Wayne Purdy European Motors was established in Clearwater in 1958, owned and operated by Wayne Purdy, Sr. and his wife Atala, both formerly of Stamford Connecticut. Their vision for the company was and still is, “Service is our ONLY business.”

Wayne Sr. quickly established a solid reputation in the surrounding community as being the “go-to” man when mechanical problems stumped other auto technicians. His work was impeccable and he quickly gained a reputable following of loyal customers, many of whom still rely on Wayne Purdy’s to service their vehicles today.

Originally focusing solely on repairs of foreign vehicles, such as Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, VW, etc., the company evolved over the years along with the changes in auto manufacturing and technology to eventually servicing both foreign and American-made vehicles .

By 1974, Wayne and Atala were able to realize their dream of building their own repair facility, just two doors down from the commercial property they had rented for sixteen years. The new building remains their current location at 1455 S Martin Luther King Jr Ave.

Wayne Purdy European Motors is truly a family-owned and operated business with Wayne and Atala’s two sons and daughter being active in the business since their teenage years. Their sons, Wayne Jr. and Martin (Marty) trained as auto technicians under their father’s direction during their high school years, are ASE certified Master Technicians, and remain active in the business today, more than forty years later. Wayne Jr. is also a United States Air Force veteran. Since 1984, Marty & Wayne Jr. have managed the day-to-day operations while providing oversight and direction for their technicians, all of whom participate in continuing education courses to keep abreast of ever-changing technology.

Their daughter, Kathleen, worked in the office alongside her mother from the age of fifteen, answering phones, helping customers and learning the bookkeeping. After marriage and children, she focused on a degree in accounting and attained an MBA. While always maintaining the accounting for the business remotely, Kathleen rejoined the business full time in 2019 when her aunt retired after twenty years of service. Two of Kathleen’s three sons also work in the business as auto detailers and lot attendants.

Now, all three siblings work side by side on a daily basis and strive to not only maintain the level of service, excellence, and respect that their parents worked so hard to gain, but to hopefully exceed that level by honing processes and procedures and focusing on excellence in customer service and satisfaction.

Sadly, Wayne Sr. passed away in May of 2017 and, for now, Atala remains the sole owner. While not actively working in the business, she occasionally graces the front office, filling in for Kathleen when time off is required.

Nearly 65 years later, Wayne Purdy European Motors remains a reputable and well-respected operation serving Pinellas and the surrounding counties. A reputation built on trustworthiness, dedication to customer service, experience, and excellence ensures that your vehicle is in the best hands possible.

In loving memory of our founder,
beloved husband and father,
Wayne Purdy Sr.
1934 – 2017

  • "We highly recommend Wayne Purdy European Motors. We have been bringing our vehicle ‘s there for over 20 years. They are extremely knowledgeable, on time, professional and helpful. But best of all... you always feel special when having your car serviced by Wayne Purdy European Motors."

    Mike Hofstetter
  • "These guys are awesome. They've been here over forty years servicing some of the finest automobiles. I drive a Ford Explorer utility and they treat me No different than someone driving a Ferrari. From the front desk to the technicians and not to forget the young man that clean your cars before you pick them up. I highly recommend them even though that might mean I have to wait a little longer for my Service, they deserve the business. I promise you will not be disappointed."

    Bill Barnthouse
  • "Great place for Hobson’s Auto Repair to refer European cars."

    Jim Hobson
  • "Set me up with a good plan for the repairs for my car and at half the price 3 other places quoted me. Didn't try to BS me or try any slick stuff. I'm honestly very impressed at the service. I would recommend this place over any other place I know for repairs."

    David Simpson
  • "Prices hundreds lower than dealership. Always top level service."

    Roger Schulman
  • "First class service and team. They care about your satisfaction and know their stuff. German car experts. Highly recommend."

    Lee Wilkerson
  • "Polite, prompt, and happy to assist with my issue. Thank you. Recommendation to others."

    Humanity wins!
  • "Great customer service and full explanation of service and repair. Highly recommend detailing service as well."

    Braden Silverman
  • "My MB had a brake light out. A local MB shop suggested changing the whole wiring system. They estimated around $500. I went to European Motors and Marty had me leave the car to inspect it. 3 hours later, they called me to pick it up. The invoice was $130 and the car is perfect! What a blessing to still have honest people doing business! On top of how nice it is to have experts in European cars!!! My trust and gratitude to this family! This is my third year coming to Wayne Purdy’s. Always professional and fair! What a blessing to have a European specialist in Clearwater!"

    Jose L. Flores
  • "Marty has amazing customer service. Very efficient and friendly. Very knowledgeable about foreign vehicles. Very highly recommend."

    Sheldon Adderley
  • "Friendly staff, family owned, totally reasonable, fair pricing, and pure satisfaction of car repair! I wouldn't take my car anywhere else but here!!"

    Doriscel Feazell
  • "Complimentary carwash with service. $84 alignment. Business established 61 years. Service all makes and models."

    Gayle Robinson
  • "Traveling from out of state we had some serious noises coming from the engine in my Ford Vehicle. We took a chance and drove the last two hours of our journey to get to Clearwater Florida. A friend recommended we call Marty to see if he could look at our vehicle. I called Marty and he explained his shop was very busy but come on over and at least he would take a look to see what was wrong. I stopped over the next morning and was greeted by his mother behind the counter. She was very polite and knowledgeable about automobiles. Marty and his tech looked at my vehicle and knew instantly the water pump was failing. We were traveling and Marty moved us in to get it fixed the same day! Not only did he get it fixed his estimate was very reasonable and he held true to the estimate. Great service and very friendly people. I would surely recommend them to anyone in need of car repair in the area."

    Rick Lautenschlager
  • "I feel very confident taking my car here, family owned & operated."

    Stella Markel
  • "These guys are Pro! Is the best place to take care of my MB S550!"

    Jan PJ
  • "Worked on my friend's car did a great job decent price to for working on a BMW."

    Big J
  • "They are honest and very kind. Brought my VW here after it had been in another shop AND the dealership. I will be bringing my vehicle here from now on and highly recommend them."

    Nicole Mills
  • "Great, honest people. Will never go to Audi dealer ever again."

    Judy Hounshell
  • "Quality service, professional and utmost clearest of communications. No brainer to take your car here for service."

    Scott Coletti
  • "These guys are great for repairs and are awesome folks overall Give them a try and I bet you will be a repeat customer."

    Demetrick Mays
  • "Very knowledgeable when it comes to any foreign car and domestic and clean definitely would recommend friends."

    Billy Mantilla
  • "From beginning to end Marty at European Motors took great care of me, explained everything in great detail and was very thorough. I can't say enough about the quality and attention I received."

    Melissa Stamos
  • "I found Wayne Purdy European Motors through a referral from a friend. It is now my turn to pass that referral along. While I have had quality work done by them on my car multiple times, my most recent visit tells a deeper story about the Wayne Purdy Team. My brake line developed a leak while driving; and, I was only a few minutes away from their shop at the time my warning light alerted me to the problem. Although this was late on a Friday afternoon, The Purdy Team made my problem their priority! Not only did they immediately bump me to the top of the list and start examining/resolving this issue, a team member gave my wife and I a ride home. First thing on the next business day, they fabricated new brake lines (15-year old European car) and I’m back on the road. Timely, quality work with a family touch and a fair price!!"

    Jay Dewey


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