Dale Hodge started helping his father in the business of automotive repair at the tender age of 11. By the age of 14 he was doing part time in his father's garage for pay. At 17 he went to work for Clearwater Automotive. At 24 he started D&D Automotive after the failure of Clearwater Automotive.
D&D Automotive was opened in February 1983 to continue providing for the customers after the failure of Clearwater Automotive. The shop's location was previously the body shop of Clearwater Automotive, hence the somewhat unusual location.