RT Clapp: Over 100 Years of Keeping East Tennessee Motorists On the Road

Serving Oak Ridge Since 1957

It was 1914 when Mr. R.T. Clapp opened his business as a feed store on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, next to the jail. He soon realized there was money to be made helping motorists with those new Ford Model Ts and other early versions of the horseless carriage.

The business grew. At one time there were RT Clapp service centers in Knoxville, Kingsport, Asheville and Chattanooga. A.D. Moody bought the business from Mr. Clapp in the 1950s.

RT Clapp Oak Ridge opened in 1957. Bob Vandergriff, who began working at RT Clapp Knoxville in 1967, bought the Oak Ridge facility in 1971. He retired in 1995, with his daughter Valerie White and his son Rob Vandergriff joining partner Barry Scarborough to assume the operation of RT Clapp Oak Ridge. The three bought RT Clapp Knoxville in 1998 and sold the Knoxville facility to Jeff Hendrickson in 2010.

The first decade of the 21st century brought some tumultuous times to the automotive industry, with several auto dealerships closing and some legacy car brands leaving the market. RT Clapp not only survived, but also thrived, as customers continued to count on a long-established business with a rock-solid reputation for keeping East Tennessee motorists on the road.

Over one hundred years and more than a million automotive repairs later, RT Clapp’s future looks bright as a state-of-the-art auto service center. RT Clapp continues to invest in the tools, diagnostic equipment and training that is required to keep today’s vehicles running at top performance.

RT Clapp is a customer-focused, bumper-to-bumper auto service center. We're equipped and staffed to handle nearly any kind of auto repair issue, whether it involves the latest model or a classic antique. And with the RT Clapp tire store offering top brand tires and alignment service, there really is only one name to know for auto service and repair.

It’s Good to Know RT Clapp.

Serving East Tennessee
For Over 100 Years!
60 Years in Oak Ridge!

  • Serving East Tennessee Since 1914
  • Serving Oak Ridge Since 1957
  • Family Owned and Operated
  • Quality Service at Affordable Prices
  • ASE Certified Technicians
  • Authorized AC-Delco Master Tech Center
  • Complete Auto Repair & Service on Domestic and Import Vehicles
  • 12 Month 12,000 Mile Warranty on Most Services
  • Automobile Service Association Member
  • Chamber of Commerce Member

Serving Oak Ridge for
over 60 years!

1025 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Ph 865-482-2428

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