The original Zimmerman’s garage, opened by Norman L. Zimmerman in 1958, started on the corner of Route 15 and PA-114 (currently McDonald’s). The oldest of seven children, Norman had goals of providing a family income, offering a needed service to the community, and securing flexibility for his time - he also served as a volunteer pastor at a local church. The shop consisted of one bay and two gas pumps. Eventually, Norman enlisted the help of his father Paul Zimmerman Sr., and both men ran Zimmerman’s Automotive, with their houses located on the same plot of land as the business.
In the 1960’s, both Paul and Jay Zimmerman spent their high-school afternoons helping out at the shop. Paul and Jay’s daily duties included pumping gas, fixing cars, and working on all types of engines from lawn mowers to farm tractors. By the mid-70’s, both brothers would be working for the shop full-time.
The 70’s and 80’s saw lots of expansion for the Zimmerman’s family. The business moved in 1975 and saw three separate expansions in the mid-80’s alone. As the business grew in success and in reputation, more and more family members joined to help. Services expanded - and the community grew to depend on Zimmerman's for quality auto service and repair. Eventually, in the early 80’s, we began selling quality pre-owned vehicle as per request from customers, and have done so ever since.
With business continuing to expand over the decades, the current owners (Judith Walter, Jay Zimmerman, and Paul Zimmerman) discussed sticking together as business partners in the future. This decision eventually led to the groundbreaking of our current location in winter of 1999, which eventually opened in October, 2000. Our 20,000 sq. ft. facility is located at 2234 South Market Street and includes a 12-bay service shop, a 35-car auto sales lot, and a quick-lube oil change center.
Since 1958, we've grown and kept pace with ever-changing automotive technology. We've added services that will be real assets for our customers, but we've never changed the values in being a family-owned business. Trust, respect and integrity define how we do business.
Count on Zimmerman's for all of your automotive needs:
All with a friendly and knowledgeable staff! So come in for your next car need, and enjoy a cup of coffee, cookies, and even a place for the kids to play. At Zimmerman's Auto, we aim to make our customers a part of our family community.
Call us today or stop by. We're happy to be of service!
ZIMMERMAN OWNERSHIP TEAM
Jay M. Zimmerman
Paul M. Zimmerman, Jr.
Judith A. Zimmerman-Walter
Director of Operations
Assistant Service Manager
Rapid Lube Manager