195 N Main St Cedar Springs, MI 49319 616-401-3570
4500 Remembrance Rd NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-896-5227

Meet the Staff of InstaCar

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Gary Walters - General Manager/ Managing Partner

616-896-5227 - gary@myinstacar.com

I have been in the Car business for 38 years with over 25 years of experience helping people rebuild and build their credit through a proven 3 step process. I have always enjoyed seeing people go from thinking they have no chance of getting a loan to 2-3 vehicles down the road buying their dream vehicle. They are then financially free of High interest rate and difficult terms. I have a unique following. I have been known as the Walking Man's friend! I am now taking this throughout the West Michigan market and would love an opportunity to help you and your family with either a custom auto loan or even a custom Jeep or Truck to your specifications. We will help you with confidence in a relaxed environment at one of our Three locations. I will help you get a dream in your driveway!


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Gerry Christiaans - Store Manager: Grand Rapids

616-896-5227 - gerry@myinstacar.com

I have an extensive background in finance, and have been in automotive management for 26 years. I am a lifelong resident of Holland, MI! I have three children (Nicolas, Macy and Sydney) and two pets (Dojo the Chihuahua & Siva the Calico Cat). I graduated with a BBA from Western Michigan University. My life focuses on faith, family and friends. Beyond that, I enjoy working out, dining local, Detroit Tigers and Lions games, and being by the lake.


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Brent Pickle - Store Manager: Cedar Springs

616-401-3570 - brent@myinstacar.com

I have been working in the car business since 1999. I like to laugh and spend time with my wife and two daughters. I love America, eating apple pie, big dogs, and biking.


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Mario Villanueva - Sales & Finance: Grand Rapids

616-896-8557 - mario@myinstacar.com

Born and raised in Chicago Il, I started selling cars at age 17. I am now 34 years old and have been in the business for 17years. I moved to Grand Rapids Mi 7 years ago. and love this city. I specialize in helping people establish and re-establish credit. I have worn the hat of many positions in the automotive industry such as , internet marketing, sales management, sales, and subprime finance manager. I believe in treating each and every client the same and going above and beyond. I'm also bi-lingual ( English and Spanish). I'm currently married to my wife Alexsondra and we have three beautiful children together, Taz, Roxane, and Caiden. We also have a coon hound and beagle dog named Ashur. I enjoy helping others and giving back to the community, sports, fishing and hunting. My joy comes from God and hanging out with my Church family. I attend Grand Rapids First Church. I stand firm and believe in this verse from scripture that I read daily before work...
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." ... If you put your talents to use, you are proving to God that you love him and worship him.

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Ryan Sanders - Sales: Cedar Springs

616-401-3570 - ryan@myinstacar.com


I've been selling cars for about 8 years now. A regular/buddy of mine who I met while bartending gave me my start in the car business. When I'm not at work I like to spend time with my family and smoke meat.

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Scott Carpenter - Sales: Grand Rapids

616-803-8227 - scottc@myinstacar.com

I became a salesman because both my parents and their parents were in the car business. My papa ran multiple dealerships while my dad sold cars. I started out as a detailer/porter. Now, after two years I have moved into a salesman role.

I've been a salesman since July 2021 and sold my first car on day 3!

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Wilma Christiaans - Sales: Grand Rapids

616-896-5227 - wilma@myinstacar.com

I have managed local banks and credit unions for 35 years, which includes Chase, Huntington, PNC and United Federal Credit Union. I have been selling cars for 9 years now. My passion is what I do. I love my career and helping people provide for their families. I have a son, daughter, daughter in law and a 2 year old granddaughter. I live in Holland, MI and enjoy it very much. I love vacationing on Mackinac Island, being with family, and staying active with biking!


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Jena Hikade - Sales: Grand Rapids

616-896-5227 - jhikade@myinstacar.com

I have been in the auto industry for 30 years now and I just love helping people find their future vehicle that will work best for them!

I love to have fun! I enjoy cooking, canning, gardening, and the outdoors.
I was raised in Michigan and recently moved to the West side of the state.

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Brian Borr - Sales: Grand Rapids

616-896-5227 - brianb@myinstacar.com

I was born and raised in the auto industry and have remained in it all my life.

I have a one year old weimaraner puppy, and love animals and the outdoors.
After 20+ years, I went back to school and received a Bachelor's in Business, Communication, and Marketing.
I have built a national customer base that has enabled me to better address every facet of my customers’ needs and desires.
My Family and I reside in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Mike Turpin - Inventory Manager

616-896-5227 - mturpin@myinstacar.com

I have had a passion for cars my whole life. I started wrenching at a young age, working on family's cars. I attended West Michigan Aviation Academy for high school where my mechanical interest grew while learning airplane maintenance.

My first automotive job was in Keller Ford’s quick lube department attending to oil changes, tires, batteries, and minor vehicle maintenance. I then moved on to building 10 speed manual transmissions at Weller Reman in Grandville, MI.
Later, I took a job here at Instacar of GR working as a detailer, and worked my way up to my current position as Inventory Manager.

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Julianne Platz - Marketing Manager

616-896-5227 - jplatz@myinstacar.com

I am a full time college student studying at Cornerstone University for a Major in Communications, set to graduate in May 2022. I love spending time with my loved ones and my cat, Christopher Robin! I enjoy working in new environments and learning new things. I am always up for a challenge! I have worked several jobs in customer service and retail, so switching to marketing is a fun new adventure.



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Deb Bowman - Accounting Clerk

- deb@myinstacar.com

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