About Us: American Wheel & Tire in Houston, Texas
Since 1985 American Wheel & Tire has had the same core values they have today. Take care of the customer first and exceed expectations. This outlook on business has made American Wheel & Tire the biggest single store in Houston and around the USA.
Our customer’s cars are part of their identity. So, that’s why we listen to our customer’s and strive to make their dreams come true. Thanks to our loyal customers who have allowed us to serve them from the beginning and referred their friends and families to us, we have been able to hold their trust for the past 35 years.
Our staff is second to none. We have over 150 years of combined experience in the aftermarket automotive business. Over half of our staff has been with us for over 10 years and some over 20 years. We value our team and we all strive to do whatever necessary to take care of all of our customers. We know that our reputation is what keeps people returning year after year.
We deal with the best brands in the business and hold our vendors accountable on warranties and making sure they always have our back. This allows us to provide quality products that stand the test of time.
We are a one stop shop. Our specialties are tires, wheels, lift kits, lowering, bedliners, truck and car accessories, leather interiors, custom painting, powder coating and full and partial wraps. We are good at it all!
Mike and Barbara Gust started the business in 1985 with 300 used tires. This mother and son duo made a great team. Mike would sell the tires and install them himself and Barbara would collect the money and visit with the customers while they waited.
The first location was on Hempstead Highway across the street from the Northwest Mall. They were sandwiched between Hempstead and the railroad tracks and believe me, you knew when the train was passing!
They stayed there until 1993 when they moved 400 yards down the street to a better location at 9550 Hempstead Highway directly behind Demeris BBQ. This served as home base for 19 years. In 2007 they purchased a 2.5 acre tract of land on Highway 290 and held onto it and planned and dreamed about everything they would want in a new store. That dream became a reality in June of 2012. It was exciting because they were able to build a building that fit their exact needs. Before they broke ground, Mike travelled to other major cities to look at other companies in the industry that had good businesses. If you ask him, he will tell you that he took a little from each store he visited and built the perfect building for us.
The store is almost 40,000 square feet with 7,000 square feet of showroom, 18 bays to work on customers cars, a huge warehouse to store inventory and other great areas that help the employee’s do what they need to do.
We all look back and ask how the time has passed so quickly but one thing is for sure, our customers, staff, vendors and our core values are what has brought us our success.
We hope you have enjoyed our story as much as we enjoyed telling it and invite you to come and see us. We look forward to welcoming you in to the AWT family.