I was born and raised in Holland. By the age of 21 I had accumulated every conceivable certification that was available at the time for the automotive industry. I worked as a service adviser for Peugeot when I was 20 and later worked at a Chevrolet/Oldsmobile dealership, including a 2 year period serving in the army. Arriving in Canada, I worked for a Nissan dealership as a service adviser and then another Chevrolet/Oldsmobile dealership. Later I joined an independent BP station as a mechanic before opening Vanderheyden’s Garage in 1974 on Bloor Street.
I saw the desperate need for a garage where people could go to get good quality work done. Today not much has changed. I have fun with my customers and the staff. We all joke around and treat customers like family. We are continuously learning to keep up with the changes occurring in modern day vehicles. After 34 years in business, I can’t emphasize enough to people who come in today; doing the job once the RIGHT WAY is always less expensive than getting it done twice for less money the wrong way. They’re really is no such thing as a good deal, only great value for the money!