Repairing Your Vehicles like Our Children Are Riding in Them

One Customer at a Time, Just Like Family.


Married for over 20 years, Bellingham natives Joe and Shannon Cardinale opened Joe’s Automotive Repair in January 2005. Both attended local high schools, Joe graduating from Sehome and Shannon from Bellingham High School. Joe attended Bellingham Technical College, earning his degree in Automotive Repair and has since become an ASA Master Technician. As their children have gotten older, Shannon has become more involved in the day-to-day operation of the business. Together, the Cardinales have 45 years of experience in the auto repair field.

Outside of the auto industry, Joe is a well-known official for high school and middle school football and has added both Semi-Pro Team Official as well as the great accomplishment of NCAA College Official to his resume. To say he is passionate about football is an understatement. He is a 20+ year Seahawks season ticket holder.

Joe and Shannon have three daughters: Ali, Izzy, and Josie. Ali graduated from SQHS in 2015 and is enrolled in UW Online to obtain her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies. Ali also works at a childcare center in Ferndale and is engaged to Will, who works for Janicki Industries. Izzy graduated from SQHS in 2017 and is actively pursuing her career as a dog groomer. Also, following in her Dad's footsteps, Izzy officiates football. Izzy was the first female varsity official in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties. Youngest Josie attends SQHS and is a varsity cheerleader. She spends her time with friends, studying and cheerleading.

Now that you’ve gotten to know a little bit about us, we look forward to meeting you, too!  Give Joe’s Automotive Repair a call or request an appointment today.



Richard Comley

Richard Comley has been with Joe's for 3 years and brings over 41 years of experience to Joe's team.

Starting with carburetors and points and now modern technology, he loves to fine-tune cars.

Rich is a GM, Toyota and ASC Master Tech. He works on all makes and models, he began taking his toys apart when he was 4 and is still doing it today.


Justin Sovey

I have years of experience in automotive. It’s been a passion of mine that stemmed from hanging out with my father, while he turned wrenches and showed me how the mechanics of a vehicle work.

I’ve worked with parts distributors, manufacturers, and installers. I was a Napa Auto Parts rep working with all of the shops in Bellingham, it gave me a wealth of knowledge in products and parts that I hope to share with my team and everyone who comes into the shop.

I love helping people better understand how their vehicle works and all the components that make up their vehicle.

Izzy Cardinale

Izzy Cardinale

I am Joe and Shannon’s middle daughter. I came to work at the shop in March of 2020, with the long term goal of being able to take over the shop when my mom and dad are ready to take a step back. I look forward to carrying on the relationships that they have built with our customers.

I graduated from Squalicum High School in 2017. In my free time, I officiate high school football. I am the first female official to officiate a varsity level football game in Whatcom, Skagit and the Islands.

I have a passion and love for dogs, and my dog Penelope is at the shop with me most days. You've probably seen her in the shop or on our Facebook page. I was a professional dog groomer before I made the decision to join the family business.

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