When Cliff Hudson was a teen-ager, his father, the late Ray Hudson, an auto-mechanic himself, warned him about working as a mechanic. "My father did everything but whip me to keep me from working on cars". But, now, as president of Hudson's Import Service for 34 years, he realizes that his father was his inspiration.
At just 15 years of age, Cliff accepted his first auto-repair job. While attending Wando High School he worked part-time, doing anything anyone at the garage wanted him to do; janitor, gofer, whatever it took to be in that environment. He was taking automotive courses at school and was recognized by Ford Motor Company for his achievements.
After working in the field at Toyota dealerships in the area for several years, Hudson began taking on additional work after hours which eventually led to the beginning of Hudson's Import Service in 1978. Through customer demand, he opened his first shop off of Coleman Blvd in what was just a lean-to type shed. Three years later, due to rapidly increasing demand, the business relocated to a larger facility on what is now Stuart Ingalls Blvd, and just a few years later, moved into their current even larger facility on Johnnie Dodds Blvd, where they have been located for the last 23 years.