About Rusty's Garage

Automotive Repair Shop Story | Rusty’s Garage 2017-06-23T16:42:54+00:00

Pat started repairing and maintaining vehicles at the home of a friend, Rusty McKee, in 2008. He realized he had to put a business name in vendor orders, so he decided to be literal and have deliveries made to “Rusty’s Garage,” and the official business was born.

Rusty’s Garage quickly outgrew the residential two-car garage where it started, and Pat moved the business to its previous facility on Tamina Rd. In July 2014 Rusty’s moved to its current facility at 25143 Melda Road, The Woodlands, TX, 77380. Rusty’s Garage currently has six people on staff and services over 800 vehicles per year.

Rusty’s Garage does it all – from oil changes, auto repair, and engine tune-ups to diagnosing major mechanical problems and handling overall maintenance – we make sure your vehicle runs its best. We have access to hundreds of years of ASE Certified Experience, which means we offer experience and labor as specialists on your car – regardless of make or model. This includes putting dealer parts on your car.

Our Success

“The secret of our success is threefold: quality, integrity, and relationship.” Here at Rusty’s Garage over 90% of our business is generated through referrals – our quality work and trustworthiness speak for itself. In turn, our customers want to recommend us to the people they know and love. We have a personal relationship with every customer that entrusts us with their car, truck, van, or SUV, and we’d love to get to know you!


They got my van in and out in one afternoon, I was able to pay over the phone, and pick up the van after hours. Worked perfectly into my schedule.
Vehicle: Ford Econoline
Service Date: 01/30/2017
Review Created: 01/31/2017 01:46 PM
Andrew F, Sure Critic
For communication , straight forward quote, prompt attention to repairs and fabulous service, you could never go wrong with choosing Rustys garage. Our many experiences through the years have always been great, We highly recommend them.
Vehicle: Honda Odyssey
Service Date: 01/26/2017
Review Created: 01/30/2017 08:05 AM
Shane C, Sure Critic
Friendly, personable, prompt, stayed after hours to complete my car so I could get to work the next day. Honest, did not replace or sell me an air filter which I had replaced a month earlier. Owner comes off as very experienced and trust worthy. Even allowed me to make monthly payments to pay off the bill interest Free!!
Vehicle: Honda Civic
Service Date: 01/14/2017
Review Created: 01/26/2017 07:36 AM
Doug M. , Sure Critic
Pat and Patrick and their team are great. They due the best job and they are reasonable and honest.
Vehicle: Ford Econoline
Service Date: 01/21/2017
Review Created: 01/22/2017 11:05 AM
Mary S., Sure Critic
A timely update would be appreciated (even if you haven’t had a chance to look at the car yet); at least you could let the customer know that you haven’t gotten to it yet. A call to let the customer know their vehicle is ready to pick up. Thx for always being friendly.
Vehicle: Honda Accord
Service Date: 01/12/2017
Review Created: 01/13/2017 09:25 AM
Yvonne S, Sure Critic
I was very pleased with the honesty and how reasonable Patrick was with me. His estimates where either right on or a little higher (which made what I actually paid out to be less then I thought). He gave me a reasonable and accurate time line as to when I could either check on my car or when it would be ready. He did not do any work on my car without contacting me first. He was very friendly and understanding. He was willing to work with me on payment if more work was needed. VERY honest and understanding. Very happy with my first encounter with this repair shop.
Vehicle: Volkswagen Jetta
Service Date: 01/07/2017
Review Created: 01/07/2017 08:48 PM
Amie F. , Sure Critic

Who We Are

Pat DePugh, Founder & Co-owner

A Houston native, Pat has been fixing automobiles for over 20 years. He began his career in the automotive repair business at his own home in The Woodlands. He started repairing automotive air-conditioners for friends, and that soon went from a side job in his garage to his first shop in 1995. Called Absolutely Cool Automotive Air Conditioning, Pat repaired an estimated 18,000-20,000 car air conditioners over the next dozen years.

Building the business the way he wanted it allowed him to do the things he loves most. This means that much of the time you’ll find Pat head deep in advanced diagnostics, diesel engine work or air-conditioning repair.

But as busy as he stays turning wrenches, he still has time for the top priority at Rusty’s Garage – the customers. His goal is to establish a true relationship between the customer and the shop. “We cut our teeth here at Rusty’s Garage on building relationships. It’s our first priority, and it helps us be the most successful in taking care of our customers’ needs.”

Rusty McKee, Founder & Co-owner

Rusty grew up in the Dallas area and moved to Houston in 2007 after attending the University of Oklahoma. He became connected to Rusty’s Garage when the business started in his home garage. When not at the garage, Rusty spends the majority of his time representing the business in the community at groups like MC Pros, Woodlands Christian Business Network, and the Winning Edge chapter of Business Networking International. In his spare time Rusty enjoys serving in his church’s student ministry and playing the piano.

Patrick Nolet, COO & Director of Marketing

Patrick graduated from The Woodlands High School before obtaining his degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Oklahoma State University. He met Rusty and Pat through the youth group at Christ Church United Methodist. Through this they developed a relationship that eventually led to Rusty’s Garage. Patrick began learning about and fixing cars at age 17 under Pat’s tutelage. During his time at OSU he worked at Rusty’s Garage anytime he was in the Houston area, and in Stillwater, he would extend the brand to friends and family there.

Peanut (John)

Born in Lafayette, LA, Peanut (whose real name is John), started working in the same shop as his dad when he was three. The boss gave him his nickname and it stuck. Peanut moved to Texas when he was five, and graduated from McCullough High School (now The Woodlands High School). He has been married to his wife, Margaret, for 26 years, and they have three children: Johnisha (21), Marnisha (19), and John Jr. (15).


Kenny works for Rusty’s Garage as the Office Manager and Service Writer. He has been married to his wife, Tiffney for four years. They are very involved with his church and other churches in the area. Kenny plays music for church services and youth events, as well as being a full-time member of the Christian band, After the Well. Kenny enjoys playing music, leading worship, electronics, and working out.


Mark has worked for Rusty’s Garage for over two years. He was born in Redding, California and moved to the Houston area when he was 10 years old. Mark began working on cars as a General Service Technician when he was 19. He enjoys movies, electronics, and making sure you know he’s right and you’re not. Mark has been married to his wife, Rachel, for 10 years, and they have a 10-year-old son named Alex.

Rocky, Ambassador

Rocky is our ambassador, official greeter, tour guide, and family-friendly mascot. He says “YES” to any affection and treats, and is always happy to see you. (Just like us!)

Now Since You Know Who We Are, Why Not Let Rusty’s Garage Be Your Full-Service Auto Repair Garage!

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