Veteran Fixes Cars at No Charge: Update

Earlier this year, Brut spoke to an Army veteran who repairs cars for free out of his driveway. Now, he has his own shop. 🚗🔧

They’ve never turned anyone down, and they never will

Veteran Adam Ely started a free car repair service in Oklahoma City. Through Hard Luck Automotive Services, Ely would drive his truck to help people in need. When Brut interviewed him in March 2019, he was working out of his driveway. Since Dec. 2017, Adam Ely, and his wife, Toni, of Choctaw, have operated Hard Luck Automotive Services, located at 616 SW 29th St. in Oklahoma City, with the premise, “if you can afford the parts, we’ll fix your car for free.” Toni currently works as a civilian in the B-1 and B-52 Bomber Division at Tinker AFB.

“What's up, Brut? Just wanted to give you guys a shout out. This is Adam Ely with Hard Luck Automotive Services in Oklahoma City. Since Brut aired that first video we have exploded, exploded. Since then, Mike Rowe and the show "Returning the Favor" has gifted us with a shop. We've got a shop in Oklahoma City. We are. We went from helping four or five people a month to — we're up to, I think one day, a couple of weeks back, we helped 12 people in one day. We are busier than we've ever been, happier than we've ever been. Thank you for all the opportunities and the and the just the light that you shed on it on Hard Luck. And what we're doing here and the mechanical mission, the ministry that we're trying to do,” Travis Tindell tells Brut.

They've sold 500-600 T-shirts. $20,000 worth of T-shirt sales. They've been invited to do podcasts, interviews. They’ve had an interview in England. They did a radio show in England. Another opportunity that came out of that Mike Rowe interview, USMC Racing. What started out as simply providing diagnosis, Adam said turned into something much more. He said the services are open to anyone.


11/11/2019 7:51 PM


  • Je H.
    12/01/2019 03:05

    Biena suerte campeon ..mis respetos.para gente como tu que nunca se dan por vencidos

  • Ù…Ű­Ù…ŰŻ Űč.
    11/26/2019 14:44

    U deserve it

  • Gayan C.
    11/26/2019 13:07

    I like work with this guy. Me to mechanic ( specifically hydraulic. Heavy duty)

  • Edgar L.
    11/26/2019 12:55

    Hell ya man!!!!

  • Dion S.
    11/26/2019 11:10

    Yea bro

  • Marvelonne T.
    11/26/2019 08:22

    Good job!

  • Rhime A.
    11/26/2019 03:09

    Beautiful side of the internet

  • David G.
    11/26/2019 02:18

    I love Brut.

  • Toni R.
    11/25/2019 21:01

    Bless that man

  • Bright O.
    11/25/2019 15:15

    Nice one

  • Manuel T.
    11/25/2019 14:16

    You rock!💖

  • Hasibur R.
    11/25/2019 12:30

    dekh beda👀

  • DrSharmadas S.
    11/25/2019 05:17

    Well done bro...

  • FLag M.
    11/25/2019 03:47

    On here watching this video from the FIJI ISLANDS... you and your family are very good people, thank you for your service Sir.

  • Kevin K.
    11/25/2019 03:44

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  • Waqas A.
    11/24/2019 18:43

    Waqas ok megood makenake

  • Saleem M.
    11/24/2019 17:48

    Hello how are you

  • Tunde I.
    11/24/2019 17:18

    Thanks be 2God

  • Castor V.
    11/24/2019 01:00

    God bless you sir.