About Me

Hi there! Bored from scrolling through the endless listings on my website? After writing close to a hundred detailed reviews for some of the best products on the market for your vehicles, I think it’s time that you got to know a little about me.

The owner of WVDOT Automotive

After all, you must be curious how I have updated my website with an article every day for the last couple of months. So, let’s begin! This About Me page aims to tell you about who I am, my hobbies, interests, and everything that I can share with you guys.

Let’s start with my name. I am Tahir Azam, a 35-year-old car enthusiast and the sole owner of WVDOT Automotive, my blog. I have been fond of cars since I was a kid. I like to see how stuff works from the inside.

Whether it be a toy from McDonald’s or something my parents got me, since I was 10 years old, I would grab a screwdriver and opened it up to see what made that thing tick. And, unfortunately, most of the time, I could not even close them back. Well, that was my bad. My interest never lost its momentum.

This interest gradually shifted into vehicles, how they work and what makes them function. This is where my story starts. If you and I are similarly aged, then you must remember the old CRT-based computers at the beginning of the 2000s.

When one of them was introduced in our home, well, I knew I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge even further. During those times, online multiplayer games were becoming a thing.

I still remember my friends urging me to invite them to my house so that they could play something. But I had no interest in that.

As this page is dedicated to me, I am going to share why. I found and still find games to be repetitive and boring. And I find it fascinating how kids nowadays spend hours on end playing the same thing over and over again.

That is not my forte. Instead, I spent time scouring the internet, hoping to find some video or tutorial that would show how to open something and see how it works from the inside. Seeing all that, visually, made me want to research even more.

I still remember annoying the hell out of my dad, Azam White, asking him how his car worked. I was born and raised in Alaska, a pretty cold state. We had to warm up the car for several minutes before it was ready for a drive every morning. I asked him why we had to wait and what would happen if I did not.

When my dad ran out of answers for me, at around the age of 18, I thought it was time that I took matters into my hand. Dad got me an internship at a local dealership. More about that later.

With all the knowledge I was gaining, I often thought about starting a website, where the information I write would be stored forever. But boredom got the better of me. My friends also did not show any interest in these matters, so this idea faded off.

When I moved to Texas for university, I found myself ahead of most students in terms of study. As I was fond of engineering and electronics, I caught onto new concepts quite easily.

When I noticed that I had increasingly free time, the idea of a blog came back in my head. And, finally, thanks to my friends, who had very similar interests to mine, WVDOT Automotive was born.

The name went through many iterations before it reached this state. And, frankly, I am more than satisfied with it. A friend of mine hooked me up with a cheap domain, and that is where everything took off!

I am kidding. It was a slow roll at first. Because I was a beginner in this category, I expected a crazy number of views right out of the gate. I can assure you that was not the case.

A few months went by. I received single-digit views every day. I started uploading less and less often, with a maximum gap of two months between new articles.

A few months ago, I remembered my father’s saying, “Nothing you do will bear fruit instantly. It can take months or even years before you see the result of your hard work.” Remembering this hit me hard.

Since December of 2020, I restarted writing and uploading on my website with a new passion. I am proud to say that I have successfully written close to a hundred articles within this period. I do this part-time. I own a software hub.

The morning and the evening are spent there, trying to calm down clients simultaneously as trying to acquire new ones. I handle WVDOT Automotive at night. Three hours every night is more than enough to craft an article.

I don’t upload it immediately. I go through it once before breakfast. After a good night’s sleep, you get a fresh perspective of things. If I am satisfied with it, then it goes onto the website.

Now, you must be wondering what I write about. All of my articles are about vehicles, of course. Whether it be Jeeps, trucks, or cars, I write about them. I research and write about aftermarket parts for vehicles.

From shocks to tires to batteries, I have covered many different topics. Now, I don’t personally buy these parts as that would take too much toll on my expenses. But I research the internet, checking fellow guides and reviews on websites such as Walmart, rating each product based on its pros and cons.

I can assure you that every single product that I have listed on this blog is guaranteed to be one of the best on the market. I have covered various brands, such as Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, and many others.

Now, I must admit that my website is not perfect. It does need a ton of work. But, right now, my main focus is to create quality content for my readers.

If you would to ask me about any automotive topics, you can click here to let me know!

My Background

I did state my interests and where I studied with you, but I did not state my experience. You must be wondering how my interest in vehicles developed over time. This all started when I saw my older brother, Anthony, fixing his car after it had stopped working.

Explaining who I am
The problem was that the radiator was overheating. Of course, I did not know that at the time. According to my brother, the car was getting hot constantly. That was the start of the transition of my interest in vehicles.

A few months before university began, my dad thought that it was time that I gained some real-life experience. About time, you would think! Guess what; he got me a sort of an internship at a local car showroom.

The owner was a relative of dad’s, and he was more than happy to have me over. The experience was awesome. The first day was great, with dad’s friend showing me the premises. The rows and rows of cars of all shapes and sizes resembled heaven for me.

I expected to learn about sales and whatnot. I did. I saw the dealers working, trying their absolute hardest every single day to score a deal.

I learned their wording, the dictionary copy-paste of what they would use to describe a vehicle. “Great mileage” and “super comfortable.” These were two of the dozens of terms I had become used to listening to for that month.

But what stole my attention was the small repair shop at the back of the dealership. The man who owned it, Mr. Eisenhower, was perhaps one of the most friendly people I have ever met. There were four of five cars over there at any time of the day.

He taught me a lot while he fixed those vehicles. That, my friends, was a life-changer for me. I learned about shocks, tires, and almost every single aftermarket upgrade there is.

University started, and then I focused on my studies. I forgot all about this until the day when my car broke down, a year after finishing university. I had to call a mechanic who towed my 1980 Subaru to his garage.

Although it had been years, my knowledge about parts was pretty fresh. For the first time in my life, I outsmarted him into diagnosing what the problem was. After we were finished, he said, “Do you want a job?” That brought a smile to my face. And that is where the idea of WVDOT Automotive was born again.

My Vehicle

After all this, you must be wondering what car I drive. If not, then forgive my assumptions. My love and dedication towards cars have inherently led me to experiment with different parts.

Of course, that meant spending thousands of dollars fixating on trial and error methods. But where did it get me? Apart from the fun and thrill of creating my masterpiece, I ended up with Nothing of some special sorts.

This is why at the ripe age of 33, I finally decided to put a halt to my mechanical experiments and settle on a car that (forced by the wife) would be perfect for my family and me.

So, what I own now is a mighty Porsche Cayenne Turbo. With a whopping 541 horsepower (heavy on my pockets, but it works), this was the vehicle my wife and I agreed to buy. The twin-turbo V8 is more than enough for our needs. This is what I have daily driven for the past two years.

My Family

You must think that I lead a boring life. If you consider not playing video games boring, then, buddy, I think you have a problem. I am a proud father of two boys: Tim and Walter. My wife, Margaret, has been with me since university. It’s like we were meant to be with each other.

She has the same interests as me. But she won’t let me open any more household electronics anymore. Yes, I still do that. This curfew was put in place after I opened up a juicer because it was malfunctioning.

I failed miserably at putting it back together. That $150 loss was the moment when I was banned from doing anything like that again. Regardless, I still love her.

My wife is that sort of woman who can fix basic wiring and electronics all by herself. I never hear complaints about something in the house being wrong. Now, I know that if you are married, you will envy that!

My kids, on the other hand, are four and six years old, respectively. Walter, my eldest son, has started to show some interest in those DIY toys. I find that exciting. He still can’t hold a screwdriver properly.

You can’t expect a six-year-old to do everything. He is one of the brightest in his class. Tim hasn’t shown any interest in anything yet. But I do have high hopes for him.

Conclusion

So, there you have it, avid readers, a brief history about me and what I do. I hope you enjoyed this article. I must confess that authoring articles every single day is something that I love very much.

I do not think of this as a job, but the treat is as a hobby. By this time, I have gotten used to writing quality content every single time. If I am not satisfied with an article, it does not go up. I want to thank all of you who take the time to read through my blog.

I sincerely hope that I may have helped you choose the right part for your vehicle. I have no plan of stopping anytime soon as automotive products are my passion.