Northridge (818) 349-5900 Woodland Hills (818) 883-4172

Our Staff

Northridge Shop

Steve Summers

Steve Summers

Owner/President/ASE Certified Technician

Hi I’m Steve Summers, I’m the founder and Co-Owner along with Tom Langford of Automotive Instincts, I opened the Northridge location in 1987. It was a very easy decision for me to choose the auto repair profession because I have loved working on cars my whole life.

When I started Automotive Instincts I wanted to have a shop that was known for fair prices, honesty, integrity and doing the right thing always, I wanted to treat people like I would want to be treated if I was on the other side of the counter, and it’s worked out we are known for award winning customer service.

When I am not working I am a devoted family man, I love spending time with my family, I also like going golfing and riding motorcycles.

 

  • Over 30 Years Experience servicing Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan and Mazda Vehicles
  • ASE Certified Technician
Edwin Rivera

Edwin Rivera

Service Advisor

Hi, I’m Edwin, I’m the service advisor for Automotive Instincts in Northridge, I will walk you through all the details pertaining to your vehicles service or repair, I follow up with our technicians through every step of your service to make sure the service is done in a timely manner.

I’ve been with Automotive Instincts for over 2 years, I love working with so many loyal customers, and working with Steve and Tom (the owners) has been a pleasure, they’ve created a great environment here, all my co-workers have been awesome, and I love my schedule, thanks Steve.

When I am not working I enjoy power walks, yeah I said it, I also love soccer, auto shows and spending time with my family and traveling.

 

  • 2 Years Experience
  • ASE Certified Technician
Dwayne Edmonds

Dwayne Edmonds

ASE Certified Master Technician

Hi I’m Dwayne, I’ve been an ASE Certified Tech here at Automotive Instincts in Northridge for the last 7 Years, I have always loved working on cars, in fact I’ve been taking them apart and putting them back together since 1979, I love taking a car that runs badly and making it run like new, our customer love it too.

When I am not working I enjoy cooking, I love smoking meats, I also love music and going to many concerts,

 

  • Over 35 Years Experience
  • ASE Certified Technician
David McElwain

David McElwain

ASE Certified Technician

Hi I’m David, I am proud to say I have been repairing cars since 1956 and have been with Automotive Instincts in Northridge for over 3 Years as an ASE Certified Repair Tech. a couple things I like about working here is how clean and modern the shop is, also how honest and fair the owners are with our customers, I also like that the other technicians I work with are experienced and certified, this makes my job easier.

When I am not working I enjoy gardening, reading magazines,and enjoying a nice glass of wine.

 

  • Over 45 Years Experience
  • ASE Certified Technician
Juan Pablo Davila

Juan Pablo Davila

ASE Certified Technician

Hi I’m Juan, I started in auto repair over 19 Years ago and have been with Automotive Instincts in Northridge as an ASE Certified Repair Tech for 16 years now. I really appreciate my boss, he’s always there for me and my family, and you dont always get that from your employer, so I really do appreciate my job and the relationships I’ve built here over the years

In my free time I love to be with my family and building performance engines for cars.

 

  • Over 19 Years Experience
  • ASE Certified Technician
Al Renton

Al Renton

Service Advisor/Manager

Hi I’m Al, I started my career in auto repair back in 1990, I’ve also had the pleasure of working for Automotive instincts for the last 26 years. I know this will sound rehearsed, but it’s not, I really love the atmosphere here, the atmosphere of trust and honesty that Steve has created and maintained her for over 30 years.

When I’m not working, I love to read, listen to music, watch Hockey, Football and Movies. I also like traveling, hiking and discussing current events and politics.

 

  • Over 26 Years Experience
  • ASE Certified Technician
Rodolfo Castellanos

Rodolfo Castellanos

ASE Certified Technician

Hi I’m Rodolfo, I have been repairing cars for over 16 years, and have been with Automotive Instincts for the last 15 years as a ASE Certified Technician. I really like and appreciate the good relationships I have made here with my peers and my boss.

In my  free time I love to go running and attending church.

 

  • Over 15 Years Experience
  • ASE Certified Technician

Woodland Hills Shop

Tom Langford

Tom Langford

Owner/ASE Certified Master Technician/Honda Certified Master Technician

Hi I’m Tom Langford, I’m Co-Owner of Automotive Instincts, I have been working in the Auto Repair industry since 1994. Steve and I opened our Woodland Hills Location in 1998. After many years as a technician and shop foreman at Honda dealerships I now enjoy the opportunity to provide a more personal brand of service to our customers which can extend 2-3 generations

In my free time I like to  modify my own cars, I also like to golf and I’m a huge L.A. sports fan, I love the Lakers, Dodgers and Finally the Rams have come home.

 

  • Over 22 Years Experience servicing Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan and Mazda Vehicles
  • ASE Certified MasterTechnician
  • Honda Certified Master Technician
  • 5 Time Top Technician Winner
Jarrod Langford

Jarrod Langford

Assistant Manager/ASE Certified Technician

Hi I’m Jarrod, I started working in auto repair in 2006, but I’ve always been a gear head. I’ve been working at Automotive Instincts for 10 years now and enjoy how the owners take care of us employees. We get to close down the shop for a week every November and attend an automotive trade show in Las Vegas which is a blast! I love that we are able to get so many referrals from our loyal customers. Its a great feeling to provide customers with a great product and warranty for a competitive price. 

In my free time I enjoy watching basketball and football (excited to see the Los Angeles Rams back in town), I also enjoy brewing beer, camping, traveling, heading out to the beach and the gym.

  • Over 10 Years Experience
  • ASE Certified Technician
Jaime Echeverria

Jaime Echeverria

ASE Certified Technician

Hi I’m Jaime, I started working on cars 20 years ago, and I still love doing it today, I’m really happy to say I have been working at Automotive Instincts for 8 Years now. Working at Automotive instincts has been a great experience because of the great work environment the owners have created for us.

When I am not working I love completing wood working projects of mine.

 

  • Over 20 Years Experience
  • ASE Certified Technician
Romy Traugh

Romy Traugh

ASE Certified Technician

Hi I’m Romy, I’ve been working at Automotive Instincts Woodland Hills for over 6 years now, but I’ve been working on cars for the better part of twenty years. Working here has more of a family feel for me, unlike a dealership where you’ feel like just an employee

On my days off I like to go camping and dirt bike riding, I have a 2 and a half year old son and another baby on the way, so I enjoy spending the rest of my time with my family.

 

  • Over 18 Years Experience
  • ASE Certified Technician
Chris Cullie

Chris Cullie

ASE Certified Technician

Hi I’m Chris,