When it comes to car lovers, there are different degrees of engagement. You have the individuals who know the make and models, appreciate great design, but they couldn’t tell you the difference between a socket wrench and an EGR valve. Then there are those that eat, breathe and sleep cars! Somehow that Car Guy automotive gene was inherited by Jeffrey “AJ” Wims at an early age. While other children longed for the latest Blues Clues DVD, AJ could be found snuggled up watching a Grave Digger Monster Truck DVD. While other children threw their Hot Wheels aimlessly under the bed or in closets, AJ kept his neatly in a carrying case. Although he owned hundreds of Hot Wheels he could tell you when you bought him one that he already had. His love for the automotive industry has intensified as he has matured, so much so that he has decided to become an Mechanical Engineer, designing cars for a manufacturer. He was given an assignment by his teacher at Takoma Academy to shadow someone in the field that he would like to enter. AJ wanted a taste of the automotive industry so he asked if he could come to King Buick GMC Mitsubishi for the day to shadow employees. He was able to work along with Aaron Powell in our Mitsubishi Service center, changing oil, rotating tires and even helping out on a vehicle diagnosis or two. The best part of AJ’s visit was being able to sit down with our GM Conrad Aschenbach, who happens to be an Engineer. Conrad’s passion for the industry goes beyond his knowledge of Engineering, he has held almost every position at his family’s dealership. So when he completed his Engineering degree and started his career, it was no surprise that he longed to be back on the showroom floor. He still puts his degree to good use as he customizes his Corvette along with other projects. Conrad advised AJ that he could use an Engineering degree for many purposes and also to be a successful designer, you need to know all the aspects of the automotive industry from retail to the factory. He also provided different academic clubs and organizations that would help AJ in reaching his goal of becoming an Engineer.
With how busy the automotive industry is, especially dealerships, you can imagine how hard it was to find a quiet moment to help a youngster map out his future. King Auto has been serving the community since 1928, and we never miss a chance to give a hand to those in our community especially when it comes to cars… because there are “Car Guys….and then there are Car Guys!”