Get to Know Us at K-O Auto in Ronan

Since 1994, K-O Auto has worked to deliver friendly, reliable, and high-quality auto repair service to the Ronan community.

Ronan's Best since 1994

With decades of combined experience, our technicians are ASE certified and well-equipped to diagnose and repair a vast number of automotive issues. We work with one goal in mind—to get you back on the road at a reasonable cost in a timely manner.


 K-O Auto is a Napa Gold Auto Care Center, and we offer a 36 Month (3 years)/ 36,000 nationwide warranty on all parts and labor. We know that car repair can be stressful, and we aim to make your experience as seamless as possible. We have a clean and comfortable waiting area if you would like to wait while we work on your vehicle. We offer a local shuttle service if you need to leave your car with us. We would be happy to assist you in procuring a rental vehicle should you need one. Additionally, we have a nighttime drop-box service for your convenience. Let owner James Krell, an ASE-certified master technician, and his team of ASE-certified techs take care of you and your automotive needs.

K-O Auto team
K-O Auto | Auto Repair in Ronan

Meet the Owner

James Krell opened K-O Auto in 1994. A South Carolina transplant, James moved to Montana early and grew up (was raised) in the Mission Valley. Growing up, his parents owned a gas station in Post Creek, where his love of cars began. After graduating from the St. Ignatius school district in 1980, James went to Helena Vo-Tech. James has been a technician for over 40 years. Thanks to James’ leadership, K-O Auto won 3rd place in the 2019 AAA Top Shop competition; K-O Auto was recognized as the best out of 500 auto shops across seven states. If James isn’t at K-O Auto, chances are you can find him officiating a basketball game, watching high school sports, or enjoying the beauty of Montana. A consummate outdoorsman, James enjoys hiking, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, riding motorbikes, and doing so all in his family's company.