Mariajose (Mosé) Barrera is the owner of Mosé Auto in Seattle.
Mosé was born and raised in Guatemala, and has always been a lover of loud engines, motorcycles, hot wheels and speed. She grew up in an entrepreneurial family, and taught herself how to be an auto mechanic. She gained a lot of knowledge working at an auto part store and shop, and later tried her hand in real estate.
After the economy crashed in 2008, she was in a position to start anew. With nothing to lose, she decided to follow her dreams and start her own shop out of her parents' garage. In 2010, she registered as a business "MJ Auto Seattle". She moved to her first commercial spot in 2012, and contracted people to help her do bigger jobs. In 2017, she got a chance to move to a location with more exposure and took it. The shop experienced rapid growth and was rebranded to "Mosé Auto".
She moved to her current location in 2019 after the previous building got sold. It is now 2023 and Mosé has started to sell tires, added an alignment machine, and has found two full time employees who are committed to growing along with the business. She is no longer fixing cars and moving towards the role of CEO.
Her goal is to ensure her community of women and minorities are truly listened to when they seek auto repairs. In addition to treating all customers with respect, the 20-year auto service veteran also conducts classes to teach women about auto repair or to become mechanics themselves. Knowledge is power, Barrera says, and she simply wants to empower her community.