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HOLLY SCHOLZ/MADRAS PIONEER   - Josh Thody opened Thody Auto Parts in Culver, offering automobile and trailer parts and accessories.
Josh Thody brings 30 years of auto parts industry experience to his new shop in Culver, which not only serves the locals but recreators who are passing through.
"I live here locally, and I've always wanted to start my own store, so I decided this would be the place to do it and see what happens since there's nothing else here," Thody said.
He opened Thody Auto Parts on March 18 on First Avenue in Culver, in the space between Round Butte Inn and The Store. At one time, the spot was a hardware store, but it was used as storage most recently.
Thody has been an auto parts store manager. He worked at NAPA for 10 years, AutoZone for six years, and Baxter Auto Parts for nine years. He also worked at Newhouse Manufacturing Company.
"Some people always teased me that I ran a store like it was always my own, so I called it Thody," he chuckled about how he came up with the store name.
At this point, he operates his business on his own and is open six days a week. It's the only auto parts store in Culver.


"I have a wide variety of the common parts that people would need," Thody said, adding that he carries lots of different brands of products, such as Valvoline, Bosch, Anco and Pico.
HOLLY SCHOLZ/MADRAS PIONEER   - The new store is on First Avenue in Culver.Thody Auto Parts has in stock small engine and law mower supplies, tow straps, engine parts, brake pads, oil, batteries, wiper blades and much more. When he worked at Newhouse Manufacturing, he learned about trailer equipment and decided to offer those supplies in his new store. He carries pull-behind trailer accessories such as axels, trailer wheel hubs and suspension parts.
"I'm constantly adding in, so if people come and ask for it and I realize I didn't think about it, and I think it's an item that'll move, I'll put it in," Thody said. "Every day, I'm adding things."
He can special order parts as well and can have them shipped overnight.
"I do a lot of research and find hard-to-find parts," he said. "I focus a lot on service and looking, and they know if they ask for a part, I'll look for it and find it."
Things have gone well for him in the first few months of business, and he's having an increase in sales each month.


"I'm getting a lot of positive feedback. Everyone that I've talked to loves having me here," Thody said. "I'm happy to be here and be able to help people."
Thody Auto Parts
Owner: Josh Thody
Address: 509 First Ave., Culver
Phone: 541-803-8290
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Closed the first Saturday of every month and Sundays.

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