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About Us

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History

When Cliff Hudson was a teenager, his father, an auto mechanic also, tried to steer him into another profession.  “You always want better for your children, so he did everything but whip me to keep me away from the automotive industry.  But what my dad didn’t realize was that not only was he my inspiration, cars were my passion.  And you can’t quell passion.”

Ray Hudson. Cliff Hudson

At just 14 years of age, Cliff landed his first automotive job.  While attending Wando High School he worked evenings, weekends and summers doing whatever his employer required.  “Talk about starting at the bottom of the barrel; that was my first day at work.  I cleaned filthy old auto parts out of barrels!”  Cliff graduated at the top of his class in the inaugural year of Wando’s automotive program and was awarded the “Outstanding Auto Mechanic” award from Ford motor company.

Cliff furthered his career through employment in two local dealerships but continued to work nights and weekends.  Due to the overwhelming demand for his time and talent, Hudson’s Import Service was opened in April of 1978 in what amounted to a lean-to type of structure.  In 5 years the business relocated to a much larger structure and in 1986, to its present building where it has remained over 30 years.

Our Team

Cliff Hudson
Cliff HudsonPresident, VW/Audi Service Manager
Cliff is “hands-on” in his shop. There is rarely a day when he is not one-on-one with his technicians, ensuring that accurate diagnosis and quality service and repairs are the product of Hudson’s Import Service. His thoroughness and dedication to this process is evident at every level. Cliff currently sits on the Automotive Advisory Board for the automotive department at Trident Technical College and holds the highest ASE certification of Master Automobile Technician.
John McDowell
John McDowellService Manager
When it comes to the Japanese imports, we are fortunate to have one of the most experienced and knowledgeable technicians in our area as part of our team. “Johnny” is our Service Manager for the Japanese import line and has import car service and parts experience dating back to 1978. His thoroughness and commitment are key factors in helping us achieve our high standards of automotive service.
Stephanie Shieder
Stephanie ShiederBusiness Manager
Stephanie has been part of the Hudson’s Import team almost since its inception in 1978. She is responsible for the overall operation of the front office as well as marketing, promotions, and bookkeeping and assists with estimating of repairs and service. She is also Shop Management Certified in Mitchell Manager Plus shop management software and is currently pursuing her accreditation as an Accredited Automotive Manager with the Automotive Management Institute.
Phillip Gandy
Phillip GandySales Manager
Phillip who has worked with Cliff since 2006 in Used Car Sales, manages the newly formed Used Car sales Division of Hudson’s Import bringing over 20 years of automotive-related experience in sales, service and repair.

Phillip is one of the first members of our team you will meet and is ready to assist you whether you need maintenance, repair or are looking for a reliable used car.

Caitlin Hudson
Caitlin HudsonOffice Manager
Caitlin, Cliff’s daughter, has recently joined the Hudson’s team. She has her Associates Degree in Business Administration and comes from a long, family history in the Automotive Industry. She is responsible for marketing, promotions, bookkeeping and assists with the scheduling of repairs and service. She is a vital asset to our team and with her under our roof Hudson’s has become a “family affair.” 
Marc Olivetti
Marc OlivettiTechnician
With over 20 years of automotive experience, Marc leads his fellow technicians in diagnostics and repairs and is responsible for helping maintain our high standards of service and repairs. Marc has been recognized by VW of North America for outstanding achievement and commitment to excellence, and is a factory trained Audi Technical Specialist. He also holds ASE Certifications.
Sean Rogerson
Sean RogersonTechnician
Sean has over seven years of automotive experience and holds several ASE Certifications. He has specialized training in on board computer diagnostic systems and front end/suspension repair and alignment. Sean and John, Service Manager, work closely together to ensure top quality repair and service for our customers with Japanese imports.
Gains Hudson
Gains HudsonTechnician
Gains, Cliff’s son, has recently completed the 2 year Automotive Technology program at Trident Technical College and has joined our team. His high level of achievement in that program and his ASE Certification, combined with his natural mechanical talent, makes him a true asset. Gains’ passion and hobby is the driving and intimate knowledge of the Nissan 240SX, which makes him a natural for servicing and repairing Asian imports, but his talents also extend well into the European line.
Frank Myers
Frank MyersShuttle and Shop Maintenance
Frank has been with Hudson’s Import for over 12 years and plays a crucial part each day in customer service and shop operation. If you have had the pleasure of having Frank chauffer you to or from your home or office you know he is an asset to our team.

How We Are Different

In today’s economic environment, it is important to protect one of your largest investments. Don’t put yourself in the unexpected position of having to replace your car. It is important to ensure your car’s longevity and preventive maintenance and repair is essential. Let us guide you through the process of what to do, when to do it and how to most effectively invest in your vehicle….because at Hudson’s Import Service, we are not just taking care of cars, we are taking care of customers:

  • 24 Month / 24, 000 mile warranty on all repairs
  • Customer Shuttle Service
  • Wireless Internet Service Available
  • Free Car Wash Coupon from Cactus Car Wash Mt. Pleasant with all service and repairs over $50.00
  • OwnerAutoSite.com in conjunction with Mitchell 1 Shop Management Software provides customers with valuable vehicle information.
  • Service reminder program by mail or email via Mitchell 1 CRM software
  • Need Help Finding a Used Car?