In a saturated auto maintenance and repair industry, Team Ryan Automotive Service and Repair of Buford stands out from their competitors.  Dan and Shara Ryan opened Team Ryan three years ago with a goal to provide exemplary service to their customers while having as small of an environmental footprint as possible.  Team Ryan Automotive has earned the “Best of Gwinnett” award all three years they have been in business.

Dan Ryan is a graduate from Gwinnett Technical College where he received Associate’s Degrees in welding and automotive repair.  Dan gives back to the college by donating materials for others to learn with. He also serves on the college’s Automotive Advisory Board where he helps guide/advise the school on staying current within the automotive industry.

Technicians at Team Ryan Automotive must possess certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence or ASE.  ASE is a nonprofit organization formed in 1972 to improve the quality of automotive repairs by testing and certifying automotive professionals.  Since Team Ryan has such a high percentage of ASE certified techs, they have earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition. There’s not many Blue Seal shops around with the next closest 20 miles away in Snellville.  Techs at Team Ryan Automotive are constantly receiving new training to stay on top of the industry and maintain their ASE certification.

 Owners Dan and Shara Ryan. 
Owners Dan and Shara Ryan. 

Dan and Shara feel it’s their responsibility to give back to the local community.  They are active members of the Kiwanis Club of North Gwinnett where they have sponsored the Father – Daughter Dance as well as served on the scholarship hearing committee.  Team Ryan Automotive reached out to the local residents asking for bicycle donations at Christmas and were able to donate several bikes to area kids in need. Shara even made a quilt that was donated to the North Gwinnett Co-op where the quilt was given to a gentleman that needed the warm bedding.  They also are big supporters of Buford High School Athletics sponsoring several teams each year.

Having as small of an environmental footprint as possible has been at the forefront of their operations from day one.  They started before they even opened their doors by installing an industrial acrylic floor system in the shop which means oil and other environmentally harmful fluids cannot seep into the concrete and thus the soil.  The fluids sit on top of the floor to be cleaned up and disposed of properly meeting the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s standards. High performance T5 fluorescent lighting that consumes less energy yet is brighter than the standard industry lighting was installed at Team Ryan Automotive.

Every drop of oil that has been collected at Team Ryan Automotive since they opened their doors in 2015 has been repurposed to heat their shop using a waste oil heater.  All the old batteries, tires, and antifreeze collected from their customer’s vehicles are all recycled properly. Their office uses only recycled ink cartridges in the printers.  Outside of their shop sits a recycle bin that is twice the size of the trash dumpster where anything and everything that can be recycled is tossed in. They practice the three R’s every day; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Their environmentally conscious operation has earned them the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s first “Community Crusaders” award of 2018.  

In honor of Earth Day, Team Ryan Automotive has joined forces with the Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville as a sponsor of the center’s Trillium Trek Trail Run and Walk.  The Trillium Trek Trail Run and Walk will take place on April 21st, Earth Day 2018. Team Ryan will be handing out literature on how they are environmentally friendly as well. The literature even has an Earth Day, environmentally friendly spin.  The card includes a Bloomin Earth Seed Pack. One only needs to soak the pack overnight, tear it up into pieces, plant the pieces in dirt, and water regularly to see beautiful flowers sprout up.

Team Ryan Automotive will continuously look to make their operations as environmentally friendly as possible.  They plan on doing even more on top of their already extensive community service in 2018. And one can count on Team Ryan to receive periodic training to keep current on their skill set to make sure that each Team Ryan Automotive customer is 100% satisfied.  They even back their work with a 2 yr./24,000 mile warranty on all parts and labor that they handle for your vehicle.

Team Ryan Automotive is located within the city limits of Buford at 2959 S. Waterworks Road.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact them at (678) 765-7926 or online at



Alicia joined the North Gwinnett Voice, as the Editor, shortly after the first publication. She is a homegrown Buford native, with the southern charm and "bless your heart" included. ...

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