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George’s British American Auto Repair has been in Daytona Beach for years

DAYTONA BEACH — Like a real-life remnant of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry or that bygone TV watering hole where “everybody knows your name,” there seemingly aren’t any strangers around the counter at George’s British American Auto Repair.

A fixture on the corner of Orange and Palmetto avenues for 41 years, the business has built its reputation on the unwavering devotion of loyal customers such as Tracy Griffin, a regular for 17 years.

“I go to nobody else,” said Griffin, waiting on some work on a recent morning. Griffin travels to the shop from her home in Palm Coast even for routine maintenance on her 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

George Zaharios (at right), owner of George's British American Auto Repair, holds a starter unit alongside (from left) his wife, Peggy, and sons Derrick and George Jr. at the shop on the corner of Orange and Palmetto avenues in Daytona Beach. The family-run business has been a fixture for more than 40 years in Daytona Beach.

“I work in Jacksonville, so that tells you about my loyalty,” said Griffin, a career adviser at a welding school. “I don’t deal with nobody else because I don’t trust anybody else. Nobody, nobody, nobody touches my car but George.”

That would be George Zaharios, 60, patriarch of the shop that he helped start as a teenager with his father and his older brother Michael in the summer of 1980. The family relocated from the Bayside neighborhood of Queens in New York City, where they also had operated a repair shop.