RT Clapp: Over 100 Years of Keeping East Tennessee Motorists On the Road

Serving Oak Ridge Since 1957

RT Clapp – Yesteryear

It was 1914 when Mr. R.T. Clapp opened his business as a feed store on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, next to the jail. He soon realized there was money to be made helping motorists with those new Ford Model Ts and other early versions of the horseless carriage.

The business grew. At one time there were RT Clapp service centers in Knoxville, Kingsport, Asheville and Chattanooga. A.D. Moody bought the business from Mr. Clapp in the 1950s.

RT Clapp Oak Ridge opened in 1957. Bob Vandergriff, who began working at RT Clapp Knoxville in 1967, bought the Oak Ridge facility in 1971. He retired in 1995, with his daughter Valerie White and his son Rob Vandergriff joining partner Barry Scarborough to assume the operation of RT Clapp Oak Ridge. The three bought RT Clapp Knoxville in 1998 and sold the Knoxville facility to Jeff Hendrickson in 2010.

RT Clapp – Yesterday

The first decade of the 21st century brought some tumultuous times to the automotive industry, with several auto dealerships closing and some legacy car brands leaving the market. RT Clapp not only survived, but also thrived, as customers continued to count on a long-established business with a rock-solid reputation for keeping East Tennessee motorists on the road.

RT Clapp – Today & Tomorrow

Over one hundred years and more than a million automotive repairs later, RT Clapp’s future looks bright as a state-of-the-art auto service center. RT Clapp continues to invest in the tools, diagnostic equipment and training that is required to keep today’s vehicles running at top performance.

RT Clapp is a customer-focused, bumper-to-bumper auto service center. We’re equipped and staffed to handle nearly any kind of auto repair issue, whether it involves the latest model or a classic antique. And with the RT Clapp tire store offering top brand tires and alignment service, there really is only one name to know for auto service and repair.

Cars - Historical Progression from beginning to present

Brands we service: Acura • Audi • BMW • Buick • Cadillac • Chevrolet • Chrysler • Dodge • Ford • GMC • Honda • Hyundai • Infiniti • Jaquar • Jeep • Kia • Lexus • Lincoln • Mazda • Mercedes-Benz • MINI • Mitsubishi • Nissan • Oldsmobile • Porsche • Pontiac • Saab • Subaru • Suzuki • Toyota • Volkswagen • Volvo

Our Services:

  • Maintenance Service
  • Engine Services
  • Transmission Service
  • Suspension Systems
  • Cooling Systems
  • Brake Systems
  • A/C & Heating Systems
  • Tire Services

Hours of Operation
Knoxville and Oak Ridge
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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RT Clapp Car Care Center
1025 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone 865-482-2428

We accept most major credit cards and fleet cards

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