Wicked Diesel was founded in 2014 by a Ford Master Certified technician who saw the need for a dealership alternative that provided the same or better service in a timely manner at a competitive price. Our mission is to provide the residents of Bedford, Virginia and surrounding communities with unparalleled diesel-automotive repair & maintenance expertise. We take pride in being small enough to know you by name but large enough to serve the diesel automotive needs of our region. Fortunately, our customers have solidified our confidence as a true alternative to dealership service which has allowed us to become the area’s premier diesel service and repair facility. Give us a call or stop by our shop to make an appointment and meet our team!
Click the 'play' button below to listen to a local radio interview with Josh and Kara!
Josh Weeks, Owner. Josh is the founder of Wicked Diesel with over 16 years experience in the automotive world. Born & raised here in Bedford, VA, he is well known in our area and has built a name for himself by always going above and beyond to make sure every customer is taken care of and receives top notch service. He successfully graduated from the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, NC in 2006, completed the Ford F.A.C.T. training program, and became a master certified technician. While he oversees our operations and growth, you will still find him turning wrenches in the shop or on the phone speaking with customers. When he is not at work, he enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time with his wife and children. We are thankful for his vision and leadership for the future of our company!
Trevor Kendrick, Technician. Trevor has been with Wicked Diesel since our conception and is Josh's right-hand man in the shop. With nearly 10 years of automotive experience, he has also earned certifications with Ford and Isuzu. Trevor is a native of Moneta, VA and enjoys riding motorcycles and working on his personal cars and trucks in his spare time. We are lucky to have him on our team with his knowledge, training and expertise!
Jayme Elswick, Technician. Jayme has been a part of the automotive world for 10 years and has been a member of our team since 2017. He's always willing to lend a hand to his co-workers and stay well past closing time to get a job done. Born and raised in Moneta, VA, he enjoys fishing, farming, riding motorcycles, dirt bikes, and spending time with his wife in his time off. We are fortunate to have Jayme and his dedication as part of our team!
Derek Ashworth, Technician. Derek is a recent graduate of Staunton River High School and BSTC's Automotive Program. He initially began working at Wicked Diesel as an intern and officially joined our team immediately following graduation. Derek is quick to learn and has already proven himself a valuable team member with a great work ethic. Derek enjoys spending time with family and restoring vehicles when he is not at work.
Mitch Kankiewicz, Technician. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Mitch earned his degree in Diesel Studies as well as a degree in Business Science from the University of North Western Ohio. As our newest team member, he comes to us with over 7 years of diesel experience. He also has a background as an experienced heavy equipment technician. Like his co-workers, he also enjoys riding motorcycles in his leisure time. We are proud to have him as a part of our Wicked Diesel crew who will tackle any job big or small!
Karl Hedrick, Service Advisor & Shop Foreman. Karl has over 16 years in the automotive industry and is also master parts certified. Although Karl has only recently joined our team, he has worked closely with us since the early days of business as our "go-to" service and parts guy. He enjoys hunting, fishing, motorcycles, and making memories with his wife and daughter. We are excited to have him as a team member along with the knowledge and customer service he brings!
Kara Sullivan, Office Manager. Kara has been with us since 2017 and brings with her over 10 years of management and customer service experience. When you walk through our doors, customers are greeted with a smile and offered assistance by Kara. She handles all of our bookkeeping and day to day operations to ensure we are on track and the company is running smoothly. Originally from Hagerstown, MD she currently resides in Lynchburg, VA with her husband. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, watching movies and traveling. We are thankful to have her on our team as we continue to grow!