Wilhelm Automotive

A History of Automotive Service Excellence

Wilhelm Automotive’s business began in Arizona in the late 1880s when the original settlers arrived from Peoria, Illinois. A gentleman by the name of Tuck Blackwell set up a blacksmith shop to serve the desert natives. He eventually sold his shop, and it became a repair shop named the Jennings Brother’s Garage.

In 1928, Joe Wilhelm partnered with his uncle John Ansel to buy the garage from Jennings, and Wilhelm Automotive was born. The main stay for early business came from farmers who depended on Wilhelm to keep their machinery in running order so they themselves wouldn’t lose vital business hours. Joe, a real brotherly sort – and the one who set the legacy for our shop’s standards today – regularly accepted crates of vegetables as payment.

In 1979, the garage was sold to Charley and Mary Jane Gyder, who continued the tradition of the family business with their sons, Thomas and Doug, both of whom still play a big role in the company today. In 1996, Wilhelm Automotive expanded to occupy five locations, with the Peoria operation remaining as the company headquarters. Today Chris Garman, grandson of Charley and Mary Jane Gyder, is the 3rd generation to run the family business.

The philosophy that Joe Wilhelm established was very simple and remains the same today – perform quality service, do everything you can to accommodate your customers, and always give back to your community.

Tradition and continuity

Wilhelm Automotive Service Centers has, and always will put the customer first. We provide quality automotive service at a competitive price. All of our employees have hands-on experience, combined with professional credentials such as ASE Certified Technician, Master ASE, and L1 Certified Technicians. Each of our technicians is highly knowledgeable on all makes and models of cars and trucks. Coupled with the latest technology, our employees will diagnose and resolve any issue, bringing you peace of mind.

Our work environment has always been very homey. We treat our staff like family members, and they in turn are committed to making the customer’s visit an equally enjoyable one. As a result, the team members are happier and choose to stay with us year after year. One of our major assets is the continuity in our staff. Like most of our customers, you’ll find that you aren’t just a customer, you’re our friend. We think that’s important.

Wilhelm Extends Warranty

Wilhelm Automotive, the Valley’s oldest auto repair facility has recently made an announcement that it plans to extend its warranty on all repairs (including hybrid repairs) to 36,000 miles/36 months. Here is what our President, Chris Garman had to say about the announcement;

“We put the highest emphasis on the quality of our work.  We have great technicians at each of our seven locations and we are confident in standing behind our work.” He continued, “With the ever changing technology in the automotive world, its vital our technicians remain up to date with all the changes. Our 36 month, 36,000 mile warranty gives our customers peace of mind when it comes to all of their automotive repair needs.”

To check out all our latest hybrid offers, visit the Wilhelm main website here to find out location nearest to you for all your hybrid repair and battery replacements.