Making a Difference by Driving the Distance

February 28th, 2023 by

Willis Automotive was honored to work with IMT Insurance Company’s commitment to combat human trafficking in Iowa by donating three vehicles for Hope for Justice staff members who are under-equipped while conducting services to communities in Iowa and are especially at-risk when using their family vehicles to investigate human trafficking leads in the Midwest. Thank you to…

Drive Business, Save Money with Tax Incentives at Willis Automotive

November 9th, 2022 by

Are you a business owner in the market for a vehicle update? Then, don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of the Section 179 tax incentive. Under current tax depreciation laws, your business may be eligible to immediately deduct up to 100% of the purchase price of qualifying vehicles purchased in 2022 for business use….

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

September 19th, 2022 by

In 1997 Rich Willis became Dealer Principal, with controlling interest in the business from 1997 to 2000 when he became the owner of Betts Cadilac – Lexus. In June of 2002, we were awarded the HUMMER franchise, Jaguar in November, and Volvo in December, and we began construction of our 9800 Hickman Road facility. We…

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…

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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Willis Weekend – Jaguar E-PACE

October 4th, 2019 by

Hey guys!!   I am so excited to be back blogging & to top it off… this car was AMAZING! The Jaguar E-PACE is the perfect size for a small SUV & I love the way it drives! This vehicle had top of the line technology & safety features. There was plenty of room for…

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Willis Automotive Wins the 2019 Business Record’s “Best of Des Moines”

September 27th, 2019 by

  Thank you for voting Willis Automotive for the 2019 Best of Des Moines! We would not be here without all our amazing & supportive customers. Thank you for acknowledging our commitment to providing the ultimate guest experience. It is an honor to serve each and every one of you. Lastly, thank you to the…

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Willis Weekend – Lexus GX

September 20th, 2019 by

Hello! This weekend I took home the 2019 Lexus GX – another really big SUV… and I loved it!! Again, for being so short, this vehicle was a game changer. My biggest fear was the visibility, but I can honestly say I could see perfectly while driving the GX. You can’t go wrong with a…

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Willis New Car Show 2019

September 16th, 2019 by

Hello Everyone! Take time to enjoy this video & photos recapping our favorite event… the annual Willis New Car Show! This year our theme was Rivalry night, and everyone came dressed & ready for a tailgate party. The food & drinks were great, and we danced the night away in the Cadillac service drive. Sending…

Willis Weekend – Volvo V90

August 22nd, 2019 by

HELLO! Okay so I have a deep love for Volvo Cars. Yes, I love ALL of our brands, but there’s something special about a good ole Volvo! So this past weekend I took home the Volvo V90. This car was… FANCY!!! I cannot get over how many features this bad boy had. Safety is obviously…

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