North Smithfield’s car doctor

KEEPING PACE: Doan Tran, left, senior technician, with Michael McAlister, co-owner of North Smithfield Automotive Center, which has grown steadily and kept pace with technological changes.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
KEEPING PACE: Doan Tran, left, senior technician, with Michael McAlister, co-owner of North Smithfield Automotive Center, which has grown steadily and kept pace with technological changes.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Michael McAlister has been repairing cars since most Americans drove gas guzzlers and were lucky if the odometer made it to 100,000. The first phase of his career was at a Volkswagen, Buick and Mazda dealership in Massachusetts, where he spent 20 years. He eventually started his own service businesses, and in 2005 opened North…

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