Our Dealership Family started in the 1930's in West Brooklyn, Illinois as a garage and service station. We sold Pontiac, Dodge and Conoco fuels through Central Oil Company in Mendota, Illinois. Harry Schimmer established and operated in West Brooklyn until January 1942.

In January of 1942, we moved our service business to Mendota. By June of 1945, our dealership was moved to the corner of 6th Street and 6th Avenue in Mendota and operated as a Pontiac dealership and Standard Oil Station. Don Schimmer joined his father, Harry Schimmer, in full-time employment in June of 1947. Harry Schimmer, our long-time owner passed away in November of 1970.

In June of 1949, we moved once more to 1503 West Washington Street in Mendota. Don Schimmer was named Dealer Operator at just 21 years old in June of 1950. From 1958 to 1960, we sold Voxhaul automobiles in addition to Pontiac at the Washington Street location. Don Schimmer acquired both Buick and Oldsmobile franchises from Widmer & Sons in 1979 and subsequently acquiring the Chevrolet franchise from Harvestside Chevrolet in 1982.

Jeff Schimmer joined his father, Don Schimmer, full time at the dealership in June of 1984. Jeff Schimmer was named Dealer Operator in 1986 at just 22 years old. Dona Schimmer Scharff joined the dealership with Don and Jeff Schimmer in 1988. Don Schimmer, long-time dealership owner, passed away in October of 2008.

In 1989, Schimmer Chevrolet Buick established our current location at 1501 S 13th Avenue in Mendota, just south of town on Route 251. Here we built a brand new facility that would eventually become the heart of the four Schimmer dealerships owned and operated by Jeff Schimmer. The location's unique design was created by Jeff Schimmer with the assistance of Phalen Steel in Mendota.

Jeff Schimmer went on to purchase the Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership from Riverside Ford in Peru, Illinois in 1991. The Hyundai franchise was later added in 2001 and a brand new facility was built. Schimmer Ford Lincoln Hyundai, Inc., continues to operate at the corners of Shooting Park Road and Marquette Road in Peru.

In 2009, Jeff Schimmer acquired Valley Ford in Spring Valley, Illinois and named it Spring Valley Ford. An additional Ford dealership was added a few years later when Jeff Schimmer purchased R&R Ford in Mendota. Mendota Ford operates at the same location directly next to Schimmer Chevrolet Buick on Route 251.

In 2020, we expanded and undertook a substantial service expense to establish Schimmer Truck Center at the Schimmer Chevrolet Buick Mendota location. The addition of Schimmer Truck Center allows Schimmer Chevrolet to specialize in the complete sales, service, parts and upfits of Medium Duty trucks, vans, etc.

Belonging to a small community for such a long time means we absolutely must maintain the very best level of customer service around. We strive to provide only the finest experience out of respect for our employees, customers, families and community! Continuous operation of our Schimmer Dealeships since 1945 has provided us with 80 years' worth of knowledge, lessons and principles passed down from generation to generation.



What our recent customers say

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Brian Yeruski

2 days ago

From sales to service Schimmer Ford took good care of me. I would definitely buy from them again.

Ray Brandt

2 weeks ago

I thought the service was excellent and will come back.

Heidi Heuser

3 weeks ago

I knew exactly what it was looking for and Donnie and Garrett had one coming in and it was perfect.

George Seibert

1 month ago

Very good service and friendly people

Jamie Sevier

2 months ago

We had a great experience working with Spencer. He was quick to respond to my messages and was very knowledgeable. He made sure we had everything we needed. Overall all it was a pleasant...

Doug becker

3 months ago

Highly recommend Garrett at schimmer. He was an awesome salesman to work with. Not pushy at all and didn’t try to sell me anything other than what I told him I was looking for. He also didn’t bombard...

wayne sanders

5 months ago

Great job

Abigail Robertson

7 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

8 months ago

Quality service. Always friendly and professional.

Kalla Mahar

8 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

9 months ago

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

Jaclyn Boyd

10 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!

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-7pm
  • Tuesday 8:30am-7pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am-7pm
  • Thursday 8:30am-7pm
  • Friday 8:30am-6pm
  • Saturday 8:30am-4pm
  • Sunday Closed