Michael began working for his parents when they bought Cars Automotive & Muffler in 1979. He took over the business when his parents retired in 1992. Since taking over, Michael has overseen many changes at Cars Automotive & Muffler, especially when he expanded the business into a full automotive repair facility in 1994. He is always seeking improvement within his business and takes pride in how the shop has grown. Michael enjoys scouting with his sons, boating, water skiing, riding his desert toys, but everyone who knows him, knows that making everything clean is his favorite hobby.
Gilda left the diamond & fine jewelry industry after 16 years and jumped into the Automotive Industry working at Edelbrock Corporation in 1997. Gilda joined Cars Automotive & Muffler full time in 1999, but after her sons were born in 2000, raising identical twins with autism took her away from Cars Automotive & Muffler. By 2005 Gilda was back in full swing, and can now be found running around at Cars Automotive & Muffler doing just about everything except she leaves the mechanic work to the rest of the team. Gilda loves to volunteer and has given much of her spare time to PTA, Rotary, Friendship Circle, El Segundo Education Foundation, & many Autism organizations. When not volunteering, Gilda loves to spend time with her family, friends, BBQs and enjoys traveling with Michael, Brent & Troy.
ASE Master Technician / General Manager
Michelle has been a valued Cars Automotive & Muffler employee since September 2020. Michelle began as a technicians apprentice at a small shop in her hometown of Mesa, AZ at the age of 15. She won the award for Top Student Technician for the state of Arizona in 2001. She then went to UTI followed by Mercedes Benz ELITE, and soon began her career as a technician for the brand. She became an ASE Master Technician in 2006. She later changed direction, and began as a Service Writer where she loves to educate her customers on their vehicles. She loves to spend time with her cat Kiwi, and likes to crochet, and embroider in her spare time.
ASE Master Technician
Richard has been a valued Cars Automotive & Muffler employee since 1999. Started in the automotive industry at the age 16 years old, received his ASE Master Technician certifications at the age of 20 years old. He holds brake, lamp & smog certifications and in the industry for 39 years. When not working on cars he enjoys music, reading, hiking, and servicing in ministry at his church. He is a devoted family man, married for over 34 years and enjoys spending time with their daughter and his son when is in town on leave from the Marine Corp.
Arturo has been a valued Cars Automotive & Muffler employee since 2008. He began selling auto parts in Mexico at the young age of 14. In 1999 he began working as a technician and hold ASE certificates in brakes & air condition and takes pride in providing the best service to our customers. In his spare time he enjoy helping others by living a healthy lifestyle with Amway. He enjoys spending time with Rosa his wife and 3 beautiful girls, he may be out numbered at home but they are his pride and joy.
Art has been a valued Cars Automotive & Muffler employee since 2016. Art first began selling parts to the retail and began working as a technician in 1999. He holds an ASE certificate in air conditioning and brakes and prides his work in these two areas. If not working on cars he love music and DJs on the weekends for family and friends. He loves to BBQ and you find him at the shop feeding the team on most Saturdays. But most of all, he loves the time he spends with his daughter.
Armando has been a valued Cars Automotive & Muffler employee since 2018. Armando first began working as a technician in 1993. Armando is our exhaust specialist and holds several other ASE certifications and takes pride in his work. If not working on cars he loves to go see rodeos with his wife and is always up for a good BBQ with his family and friends.
BRENT AND TROY DYCKMAN
The Next Generation
Michael & Gilda’s identical twins born into the Automotive Industry. Brent & Troy are looking forward to attending SCROC in the Fall of 2019 when they finish up at El Segundo High School. They are anxious to prepare for the automotive industry and helping out with the family business. They have the love of hot rods and both love to ride quads and dune buggies in the desert.