Kyle Wenzel is the service manager for Wenzel's Automotive Service & Tire Center located at 1101 Sheridan Road in Winthrop Harbor. But it all started 60 years back in 1955, with his grandfather, Joseph Wenzel. That is the year that Joseph opened Wenzel's Automotive & Gas in Waukegan (2503 Washington Street). He had 9 children and Kevin (Kyle's dad) was one of them.
Kevin took over operations in 1985. Wenzel's doesn't sell gas anymore, but they have a complete auto maintenance and repair service. Kevin opened another shop in the Harbor in 2001. Kyle at 12 years old did whatever he could to help out, and at age 16 worked as a mechanic after school, from 3-5.
Kyle went to WYO Tech in 2006 and in 2007 participated in the elite BMW Step Program. He graduated at the top of his class, achieving master status. Kyle is now BMW Master certified as well as ASE Certified. In 2010, Kyle became service manager of the shop in Winthrop Harbor, while his dad, Kevin, continued taking care of the Waukegan shop. Both currently reside in Winthrop Harbor.
Certifications line the wall of the shop. Kyle said, "I strive to be the best at what I do. I take pride in fixing what other shops can't." They have a 24 month warranty on all their services. If there is ever a problem, just talk to Kyle... he'll take care of you! Come in and say hi and help celebrate their 60 year anniversary! Don't forget to take advantage of this month's specials! (See coupon in this month's issue.)