LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Need your car details? TILIO in Lafayette can help you.
“The business itself started out under a completely different name and I didn’t feel like it was successful,” said 23-year-old owner Zachary Wilkins. “I didn’t think it was a name that would last.”
Wilkins changed the company name to TILIO. It’s an acronym that stands for “treat it like it’s our own”.
Born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC, Zachary has always had a passion for cars. He said his family moved all over the place for years before settling in Lafayette when he was 11, but Zachary’s rise wasn’t easy.
“We bounced around in different cities, eventually I ended up in foster care at 16 and got older,” Wilkins said. “Once I got older I slowed down, I knew I had a lot to learn.”
Detailing cars started as a hobby, Zachary said, a hobby that grew through networking.
“I opened this business when I was 21,” Wilkins said. “It was April 2020, so it was right when the pandemic hit. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy for me, but at the end of the day, there are a lot of other people who don’t. don’t give up, so I know I can’t, like I said, it started off slow cleaning cars for people I knew.”
Through these connections, he was able to secure a 2,000 square foot space in Lafayette that offers a variety of services.
“Now we do a lot of different forms of detailing, from simple car washes to full paint fixes, wet sanding, ceramic coatings, all that good stuff,” Wilkins said. “We do alternator replacements, we will do water pumps, we can do cam swaps, engine swaps. It really depends on what the customer needs to do and if we think it’s something. something we feel comfortable doing.”
Zachary goes on to say that with the help of the community, friends and his team, he was able to accomplish so much in such a short time.
“It really means a lot that people keep coming in and keeping us in business just to help us stay in business,” Wilkins said.
-and his message to other young people?
“Don’t stop, don’t stop,” Wilkins said. “Keep going, no matter what comes your way, you’re going to have a lot on your way depending on how high your goals are, but if you keep going, no matter if it takes a year or ten, you’re going to get where you want to be.”
Zachary is also a videographer, filming commercials, promotions, taking professional photos for businesses and more.
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