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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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How can you find a trustworthy auto repair shop?

The problem with an auto repair shop is it is often like going to the dentist. Nobody really wants to be there, but everybody knows it is a necessity. Treating your car right is vital in today’s world and maintaining it is the hardest part. The biggest part of that is finding a great mechanic you can TRUST and somebody who is not going to take advantage of you. You are looking to build a relationship with a company you can put faith in to handle your automotive problems. Here are 3 of the best tips that can help you when you are looking for the right shop to fix your vehicle correctly, with no issues; 1) CHECK ONLINE REVIEWS – Before you go into a shop for the first time, it is important to do your research. With the Internet you can find a lot of information on companies and get feedback from people who have already been there. These are people just like you with an unbiased opinion on their experience in the shops. These can be found all over the Internet. Mainly review ... read more

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Checkout Wilhelm Automotive in Motor Age

Checkout Wilhelm Automotive in Motor Age

Shop Profile: Destiny Destination “I didn’t want to have anything to do with it,” maintains Chris Garman, even though he ‘s co-owner of the Wilhelm Automotive chain of service centers in metropolitan Phoenix. “I wanted to be so far away when I was a kid it wasn’t even funny.”  Started in 1928 by Joe Wilhelm, Garman’s grandparents took over in 1978 what was then a single shop in Peoria. They had five sons, all of whom participated in the business; by 1988 Garman’s father began the process of expansion when he opened a second store. “On the weekends I’d go up to the shop and I would do anything and everything I could do not to actually touch a car,” Garman recollects. “I’d have to pull weeds, sweep and clean up.” But Garman was destined for the industry. “I was off at college when my uncle Thom approached me in 2000 with an opportunity to work for the family business and go to school ... read more

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November Is Military Appreciation Month at Wilhelm Automotive

November Is Military Appreciation Month at Wilhelm Automotive

NOVEMBER IS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH AT WILHELM AUTOMOTIVE Peoria, Ariz.—Wilhelm Automotive, a family owned and operated auto repair business, will host Military Appreciation month at all seven of their Valley locations. Customers are invited to support the effort with a donation drive for Packages From Home, a non profit group whose goal is to provide food, personal care and recreational items to deployed American troops. Wilhelm Automotive is a designated Packages From Home donation site and welcomes customers to bring requested items to any of their seven locations during the month of the November. All items will be donated to support Packages From Home. Currently, the most needed and requested items include: HYGIENE Foot or body powder - @ Dollar Store Toilet paper Eye drops - @ Dollar store Tee shirts Boxer shorts - med , large, X L FOOD Single drink mix ( Crystal Lite, Wylers) Pop tarts ... read more

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Idle or Turn The Car Off, He Said She Said

I think it’s better for my gas mileage to idle my car while stuck in traffic or at a longer stop. My wife says it’s more ‘green’ to just turn off the car. It seems far less efficient to me to restart the car every time. Who’s right? Back in the old days, cars did use a large amount of fuel to start up, but these days your car is far more efficient. Cars today use electronic fuel injectors to control the amount of gas delivered to your engine when you turn the car on. Because of that, you waste very little, if any, fuel. That being said, if you’re going to be at a stop for more than 10 seconds or so, it is better to turn off the car. But bear it in mind it is illegal in most states to turn off your car at stop light, and it’s also dangerous as it increases the odds you’ll be rear-ended. It’s estimated that shutting off your car if you are idling more than 10 seconds daily can save up to about $34 dollars in fuel spending per year. It’s also better for the ... read more

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Wilhelm’s Seventh Store To Celebrate Grand Opening!

Wilhelm’s Seventh Store To Celebrate Grand Opening!

WILHELM AUTOMOTIVE CELEBRATES SECOND FRANCHISE LOCATION Phoenix Store Grand Opening Set For October 22Phoenix, Ariz.–Wilhelm Automotive, a family owned and operated auto repair business, has opened a second franchise location at 52nd Street and Thomas Rd. in Phoenix and has scheduled a grand opening celebration for October 22, 2013. A formal ribbon cutting is planned for 10 a.m. with a public celebration to follow until 1 p.m. Wilhelm Automotive is Arizona’s oldest auto repair shop, and opened its first location 85 years ago in Peoria, Ariz. Since then, four more shops in Surprise, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tatum Ranch have opened. Their first franchise location in the Scottsdale Airpark opened at the beginning of this year. The Thomas store will be their seventh location and their first in Phoenix. “We have followed a successful business model for 85 years, which, in part, is to put the satisfaction of our loyal cust ... read more

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Join The Fight To Wipe Out Cancer!

Join The Fight To Wipe Out Cancer!

For the second year, Wilhelm Automotive will join the fight to ‘Wipe Out Breast Cancer’ with a unique pink wiper blade campaign throughout the month of October. The manufacturer of the blades, AutoTex Pink, donates a portion of the proceeds from sales to breast cancer research, and Wilhelm Automotive has also committed to donate $5 of each sale of the Pink wiper blades to support John C. Lincoln’s Breast Cancer Breast Health and Research Center’s family support and outreach programs. “This is an easy and affordable way for Wilhelm automotive customers to support Breast Cancer Awareness, and in particular, programs right here in the Valley that offers assistance to those dealing with a family member affected by breast cancer,” said Wilhelm President Chris Garman. Wilhelm is pleased to again support the efforts of John C. Lincoln’s Breast Cancer Health and Research Center. The Center offers a variety of free support groups to those affected by breast ca ... read more

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Your Car Care Questions Answered!

My car was diagnosed some months ago to a leak in the A/C compressor. The vehicle has been driven due to cooler weather without the use of A/C. Vehicle was recently serviced for Lube and Oil change by different automotive facility and was told that the repair needed to be done immediately or parts within the compressor will come loose and damage the engine. Is it safe to drive the vehicle with no A/C for two or three more weeks as I do not have funds available at present. What kind of expense can I anticipate? The Ford has been serviced by a dealership and recently at another repair shop in Sun City. At ‘quick lube’ type place, I was told of the A/C compressor leak last October, and that I could take my time getting it repaired as long as the A/C was not used. At the other auto repair shop, however, I was told this needed to be replaced immediately. If it’s just a leak in the compressor and you don’t turn the A/C on, it shouldn’t be a problem. Howev ... read more

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Wilhelm Opens up 7th Shop in Phoenix, AZ

Wilhelm Opens up 7th Shop in Phoenix, AZ

Wilhelm Automotive, a family owned and operated auto repair business, is nearly ready to open the doors on its seventh store and second franchise location at 52nd Street and Thomas in Phoenix. The Phoenix auto repair location will be open on June 3, 2103, and a Grand Opening is planned for early fall. Wilhelm opened its first franchise location in the Scottsdale Airpark at the beginning of 2013. Wilhelm Automotive is Arizona’s oldest auto repair shop, and opened its first location in 1928 in Peoria, Ariz., and is celebrating 85 years of business this year. Since then, five more shops in Surprise, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Tatum Ranch and Scottsdale Airpark have opened. Wilhelm Opens Second Franchise “We have followed a successful business model for 85 years, which, in part, is to put the satisfaction of our loyal customers first. Our first franchise in the Scottsdale Airpark has been very well received by the community and we look forward to int ... read more

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May A/C Special

May A/C Special

It’s heating up out there! Get your air conditioning system inspected this month before the triple digits are here to stay! A/C Performance Test - Only $19.28 Most vehicles. Please present this offer. Refrigerant extra. Expires on 5/31/13. Cannot be combined with any other offer

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