About Automotive Magic

The History of Automotive Magic in Kenvil, NJ

The owner of Automotive Magic, Shawn Gilfillan, fell in love with cars at a young age, giving him the drive and ambition to one day open his own automotive repair shop. That day was April 1, 2003. At first, Shawn operated the business by himself, but as his customer base grew, he knew he needed to expand—in square footage and workforce.

So it came to be that Automotive Magic went from a one-man show to a full-service auto repair facility staffed with quality team members.

After seven years at the original location, Shawn and his crew are happy to have moved into a new, larger shop right down the street at 34 Berkshire Valley Road in Kenvil. The new state-of-the-art facility is bigger and better, and designed to serve the needs of our clients.

Our loyal clients and their families are what drive Shawn to provide the highest quality auto repair service available—ultimately making the shop a success.

Shawn believes what really sets our shop apart from other auto repair shops is the dedication and enthusiasm of the highly motivated staff. The team is committed to keeping our clients happy, and their vehicles safe and reliable. Each technician at Automotive Magic is certified and attends classes and training regularly. This keeps the staff up-to-date on the changing automotive technology of modern vehicles.

When you are in the area, please feel free to stop in and see what Automotive Magic has to offer. Take a tour of the shop or just say hi!

From the Owner, Shawn Gilfillan

Shawn Gilfillan, Owner,  Automotive Magic auto repair shop in Kenvil NJ

"My love of cars started well before I was tall enough to reach the gas pedal, and repairing anything mechanical has long been a passion of mine. When I was just 12 years old, I started to race go-carts that I built with my father. (My mom wasn’t crazy about me racing, but she always supported me, as she still does today.) I also loved to ride along with my father on his tool truck route, visiting many local repair shops and dealerships. Already, I knew cars were the career path I’d pursue; my goal was to run my own successful auto repair shop one day.

"As a teen, I attended Roxbury High School and took auto shop class. In 1994, I graduated and started to work as a technician at a few different local repair shops. I also had the opportunity to work on the pit crew team of an asphalt modified race car. The knowledge that I gained while working at these shops and participating in many auto-related activities gave me insight into how I would run my own business one day.

"On April 1, 2003, my dreams came true and I opened the doors of Automotive Magic. I started as a one-man shop and later that year hired my first technician. We have continued to grow over the years, eventually running out of room! In 2009, we moved up the street to a 6,000 square foot building, where our team of top-notch employees continues to provide our one-of-a-kind service. I make it a point to only hire people who authentically care about the interests of others. As I like to say, we are in the customer service business; we just happen to fix cars here!

"In my spare time, I enjoy bowling, snowmobiling, playing darts, 4-wheeling in my Jeep, and going out on my quad. (Yes, I still take it out despite the broken leg!)”"

Meet Our Auto Repair Crew

Brian Kallok, General Manager,  Automotive Magic auto repair shop in Kenvil NJ

Brian Kallok, General Manager

"Hi, my name is Brian Kallok, and I am the General Manager here at Automotive Magic. I have always had a love for automobiles. As a child, I would work on the family cars with my dad and my brothers. I spent many fun hours watching my brothers build their cars until I was old enough to build my own.

"For the previous 24 years, I managed a corrugated plate making facility being trained in lean manufacturing and ISO9000 quality standards, but always found myself helping people with their vehicles. It was an exciting time when I was offered the opportunity to work with this awesome team at Automotive Magic, helping people with their vehicles and bringing my knowledge of quality control to our company. Our goal every day is 100% customer satisfaction, and to see our customers leave with smiles on their faces.

"In my spare time, I enjoy camping with my wife and son, plus fishing, hiking, and being a Cub Scout leader."


Brian Kallok, General Manager,  Automotive Magic auto repair shop in Kenvil NJ

Tom Farino, Lead Service Advisor

"Hi, my name is Tom Farino. Currently I am the Lead Service Advisor here at Automotive Magic. I have been an auto repair technician since 1994. Prior to being a technician I was an automotive machinist and switched to the machinist field where I made robotic arms for IBM and Motorola.

"On my days off I enjoy spending time with my wife and 4 girls cheering them onwhile playing soccer, softball and basketball and having amazing adventures."