In 1971, Ed’s Garage opened for business in Sonoma, CA as a one-bay shop with Ed Ristad working on VW Bugs. William Murray came on as a managing partner in 1985, with a 14-year background in construction as a carpenter and general contractor. In his new role, William designed and helped facilitate an addition to the garage, enlarging it to eight bays and five lifts. This expansion made Ed’s Garage the largest independent auto repair facility in the Sonoma Valley.
William transitioned quickly into the automotive repair industry, becoming a master mechanic, diagnostician, and service advisor. In 1995, he took over ownership of the business and changed the name to Ed & William’s Garage. Then, after purchasing the property in 2008, the business became William’s Auto Care. To date, William’s Auto Care continues to be the largest and oldest auto repair shop in the Sonoma Valley, carrying forward a long tradition of impeccable customer service and strong community involvement.
Over the last 45 years a lot of friends, family, and previous employees have taken part in the development of the garage, making William's Auto Care what it is today.
“All my life, I have been taking things apart to find out how they work, and putting them back together. Problem-solving is fun for me, and I find great satisfaction in figuring out how to make something perform in the best way possible, whether it’s remodeling a building or repairing a car. But my greatest joy is turning out a clean, finished product that I—and the person enlisting my services—can be proud of.
“I love working in the Sonoma Valley, and many longstanding customers have become my friends. I truly look forward to going to work each day to see people I’ve known for years and to meet people new to the shop.”
A math major, who is licensed in many fields other than auto repair, is also a mother of two. Monica enjoys spending time with her teenage daughter helping her to prepare for pageant events. She also likes bright shiny things.
Grisel comes to us with a passion for positivity and learning with more than half a decade of experience in the auto parts industry. She enjoys salsa dancing and spending time with her mother, son and daughter.
As a Certified Auto Technician and Smog Technician, Steve has over 40 years of experience in the automotive industry and has worked in dealerships, conducted trainings and has experience running his own shop. He has been with us for over 20 years now. During his time in Vietnam while in the Navy, Steve enjoyed scuba diving. His passion for scuba diving is reflected during his travels with his lovely wife, Margarita. Steve is a loving father of three daughters. He also enjoys volunteer work with the youth in YMCA.
Polo started with us when he was in High School and has become our Lead Technician, managing our team of technicians and 6 bays. Polo enjoys welding, spending time with his nephew and attending car shows as well as helping the community.
Oscar, who is a father of three children, is an excellent and gifted technician who has been with us for several years now. He is very popular at the Sonoma and Glen Ellen market before coming over to us. We are so lucky to have found him. While he was growing up, he enjoyed playing soccer.
A recent graduate of Sonoma Valley high, Ozzy loves to learn and work on cars especially Mazda rotary engines. He's a DJ and loves music and volunteers at La Luz.
Juan's dedication to responsibility, proper process and learning make him an excellent member of the William's Auto Care team. He enjoys cooking and spending time with his two children.
As an up-and-coming technician and recent High School Graduate, Josue is currently working on his Automotive Technology Certification at the Santa Rosa Junior College. In his free time Josue enjoys playing basketball.