Axel Knauz moved from Germany at the age of three with his parents and brother. Edwin, his father, was asked by family to help in repairing vehicles at the new Mercedes Benz facility in Lake Forest Illinois. Over the years, Axel grew up and started at the dealership as a car porter. Twenty years later, after proving his repair skills and becoming a Mercedes-Benz factory trained master technician, he was promoted to Service Manager and eventually Service Director over all car lines. After 30 years at the family dealership, Axel decided to open his own auto repair shop. Axel, along with his father, Edwin, and his son, Nick, opened Axels Automotive on August 1, 2006, combining over 80 years of automotive experience. Axels Automotive has grown with the most up-to-date automotive repair equipment and aims for customer satisfaction. Axels Automotive is here to keep your car smiling. 


  • Upper Echelon - July 20th, 2024

    Debuting in 2023, Upper Echelon Paid tribute to a full spectrum of automotive groups (VAG, JDM, KDM, USDM) and drivers alike. Yes! All makes and models are welcome and will be judged!

  • Kooler by the Lake - August 10th, 2024

    Kooler By The Lake is a Midwest Air-Cooled and Water-Cooled Volkswagen / Audi Enthusiast Event featuring a car show, vendors, beer garden, live entertainment, and a fundraising element.

  • Northern Worthersee - August 31st, 2024

    Set on the banks of the Cass River in the German town of Frankenmuth, MI, Northern Worthersee (NoWo) is the premier VAG car event of the summer in the Northern United States. Debuting in 2013, NoWo pays tribute to European auto engineering and drivers alike.