Sterling MotorWerks was founded in 2010 by Scott Leister and Mike Dye, two veterans of the Vermont automotive repair scene. Both are master certified by the Automotive Service Excellence organization and factory trained in Audi, Volkswagen and Saturn car lines. Their tenure in the dealership environment has taught them clearly what vermonters expect from a car repair facility.


Sterling Motorwerks puts the honesty and integrity back in the auto repair business. Mike and Scott take pride in being able to provide manufacturer specified levels of service for a fraction of the cost of the dealerships. Their diagnostic abilities and experience has earned the respect of other repair shops in the area as well as Audi of America in Mike's case. Mike was rated in the top ten Audi technicians nationwide in 2005 by AOA and holds the presigious R8 certification for service technicians. Sterling Motorwerks will provide you with the service you expect without the hassles you don't.



"After spending lots of money chasing a problem elsewhere I was thankful to find you guys. Not only did you find the problem with my Subaru and fix it but it was painless. Thank you for your help and I will be back!"


Larry F. Burlington, VT


"Great job guys! My car runs like a top since you worked your magic."


Rich A. Williston, VT


"These guys are great! I haven't been treated with that much respect by a mechanic EVER!"


Leah W. So Burlington, VT


"Not only did the guys at Sterling fix the nail in my tire and broken headlight on my Hyundai Santa Fe in about 5 minutes flat, but the detailing service was so incredible that people keep asking me if my car is brand new. They even gave me a free loaner while it was being cleaned at no extra cost. I love Sterling and will continue to go there for all my auto repair needs."


Cynthia Jane Burrill, Essex Junction, VT


"The Art of Customer Service is Alive & Well at Sterling Motorwerks!


In a time where most mechanics charge outrageous rates for simply plugging in a computer to your car and fixing whatever the gadget tells them to, I have found Sterling Motorwerks to be a refreshing change of pace!


I had brought my Mercedes to two different mechanics, including the Mercedes Dealership, in an attempt to fix a chronic and progressive problem with my car. Fast forward 4 weeks, a few car rentals and $2700 later; it was still not fixed properly! Mechanic #2 was so stumped that he actually called Sterling Motorwerks to the rescue…….


They tended to my vehicle immediately! Unlike the dealership which made me wait for 9 days before even diagnosing the problem……and mis-diagnosing at that.



• I had to wait 9 days to even get it looked at.

• I absorbed 12 days of car rental fees

• The car was mis-diagnosed. Thus, unnecessary expenditures.


Mechanic #2:

• Replaced the parts pursuant to the electronic diagnosis.

• He meant well, but the electronic diagnosis was incorrect and he was baffled.

• Again, this was a bit costly but he was gracious enough to point me in the direction of Sterling Motorwerks.


Sterling Motorwerks:

• Immediate Attention

• Thoroughly researched my vehicles unique problem(s). This went well beyond the standard computer generated “idiot” codes. • The appropriate fix with quality parts!

• Provided a loaner vehicle at no charge !

• Charged me a reasonable rate and provided services above & beyond the call of duty!


Back Story

My vehicle presented a set of unique issues that were not were not easily identified through standard methods (plugging in the computer). Mike demonstrated dogged determination in ferreting out the problems. What started out as a perplexing puzzle soon rose to the level of “personal warfare” where it was Mike vs. Machine! Mike went into “guerrilla warfare mode”! The machine won a few rounds but I am glad to say that Mike won the war!


Scott demonstrated exceptional customer service and clearly relayed honest & accurate information every step of the way. There were no surprises and both individuals were incredibly knowledgeable, courteous and accommodating.


Quality Work, Quality Parts, Exceptional Customer Service at Honest & Reasonable Rates. What more can one ask for……. Thank You to Sterling Motorwerks!


Martin T. D’Onofrio "




Scott Leister, a native Vermonter, has been practicing the art of advanced vehicle diagnosis and repair since 1993. He is factory trained in both the Volkswagen and GM's Saturn brands. He has achieved top level status in training and performance for both brands as well as being an ASE certified Master Technician. A recent empty nester, spends most of his free time skiing, sailing or burning up the roads of New England in his modified Mazda Miata. At work he has been focused mostly on business operations but can be found out and around the shop most every day.


mike dye


Mike Dye was born in NYC and moved to VT in 1997. Mike started in the automotive field in 1993. He has been an ASE Master Technician since 1995 and Level 1 Advanced Engine Performance Certified since 1997. Mike has worked for Honda, Acura, Saturn, Volkswagen and Audi dealerships, as well as an independent Porsche specialist. He has completed over 125 Audi training courses and served as the Shop Foreman at the local Audi dealership at the age of 25. Mike won the prestigious Audi Technician Challenge, becoming the United States Champion in 2005. He has consistently been a top 20 North American Audi Technician since 2003.


phil st armour chico


Phil St Amour, also known as "Chico" has 20 years experience in the automotive industry.  He has spent most of his career in the parts and service front counter area.  A native of Burlington, Phil has intimate knowledge of what our climate and streets can throw at your car.  His experience spans many brands such as Chevrolet, Saturn, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes Benz and Porsche. We are thrilled to have his help and personality at the front end of Sterling Motorwerks.


rob schwartz


Rob Schwartz, Service Writer


Rob Schwartz has been a car enthusiast since his first Porsche Matchbox. He’s worked with cars in Vermont since selling the first-generation Audi TT and VW’s New Beetle when they first hit the market back before Y2K. Rob’s put hundreds of new Audis, Volkswagens and Hondas on Vermont’s highways and byways and couldn’t be happier than to be part of the team that keeps them out there.


chad denton


Chad Denton, Technician


A VT native and all-round nice guy joined Sterling Motorwerks in the fall of 2013.  He received his original automotive schooling at Pennsylvania School of Automotive Mechanics.  Since then he has amassed a formidable set of credentials on many brands including Saab, Volvo, Nissan, Infinity and Subaru.   Chad is a true team player that really shines here at SMW and we are very lucky to have him on our staff.


jason eastman


Jason Eastman, Technician


Another VT native who somehow manages a Brady Bunch style clan when he is not here practicing his scientific skills on German cars.   Jason has spent 15 years working and learning at Washburn’s Service Center in Richmond under the wing of the legendary Barry Washburn.  While with Barry he gained a very good understanding of the interesting world of Porsche automobiles not to mention tons of Audi and Volkswagen experience.  Jason’s interesting fact – he’s way into beautiful salt water reef fish tanks!