The Auto Guys

about the auto guys

Located in St. Thomas Ontario, The Auto Guys is owned and operated by Bob Ward & Lynda Groom. Our automotive service goal is to provide each customer the highest quality, honest and affordable auto repairs and services that their car, truck or SUV needs.

Our reputation has been built one satisfied customer at a time. We look forward to helping you with your automotive maintenance, repair and service needs to keep your car, truck or SUV safe & reliable on the road.

Our Mission is to provide the public with a quality alternative to replacing their existing vehicles.

At St. Thomas Auto Guys, we provide high quality auto repairs and superior customer service. The heart of our organization is to gain trust and exceed customer expectations. We continue to strive to be a leading example in the automotive repair industry. Giving customer’s quality service is our best form of advertising.

Meet the team

Big company experience. Small company feel.

Bob Ward


Bob graduated from UWO and Fanshawe College. He is a licenced Class A technician with Interprovincial Seal. Bob has been offering complete auto service in St. Thomas for over 20 years. He began as a Midas dealer and opened the Auto Guys in 2011 at the South Edgeware Road location. Bob is a member of the St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the St. Thomas Optimist Club. In his spare time he enjoys golf, fishing and classic cars.

Lynda Groom


Lynda has more than 25 years of customer service experience in both the public sector and working part-time in the automotive repair business. Lynda is a graduate from Fanshawe College’s Business program in such courses as computers, marketing, bookkeeping and human resources. When Lynda and Bob decided to start their own auto repair business, Lynda’s main focus was to create a comfortable atmosphere for women in a male dominated field. She wanted a place where women will find service professionals they can communicate with and that is exactly what you will find every time you visit the Auto Guys.

Matt Mitchell


Matt is a class A licensed technician with over 13 years of experience in advanced diagnostics. He has been a strong, contributing member of our team for over 10 years. Matt has won several top student awards in his field. Matt has recently become outnumbered at home, due the new arrival of his baby girl. His years of leaving the toilet seat up are now gone.  Matt enjoys his passion for riding motorcycles with his friends and dirt biking with his wife. When it’s too cold to ride, the couple spends their time renovating their home.

Matt Hertwig

Service Technician

Matt has recently finished his last term as an apprentice technician. He is eager to write the exam for his red seal certification as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Matt has 6 years experience in the trade and enjoys working on diesel engines. Matt specializes in complete engine/transmission removal and replacements. When Matt is not at work, you can usually find him at home in his own garage working on many different projects. Matt enjoys any activity that includes a motor, some dirt, and the odd swamp.

Dave Marks


Dave is an apprentice who is eager to learn and further himself in the automotive trade. He graduated from the Motive Power Technician program at St. Clair College in Windsor Ontario. When not at work, Dave is at home working on home renovations and spending time with his wife, son and two dogs. Dave is a farm boy at heart and spends a lot of time helping his father at the family farm.

The Dealer Alternative

Why would you choose to come to The Auto Guys, rather than the dealership?

1. We are faster and more convenient.

We don’t have those long lines at check-in. It is easier to get in and out of our shop and there is always someone available to help you and who knows you.

2. Talk to the people that know about your service.

We will take the time to answer any questions, while showing you the failed components on your car.

3. Complimentary shuttle service without the wait!

Come in for your appointment and one of our shuttle drivers will quickly take you to the office or home.

4. Manufacturer’s parts or better!

We are very picky about the parts we use for your car. We use only OEM or OEM equivalent or BETTER! This means you can depend on your car once we do the service or repair.