Escobar employs three full-time auto body mechanics, including the owner.
“The community is really important and you have to take care of your neighbors,” Escobar said. “I have helped some people out and it really wasn’t that big of a deal, so I didn’t charge them. When they have a real need, something big, or a family member hits a deer - that is when they need me. And I’ll be there.”
Escobar went through a BOCES auto mechanic program in high school, and worked on cars when he graduated. He went into the Marines and after serving, came back to Upstate New York, where he went back to working on cars.
He started his business working out of a friend’s garage. Building a clientele, he rented space until he had saved enough money to purchase land in Otego. He has a large body shop with a painting booth and several bays for repairing damaged automobiles on Millcreek Road.
Hall also graduated from a BOCES auto body program. He began working for Escobar after he graduated. He left Escobar’s Restoration and went into farming, but found he could earn a better living as an auto body mechanic. Hall still owns cows.
“I tried farming, but it didn’t work out, so I came back here,” Hall said. “I like working on the newer cars better. It doesn’t take as long as the vintage cars.”
Escobar’s Restoration is involved in most of the area cruise-ins, where people who have vintage cars come together in a designated parking lot for activities and prizes.