Jim Van Dyke’s Automotive Center, located at 2247 Us Highway 22 SW in Washington Court House, is celebrating 20 years in business tomorrow.
The business opened its doors at 1157 Columbus Ave. on Monday, Feb. 5, 2001 with only three employees: Jim Van Dyke and sons Raymond Van Dyke and Dustin Roberts. The business grew from day one and additional technicians were added quickly.
Today, they have a team of five technicians, a service writer, a customer service representative, along with Jim, Merleen and Ray Van Dyke, who share in the management of the daily operations.
In less than four years in business, Jim Van Dyke realized the business had outgrown the rented building on Columbus Avenue and in order to expand, he purchased land on US 22 just west of town and had a new shop built. The business moved to its new building and opened for business on Monday, Oct. 31, 2005.
Providing great customer service has been a top priority. The business has always offered shuttle service, loaner vehicles, pick-up and delivery, and a key drop box to make their service and repair convenient. These services are even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staying up to date with new technology has always been a top priority of Jim Van Dyke’s Automotive Center. Today’s vehicles have numerous computer systems that can be a challenge when they present a problem. Training and testing are important to keep his technicians up to date. Jim, Raymond, and technician, Brad Rowland, are all ASE Certified Master Technicians while the other technicians and service writer, Shawn Hickok, are also certified.
Jim Van Dyke’s Automotive Center handles all automotive service and repair needs and also sells tires. Currently, they are a TOYO tire dealer but can sell all brands. They handle everything automotive from an oil change to an engine replacement and work on all makes and models.
Getting to know their customers and staying involved in the community is important to Jim Van Dyke’s. For 20 years, the business has supported all local schools, community events, and many non-profit organizations. Giving back is a priority and they plan on continuing this business model.
The Van Dyke’s wish to thank all customers for continuing to support their business.