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…

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…

Willis Automotive – Habitat for Humanity!

July 2nd, 2019 by

    Employees from Willis Automotive came together on June 20, 2019 to build a home! Here at Willis we stay true to our core values, and community service is a large part of that. We partner with the United Way every year to give back to those less fortunate. This year we chose to…

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