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Meet Ammon Bundy of Valet Fleet Service

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ammon Bundy.

Valet Fleet Service started in the summer of 1998. Ammon (the owner) built a custom service unit with the latest equipment that allowed Ammon to service fleets onsite and in a very efficient way. He started servicing many local fleets and soon found that the fleet owners and managers needed assistance in tracking and maintaining their fleet services in order to keep the repair expenses down and keep the units reliably on the road. Ammon developed a system that proved to relieve the fleet managers of this duty, but keep them informed. The Program maintained the units in very good working condition at a low cost.

The fleet owners were so pleased with this work that they began to request other services. He first added simple repairs to the work scope. Then more complex services were added through the years. Now 20 years later, Valet Fleet Service has become the leader in fleet repair maintenance, technology and service. They currently have a team of around 15 people, multiple service trucks and a busy maintenance facility centered in the heart of the Phoenix industrial area with services covering the State of Arizona.

Ammon said; “I have been tempted to become a normal diesel repair shop many times in the past 20 years. There is good money in it; however, I find it much more fulfilling in helping the fleet owner by preventing repairs, rather than just making money on fixing the repairs. This has created a loyalty with the fleet owners and is the reason I take care of the same fleets now as I did when I first started”.

Ammon also says, “Valet Fleet Service started as a fleet preventive maintenance company and no matter how proficient we get at repairs, we will always be structured to prevent the repairs first”. Valet Fleet Service understands your needs and wants as a fleet owner or manager. They continually are looking for new ways to help their customers succeed. They believe that companies should work together in a way that all parties reach their goals and everyone wins.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Shortly after I started in 1998 we secured a large lumber supplier as my primary customer. In just a few years we found ourselves traveling around two states servicing fleet vehicles.

In early 2001 I was informed by the Director of Operations that this company had sold out to a holding company and that all the assets would be liquidated. Shortly after this announcement, 9-11 took place and the entire economy went stagnant. Left with very little work and companies frightened to make changes, my wife and I struggled for a couple of years. I knew that if I was going to stay in this business and profit I needed to get closer to larger fleets and adjust my business scope.

We eventually ended up in Laveen Arizona close to the industrial section of South Phoenix and enjoyed many years of success and prosperity. Then in 2014, I went to stand with my father on our 140 years old family ranch in Southern Nevada. Federal agencies were assembling to take my fathers cattle and destroy the historical watering system that kept the desert wildlife and cattle alive. Thousands of people came to the ranch and eventually, the 213 known armed federal agents left the area.

My business continued to profit but with the media interviews, political activity, groups asking me to speak, and development of our shop management software I became very distracted. In early 2016 I went to help another ranching family that was experiencing similar things as my family and we exposed what federal agents were doing to the ranching community on national television. This exposure resulted in federal agents retaliating against my family and arresting all the men in my family with the Bundy name.

During this time my customers were confused and even scared of what may happen to them if they continue to use my service. I lost almost all of my customers and went from around 25 employees to 3. My wonderful cousin and loyal employee help to manage what was left of my business until I was acquitted of all charges in early 2018. Now I am building my business again and enjoy the challenge of providing a superior fleet service to the good people companies located on the Phoenix area.

Please tell us about Valet Fleet Service.
We provide maintenance and repair services primarily on medium to heavy-duty fleet vehicles, forklifts, and heavy duty trailers. We create custom fleet preventive maintenance (PM) programs or ensure our customer’s existing PM programs are followed. We perform all PM services and repairs, track and maintain maintenance histories and provide a full array of maintenance & cost reports.

We provide engine diagnostics both computerized and mechanical. Complete engine rebuilds, transmission diagnostics & overhauls, all chassis repairs, as well as work body installs and repairs, custom fabrication and special application, along with paint and body services. Our shop is an ASE & DOT certified facility.

We help the fleet owner or manager with the arduous tasks of making sure the fleet is maintained properly, on time and stays compliant with DOT requirements. Our services are proven to minimize fleet expenses and downtime, which allows our customers to focus on their primary source of business and therefore increase revenue.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Each year my grandfather would load all his grandchildren up in the cattle truck and take us to a family reunion located on the Arizona strip. We would all load up with our camping gear and food and drive 3 hours in the back of the truck and stay on Mount Trumble camping for an entire week. My cousins and I grew very close because of this annual experience and we have very fond memories of the time we spent with grandpa and each other.

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4 Comments

  1. laylalee

    May 3, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Lasvegasnow did an article on the Bundy ranch on Nov 15, 2017. In it say that Ammon’s grandpa bought the ranch in 1948. It also says no Bundys lived in Bunkerville in 1930 or 1940, according to Census records for those years. So this publication might want to do some fact checking. Though Cliven Bundy’s mother Bodel and her parents, John and Christena Jensen, lived in neighboring Mesquite in the early 20th Century. The Bureau of Land Management was formed in 1946, 2 years before the Bundy’s bought the ranch. Fact check.

    • Edward

      August 1, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Check your facts – the Bundy ranch came through Cliven mother, her madian name was Jensen. The Bundy ranch was established in January 7, 1877. See details here https://youtu.be/GhNmZ2lWc9U

  2. Joaquin DeMoreta

    July 11, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Bundy Ranch Real Property Title Search, Certified Court Documents, Undeniable Evidence, Establish as follows:
    Bundy Ranch has, All Local Custom Vested Rights, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD FOREVER; vested grazing rights; accrued water rights, for mining, agricultural, manufacturing or other purposes, and rights to ditches and reservoirs used in connection with such water rights, recognized and acknowledge by local customs, laws, and decisions of courts; hereby granted filed and RECORDED Land Patent Number 523793 at request of Samuel W. Darling July 5, 1916 at 3 min. past 10 A.M. in Book 5 Deeds, Page 49, Clark County, Nevada Records.

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