About Us - The Auto Guys

The Auto Guys

about 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.

Nic Ramsey

Service Advisor

Nic is a lifelong St. Thomas resident who graduated from Parkside Collegiate Institute. He has over 5 year’s experience working in the automotive industry and knows his way around vehicles. His passion for cars and helping people, enables him to turn it into an experience that leaves the customer feeling confident and respected. Nic has been racing cars since he was 6 years old, with almost 50 wins and multiple track championships to his name. This year, 2022, will be Nic’s 17 season and is very excited to be racing his #07 Super Stock at Delaware Raceway.

Chris Brown

Licensed Technician

I have been in the auto industry for 10 years, 6 of them as a licensed technician. What started my interest in auto mechanics was working on family vehicles and small projects in the shop with my father. I found it to be such an interesting field that it turned from a passion to a career. In my free time, I enjoy going camping and travelling in Northern Ontario with my family.

Steve Stadnik

Licensed Technician

Steve is a class A licensed technician with 20 years of experience in the automotive trade. He is meticulous in his work and enjoys the challenges of diagnosing tough electrical problems. Steve enjoys reading anything related to the automotive industry and takes training courses on a continuous basis.

Vishwas Dobariya

Registered Apprentice

Vishwas immigrated to Canada from India with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. His career in the automotive industry started in India and he brought his transferrable skills and experience to Canada in search of a new path. He has a passion for cars, graduated from the Motive Power Technician program at Fanshawe College and is a registered apprentice. Vishwas recently married and he and his wife are busy setting up their new home together.

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.