Heiser Automotive Group is one of Wisconsin’s longest and most successful established automobile dealership groups. They have new vehicle franchises for Ford, Lincoln Mercury, Toyota, Scion, Chevrolet, and Cadillac.
The Heiser organization was co-founded in 1918 by Walter Heiser. The original dwelling, located on 7th and Wisconsin Avenues, sold Model T Fords for $345. People traded in their carriages, wagons, even horses towards the purchase of their first car.
Heiser earned a reputation of integrity during the post-war vehicle shortage. Heiser maintained a strict “first come, first served” delivery list, which was not easy to adhere to. When mass production resumed and vehicles were plentiful, customers remained loyal. Also, during the three years before World War I, Heiser was responsible for one quarter of Milwaukee Ford Sales.
Here is a brief time line of Heiser’s history:
Pre-1917: Walter M. Heiser was employed by Ford Motor Company at the factory showroom located on the corner of Prospect Avenue and Kenilworth Avenue, on Milwaukee’s East Side (Now UWM.s housing for graduate students).
March 1917: Mr. Heiser and Mr. Knetter established Knetter-Heiser Ford, on State Street, between Milwaukee Street and Broadway Street. A short time after, they moved the dealership to 51st Street and Lisbon Avenue, on Milwaukee’s West Side.
1932: The dealership moved briefly to Lisbon Avenue before settling in 1932 on North and Prospect Avenue after Mr. Heiser bought out Mr. Knetter’s interest in the dealership. The dealership remained at this intersection for seventy years.
1938: Mr. Walter Andrews came on with Heiser as the General Manager, and was a key to their continued success.
1973: Walter Heiser Retired. Scaffidi, who was then the Used Car Manager, purchased the company’s stock with the help of the Office Manager, the late Milton Berdelman, and the Sales Manager and son of the founder, William Heiser.
1977: Heiser bought Galls Lincoln-Mercury in Menomonee Falls. It was unusual for Ford Motor Company to allow one dealer to have two franchises in the same city, but Scaffidi persisted, and it paid off.
1980: Several years after buying Galls Lincoln-Mercury, Heiser opened a Toyota Dealership in Thiensville. After McBain Lincoln-Mercury went out of business, the Heiser Company bought the building and moved their Lincoln-Mercury dealership from Menomonee Falls to North 76th Street. They proceeded to build a new building to house the Toyota dealership on 76th Street.
1986: Heiser purchased an additional Ford franchise and built Northpoint Ford on 76th Street. Heiser Toyota also moved from Thiensville to 7800N. 76th Street.
1990: Heiser purchased Selig Chevrolet in West Allis.
2002: Heiser Ford built a new building and moved to Silver Spring and Green Bay.
2003: Heiser Ford moved from Prospect & North Ave. and relocated at 1700 W. Silver Spring Drive in Glendale.
2005: Heiser purchased Heiser Chevrolet Cadillac in West Bend.
2006: Heiser Toyota moved to 11301 W. Metro Blvd. Milwaukee, WI
2007: Heiser Lincoln Mercury merged with Heiser Ford to form Heiser Ford Lincoln Mercury.
2008: Northpoint Ford moved into the old Heiser Toyota building on 76th Street and the Corporate and Central Offices relocated to Heiser Ford.
Heiser strives to focus on keeping long-term relationships with all customers, not just one-time transactions. At Heiser, we are strong believers in the fact that trust is built on performance. That is exactly what Heiser is working on in different departments of the dealership. All customers should be treated with integrity and care; Heiser makes a point to show that customers matter and is trying to improve even more in this area. Customer retention has become one of Heiser’s main focuses.
Every day the car trade changes and Heiser is prepared to change with the current, to satisfy all customer needs. In the future, Heiser plans on focusing on keeping long-term relationships, building a trustful relationship with our customers, and being able to change accordingly to satisfy customers.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our rich history.
+Heiser Chevrolet is excited to
heat things up with our new monthly employee spotlight!Our dealership team truly believes “Anything’s
Possible” and hopes our customers feel the same.One key employee, Finance Manager, Kristina
Beck, embodies this attitude each and every day.We’d like to introduce you to her.
cars.com review, one of Kristine’s customers raved:
“I needed a gas saver and came across a very affordable 2011 Chevy Cruze
online. I went in the next day and I knew it was what I wanted. When I went
back a week later, I ended up driving it home that night! Kristina Beck was extremely
helpful and explained everything perfectly. She is one of the best finance
people I have ever worked with and made
buying my car FUN!I will only go to
Heiser Chevrolet from now on!” Kristina’s
success is drawn from her caring nature.It makes her feel great when she can help people. Regardless
of their situation, Kristina’s goal is to get her customers financing that fits
their budget. Clients
4th of July message from Mary Ann
The entire +Heiser Automotive Group wishes your family a fun-filled and safe holiday. The 4th of July is a great day to celebrate with the community and honor that Anything’s Possible spirit our country represents. I’m particularly proud of our staff at the Heiser dealerships and have extended the Friday holiday off to both sales and service personnel.
My hope is you will take the time to relax and mark the midway point in our summer. If Heiser can help with your vehicle needs in any way, our sales department will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday the 5th. Service departments remain closed until the Monday following the holiday. A visit to heiser.com can provide additional information on our plan for a Star-Spangled Sale-a-Bration! Check it out.
Mary Ann Scaffidi Family-owner, Heiser Automotive Group
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