Our History

Since 1956, Auto Engineering of Lexington has been renowned for the service of German cars. We have built a loyal customer base by consistently providing a comfortable, ethical, customer-friendly environment backed by expert service, priced well below the local franchise dealerships and other local independents. We are one of the highest Google rated shops and are the top experts in our industry.

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Rick Cagnina | Owner | VW/Audi

  • Audi/VW Certified Technician
  • ASE Certified
  • Auto Engineering Since 2009
  • 4+ Years Dealership Experience

Rick developed his passion for cars in high school while working on his MK2 Jetta 16V. After high school, he managed a mobile electronics shop for 6 years before attending Universal Technical Institute, graduating with a 4.0 GPA in Automotive Technology. He worked at VW and Audi dealerships over the following 4 years. From there he joined Auto Engineering in 2009, eventually buying the business in 2018. He is actively involved in ongoing shop improvements to provide the best customer experience. His passion for cars continues and he regularly attends car shows in his B7 Audi RS4, his MK4 GTI 337, and posts on VW and Audi forums. If you want to stop searching for Audi service near me, Rick is your guy!

Jim Spinelli | Owner

  • Auto Engineering Since 2018

Jim has an entrepreneurial spirit who is one of the new co-owners of Auto Engineering. He spends many evenings and weekends at the shop helping with many of the ongoing improvements to provide the best customer experience. During his days, he is an actively practicing local physician.

Shaun Ridenour | Service Manager

  • BMW Dealer Technician
  • Auto Engineering Since 2011
  • 6+ Years Dealership Experience

Shaun has an extensive BMW dealership technician background making him a highly capable and knowledgeable service manager. He manages much of the daily shop workflow and will often be answering your phone calls, responding to your emails, and greeting you at the service counter. He has a passion for cars and you will see him in his modified E39 BMW M5 or his Project GMC Syclone.

Emil Rhodin | BMW

  • BMW Master Technician Certification
  • Auto Engineering Since 2019
  • 10+ Years BMW Experience
  • Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Emil joined Auto Engineering in 2019 after working at Turner Motorsport for 4 years. Unlike most automotive technicians, he received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from RIT. He has worked in several sectors of the auto industry, but his true passion and skill set lie with modifying and repairing BMW’s. Whether its fabricating carbon components for a race car build, or performing the rod bearing replacement on your S85 motor – Emil has the attention to detail required to get an amazing result! If your looking for BMW service near me Emil is your guy. He’s owned many cars including Mustangs, big turbo B5 S4, Audi Coupe Quattro, E46 330ci track car, and currently daily drives his E90 M3. He has certainly added a wider skill set to our already strong team!

Dylan Bergeron | Audi & VW

  • Audi Master Technician
  • VW Master Technician
  • +10 Years Experience
  • Auto Engineering Since 2019

Dylan has been working on Audi & VWs for over 10 years. He is a avid car show goer and is often spotted in his Audi S7 that has been built up to have over 700hp.

David Rix | Mercedes Benz

  • Mercedes Benz Technician
  • ASE Certified
  • Auto Engineering Since 2023
  • Extensive German car experience
  • High-end customization experience

John (Zoltan) Kamaras | Building Maintenance

  • Auto Engineering Since 2021

John is an invaluable team member involved in everything from cleaning and maintaining the shop, higher level building improvements, outside landscaping, driving customers home as a courtesy. All of this helps to provide the best customer experience.

Tim Ryan | European Car Specialist

  • Auto Engineering Since 2022

Tony Lambert | Porsche

  • Auto Engineering Since 2023

Adam Favreau | Final Care/ Car Wash

  • Auto Engineering Since 2022