Mandie has been a car lover since she was 16. She went into the automotive parts business while still in high school where she spent the next 15 years. In addition to the auto parts aftermarket, she also held management positions at with dealerships (such as Nissan, Ford, and Freightliner), and worked in the auto body/collision field. Mandie received her first ASE certification in 2000. She was given the North Carolina Trucking Association Maintenance Council's Person of the Year award in 2001.
Among the vehicles Mandie has owned are 1984 Buick Regal, 1984 Buick Grand National, 1975 Ford Mustang, 2006 Suzuki SV600s, numerous other SUV's, cars, and minivans.