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HUGO, MN 55038

Why Us?

A part of the community since 1952

Key Automotive has been a part of the Lakes Area community since 1952.  We are committed to providing the best automotive service and repair in the northeast metro.  Our management team has been in place for 10 years, and we strive to continue our service to the Hugo community through supplying the finest quality replacement parts, sound advice, and dependable automotive repair and maintenance.  

Based in Hugo, Key Auto is easily accessible from US 61 and close to I-35E.  We provide complementary local shuttle service for same-day automotive maintenance and repairs and have loaner vehicles available for longer projects.  

Key Automotive is an Auto Value Certified Service Center, and subscribes to the Confidence Plus nationwide parts and labor warranty program and the Safe Route roadside assistance program.  Feel confident knowing that our expert craftsmanship is backed by generous warranties!


Our automotive service expertise

Key Automotive services and provides routine auto maintenance for vehicles of all makes and model and welcomes corporate fleet and municipal vehicles as well as those from the general public.  We specialize in improving the drivability.  Our ASE certified master technicians are experts in improving the overall performance and increasing the fuel economy of your vehicle, ensuring that all of the systems are in sync and optimizing the output of those systems.


Tour our facility

To better serve our clients, we have invested heavily in our facilities.  Featuring seven service bays, Key Automotive is the largest and most capable in the area.  Our modern facilities are equipped with the latest technology, including advanced diagnostic equipment for every make and model of car, passenger truck, and light-duty truck.  

Our on-site auto parts store ensures faster turnaround times for automotive repairs, and is a convenient place to shop for do-it-yourselfers. Stop in today and browse our enormous selection of name brand auto parts!


Our accolades


What our clients are saying about our award winning automotive service


  • "I am very grateful to Steve Cox and his crew at Key Automotive for 'resurrecting' our '89 Dodge Camper Van. It needed extensive electrical work and a thorough check-up after three years of down-time. We feared it was destined for the junk-yard. Instead, we have been able to take it on vacation again.


    The crew at Key were very practical in their approach and went the extra mile to finish on time. I recommend them for thorough, honest vehicle repair."


    –Jean Houlding
    President, Stillwater Express Solutions

  • "In writing this letter of recommendation, we are in hopes of conveying the level of respect and skilled workmanship of Steve Cox of Key Automotive and Auto Value Parts Stores.


    We first met Steve Cox at the Business Networking International group of Forest lake. We were very impressed with Steve Cox's straight forward manner and honest demeanor. Steve Cox really helped our business when we were in a bind with our service vehicle. We had to have some repairs before we made an emergency trip out of state. Steve told us to bring it in immediately and they would work us in. He even gave us a loaner vehicle to be able to complete a scheduled job. We could even returned the loaner vehicle and pick up our service vehicle after hours.


    In comparing prices for parts, Steve's Auto Value Parts Store are so much better than our local parts stores in our home town that we have decided to buy all of our vehicle servicing needs from him. Top Service and Value from Steve Cox at Auto Value


    Our daughter, Meagan, even found a car that Steve had for sale on his lot. The car was in perfect condition. She plans to go back to Steve to have a future maintenance work done by Key Automotive.


    Since that first positive meeting with Steve Cox, we have continued to feel that we made the right decision. We feel very confident that Steve is a very honest business owner and that his company is very upstanding.


    We have and will continue to highly recommend Steve Cox of Key Automotive and Auto Value Parts Stores to any of our business associates."


    – Ron & Mary Lindquist
    R&M Septic Service
  • "I completely recommend Key Automotive for all your vehicle service needs. I personally have used their services for my personal car as well as my company car. have not been disappointed in the quality of the workmanship. They are very accommodating when I call to schedule service. We also have used their services for our aging fleet of trucks. They have worked with us, keeping costs down and keeping the trucks serviceable.


    Steve Cox and his team are dedicated and professional. I receive a list of what services were done, and recommendations if needed. I like not having to worry about my car.


    I feel so comfortable taking my cars to Key Automotive. I get great customer service and a trustworthy business to work with.


    I would highly recommend Steve Cox and his crew to my friends and relatives and clients that come into our store."


    – Rozi Rose
    Store Manager, Haley Comfort Systems and Fireside by Haley
  • "I could not recommend Steve Cox and Key Automotive more highly. Our family brings all of our personal vehicles and our company's vehicles to Key. Steve's knowledge and ethics are a difficult combination to beat in the automotive repair industry. Personally, I know absolutely nothing about vehicles and find that having a repair shop that I trust to maintain my vehicle and provide excellent repairs at a fair price important.


    As a business owner, I appreciate that Key Automotive works hard to keep commercial vehicle repair times down and encourages proper maintenance schedules be adhered to avoid breakdowns. Keeping vehicles on the road is paramount for a service and installation company such as ours. Any company with a fleet should be taking it to Key Automotive."


    –Marta K Bradshaw
    President, ISS

  • "Everybody needs a mechanic they can trust. Luckily for all of us, we have Steve Cox. He is everything you want in an auto mechanic. He and his staff are knowledgeable, trustworthy, friendly, fair, and get you back on the road when promised. My wife and I have trusted Steve with all of our vehicle needs, and for a family whose vehicles have over 330,000 combined miles, we've had to trust him often. From maintenance to the unexpected breakdown, take your car to Steve at Key Automotive."


    –Woolley Painting & Services, LLC