Our Dealership company started in 1939 in West Brooklyn, Illinois as a garage & service station. It sold Pontiac & Dodge, along with Conoco fuels through Central Oil Company in Mendota. the Business was founded by Harry Schimmer & Operated until January 1942.
 
The service business was moved to Mendota in early 1942, In partnership with Jack Klinefelter. In June of 1945, the dealership was moved to the corner of Sixth Street & Sixth Avenue in Mendota & again operated as a Pontiac dealership & a Standard Oil gas station. Don Schimmer joined his father, Harry, in the dealership operation.
 
In June of 1949, the dealership was move to 1503 Washington Road in Mendota. In June of 1950, Don Schimmer became the operator of the business. From 1958 to 1960, the dealership sold Voxhaul automobiles in addition to Pontiacs at the Washington Rd location. In November of 1979, Schimmer's acquired the Buick & Oldsmobile franchises from Harvestside Chevrolet & combined the old Harvestside Chrevrolet building with the Pontiac/Olds/Buick operation.
 
In June of 1984, Jeff Schimmer joined his father in the dealership operation. in 1988, Dona Schimmer-Scharff also joined. In 1989, a new dealership location was established on Route 251 south of Mendota. 

In October 1991, our Peru dealership was added, selling Ford, Lincoln & Mercury vehicles. In 2001, Hyundai vehicles were added to the lineup. Valley Ford in Spring Valley was purchased by the Schimmer Group in 2001, becoming Spring Valley Ford, & R&R Ford in Mendota was purchased by the Group in 2012, becoming Mendota Ford.
 
Our dealerships put a specific focus on customer service: Being a part of a small community for so long means we absolutely must maintain the highest level of service, respect of our customers, & to make sure we provide a great experience, in every part of our operation!
 
That's why we want to say Thank You! to all our customers!










 



 


What our customers say

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Abigail Robertson

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2 months ago

I am very thankful that Schimmer’s Service team had to skill and commitment to fixing the issues with my vehicle. With that being said, I was a bit frustrated with the lack of communication when it...

Daniel Mercer

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2 months ago

Quality service. Always friendly and professional.

Kalla Mahar

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3 months ago

Garrett Peterson took great care of us. We went in to look a 1 specific car. My husband fell in love with it so it was easy, but we didn't feel pressured to buy it or anything else. He was upfront...

Dani “DaniWilla” Willa

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3 months ago

Wouldn’t go anywhere else! Schimmer FLM has been doing an amazing job for our whole family for 36 yrs 👍🏽

Jaclyn Boyd

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5 months ago

Mike S did an awesome job working on my Foxbody. Went above and beyond fixing her up! Can’t thank him and the Schimmer staff enough!

Ramona Borostowski

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5 months ago

Very happy with my purchase!! Great service and very professional!!

Kathy Hedrick

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5 months ago

They are always very professional and thorough. We live in WI and our Lincoln dealer there does not sell Lincoln any longer. Schimmer is our new dealer!

Sandy Kuchar

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6 months ago

Went for an oil change, and left with a detailed print out of upcoming needs and estimates. Everything was explained as far as immediate vs. future needs for my car....very happy.

Kathye Brock-Wrobleski

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6 months ago

Very friendly staff when I took my car in for an oil change and tire rotation and very fast service!

Doug Jackson

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6 months ago

Great service as always, thanks!

Dee Butler

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6 months ago

Very efficient, always cordial and friendly!

Contact Info

Schimmer Ford

911 Shooting Park Road
Directions Peru, IL 61354

  • Sales: 855-965-1554
  • Service: 855-997-2195
  • Parts: 855-997-2195

Showroom Hours

  • Monday 8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Thursday 8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Friday 8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday Closed