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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

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 sites such ... read more

Car Care: Transmission flush just a start on diagnosis

Car Care: Transmission flush just a start on diagnosis

The Questions and Answers below are from a recent article published in The Republican. Chris Garman is the President of Wilhelm Automotive. Question: I just purchased a used 2004 Buick Century with just about 49,000 miles. Car was inspected and runs well, except after about half-hour in the car. At that point, it begins to shift into gear harder, and lurches a bit. I took it in and had a transmission fluid flush, but unfortunately that did not seem to help at all. What could the problem be and what is the best thing to donext? Answer: The transmission flush was a good idea based on your issues and its recommended by some manufacturers every 50,000 miles. Like all automotive fluids, the transmission fluids can deteriorate over time, especially when driven in rougher conditions such as frequent stop and go city driving. The fluid may be red or brown, but darker colors can indicate the fluid is deteriorated and a burned odor will tell the mechanic there may be more serious transmissio ... read more

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