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BC/ VANCOUVER ISLAND Dealers (excluding Victoria)
Written by Double Dragon
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 12:58

BC/ VANCOUVER ISLAND Dealers (excluding Victoria- see separate listing for Victoria)

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Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown, except for vintage Duncan Garage picture copyright Corfield's Duncan Garage.

Alberni Chrysler, Port Alberni, BC (877) 944-6553

Peter Baljet GM, Duncan, BC (888) 793-8335

Bow-Mel Chrysler Ltd, Duncan, BC (877) 463-2362

Barrie Brown Pontiac Buick GMC, Campbell River, BC/ Closed

Warren Burd Motors (Chrysler), Campbell River, BC (became Bill Howitch Chrysler)

Chatwin Motors Ltd (Pontiac-Buick), Port Alberni, BC

Joe Cunningham Ford, Parksville, BC 250-248-2062

Duncan Garage (1958) Ltd (Ford), Duncan, BC

Ken Evans Ford, Duncan, BC (became Flagship Ford)

Mike Finneron Pontiac Buick GMC, Courtenay, BC

Flagship Ford, Duncan, BC (formerly Ken Evans Ford) 250-748-5555

Harbor Quay Chev-Olds, Port Alberni, BC (formerly Katila/ became Dennis Jonsson Chev Olds)

Harbortown Ford Sales, Port Alberni, BC (became Van Isle Ford Sales Ltd)

Tom Harris Chev Olds Cadillac LtdNanaimo,  BC (see Oceanside Chevrolet, Parksville, BC)

John Hindle Pontiac Buick GMC, Duncan, BC

Bill Howitch Chrysler Ltd, Campbell River, BC (250) 287-9555 (formerly Warren Burd Motors)

Dennis Jonsson Chev Olds, Port Alberni, BC (formerly Harbor Quay Chev-Olds/ became Pacific)

Katila Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Ltd. (formerly Grant Katila Motors Ltd), Port Alberni, BC (became Harbor Quay Chev-Olds)

E. J. Klassen Motorcade (Chevrolet, Buick & GMC), Port Hardy, BC 877-839-5345

Dave Landon Motors Ltd (Ford), Port Hardy, BC 250-949-6393

Steve Marshall Ford, Campbell River, BC (1966)

Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln, Nanaimo, BC (1997)
Brian McLean Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd, Courtenay, BC

Meyers Holland Motors (Port Alberni) Ltd (Lincoln‑Mercury), Port Alberni, BC (taken over by Western Motors)

Meyers Holland Motors Ltd (Lincoln‑Mercury), Nanaimo, BC (became Steve Marshall)

Morrison Motors (Chevrolet), Duncan, BC (formerly Wilson Chevrolet)

Nanaimo Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Nanaimo, BC (888) 312-4697

Nanaimo Jeep Eagle, Nanaimo, BC (became Woodgrove Chrysler)

Oceanside Chevrolet, Parksville, BC 888 631-4002 (see Tom Harris Chev Olds Cadillac Ltd, Nanaimo,  BC)

Ohs Brothers Motors Ltd (Ford), Port Alberni, BC (taken over by Western Motors)

Pacific Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd, Port Alberni, BC 866-661-2505 (formerly Dennis Jonsson Chev Olds)

Parksville Chrysler Ltd, Parksville, BC (866) 798-8623

Tyee Chevrolet Buick GMC, Campbell River, BC (888) 855-7504

Van Isle Ford Sales Ltd., Port Alberni, BC (250) 724-6577 (formerly Harbortowne Ford)

Webber GM, Nanaimo, BC

Western Motors Ltd (Ford Lincoln Mercury), Port Alberni, BC (formerly Ohs Bros, Meyers Holland)

Westview Ford Courtenay, Courtenay, BC (604) 485-9828

(Wheaton GM) Laird Wheaton Chev Cadillac Corvette GMC Buick, Nanaimo, BC

Wilson Chevrolet, Duncan, BC (became Morrison Motors)

Woodgrove Chevrolet, Parksville, BC (became Oceanside Chevrolet)

Woodgrove Chrysler, Nanaimo, BC 250 390-3030

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ALBERNI CHRYSLER, Port Alberni, BC (877) 944-6553

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Alberni Chrysler is located at 2611 Port Alberni Highway, Port Alberni, BC. The dealership was established in 1991 by Albert See. Alberni Chrysler expanded into Alberni Auto Works which includes Alberni Toyota, Alberni Cap It, Alberni Auto Spa, and the Pit Stop Cafe.

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In fall, 2014 Alberni had 57 new vehicles in stock, 14 of which were cars, including 2 Dodge Darts.

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PETER BALJET GM, Duncan, BC (888) 793-8335

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Peter Baljet GM is a Chevrolet and Buick dealership located at 6300 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, British Columbia and is a member of the AutoCanada group of dealers. In fall, 2014 Baljet had 165 new vehicles in stock, 44 of which were cars. Baljet had 1 new White 2014 Camaro 2SS and a yellow 2015 Camaro ZL.

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BOW-MEL CHRYSLER LTD, Duncan, BC (877) 463-2362

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Bow-Mel Chrysler Ltd is located at 461 Trans Canada Highway Duncan, BC. The name Bow-Mel reflects the names of the first partners in this business: Hugh Bowman and George Blumel.

The business was established in 1972 as Bow-Mel Motors, distributing International Harvester, Vanguard Campers and Volkswagen. In 1976 AMC replaced the International Harvester franchise. In 1988 the dealership name was changed to reflect the sole franchise as Chrysler. In 1995 George Blumel's son Todd Blumel became owner.

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In fall, 2014 BowMel had 142 new vehicles in stock. 37 of which were cars. The majority of the cars were Fiats.

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BARRIE BROWN PONTIAC BUICK GMC, Campbell River, BC/ Closed

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Barrie Brown Pontiac Buick GMC was located at 2700 Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC.

Barrie Brown was born July 22, 1945, in Prince George. Brown's family moved to Vancouver when he was 6. Before completing university he started in logging, then began commercial fishing with his own boat. His next career as a pilot led him to discover Campbell River.

Barrie married Linda on June 1, 1968, and they had two boys, Craig and BJ. Barrie was an avid motorcycle tripper.

In 1975, Brown bought Mason Car Centre in North Campbell River and changed the name to Targa Motors.

In 1986, Brown partnered with Marc Hylands at the downtown car dealership located at Dogwood Street and 13th Avenue.

Around the same time, Brown also bought the nine-hole Glen Alder Golf Course on Petersen Road and renamed it Sequoia Springs Golf Course.

In 1990, Brown sold his part of the car dealership to Hylands and then opened Barrie Brown Pontiac Buick GMC at the site where he first started selling cars at 2700 Island Highway.

The dealership closed in the late 2000s. His next dealership was named Barrie Brown Nissan. In 2012, Brown sold the business to the Tom Harris Group and continued to manage his real estate holdings.

The site of Barrie Brown Pontiac is now known as North Island Nissan. In 2013 Barrie died following a short battle with cancer at age 68.

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WARREN BURD MOTORS (Chrysle Jeep), Campbell River, BC (became Bill Howitch Chrysler)

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Warren Burd Motors was a Chrysler Jeep dealer located at 2777 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC. The dealership formerly sold AMC/ Jeep/ Renault.

In 1990 the dealership was purchased by Bill Howich who renamed the dealership Bill Howich Chrysler Ltd.

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CHATWIN MOTORS LTD (Pontiac-Buick), Port Alberni, BC

Chatwin Motors Ltd was a Pontiac-Buick dealership located in , Port Alberni, British Columbia.

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JOE CUNNINGHAM FORD, Parksville, BC 250-248-2062

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Joe Cunningham Ford is located at  410 Island Hwy E, Parksville, British Columbia.  As of Oct 1, 2012 the dealership transferred to new owner and operator Ann Marie Clark. She was born and raised in Campbell River, BC. She graduated UVIC with a degree in Biology. Changing direction, she graduated from NADA dealer academy in McLean, Virginia with honors. After working in all aspects of car dealerships she oversaw the 1997 transition of Meyers Holland to the new Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln dealer becoming dealer principle in 2001.

In spring, 2015 Cunningham Ford had 56 new vehicles in stock, including 13 cars. They had 3 new 2015 Mustangs: an Ecoboost coupe and GT coupe and 1 Ecoboost convertible.

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DUNCAN GARAGE (1958) LTD (Ford), Duncan, BC

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The Duncan Garage opened in March, 1910 (the city of Duncan wasn't incorporated until March 4, 1912) selling Ford, Hupmobile, Russell and Overland cars. A feed store building on Front Street (now known as Canada Avenue) was converted into the Duncan Garage sitting in between W. P. Jayne's General store and the luxury Tzoulahem Hotel.

One of the original partners in the Duncan Garage, Norman Corfield became sole owner and in 1912 moved the garage and renamed it Corfield's Duncan Garage.

This owner's manual for a 1962 Ford Farlaine lists Duncan Garage as an official Ford franchise. The owner name has been removed from the image below for privacy.

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It's hard to see in this image but the cover of the Farlaine manual had 2 tone green colors with a highlight behind the word Fairlane.

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Duncan Garage (1958) Ltd closed in 1983, but the signage was retained and the building currently houses an organic cafe, art gallery etc.

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KEN EVANS FORD, Duncan, BC (became Flagship Ford)

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Ken Evans Ford was located at 439 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC. In 2014 the dealership location was taken over by Flagship Ford Sales.

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MIKE FINNERON PONTIAC BUICK GMC (FINNERON HYUNDAI) Courtenay, BC 866-519-2761

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Mike Finneron Pontiac Buick GMC began in 1979 and persevered at the 250 Old Island Highway, Courtenay, BC location as a GM dealer until the death of Pontiac. GM's various problems caused the creation of Finneron Hyundai at the old location. Sue Finneron is still at the helm of the family owned business.

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FLAGSHIP FORD, Duncan, BC 250-748-5555 (formerly Ken Evans Ford)

Flagship Ford is located at  439 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC. This location was formerly Ken Evans Ford.

In fall, 2014 Flagship had about 120 new vehicles in stock, including 7 cars.

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HARBOR QUAY CHEV OLDS, Port Alberni, BC (formerly Katila/ became Dennis Jonsson Chev Olds)

Harbor Quay Chev-Olds was located in Port Alberni, British Columbia. This dealership was formerly known as Grant Katila Motors in 1961 and then Katila Chev Olds in 1969. It became Harbor Quay Chev Olds in 1986.

Dennis Jonsson was born Nov 24, 1953 and raised in Prince George, BC. He started his automotive career when he was hired by Bennett Motors as a lot attendant in 1971. Jonsson was parts and service manager for several dealerships in Prince George. He teamed up with Richard Duncan who was also from Prince George and bought Katila Chev Olds Ltd from Leo Katila in 1986.

The dealership was renamed Harbor Quay Chev-Olds Ltd which lasted for 6 years until 1992 when Duncan left. Jonsson bought his part and renamed the dealership Dennis Jonsson Chev Olds Ltd. dealership. See the story about Dennis Jonsson Chev Olds on this page.

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HARBORTOWNE FORD SALES, Port Alberni, BC (became Van Isle Ford Sales Ltd)

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Harbortowne Ford Sales was located at 4985 Johnston Rd. Port Alberni, BC. On May 6, 2010 Harbortowne Ford was sold and reopened as Van Isle Ford Sales Ltd. See the story on Van Isle Ford below.

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TOM HARRIS CHEV OLDS CADILLAC LTD, Nanaimo,  BC (see Oceanside Chevrolet, Parksville, BC)

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Tom Harris Chev Olds Cadillac Ltd was located at 2590 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia. The dealership location was originally Harris Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac established in 1967 by the first generation Jack Harris. Second generation son Tom Harris became opened Tom Harris Chev Olds Cadillac on the same lot 6 months after the original Harris dealership shut down in 1983. Tom owned this dealership until 2009.

In May, 2009 Tom Harris sold his franchise to Steve Laird who owns the Wheaton Auto Group. Tom Harris couldn't justify the required GM renovation based on the income being generated. Nanaimo no longer had enough GM customers to sustain 2 GM dealerships. Shortly after the sale GM cut dealerships all across North America during bankruptcy restructuring.

Tom Harris shifted his focus to his Nanaimo Mazda dealership and his family flagship Oceanside Chevrolet in Parksville, BC.

Harris Auto Group traces back to who Jack Harris who began as a salesman at age 30 just after WWII ended. Jack sold Austin, Jaguar and Packard cars at Thomas Plimley Ltd. in Victoria, BC. Jack moved through Victoria dealerships: Pontiac Buick GMC and then the Chevrolet. In 1961, Jack was General Manager of the Ford Dealership in Victoria.

When the dealership sold in 1964 Jack and a partner bought the Rambler dealership in Nanaimo, BC. In 1965 Jack became sole owner and the dealer was renamed Harris Rambler. In 1967 Jack opened Harris Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac, Nanaimo, BC

Jack's son Tom worked his way up from lot boy to sales and in 1971, at the age of 22 became Sales Manager. In 1982 interest rates over 20% and people caused defaults on car payments. 15 car dealerships shut down in BC including Jack Harris Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac.

Six months later, on June 3, 1983, Tom, at the age of 33, established Tom Harris Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac Ltd on his father's old lot location. He partnered with Jim Gauthier, a Winnipeg GM dealer. At the end of 1999, Woodgrove Chevrolet in Parksville was purchased and thus Harris Autogroup was born. January 1, 2000 marked the first addition to the Harris Auto Group.

Tom’s son Mike went from university to the National Automotive Dealers Association’s Dealer Candidate Academy. Mike became Executive Manager of Woodgrove Chevrolet. This dealership was renamed Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd.

Harris added a Kia franchise in 2000. In 2007, Christensen Mazda, Nanaimo was added to the Harris Group. OK Tire in Parksville was added in 2008. Tom’s youngest son, Tony, completed the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy and Dealer Executive Education at Babson College in 2009 and became General Sales Manager of Harris Mazda

On May 12, 2009, Tom Harris Chevrolet Cadillac was sold to Wheaton. In turn Wheaton sold the Buick and GMC franchise rights to the Harris Oceanside Chevrolet dealership in Parksville.

In June of 2012, the Harris Auto Group purchased Barrie Brown Nissan, now Harris Nissan North Island, in Campbell River. This was subsequently sold in 2014.

In September of 2012, the Harris Auto Group purchased Ensign Chrysler, now Harris Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, in Victoria.

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JOHN HINDLE PONTIAC BUICK GMC, Duncan, BC

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John Hindle Pontiac Buick GMC was located at 6466 Bell Mckinnon Rd, Duncan, BC

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BILL HOWITCH CHRYSLER LTD, Campbell River, BC 250 287-9555 (formerly Warren Burd Motors)

Bill Howitch Chrysler is located at 2777 Island Highway, Campbell Rivermpbell River, BC. This dealership location formerly housed Warren Burd Motors. Bill Howich a previous Sales Manager & General manager purchased Warren Burd Motors in 1990 and renamed it Bill Howich Chrysler Ltd. Bill Howich expanded later when he purchased Island Outboards and created an RV & Marine Centre associated with the Chrysler dealership.

In fall, 2014 Howitch had 108 new vehicles in stock, 8 of which were cars, including 3 new 2014 Dodge Challenger R/Ts.

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DENNIS JONSSON CHEV OLDS, Port Alberni, BC (formerly Harbour Quay Chev-Olds)

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Dennis Jonsson Motor Products Ltd was a Chev Olds dealership located at 3800 Johnston Road, Port Alberni, BC. This was formerly known as Harbor Quay Chev-Olds when owned in partnership between Dennis Jonsson and Robert Duncan.

Dennis Jonsson was born Nov 24, 1953 and raised in Prince George, BC. He started his automotive career when he was hired by Bennett Motors as a lot attendant in 1971. Jonsson was parts and service manager for several dealerships in Prince George. He teamed up with Richard Duncan who was also from Prince George and bought Katila Chev Olds Ltd from Leo Katila in 1986.

The Katila dealership was renamed Harbor Quay Chev-Olds Ltd which lasted for 6 years until 1992 when Duncan left. Jonsson bought Duncan's part of the dealership and renamed the dealership Dennis Jonsson Chev Olds Ltd. The dealership was relocated to Johnson Road at this time. Dennis Jonsson's son, Dylan worked in the dealership with him. Eventually Dylan decided to change careers. At this point Dennis Jonsson decided to sell the dealership. The dealership was renamed Pacific Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd on Nov 17, 2012. See the story of Pacific further down this page.

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KATILA CHEV OLDS LTD. (formerly Grant Katila Motors Ltd.), Port Alberni, BC (became Harbour Quay Chev-Olds)

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Katila Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Ltd. was formerly known as Grant Katila Motors Ltd. and was located at Port Alberni, British Columbia. Grant Katila Motors Ltd. was incorporated September 29, 1961 and was one of the sponsors of the 1962 Shell 4000 Rally. The name changed to Katila Chev Olds in 1969 when son Leo Katila took over the dealership.

Dennis Jonsson bought the dealership in partnership with Robert Duncan in 1986 and renamed it Harbor Quay Chev-Olds Ltd. See the story on this page to follow the rest of the history of the dealership under Jonsson's ownership.

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E. J. KLASSEN MOTORCADE (Chevrolet, Buick & GMC), Port Hardy, BC 877-839-5345

E. J. Klassen Motorcade is a Chevrolet, Buick & GMC dealer located at 9045 Granville Street, Port Hardy, BC. In spring, 2017 there were 14 new vehicles in stock, 6 of which were cars (Cruze and Malibu). Ed Klassen had a GM dealership in the lower mainland. This location is being run by Cory Klassen.

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DAVE LANDON MOTORS LTD (Ford), Port Hardy, BC 250-949-6393 (formerly Ford Mercury)

Dave Landon Motors Ltd is a Ford dealer located at 7150 Market St, Port Hardy, BC.

Dave Landon established the dealership in 1970. An early dealership picture on the Landon website shows that the Ford Mercury dealership also hosted a Chevron gas station. Dave's son Todd Landon now owns the dealership.

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STEVE MARSHALL FORD, Campbell River, BC 888-474-2712

Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln is located at 1384 16th Ave, Campbell River, BC. Steve Marshall Ford began in 1966 as Steve Marshall Motors.

In fall, 2014 Marshall Ford had 48 new vehicles in stock, including 6 cars.

Expansion over the years led to the Steve Marshall Automotive Group which includes Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln in Nanaimo, BC.

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STEVE MARSHALL FORD LINCOLN, Nanaimo, BC 877-758-7311

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Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln is located at at 3851 Shenton Road, Nanaimo, BC. Steve Marshall opened the first dealership bearing his name in 1966 in Campbell River, BC. Expansion over the years led to the Steve Marshall Automotive Group. Steve Marshall Ford bought the Nanaimo location on March 17, 1997.

In fall, 2014 Marshall Ford Lincoln had 134 new vehicles in stock, including 37 cars.

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BRIAN MCLEAN CHEVROLET BUICK GMC LTD, Courtenay, BC 877-940-6397

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Brian McLean Chevrolet is Located at 2145 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC this family dealership still has founder Brian McLean involved in daily business. Brian McLean bought a small dealership and expanded rapidly. Now doing booming business, eldest son Rod McLean is Executive General Manager. The middle son, Russell McLean worked at the dealer for 7 years. Youngest son, Sean McLean is wholesale manager.

In fall, 2014 McLean had 122 new vehicles in stock, 29 of which were cars. McLean had 2 new 2015 Camaros, 1 of which was a ZL1 automatic.

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MEYERS HOLLAND MOTORS (Port Alberni) LTD (Lincoln‑Mercury), Port Alberni, BC

Meyers Holland Motors (Port Alberni) Ltd was a Lincoln‑Mercury dealership in Port Alberni, BC. The Lincoln Mercury franchise was active until Jan, 1970 when the Lincoln Mercury franchise was taken over by Western Motors Ltd.

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MEYERS HOLLAND MOTORS LTD (Lincoln‑Mercury), Nanaimo, BC (became Steve Marshall)

Meyers Holland Motors Ltd was a Lincoln‑Mercury dealership located at at 3851 Shenton Road, Nanaimo, BC. Steve Marshall Ford bought the Nanaimo location on March 17, 1997. See the story on this page for information about the dealership now.

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MORRISON MOTORS (Chevrolet), Duncan, BC (formerly Wilson Chevrolet)

Morrison Motors was a Chevrolet dealership located in Duncan, BC owned by Newell Morrison. Newell was a salesman at the Victoria, BC Wilson Motors location and saved up enough money to buy the Duncan, BC location from Dick Wilson in 1952. Newell renamed the Duncan dealership Morrison Motors and operated it until 1956. In 1956 Newell sold Morrison Motors back to Dick Wilson as a partial payment towards his purchase of the Victoria location of Wilson Motors which he renamed Morrison Chev Olds. See more about Newell and his dealership in the VICTORIA/ BC stories in the DEALERSHIP section of this website.

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NANAIMO CHRYSLER FIAT, Nanaimo, BC (888) 312-4697

(formerly Nanaimo Chrysler Dodge Jeep)

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Nanaimo Chrysler Fiat has renamed itself to reflect the new trend for Chrysler dealers to make Fiat sales to young buyers. The dealership was formerly known as Nanaimo Chrysler Dodge Jeep and is located at 4170 Wellington Road Nanaimo, BC.

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NANAIMO JEEP EAGLE, Nanaimo, BC (became Woodgrove Chrysler)

Nanaimo Jeep Eagle was located at 6800 Island Highway North, Nanaimo, BC. The dealership was established in 1987 by Gordon Heys. Chrysler had just purchased Jeep and Eagle from American Motors Corporation at this time. In 1995 the dealership expanded its franchise to include Chrysler’s full line while retaining the Jeep and Eagle brands and was renamed Woodgrove Chrysler. See the story below.

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OCEANSIDE CHEVROLET, Parksville, BC 888 631-4002 (see Tom Harris Chev Olds Cadillac Ltd, Nanaimo, BC)

Oceanside Chevrolet is located at 512 East Island Highway, Parksville, BC Oceanside was established by Tom Harris who also owned Tom Harris Chev Olds Cadillac in Nanaimo, BC. Tom's son Mike Harris took over day to day operations of the Oceanside location. The Harris family also owns Island Kia and Harris Mitsibushi, both in Nanaimo, BC.

Harris Auto Group traces back to who Jack Harris who began as a salesman at age 30 just after WWII ended. Jack sold Austin, Jaguar and Packard cars at Thomas Plimley Ltd. in Victoria, BC. Jack moved through Victoria dealerships: Pontiac Buick GMC and then the Chevrolet. In 1961, Jack was General Manager of the Ford Dealership in Victoria.

When the dealership sold in 1964 Jack and a partner bought the Rambler dealership in Nanaimo, BC. In 1965 Jack became sole owner and the dealer was renamed Harris Rambler. In 1967 Jack opened Harris Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac, Nanaimo, BC

Jack's son Tom worked his way up from lot boy to sales and in 1971, at the age of 22 became Sales Manager. In 1982 interest rates over 20% and people caused defaults on car payments. 15 car dealerships shut down in BC including Jack Harris Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac.

Six months later, on June 3, 1983, Tom, at the age of 33, established Tom Harris Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac Ltd on his father's old lot location. He partnered with Jim Gauthier, a Winnipeg GM dealer. At the end of 1999, Woodgrove Chevrolet in Parksville was purchased and thus Harris Autogroup was born. January 1, 2000 marked the first addition to the Harris Auto Group.

Tom’s son Mike went from university to the National Automotive Dealers Association’s Dealer Candidate Academy. Mike became Executive Manager of Woodgrove Chevrolet. This dealership was renamed Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd.

Harris added a Kia franchise in 2000. In 2007, Christensen Mazda, Nanaimo was added to the Harris Group. OK Tire in Parksville was added in 2008. Tom’s youngest son, Tony, completed the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy and Dealer Executive Education at Babson College in 2009 and became General Sales Manager of Harris Mazda

On May 12, 2009, Tom Harris Chevrolet Cadillac was sold to Wheaton. In turn Wheaton sold the Buick and GMC franchise rights to the Harris Oceanside Chevrolet dealership in Parksville.

In June of 2012, the Harris Auto Group purchased Barrie Brown Nissan, now Harris Nissan North Island, in Campbell River. This was subsequently sold in 2014.

In September of 2012, the Harris Auto Group purchased Ensign Chrysler, now Harris Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, in Victoria.

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OHS BROTHERS MOTORS LTD (Ford), Port Alberni, BC

Ohs Brothers Motors Ltd was a Ford dealership located in Port Alberni, British Columbia. In Jan, 1970 the Ohs Brothers Motors Ford franchise was taken over by Western Motors Ltd.

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PACIFIC CHEVROLET BUICK GMC LTD, Port Alberni, BC 866-661-2505 (formerly Dennis Jonsson Chev Olds)

Pacific Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd is located at 3800 Johnston Road, Port Alberni, British Columbia. Most of the staff and the location of this dealership carried over from Dennis Jonsson Motor Products Ltd which was a Chev Olds dealership. See the story on this dealer on this page.

Jonsson sold his dealership and it was renamed Pacific Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd on Nov 17, 2012. Will Pulford is the dealer principle of Pacific. He is also dealer principle of Van Isle Ford Sales Ltd.

In spring, 2015 Pacific had 59 new vehicles in stock, 16 of which were cars.

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PARKSVILLE CHRYSLER LTD, Parksville, BC (866) 798-8623

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Parksville Chrysler Ltd is located at 230 Shelly Road, Parksville, BC

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TYEE CHEVROLET BUICK GMC, Campbell River, BC (888) 855-7504

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Tyee Chevrolet Buick GMC is located at 570-13th Avenue, Campbell River, British Columbia. In fall, 2014 Tyee had 67 new vehicles in stock, 16 of which were cars.

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VAN ISLE FORD SALES LTD., Port Alberni, BC (250) 724-6577 (formerly Harbourtowne Ford)

Van Isle Ford Sales Ltd is located at 4831 Beaver Creek Road, Port Alberni, British Columbia. Van Isle Ford Sales Ltd opened May 6, 2010 at the former location of Harbortowne Ford.

Will Pulford is the dealer principle of Van Isle Ford Sales. He is also dealer principle of Pacific Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. In spring, 2015 Van Isle had 11 new cars in stock, 30 new pickups, and 15 crossovers and SUVs. 1 of the new cars was a 2015 Mustang GT Premium with 6 speed manual.

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WEBBER GM, Nanaimo, BC (formerly known as Joe Webber Pontiac Buick Ltd)

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Webber GM began as Joe Webber Pontiac Buick Ltd back in the 1980s. In the 1990s the dealer name was changed to cover all of GM. Joe Webber retired in the 1980s after 30 years with General Motors. Joe was coaxed out of retirement because of his familiarity with Nanaimo's car market and is currently general manager of Pattison Hyundai in Nanaimo, BC.

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WESTERN MOTORS LTD (Ford Lincoln Mercury), Port Alberni, BC (formerly Ohs Bros, Meyers Holland)

Western Motors Limited started business in January of 1970, taking over from Ohs Brothers and Meyers Holland.

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WESTVIEW FORD COURTENAY, Courtenay, BC (604) 485-9828

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Westview Ford Courtenay is located at 4901 North Island Highway, Courtenay, British Columbia. Westview also has a location in Powell River, BC. See the story filed under British Columbia dealers. Neil Van Ierland is the owner and general manager.

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LAIRD WHEATON GM, Nanaimo, BC 250-758-1514

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( formerly LAIRD WHEATON CHEV CADILLAC CORVETTE GMC BUICK)

Laird Wheaton GM is located at 2590 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC. In fall, 2014 Laird Wheaton had 182 new vehicles in stock, 62 of which were cars.

This dealer is a part of the huge Wheaton GM network of dealerships.

Wheaton GM has locations in Kamloops, Nanaimo, Prince George, Surrey and Victoria, BC. There are locations in Alberta as well: Camrose, Edmonton, Grand Prairie and Red Deer. There are two locations in Saskatchewan: Regina and Saskatoon. Saskatchewan is where the initial Wheaton dealership originated at the start of the 1960s.

Wheaton also owns some foreign dealerships, too. Wheaton GM owns Prince George Motors, which is a Ford dealership.

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WILSON CHEVROLET, Duncan, BC (became Morrison Motors)

Wilson Chevrolet was located in Duncan, BC and was one of 2 dealerships owned by Dick Wilson. Dick's primary location was a Victoria, BC dealership. In 1952 Dick sold Wilson Chevrolet in Duncan, BC to one of his salesmen Newell Morrison. See the story about the dealership after it became Morrison Motors.

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WOODGROVE CHEVROLET, Parksville, BC (became Oceanside Chevrolet)

Woodgrove Chevrolet was located in Parksville, BC.

In 1999 the dealership was purchased by Tom Harris and renamed Oceanside Chevrolet and thus Harris Autogroup was born. January 1, 2000 marked the first addition to the Harris Auto Group.

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WOODGROVE CHRYSLER, Nanaimo, BC 250 390-3030

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Woodgrove Chrysler is located at 6800 Island Highway North, Nanaimo, BC. Woodgrove traces back to 1987 when Gordon Heys opened up Nanaimo Jeep Eagle 6800 Island Highway North. Chrysler had just purchased Jeep and Eagle from American Motors Corporation at this time.

In 1995 the dealership expanded its franchise to include Chrysler’s full line while retaining the Jeep and Eagle brands. In the mid-1990s, Gordon Heys’ sons, Andrew and Michael, began working full-time at the dealership after learning the ropes in the summer and on weekends. Andrew and Michael worked their way up via the service department to become General Sales Manager and General Manager respectively.

In winter, 2016 Woodgrove had 86 new vehicles in stock, 3 of which were cars.

 

 

 

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