Bruce is a Sonoma County native. Born in Sebastopol and raised in Santa Rosa. He grew up in a horse riding family and was a member of the riding club Rincon Riders for more than 10+ years. His daily responsibilities taking care of the family horses, as well as the boarded horses, helped shape his dependability and work ethic.

Bruce’s interests include water-skiing, dirt bike riding, hunting, off road vehicle activities and camping with his family. Bruce is married to Wendy Hollingsworth Stephens and they have one daughter, Sabrina. Bruce, Wendy, and Sabrina live in Santa Rosa and have a good sense of community. They volunteer their time and donate to various school and community projects near and dear to them.


Communication is the key to a good working relationship.  It is my belief that a customer should have the opportunity to speak directly with the person working on their vehicle to understand what goes into servicing and repairing the vehicle.

It is important for my customers to know they are getting a quality repair at a fair price.  They should also know that services performed on their vehicle would not void the factory warranty that came with the vehicle when purchased.

In order to have a state of the art independent repair facility, I purchased a Mercedes-Benz Factory Diagnostic computer, to have the most current and up to date information available by the manufacturer.  This enables me to perform services and repairs to factory specifications.

  • Bruce Stephens Automotive is the most Honest, Trustworthy auto repair shop that I have ever been to. I have been taking my car to Bruce for three years now and I can’t recommend him to friends and family enough. My latest wonderful experience with Bruce was via my son. I was on vacation when one of my kids cars broke down. I didn’t hesitate to have him call Bruce for advice and repairs. He did an amazing job and helped teach my son how to handle the repairs all on his own. Thank you to Bruce and his family for such wonderful service.

    Colleen D. Windsor, CA
  • Finally, an auto repair shop that you can trust. I used to cringe when I'd take my car in for regular service maintenance because I'd always be left with an outrageous estimate for more work that "needed" to be done. I highly recommend Bruce Stephens Automotive as he is honest, friendly AND excellent with cars. Always a positive experience now!

    Jeannie C. Santa Rosa, CA
  • We have been taking my wife's E-320 to Bruce since 2008. Our Daughter also took her Mercedes to him. He is the most competent, honest hard working, and as stated before; "trusted", Mercedes mechanic/business owner in Sonoma County. His prices are more than fair for the amount of time and care he puts into repairing or maintaining your automobile. In some cases, he may not charge you for all of his time. His estimates are accurate and well described so you are not disappointed, or shocked by unnecessary work or random add-ons. His Mercedes-Benz "A" and "B" service is less than many other locations. His shop is spotless, well lighted and a good place to read while he is working on your vehicle. He also works on Ford Trucks and other brands of vehicles. He offers night-drop and great phone advice almost any time of day. We used to go to other Mercedes repair outlets before we found Bruce Stephens, including the Mercedes Dealership. All we can say is we are sorry he waited so long before he opened his own repair shop.

    Benjamin T. Santa Rosa, CA
  • When I pick up my car, truck or classic mustang from Bruce Stephens Automotive I know Bruce has made all the necessary repairs and then some. Our vehicle doesn't leave his shop until it is safe enough for his own family ~ that means it is safe enough for mine. Bruce is an especially talented mechanic who is honest above reproach. We wouldn't DREAM of taking our cars anywhere else.

    Susan A., Rohnert Park
  • I've been going to Bruce's shop for little over a year and I only wish I would have found him years earlier! Bruce is extremely well organized and methodic in his work which I believe is his secret for quickly getting the job done. Not to mention his thirty plus years of experience with Mercedes. There are never surprises and no nonsense charges. We have three Mercedes; one is a '69 classic and two newer models and Bruce keeps them running in top shape. It is with a great pleasure that I recommend brining your car to Bruce.

    Nas S., Santa Rosa, CA
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