Willis Automotive Blog

2022 Marks the 75th Anniversary of Willis Automotive (1947 – 1997)

September 12th, 2022 by

In the late summer of 1947, Charles Betts Sr, a Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors as an Advertising and Merchandising Manager, went out on his own and opened Betts Cadillac in Downtown Des Moines. By 1965 Charles(Chuck) Betts Jr took over as the dealer principal, with Rich Willis joining the company in 1972…

2022 Range Rover Adds Third-Row Option

August 24th, 2022 by

Land Rover Range Rover is excited to launch one of the biggest developments in its 50-year history. The long-awaited arrival of the 7-seat model is here. It is bigger, more advanced, and more luxurious than ever before and is exactly what the customer wants. Offered on long-wheelbase models only, it can comfortably seat seven adults…

Changes are coming to MINI of Des Moines!

August 12th, 2022 by

MINI of Des Moines has gone under construction and is getting a makeover. We are in the process of remodeling the store to have a brand new showroom, sales and finance managers’ offices, reception area, restrooms, and service waiting areas. MINI of Des Moines will be open during construction to help you with your MINI…

The All-New 2023 Lexus RX

August 2nd, 2022 by

The All-New 2023 Lexus RX is more than a concept. It’s a statement that offers an uncompromising vision of style, luxury, and performance. The Lexus RX has been one of the most popular luxury SUVs for the last 25 years, and the 2023 model is all-new from the ground up for the first time in…

We are excited about the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV SUV debut!

July 19th, 2022 by

GM has unveiled the Chevrolet Blazer EV, an all-electric SUV with up to 320 miles of range, which will go on sale in 2023 as a 2024 model year. The Blazer EV will come in 4 trim levels. The base 1LT, arriving in the first quarter of 2024, will have an estimated range of 247…

Family-Owned Willis Automotive Acquires Iowa’s Number One Nissan Dealership

April 26th, 2022 by

Willis Automotive is pleased to announce they have entered into an agreement to purchase Hummel’s Nissan. The addition of the Nissan lineup of new and pre-owned cars, trucks and SUV’s will strengthen the scale of Willis Automotive offerings in central Iowa. The dealership, which will be renamed Willis Nissan adds to the company’s existing portfolio…

Willis Pre-Owned Ankeny – Coming Soon!

June 21st, 2021 by

Willis Automotive’s sales department has expanded to Ankeny! We recently purchased and are in the process of renovating the former Springwood Car Wash. Willis Pre-Owned Ankeny is located at 421 SE Oralabor Rd, Ankeny, IA 50021, right next to Tractor Supply, and we plan to open in early July. We are extremely excited at the…

Willis Automotive Acquires Beneventi Chevrolet in Granger, Iowa

February 3rd, 2020 by

Des Moines IA, (February 3, 2020) – Local family owned and operated Willis Automotive announced today that they have entered into an agreement to purchase Beneventi Chevrolet in Granger, Iowa. The addition of the Chevrolet lineup will enable Willis Automotive to expand their offerings in central Iowa to include domestic high-volume new and used vehicles…

Waukee Pre-Owned Renovations are COMPLETE

December 17th, 2019 by

We recently renovated our Waukee location and couldn’t be happier with the results. At this point, everyone knows Willis Automotive is synonymous with luxury vehicles, quality service, and the Ultimate Guest Experience. Now that the Waukee location has undergone an update, we are excited to show off the improvements and new additions. Our Waukee inventory…

Raise the Purse – Save the Date 2020!

October 24th, 2019 by

We always love partnering with Drake University, and had so much fun at Raise the Purse! Our very own HR Director, Liz Cumpton got the opportunity to speak at the event. Willis Automotive is proud to support the Des Moines community, and excited to announce the date for the 2020 Raise the Purse event. Drum…

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