The lot at Empire Auto Repair, newly opened in Sonoita, has proven to be a popular addition to the community, as evidenced by this full lot of cars. Photo by Marion Vendituoli

Steven Wright has opened his auto repair business, Empire Tire and Auto Repair, just south of the fairgrounds at 02 Papago Springs Rd. In addition to auto repair, Empire also services diesel engines, RVs and trailers.

Wright, who grew up in Vail, stated that he spent a lot of time in the Elgin Sonoita area taking advantage of the recreational opportunities that the area has to offer. He and his wife were married at the Empire Ranch, so his ties to the area are long-standing and strong. 

Having owned his own auto repair business in Sierra Vista and then working in Vail, Wright has developed a successful relationship over the years with many residents of southeastern Arizona. His reputation has made the transition to Sonoita seamless as his many clients have followed him to his new location. He credits his success to his philosophy of “If you do people right, be truthful and honest, the business grows itself.”

The father of, and sole provider for, his wife and eight children, ages 1 to 15, Wright works long hours with the help of fellow mechanic Tarence Brown to service the needs of his many customers. Many mornings he finds his already full lot and schedule added to with vehicles in need of repair having been dropped off by an overnight towing company. 

An additional service that Wright offers is his membership in a national network which offers a three-year guarantee on all parts and labor for the services he performs. This gives his customers peace of mind to know that they are covered no matter where they are in the United States. If they break down from a previous repair, parts and labor are provided free. 

Wright stated that the people in the Sky Islands are very ‘real and good’ and he is happy to have his business here. His hours are Mon – Friday 7:30 – 5:30, Saturdays from 7:30-1. Phone 520-455-3111 and email: