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Our History


Rister’s Automotive and Transmissions in Alton, Illinois is the finest independently owned auto repair facility offering complete maintenance and repair on any make or model of auto, truck, medium truck or RV. Rister’s Automotive and Transmission offers every aspect of vehicle repair. Some of the services Rister’s offers are: oil change, engine diagnostics and repair, transmission diagnostics and repair, transmission overhaul, front and rear differential repair, transfer case repair, brakes, exhaust, coolant problems, air conditioning charge and repair, tires, front end repair, electrical problems, drivability problems — basically any mechanical repair needed for your vehicle. Every customer also receives a free 27-point safety inspection.

Rister’s employs five full time employees, plus Duane and Candy work full time. Duane is an ASE certified master technician with an advanced level specialist certificate. Candy is also ASE certified as service consultant. The Risters have been avid drag racers for several years, and this year they are running an outlaw pro mod. The Risters also enjoy snowmobiling in the winter months.


Duane Rister started working on cars in his parent’s garage about the age of 12. Neighbors would bring Duane their cars to change oil, brakes, etc. Around the age of 14, Duane started rebuilding transmissions and repairing vehicles for family and friends.

After completing high school, Duane attended Ranken Technical College and received his associate’s degree in automotive technology. He worked briefly as an automotive tech, and in 1991, he and his wife Candy opened a small two-bay shop on Milton Rd. Business continued to grow, and the Risters built a 4500 square foot addition, housing four additional bays and a dedicated transmission rebuilding area.

The Risters have three children: Derek, who attends SIUE, Abbie, and the next generation of automobile technician, Trevor. Rister’s Automotive and Transmissions is open for operation Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Rister’s strives to give every customer the highest quality of work guaranteed and the attention every customer deserves.