HERBERT HUNTER, owner, Herbert Hunter Volvo
How long have you been working on Volvos? Forty-five years. I've built up a pretty good clientele over the years.
Tell me how it all got started. At the time, I was working at the Purina Millsyou know, making chicken feed and rabbit feed. Then they built a new plant down in Alabama, and everyone that hadn't worked there four years got laid off. So I went to work down at Volvo as a porteryou know, taking people to work and keeping the office clean. When I would get through in the office, I'd go down to the shop and one of the mechanics one day asked if I wanted to be a mechanic and I said yes. So I would help them tear down engines and put them back together, all the time learning. Then one day, the factory rep was in from Houston, and my friend told him said, "This boy wants to be a mechanic." He said, "Well, we don't have any black mechanics, but I'll check into it." Well, about four days later he called and said OK, then they sent me down there to school.
I hear that you're quite the ladies' man. Well, I was. I like beautiful women, and I didn't fool with no ugly women. I guess I used to run around a bit.
Your favorite Volvo? The P1800 and the '89 240L.
What's the most important thing you do? I go out of my way to help people, whether they have money or not. I try and fix their cars so that they can go to work. Sometimes they come back and pay me when they get some money, sometimes they don't, but I know I've done what I was supposed to do, and the Lord knows it, and that's the most important thing. I think that's why he's still got me here, so I can help people.