About Kootenay Motors

Established in 1929, we have provided expert automotive repair and maintenance services for over 70 years from our convenient location at 213 Baker St., Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4H4. We integrate traditional values with a modern outlook to provide our clients with a dynamic and reliable automotive service experience.

Our History

Kootenay Motors first opened its doors in 1929, providing residents of Nelson, B.C. with expert automotive services. Over the years, our company has specialized in different aspects of the field, from motor tune-ups to lubrication and cooling system maintenance, diesel repair and  performance,  out-of-province inspections, to trailer repairs. 

In 2007, our company enjoyed new leadership with Ray Ellis. Under his guidance, Kootenay Motors has grown to be one of the most highly recognized car repair businesses in Nelson and surrounding areas.


Along with his trusted employees, Ray brought in top-notch machinery and highly certified technicians to offer clients an effective combination of traditional values, modern technology and the best equipment.



Ray has been the owner and operator of Kootenay Motors since 2007 and working with cars professionally since 1982. A Red Seal Certified technician, he has the experience and knowledge to work on cars of all makes and models. He has specialty training in working with vehicles from GM, Ford and Chrysler, as well as electronic engine controls. Aside from being a licensed government inspector, Ray also has certification in air bag systems, anti-lock brake systems and ozone-depleting substances.


Jesse has been in the industry 10 years, specializing in Diesel diagnostics and repair as well as custom tuning. A Red Seal Certified Technician, Jesse has worked on a wide variety of high performance vehicles with custom modifications. He excels at custom fabrication and welding .


One of our most experienced teammates, Mark has been in the automotive trade since 1974. His decades of working on cars allow him to work on all vehicular makes and models. A Red Seal Certified Technician, Mark specializes working on imported vehicles, especially Japanese models. He is a certified Nissan technician as well as a licensed government inspector and has an ozone-depleting substances license.


Josh joined the Kootenay Motors team in April 2020 as an apprentice mechanic.

Contact Our Experienced Team

Kootenay Motor’s knowledgeable team of automotive professionals can help keep your car in prime condition and address any vehicular concerns you may have. Contact us today and schedule an appointment.

Reliable Automotive Services at Kootenay Motors

Kootenay Motors has provided trustworthy automotive services to Nelson residents since 1929. Our team of professional mechanics can diagnose and repair both domestic and imported car models.

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