Casimiro Vargues was born in Moncarapacho, Portugal. At 18 years of age he was drafted into the Angola Campaign and worked in the Portuguese Army as a military mechanic and a private generals chauffeur. In 1963 he immigrated to Montreal, Canada, (where Nelson, his son, was born), and then to Los Angeles, California in January 1971, where he worked for Auto Stiegler in Encino as a shop foreman for four years. Mario Pontes, who is also Portuguese, met Casimiro in Montreal, where they became friends, and he later also moved to Los Angeles in 1974.
1975: Casimiro Vargues and Mario Pontes opened Boulevard Mercedes and ran it as partners.
1980: Boulevard Mercedes outgrew its location on 17554 Ventura Blvd near White Oak in Encino and moved to the current location in Van Nuys.
1981: Boulevard Mercedes changes its name to Boulevard Auto Repair, Inc. because of the Mercedes Registered Trademark Name Protection Act.
1988: Mario retired early and sold his share of the business to Casimiro. Nelson then started working with his father full time.
1988-2002: Together, Casimiro and Son Nelson, ran the business successfully.
2002: Casimiro retired, and Nelson continues with the tradition of excellent service for many more years to come.
About Nelson: He started helping part-time around the family’s Mercedes shop at the early age of 10. He learned about running the family business from the ground up. Hands on shop experience (apprenticeship) were Nelson’s form of education. From sweeping floors, answering phones, washing cars, ordering and picking up parts, and then eventually to vehicle estimating & servicing, and electrical troubleshooting. All this has helped Nelson become the automotive technician he is today.
Currently, Nelson is an ASE certified, Mercedes and Bosch trained technician. He is also a CAR-O-LINER Certified frame repair and measurement specialist. Not only can Nelson help jump-start your car, he can also jump start your life. Nelson is Red Cross CPR and Community First Aid/Safety Certified for 2006/2007. He is also a Certified ADP collision estimator and vehicle appraiser. Nelson is fluent in three different languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese. He is constantly attending automotive training classes and seminars because he believes a knowledgeable brain is the most important repair tool any auto technician could have. When Nelson is not working or learning more (all that he possibly can) about cars, he spends time with his growing family.
Casimiro Vargues and Mario Pontes, Founders
Nelson Vargues, Owner and Father