About Us

With more than 25 years combined experience the owners, Joe and Kevin of Accelerate Auto & Transmission, have what it takes to efficiently repair and maintain your vehicle. In the world of car repair, it's hard to find a shop or technician that can and will always do their best to provide honesty, integrity and fair pricing to all of their customers. Our promise is just that, we will always do the best we possibly can in order to correctly diagnose, repair and warranty the services and products that we provide to you. Our mechanics are certified and we employ only the best to ensure that your car/truck repair or transmission service is performed with the best quality workmanship.

Owner's Joe & Kevin

Joe Pell IV

Joe is a Colorado Springs native that has always been into vehicles. Starting out at a lube shop in high school, Joe joined the US Army as a heavy wheeled mechanic. After Army basic training he served a stint on active duty as a heavy truck mechanic on Fort Carson. After this he remained in the Army Reserves and worked at various places from tire shops to dealership employment. During this time he earned his ASE Master certification. Time came to move on and do something different, so Joe and his fiance moved to Fort Collins where he worked at a performance transmission shop. In 2008 Joe was again activated by the Army to deploy overseas for a year as a recovery operator and HET mechanic. After deployment, Joe returned home to resume his position at the transmission shop. After four years in Fort Collins, Joe and his wife retuned home to Colorado Springs and took a job at a small independant shop. Joe continued to further his skills as a technician. This is where Joe met Kevin. In August 2012, the two set out to open their own shop. After months of preparation Accelerate Auto & Transmission opened in March of 2013.

Kevin Tafoya

Kevin is also a Colorado Springs native. Kevin posesses a wide variety of automotive and customer service skills that he has developed over the years. Kevin started out working on cars as a teenager at tire shops and the like, Kevin progressed his way through various independents and dealerships, gaining knowledge and experience. Kevin and his brother opened an independant shop in Manitou where they performed subcontracting for a local dealer and repair work for local customers. After deciding to do other things, Kevin brought his tools and many customers to a small independant shop where he continued to develop customer relations and experience. Several years later Kevin met Joe and in August of 2012, the two set out on their own business venture with hopes to provide a stable, trustworthy and fair shop for the people of Colorado Springs to take their vehicle to. Thus, Accelerate Auto & Transmission was born!

Joe and Kevin are joined by their wives Tiffany Pell and Valerie Tafoya who both bring helpful knowledge to our table as a business. Tiffany is an accountant and Valerie is a nurse. Both spend time at the business and are always ready to help.

The level of service we provide would not be possible without the help of the other very competant staff here at Accelerate Auto & Transmission. We employ only the most qualified and competant technicians to ensure the work is completed in time and with the best quality workmanship. You can be assured that you are always getting what you pay for.

Groups and Affiliations

Accelerate is proud to be a member of Colorado Springs based Pikes Peak Napa AutoCare. This group is a collection of locally owned, independant repair shops that are focused on providing the best services for our customers while doing things for the community. We strive, as a group, to provide honest, quality repair services for Colorado Springs residents. We also do group events and charity work such as our "Ton of Turkeys" giveaway every Thanksgiving in which Pikes Peak Napa AutoCare puts together enough funds to give Care and Share 2000 lbs of turkeys to help those in need. We also take part in the "Santa Bob" (Bob Telemose Foundation) Christmas bicycle givaway when we get together and give away undreds of bicycles.

Pikes Peak Napa AutoCare

Accelerate Auto & Transmission is also a proud member of ATRA. ATRA is the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association. We live by the "Golden Rule" in which, as an ATRA shop, ensures our customers will be provided a quality transmission overhaul every time and backed by a nationwide warranty if they so choose.