For all your automotive repair needs in the Lake Norman area call

(704) 799-0318

All Services/Repairs By Appointment Only • Free Pickup & Delivery From Home Or Office

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 45+ years experience in the automotive industry and can be your one-stop service provider from A-Z.

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!

Ed Jones

Joe explained to me the repairs on my Trailblazer would cost approximately $3,000.00. Then he did something completely unexpected: he tried to talk me out of it!

David Beard

Joe didn't just fix a car; he gave me a piece of my husband Tom back!

Lisa Muse

GO-FAR is more then a slogan; it's fairness, integrity, quality and, it's personal.

Jack Stevens

As a handicapped person, what a blessing to have someone who is highly competent, professional and fairly priced!

Chris Rodgers

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

Thanks to my guardian angel, BMW replaced the entire engine at absolutely no cost to me!

David Knight

I would recommend Good Old-Fashioned Auto Repair to my best friend, and actually I have!

Lynn Marshall

I have always appreciated how far the Carbons' will go to support their clients!

Chad Burke

I absolutely love the fact that he will come, pick it up, take it and get it done right-THE FIRST TIME!

Marc Cain

Mom and I are lucky to have Joe as our Automotive Guardian Angel!

Linda Hickle

Joe very often, overdelivers on the service.

Justin Krebs

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

Joe asked me a question no mechanic ever asked me. That question saved me a couple thousand dollars!

Paul Baker

Gofar has great follow up procedures. You may forget when your car needs required preventative maintenance, but Joe and Terri won't!

Fran Park

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.

Nancy Ridenhour

Plainly said, I trust him and I know after a few short minutes from meeting him, you will too!

Brian Groeschel

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.

Suzanne Fulton

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.

Kare Romanski

It isn't about the money to Joe; it's the relationship. Joe corrected a $2,000.00 engine noise issue repair quoted by another shop by simply changing the oil. Problem solved!

Randall Fullerton


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.


“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.




"I cannot say enough good things about Joe and Terri Carbon with GOFAR. They truly treat you like family and always look out for your best interest in going out of their way in providing the BEST service possible.

I was heading on a trip, 4 hours away from home, when my check engine light came on. Immediately I called Joe and he suggested I drive my car to a Volvo dealership, which luckily was only 8 miles away. He stayed on the phone with me the whole way until I got to my destination. After an hour and half waiting for Volvo’s service tech to diagnose the problem, they came to the conclusion my spark plug was broken and that I needed a new cylinder head.

This was going to take a few days to get and quoted me $7,000. Joe continued to be involved throughout this whole process in speaking with their tech, his tech and keeping me informed all along the way. Because Joe didn’t agree with what Volvo’s tech was telling him, he put a game plan together for me to continue with my trip, by renting a car, coming to retrieve my car and take it back to his shop to inspect.

Once the car was back in good hands with GOFAR, the problem was solved and the car was back up and running with no problems to this day. Their time spent and the warranty that GOFAR covers with their service is beyond priceless. Instead of a $7,000 invoice from Volvo, it was under $1,000 with GOFAR. I cannot thank them enough for helping me in a very stressful situation and what could have been a very costly experience. They stand behind their work and word, which is very hard to come by these days. Thank you, Joe and Terri! You truly care about your customers and I’m grateful to call you friends."


"When I broke down in lunchtime traffic in the University area, after calling the police for assistance, my next call was to Joe. I told Joe what had happened and he told me to hang tight because he just happened to be a couple of miles away. What were the chances that he would be that close and available in the University area to help? 

Before even the police arrived, my GO-FAR guardian pulled up behind me and using his vehicle, pushed me out of traffic to a safer location. Not only that, but Joe gave me a ride back to my office and then came back later that afternoon to tow my car and take care of the repairs. Joe’s actions that day were typical of the above and beyond service that he delivers every time I reach out to him. Anytime I hear someone complaining about their car, I tell them to call Joe. Thanks Joe and Terri!!"

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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 following the economic collapse of 2008 helped Lake Normanders "Get back to work!"


"When you need the Guardian Angels of automotive repair, with GO-FAR that feeling will always be there!"

Call (704) 799-0318.

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If you are looking for auto repair in Lake Norman—Mooresville, Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville NC, then call us today.