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Wilhelm's annual Pet Food Drive

Another year brings another one of Wilhelm's annual Pet Food drives. We have once again teamed up with Chuck Waggin' Pet Food Party during the month of November as a perfect way to give back to our animals who need help getting through the holiday period. The way it all works is as follows. "Bring in two cans of non-perishable pet food items and we will give you $15 off any service or repair at any of our seven locations valley wide." This is our third consecutive year running our Pet Food Drive specially, and it has run with major success. Overall, it is our 18th annual food drive designed to give back to our community. Just lasr year, we donated almost 100 pounds of Pet food shelters, as well as over 300 pounds to human shelters to help their causes. In 2015, we donated even more!!! With your help, we are looking to exceed last years total and focus only on PET FOOD. Absolutely anything you can give can help us reach our targets together. Give us ... read more

How to avoid GDI Performance loss

How to avoid GDI Performance loss

GDI performance loss is becoming a much more common maintenance issue on a lot of newer vehicles. To the customer, it is a mysterious problem and most people do not even know it exists. Some vehicles owner don’t know they even own a GDI vehicle in the first place so the purpose of this video blog is to focus on educating our customers on what this maintenance service is, why it is recommended and how often you may need it. GDI stands for Gasoline Direct Injection. It is a service designed to keep your vehicles power and maintain fuel efficiency. It is recommended if you are experiencing any loss of power, loss of gas mileage and is recommended as a maintenance service every 15,000 miles on the newer GDI vehicles.  The service will help with the following; ⦁    Restores performance ⦁    Restores fuel efficiency ⦁    Restores power ⦁    Reduces harmful emissions To break down the process we had Greg Kamrath from BG ... read more

How much does it really cost to own a car?

How much does it really cost to own a car?

Life is becoming more expensive than ever and for the first time in a long time, the new generation are at risk of not making as much money as their parents did. Bills and credit card debt is stacking up and more people are struggling to get by how they used to. I don’t mean to be a downer on your mood today but one of your major expenses comes with owning a vehicle. Not only owning a vehicle, but maintaining it, registering it and insuring it. A car can really take its toll on your bank account. This blog talks about the real expense of owning a car and what it shows might shock you.  But if you pay close attention to how much your vehicle costs, it can also represent an opportunity to buy and own your car the right way and save a lot of money each year. The problem is, you don’t always understand the complete costs of owning a vehicle. As mentioned above we have 4 major expenses; The initial down payment (or total cost of the vehicle) Finance costs – most p ... read more

3 Reasons you should think about going electric

3 Reasons you should think about going electric

Lets start with a blindingly obvious statement, pollution is getting out of hand and whilst it might not directly affect our lifetimes, it will have major implications on our future generations. Limiting CO2 emissions would be a step in the right direction for this world. Electric cars will by no means “save the world” alone, but it’s a start to helping address these pollution issues. Here we look at 3 great reasons you should really think about going electric on your next vehicle and help save the world!!! Reason 1 – Electric cars are becoming “cool” Not so long ago options to buy an electric car were what you could say, limited! Now, all the major car companies are investing heavily in electric car technology and that is leaving us (the buyer) with much cooler options to choose from. Electric cars like the ones you see here are now fun to look at, exciting and incredibly powerful. Pictured: Tesla P90D and its absurd ludicrous mod ... read more

Everything you need to know on Shocks and Struts.

Everything you need to know on Shocks and Struts.

You may or may not have seen our annual offer to do with replacing your shocks and struts for a special offer price during the two months of September and October. But what exactly are shocks and struts? And how do they help with your vehicle? And when should I be looking to replace them? Hopefully, this little piece will answer all your questions or at least educate you on the importance of this car maintenance issue. Lets start with the “WHAT” part. To put things in the simplest terms possible, shocks and struts help keep your vehicles tires in contact with the road. That sounds pretty important, right? They help make your ride more comfortable so there is less jumping around when travelling on these bumpy Arizona back roads and your ride is as smooth as possible. They are also key components in the safe handling of your vehicle. They maintain the vertical loads placed upon the tires that ensure the tires stay in constant contact with the road while helping to maintain a ... read more

Wilhelm Automotive in Ratchet + Wrench

Wilhelm Automotive in Ratchet + Wrench

  Wilhelm Automotive was again recently featured in well known auto magazine, Ratchet + Wrench. The feature gives an insight of what goes on behind closed doors in the Marketing department for all 7 of our locations.   It is  called, “Mindful marketing” and the whole article can be found on the link here: http://www.ratchetandwrench.com/RatchetWrench/September-2016/Mindful-Marketing/;   We here at Wilhelm Automotive are extremely proud to be featured in the nation's leading source for complete auto care coverage, and hope that the article provides some interesting insight to our business

Rewarding the Customer

Rewarding the Customer

  Want more from auto repair? We are read to REWARD you for your loyalty. Ever feel like the experience of getting your car repaired is only beneficial for one party? Here at Wilhelm its important we look to take care of our customers and great customer service has always been a core component of what we have built over the past 88 years of service. If you are a regular customer, you may have already received one of our Customer Rewards program packets. If not, next time you come into any of our stores, ask about all the benefits this program has for YOU. It is vitally important to build a relationship between a trusty repair shop and yourself. These guys are working on your vehicle a few times a year, which is vital to your daily life and getting where you need to be. Creating a relationship can be done in many ways. Building trust being the key factor. With this trust we want to our customers something back. That is why we partnered up with Pit Crew Rewards program to give our ... read more

Costly repairs and financing options

Costly repairs and financing options

Car maintenance and repairs can become costly over a long period of time, especially when you are dealing with multiple vehicles. What you have to remember is taking care of your vehicle correctly is like many other things in life. If you take good care of it, it will take good care of you. If you neglect regular maintenance issue and scheduled checkups, you may find yourself deeper out of pocket later down the line. What we often get asked here in stores is, is there an opportunity to finance the payments? Sure, many people do that anyway with their regular credit card. But have you ever wanted one that was specific to your car repair? Wilhelm has partnered with synchrony finance to give you the option to pay off your car repairs of over $199, interest free over a 6-month period (application must be accepted). Here are 3 advantages to you; Finance your immediate vehicles repair and maintenance bills and pay them back over an interest free 6-month period. Manage the costs easily on ... read more

The evolution of the electric vehicle

The evolution of the electric vehicle

It all seems to have happened so quickly. We are now on the verge of “self-driving” vehicles and electric car sales are significantly on the rise. One thing is for sure, the market is changing and technology and pollution issues are having a huge impact on how our vehicles run and also how they are repaired. According to one study in Norway, it is reported that all fuel-driven cars in the country will be banned by 2025. That is crazy to think about and while it seems pretty absurd right now, it is certainly not impossible. According to a report by the International Energy Agency, 2015 surpassed one million cars on the road with 1.26 million up and running. Just over 10 years ago, we were still measuring electric cars in hundreds. Here are a few key stats on hybrid vehicles you may not know from a study done by the University of Michigan; (Courtesy on Ratchet and Wrench) 80% of owners are over 50 years of age Just under 50% of owners have $100,000 yearly household incomes 80% are wo ... read more

Tips to help when buying a new or used vehicle

Buying a car can be a stressful experience. Car Salesman often have a reputation for ripping you off and are labeled as dishonest. Buying a car at the right time can really make a big impact on value for money can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. August or the end of the calendar year are both recognized as good months to make your purchase. But the truth of the matter is, a great deal can be found all throughout the calendar year if you use the following steps; Figure out what you want – Doesn’t have to be a “dream car” but its important to be happy with what you are driving every day. What car fits your lifestyle, desires and budget? But also a very important factor is flexibility. This may be the No. 1 rule in purchasing a car. Salespeople can usually spot buyers who have their hearts set on a specific model or “dream car.” Be open to a few options to keep them on their toes. Car buyers nowadays have the luxury of plenty of options with all kinds of makes and models ... read more

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