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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

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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 sites such ... 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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Third Annual Singleton Mom’s Charity Gold Event a Success!

Third Annual Singleton Mom’s Charity Gold Event a Success!

Blackstone Country Club hosted their Third Annual Singleton Moms Charity Golf Tournament at 9 a.m., April 15, an event to raise funds for local single parents who are battling cancer. Singleton Moms was founded in 2006 by two Valley women who watched their childhood friend, Michelle Singleton, succumb to cancer. The non-profit organization is dedicated to bringing hope, help and support to struggling single parents in Maricopa County who are fighting the disease. Wilhelm sold wiper blades and raised $350 for the cause and also sponsored a hole. Attached is a picture of Jim and Dillon at the course. Congratulations to everybody involved in a great day

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Car Care: Lexus battery keeps dying

I have a Lexus that is 6 years-old and we installed fifth battery last month after thorough check of electrical system as arranged by Lexus. Batteries last 12-15 months and after 3rd Lexus battery, I checked four other suppliers and they all recommended 15-20 higher cranking power. The dealer wanted to put in another Lexus battery, but I objected so he paid for Sears Die Hard. The dealer told me we didn’t drive enough and suggested using battery tender. I bought one and used it 2-3 times a month. Last month regular servicing mechanic said it had to be replaced immediately, so Sears put in the fifth battery. This is a second car and drives 500-600 miles a month. Finally, the question–is it reasonably accurate that source of problem is car needs to be driven more and what annual mileage should do the job? With all the keep alive memory and accessories on this vehicle, I could see a battery issue from lack of use, which would require more frequent replacemen ... read more

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