Fix It Forward Auto Care opens in West Fargo, giving it a third Fargo-Moorhead metro area location

Growing the number of Fix It Forward shops helps support the efforts of the Fix It Forward Ministry, a nonprofit that repairs and donates vehicles to people in need, Fix It Forward co-owner Matthew Carlson says.

Ben Hanning inspects a vehicle at Fix It Forward Auto Care in West Fargo on Friday, July 1, 2022.
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WEST FARGO - Fix It Forward Auto Care, an auto repair business that prides itself not only on doing good work, but supporting good works, has opened a third Fargo-Moorhead location by Menards in West Fargo.

The shop at 1224 13th Ave. E, was formerly 13th Avenue Auto Repair. It officially opened under the Fix It Forward banner on Friday, July 1, said Matthew Carlson, who co-owns Fix It Forward with his wife, Kristi.

“Our goal is to continue to grow our shops,” Carlson said Friday. “We thought West Fargo would be a great addition.”

Matthew Carlson is seen Friday, July 1, 2022, in the new Fix It Forward Auto Care location at 1224 13th Ave. E., in West Fargo.
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Fix It Forward has two other shops, the original location at 2620 2nd Ave. N., Moorhead, and a south Fargo location, which opened in November 2020 at 6219 52nd Ave. S.

The newest shop has eight service bays. Fix It Forward hired the technicians from 13th Avenue Auto Repair.


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After nearly two years in business, owner Chris Partridge is looking for a new shop. The rental costs of his previous five-bay facility proved too high for the business's revenues. “All I can say is be patient,” he told customers. “As soon as I can afford to do it, it’ll come back.”

Fix It Forward helps support the work of the Fix It Forward Ministry .

Fix It Forward Ministry provides no-cost car repairs and fixes donated vehicles to give to community residents in need. The ministry is financed through charitable donations and uses volunteer labor and discounted parts.

Fix It Forward Ministry works with more than 40 social service agencies and organizations in the Fargo-Moorhead area. People who need auto repairs must first contact case managers from those groups to arrange for help from Fix It Forward.

"They have clients that need cars repaired but can't afford it," Carlson told The Forum at the time of the south Fargo shop's opening. "Without transportation, you can't get a job. Without a job, you can't be self-sufficient."

Fix It Forward Auto Care has opened its third location at 1224 13th Avenue East in West Fargo on Friday, July 1, 2022.
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Fix It Forward ministry to date has donated about 365 vehicles to people in need, and repaired more than 700, Carlson said.

“Our goal is to actually give away 1,000 cars by 2026,” Carlson said. “In order to do that, we just need to expand our base” of auto shops.

“The big thing is, we’re all about our nonprofit side. This enables us to continue to grow our nonprofit,” Carlson said.

Matthew Carlson and Jeremy Jensen founded the nonprofit Fix It Forward Ministry (formerly Higher Power Auto Ministries) in 2015. They opened the first Fix It Forward Auto Care shop three years later in Moorhead.


For more information on Fix It Forward, visit .

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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