Mike McCay grew up in the Yakima valley. He attended schools in Yakima, Terraces Heights and Selah. He had an interest in car at a very young age, as his stepdad, Leon Edmondson was also a mechanic and the Automotive Instructor at Perry Technical Community College. “I thought it was cool how it seemed like he could fix anything and we were always working on something back then, be it motorcycles, RV’s, travel trailer or cars.”
After high school Mike worked the summer building houses, then decided to attend Perry Tech’s (and his stepdads) Automotive program. “It was a unique experience for sure”, said Mike “How many people get to really see their parents at work? At Perry, I learned at lot about Leon, he demanded that all work perform by the book and absolutely no cutting corners.” Mike graduated from Perry Tech in 1997 and went to work as a mechanic.
Before opening Absolute Auto, Mike gained well rounded experience becoming factory trained & certified through local dealerships in the Valley. Mike began his career for Pabisz Motors in Toppenish, followed by Pingrey Ford in Selah & Valley Ford in Yakima, where he achieved the highest certifications possible as one of approximately only 150 Senior Master Technician’s in the Pacific Northwest at that time in 2003. “Achieving Senior Master was a lot of work; it took me 5 years, hundreds of test and classroom training at Ford Training Centers usually located in the Seattle or Portland area. We figured that I had over 1,000 hours of Ford Technical training” said Mike. In addition, Mike is fully A.S.E. certified and specializes in Diesel Trucks, specifically Fords 6.0L and 7.3L.
Opening Absolute Auto was a dream of Mike and Marisa for a while now. “I love to help people with their car problems and it’s a lot more rewarding when I can see the appreciation from the community.”
Mike and Marisa opened Absolute Auto in 2008 and service and repair most all makes including Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chevy, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Chrysler, Dodge and much much more. Mike likes to say, “We do everything but Alignments and Body work.”
Mike has a great reputation built on 16 Years of Outstanding & Highly Praised Work. Mike is revered in the valley by other auto specialists for his quality of work, and vast knowledge & experience. Mike is committed to making you, our customer, happy & well taken care of and to make sure that the repairs or services preformed to your vehicle are vital while keeping your repairs as affordable as possible.