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Jack Bulko, known as the "Mensch with the wrench," is always looking for ways to help the community.

Jack Bulko, known to his friends and customers as "The Mensch with the Wrench," founded AutoAid in 1979. Since then, he and his family-owned and operated mechanic shop have serviced and repaired thousands of vehicles in Van Nuys. Over the years, Jack has always put the community first - from taking exceptional care of his customers, to giving back to the different organizations designed to help people prosper in the San Fernando Valley.

Jack Bulko - The Mensch with the Wrench

It’s no secret that Jack has been given the nickname The Mensch with the Wrench. It’s a moniker he’s proud to have earned. Mensch is a Yiddish word that means “a person of integrity and honor”. It’s a perfect description of how Jack lives his life, built his business and raised his family.

An active member of five Chambers of Commerce in and around SFV, Jack financially supports community causes and donates a considerable amount of his time to ensuring that people have access to the tools and services they need. This includes contributions to local chambers; his role as an Ambassador for multiple Chambers and his seminars for local business owners on the importance of networking. You’ll also find him volunteering at community fairs, like the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival and the Taste of Encino Street Fair.

You can read more about Jack’s community involvement here.

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AutoAid is a family business. Here's Jack Bulko and his son David enjoying a lighter moment in the body shop.

The Bulko family believes that setting a shining example at home and at work is the best way to positively impact the community. One of the initiatives Jack feels is important is empowering women. That’s why he requires his team at AutoAid to complete training on creating a female friendly business. As a result, AutoAid has been certified female-friendly by AskPatty.com.

A Family Legacy of Hard Work and Exceptional Customer Service

As everyone’s favorite Mensch with the Wrench has grown wiser with years, Jack has focused on ensuring that the legacy his family has created with AutoAid is kept in trustworthy hands. Jack’s son, David, manages AutoAid’s day-to-day operations, ensuring that every customer receives exceptional service. Jack and David work so well together, and have such a similar philosophy, that Jack and David are both now known as The Mensch with the Wrench. Jack and David’s attention to customer care has been highlighted in hundreds of glowing customer reviews on Yelp, AngiesList and AutoAid’s website.


David is carrying on his father's tradition of taking great care of his team, his customers and the community. They are both now known as "The Mensch with the Wrench."

Thanks to David’s commitment to preserving the values that have helped Jack and David earn the moniker of The Mensch with the Wrench, this family-run mechanic shop in Van Nuys is certainly going to stand the test of time - which is great news for all of the customers that enjoy the peace of mind that comes from relying on the great service they receive from AutoAid.