Trustworthy, family-focused auto repair & maintenance in Aurora, CO
Checkpoint Automotive owner Larry Olsen is a Colorado native and ASE Certified Master technician who has been working in the automotive industry for over 32 years. He started out working as a technician for a few notable dealerships and independent shops in Denver. As he trained and learned more about the industry and his customers, Larry branched out and opened Checkpoint Automotive in 1999 with the goal of providing quick, expert auto repair services and excellent customer care.
Since then, Checkpoint Automotive has expanded and earned multiple awards and professional marks, including the Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction award and BBB Gold Star for excellent service. Larry, his wife and his team of dedicated technicians, some of whom have been with Checkpoint Automotive for over a decade, are committed to providing the best service, maintenance and repairs available to their customers new and old.
Larry is very involved in the local community, serving as President of Palomino Pals, a local non-profit that provides therapeutic horseback riding to children with special needs. Checkpoint Automotive also donates to and helps with local high school teams and clubs as part of their ongoing effort to give back to the local community.
Meet the Checkpoint Automotive Team
Larry Olsen, President & Owner
Larry opened Checkpoint Automotive Inc in March of 1999, and he is a native of Colorado and grew up in southeast Denver. As President and Owner, his duties include overall operations, marketing, service manager and daily operations. Larry is an ASE Master Technician and Accredited Automotive Manager. He is also an alumni member of the Automotive Training Institute (ATI) and stays involved with independent auto repair owners through an ATI 20 group. Larry is a member of Southeast Aurora leads and Aurora Southland’s leads group. He is also a member of the Colorado Automotive Service Association. Larry, along with his wife Lisa and daughter Devin, really loves having a neighborhood family business and the challenges that come with operating an automotive shop. The thing he likes best about Checkpoint Automotive has been the longevity of its employees and the relationships he has made with both employees and customers. Larry is an advanced skier and is also an avid horseman. He loves traveling with family and can be found either on the slopes or at the barn when not at the shop. Larry is president of local nonprofit called Palomino Pals that provides recreational horseback riding to kids with special needs; he devotes any spare time to volunteer with these special kids. Fun fact about Larry: He skied in freestyle mogul events after finishing high school, some kind of hot dogging thing!
Lisa Olsen, Bookkeeper
Lisa’s role as bookkeeper for Checkpoint Automotive keeps the guys on track. She takes care of all the daily bills and records all sales. Lisa is a native Coloradan and grew up in the Green Mountain area. She worked in the dental and orthodontics field for over 20 years, and she says there are a lot of similar aspects to both fields. Sometimes Lisa is running errands for the shop and you might even be shuttled home by her. You may see Lisa around the shop with the Olsen family’s new dog Sophie.
Shawn Johnson, Service Advisor
Shawn Johnson is a service advisor here at Checkpoint Automotive. Shawn grew up right here in southeast Denver, and he recently became the father of a beautiful little girl. Shawn loves the outdoors, including hunting, shooting, and – when he has time off – riding his motorcycle. Shawn is very good with explaining car repairs in lay mans terms and will always help you prioritize the needed repairs. Fun fact about Shawn: He was on a paintball team after high school.
Curtis Youngberg, Technician
Curtis Youngberg is an ASE certified technician here at Checkpoint Automotive. Curtis joined Checkpoint in June of 2003. He graduated from Pickens Tech with a degree in automotive technology and grew up right here in Aurora. Curtis actually started in our quick lube and moved up the ranks to technician. Curtis seems to love the challenge of figuring out a job someone else could not, he finds our subscription to Identifix to be one of his best places to search hard to fix cars. Curtis loves golfing and has also taken up home brewing.
Keith Crawford, Technician
Keith is an ASE Master Technician that joined Checkpoint in May of 2001. Keith is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he graduated from Denver Automotive & Diesel college with a degree in Automotive Technology. As a technician here at Checkpoint he has tackled many repairs and maintenance services over the years. He is a very thorough technician and loves finding the right fix for every car he looks at. When Keith’s not at the shop, he likes spending time on the golf course and teaching his two beautiful daughters how to swing the clubs. Fun fact about Keith: since he grew up in Albuquerque, he did not have any home sports teams to cheer for, but somehow he became a Chicago fan. Keith’s all about the Bears, Blackhawks and the Cubs!
Devin Olsen, Personal Assistant
Devin is a 2010 graduate of Eaglecrest high school and is attending Metro State University of Denver. She has been around the auto shop atmosphere most of her life and really loves being involved in things at the family shop. Devin remembers one former technician blowing up rubber gloves just to entertain her when she was only 5 years old. Devin is our girl on Fridays, and she can be found doing many things at Checkpoint Automotive – answering the phone when no one else is available, performing the courtesies on cars in the quick lube, mowing the lawn, stocking parts, fixing computer issues the guys know nothing about, cleaning equipment, checking email appointments, etc. Devin volunteers every Saturday to help special needs kids ride horses in the Palomino Pals program in Parker Colorado.