry and can be your one-stop service provider from A-Z.
Labor Rate: $95 Per Hr. All Repairs Guaranteed.
All services include FREE pickup & delivery (Lake Norman service region. Others, nominal fuel surcharge.)
Oil Change and Tire Rotation
Tires and Alignment
30, 60, and 90,000 Mile Services
Complete engine diagnostic, repair and overhaul including foreign models: Mercedes-Benz, BMW, VW, Audi, Volvo, and Saab
Brakes and suspension
Transmission service and overhaul
Glass replacement & window tint
Private towing & junk car removal
Detailing and paint correction
Collision, body and paint – All insurance claims handled
Upholstery repair & custom interiors
Complete restoration services
Custom fabrication, welding, upfits, and trailer hitches
Used car pre-purchase evaluations/consultations
Rental cars-for more than 1 day service or repairs
Having Good Old-Fashioned Auto Repair is like having an insurance policy you don’t have to pay for until you need it!
Mary Kay Hickle
It really is this simple; I can trust Joe!
People are actually saving time and money by working with Joe and Terri.
Joe didn’t just fix a car; he gave me a piece of my husband Tom back!
GO-FAR is more then a slogan; it’s fairness, integrity, quality and, it’s personal.
As a handicapped person, what a blessing to have someone who is highly competent, professional and fairly priced!
The most important service that Joe provides is the feeling we are never being sold something we don’t need or being misled.
Dennis & Reba Peavler
When our girls are experiencing any concerns with their cars, they shout “Call Joe, Call Joe!”
The Brodof Family
Joe likely saved my life…And my Mustang!!!
Joe’s brilliance saved me from an $800 repair.
I have always appreciated how far the Carbons’ will go to support their clients!
They are true professionals and offered me what I consider to be the best customer experience I have ever received.
Mom and I are lucky to have Joe as our Automotive Guardian Angel!
Joe very often, overdelivers on the service.
Amazingly, they solved a problem that was quite simple, inexpensive and overlooked by previous shops.
Ken & Vickie Morris
Our family has a long history of “Guardian Angelship”.
Mark, Denise, and Austin Francis
When I broke down in lunchtime traffic in the University area, what were the chances my “Gofar Guardian” would be that close and available to help?.
Gofar has great follow up procedures. You may forget when your car needs required preventative maintenance, but Joe and Terri won’t!
I know how to outsource when I trust that the person handling the task can do it better than I can; and do it correctly. I trust Joe to handle all my needed car maintenance.
Plainly said, I trust him and I know after a few short minutes from meeting him, you will too!
My youngest son Brian claimed that Joe was honest, fair, and dependable. After almost 2 years, I can confirm my son’s recommendation.
Paul Groeschel, Sr.
We have Joe on speed dial. Having a company you can trust and know they aren’t there to try and pull one over on you is totally liberating.
Paul Groeschel, Jr.
Because of their great customer service and charitable endeavors, they are true assets to the Lake Norman community.
I answered a Craigslist ad stating “this vehicle comes with my mechanic.” I bought the vehicle because it had a well documented service history by Joe and Terri Carbon. They became my mechanics. In 2016, I purchased another van maintained by Joe and Terri because “this vehicle comes with my mechanic.
It is so convenient and a real time saver. We were frankly amazed to discover that a service like that was offered these days.
We do partial and complete automotive restorations, custom fabrication and welding, modern chassis and suspension updates, custom body work and paint, and original or custom upholstery.
“If you can dream it, we can build it!”
Some Of Our Special Cars and Projects
One of our recent projects is this all original 1968 Oldsmobile 442 convertible that sat in a garage for over 35 years. It left its nest to begin a full blown frame-off restoration. You can see how it went through its various restoration stages by going here.
What Makes Us Different
“Our customers are our extended family, and our family are our customers.”
WHICH CAME FIRST? THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG? Sometimes it is hard to remember which one they were first. Either way, we put our families’ needs and best interests first. We consult with each family member one-on-one to determine:
How many miles a month do you drive, how long will you keep your car, what are your life and family needs, and what is your financial situation?
We get to know your car through our PMI (Preventative Maintenance Inspection) and then ask ourselves, “If this was my car, what would I do?” From that we recommend whatever is in YOUR BEST INTEREST!
It’s what you do when you work for family.
Linda & Mary Kay Hickle
“Mom and I are lucky to have Joe as our Automotive Guardian Angel.”
“I have enjoyed working with Joe since October 2005. He has been a trusted mechanic and advisor on all my family’s automotive needs: servicing my very demanding SAAB, helping evaluate my Toyota purchase, or keeping my Mom’s Saturn up to date on inspections and running well. He has always been straightforward and clear with his evaluations, separating the decisions into..nice to do, avoiding further costs, not worth the money, or get rid of this junk!!! Having the car picked up and delivered where I live is an added convenience that puts the icing on this cake. Mom and I are lucky to have Joe as our Automotive Guardian Angel.”
Mary Kay Adds: “Having Good Old-Fashioned Auto Repair is like having an insurance policy you don’t have to pay for until you need it!”
Ed Jones/Military Food & Beverage
“It really is this simple; I can trust him.”
“For years, my father, John Jones, trusted and used Joe to maintain all of the families commercial and personal vehicles. So when I relocated from the Wilmington area to Lake Wylie, who to entrust with my automotive service was a no-brainer. It really is this simple: I can trust him. To do my cars right the first time, to look out for my best interest, to make sure I’m safe. Military Food & Beverage services military bases all around the United States so needless to say, I do a lot of driving. I need somebody I can trust to keep my vehicles running and give me peace of mind anytime I make a trip.
Recently, my nephew, Micah, relocated to Lake Wylie as well to attend classes at UNCC. The 3rd generation of Jones’ is also now serviced by Good Old-Fashioned Auto Repair.”
“Joe’s brilliance saved me from an $800 repair.”
“Have you ever heard of a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin)? We have stories and below is just one of them. Our reputation of being the “Guardian Angels of Automotive Service” is based upon our many years of stories just like this!
Joe Carbon is my hero! He and Terri always go the extra mile in caring for their customers. Wouldn’t you know, my A/C started acting up just as we were heading into the hottest time of year. I called Joe, and like the old joke, the A/C worked just fine….while in the mechanics hands. Ugh….now what to do! Auto wizard that he is, Joe suggested a couple of possible causes and started doing extensive research on the problem. He discovered a technical service bulletin put out by the manufacturer referring to a part on my A/C compressor and a diagnostic procedure to confirm the problem. As it turns out, the manufacturer had been required to provide a warranty extension beyond my expired vehicle warranty. Joe even printed me a copy of the technical service bulletin to take to my local dealer. I qualified for the free repair and they took care of it at no charge to me. Joe’s brilliance saved me from an $800 repair. Thank you Joe and Terri!!
Quality Versus Quantity: No quotas, no production deadlines, no commissions!
“Our focus is on integrity, taking the time to do it right the first time, and serving our family of customers for life!”
JOE & TERRI CARBON, Proprietors
Joe and Terri Carbon are highly active in the Lake Norman community. Joe is the former Chairman of the LNCC Ambassadors, and the only two-time winner of the Ambassador of the Year award. In 2010, the award was renamed the “Joe Carbon Ambassador of the Year” award in his honor.
Joe also co-founded H.O.H.T. (Helping Others Help Themselves), an all-volunteer organization made up of Lake Norman business leaders who help Lake Normanders “Get back to work!”