Hensley's Radiator History

After serving in the military during WWII, Dennis returned and worked for Harper Motor Company repairing radiators. In 1957, Dennis and Mildred Hensley started Hensley's Radiator Service, then located at 6th and Levy. Before 1960, Hensley's become a distributor for a major manufacturing company making cores for radiators and heaters.
Old Building — Automotive Services in Charlottesville, VA
Over the years, Dennis' children came to work at Hensley's making it truly a family business. When you call or visit Hensley's today you will find Dennis' daughter Judy Burcham- Office Manager; Judy's husband, Troy Burcham- is a master radiator specialist. Fred Hensley Sr. -Dennis' youngest son, serves as Service Manager and is the owner/operator of Tubes N' Hoses. We also proudly employ Harvey Shifflett who has been here for over 30 years.

Highlights of Hensley's

As automotive technology has progressed, so have the skills of the mechanics at Hensley's and the technologies employed in keeping Charlottesville's vehicles running. Of special note, Hensley's has provided exceptional air conditioning service over the last several decades.
  • Several of their mechanics are ASE certified
  • Fred has served on the CATEC Advisory Board for several years
  • Fred is DOT certified for brake-hose fabrication
  • All mechanics are certified for refrigerant recovery