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Family values drive Diamond Auto

Diamond Auto Group is back open and ready for business.

The family run auto shop, located at 301 Pine St., closed for remodeling after a drunk driver crashed into the shop in February, said owner Brett Thomas.

Prior to the incident, Thomas had already remodeled the 11,000 square foot building when he first bought it in December of last year.

With the remodel now complete, Thomas and his brother Isiah, the general manager, are ready to operate on and sell cars to the public.

Isiah and Brett operated their auto shop in Savage for eight years under the name Thomas Brothers before moving to Farmington.

Brett, 32, and Isiah, 24, said they wanted to upgrade to a larger space and liked the price of the space on Pine Street. They also wanted to stay in a smaller town.

The shop is family owned and operated, minus the technician who works for the family.

Brett is the oldest of four brothers and Isiah, who just graduated from college last year, is the youngest and runs the everyday operations of the shop.

“Buying a car is never easy,” Isiah said. “Everybody has 100 questions and I don’t mind answering them at all.”

Other members of the family also help out when needed, Brett said.

The Thomas brothers grew up in Eagan. After graduating college in Nebraska, Brett worked a marketing job for a phone company that he said he didn’t enjoy because of the office setting. He then came together with his younger brother to start an auto shop, which he said he enjoys because of the close interactions he can have with customers.

“I’ve had so many people that say, ‘I hate buying cars,’ but then they come here and say, ‘man, that was so easy,’” Brett said. “You gotta treat everybody like you treat your mom.”

Brett said that one of his customers even cried after buying her dream car from him.

“People can’t live their life without a vehicle. It’s a big thing,” Brett said.

Diamond Auto has a wide variety of cars to fit every budget and also offer boats and bikes, according to Brett.

In the coming weeks, the shop will also be open to operating on customer vehicles, rather than only on vehicles that are for sale.

The two brothers said they hope to be in Farmington for a long time and look forward to helping the community.

Diamond Auto Group is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To learn more, visit their Facebook page at