A WALK DOWN WALLINGFORD WAY

Have you heard? Or maybe you’ve seen! What’s all this excitement in Wallingford about? No, we’re not talking about the upcoming Cicada Invasion of 2013. Something in town looks different. You know, at that Rt 5 intersection near Dunkin’ Donuts, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Chili’s.

1920 Wallingford Auto Co Ad

A great New England town is about to get greater. When incorporated in 1670, Wallingford residents needed a local car dealership. Although they may not have realized it just yet, a few (hundred) years later, on February 12, 1914, they would get just that.

 

But Wallingford still wanted more. And so in 1975, it became this,Dealership Building 1977Which in May of 2013, currently looks like this…The 2013

While tomorrow will look like this,Our New Home

In a few months, we will look like this!

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WELCOME TO WALLINGFORD BUICK GMC!

 

WATCH BASKETBALL AND BUICK laCROSSe PATHS

When it comes to cars, Shaq is certainly not one to play around. Referring to the basketball legend as a mere ‘automotive enthusiast’ would simply be an insult. A car collector seems much better fitted. West Coast Customs alone has built over 30 custom cars for O’Neal. Listen to Shaq share his love of the Buick LaCrosse in this Behind the Scenes clip.

 

Weekly Training Workshops

Own a Buick or GMC? Then it’s FREE!

2013 Buick Encore Interior

Get inTune with the latest vehicle technology. Whether a Buick or GMC owner, let our inTune Tech Team show you how. Become an expert using all those safety and technology features in your vehicle. Smartphone, Bluetooth, iPod, Voice-Activation, Pandora, Customization, we’ll cover it all. Free weekly training classes held every Saturday from 9:30-10am at Wallingford Buick GMC.

You’ve already learned how to drive. It’s time to learn to have fun while you drive! Call the inTune Tech Team today at 203-626-7565 or email us at intune@wallingfordbuickgmc.com to reserve your spot.

We’re Hiring! Join our Internet Sales Team

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Our goal is to provide every customer with a unique, world-class car buying experience. And it begins with you. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of Wallingford Buick GMC history as we countdown to not only a remodel, but our 100th-Year Anniversary!   

As an Internet Sales and Leasing Consultant, you will be responsible for responding to internet vehicle leads, answering customer questions on their inquiry and engaging conversations to schedule an appointment, help our customers in the dealership through their car buying process to find the vehicle they are looking for, and deliver both exceptional service and car alike.  

No day is ever the same! Vehicle sales experience is NOT required, however general automotive knowledge is helpful. We will train the right individual to become a sales leader. Enthusiasm is all you need to succeed!

Wallingford Buick GMC offers:

* * Paid Training!
* * VERY Rewarding Pay Plan
* * Ability to Work with the Latest Technology
* * Two Days Off per week, 45 hour work week!
* * Medical, Dental, Disability, and Life Insurance
* * 401k Retirement Program
* * Paid Holidays & Vacation/Personal/Sick Days
* * A Professional Drug-Free Work Environment

For more information or to apply, please visit HERE

Since 1914: The Story of Wallingford Buick GMC

As one of the nations oldest dealerships, Wallingford Buick GMC has been continuously owned and operated by the same family for three generations! That is some history. And with less than 365 days left until we celebrate our 100-Year Milestone, here’s a look at our company timeline and where it all began:

Founded on February 12, 1914, Wallingford Auto Company is officially incorporated by President and Secretary E.B. Backes. Edward, the grandson of Michael Backes (founder of M. Backes Fireworks Co.) chose to sell Buick, the real first success story of the auto industry, which also holds credit for being the brand responsible for the foundation of General Motors.

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Located at 65 North Colony Street in Wallingford Connecticut, The Wallingford Auto Company was the first new automobile dealership built in town.

1920 Wallingford Auto Co Ad

Throughout the decades, Edward Backes bought and sold other franchises, but always kept Buick because of their quality reputation. Dealership Building 1919Dealership Building – 1919

Dealership Building 1977

John B. Backes, better known as Jack, purchased the dealership from his father in 1955He expanded and relocated the business in 1977 to its current address of 1122 Old North Colony Road in Wallingford, Connecticut.

                                                                       Newly Built Dealership – 1977

In 1979, J. Christopher Backes bought the dealership from his father.


Expanded Service Addition - 1987

Due to continued success, an expansion of the facility occurred in 1987 with the Service Department addition.

 

Winter 1994 Edition of Inside Buick

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Chris acquired GMC in 1997, adding another quality product with a long history of success since its inception in 1912.

Throughout the decades, the Backes family and their businesses have been a mainstay in Wallingford. Not only have they served the community through various local organizations, they have served their customers well by selling quality brand products and by providing excellent customer service. The experience and knowledge of a business owned and operated by the same family since 1914, in conjunction with the evolution of automobiles, is why Wallingford Buick GMC remains one of the nations oldest family-owned dealerships.   

And here we are today! Starting in May of 2013, the dealership is scheduled to undergo a complete makeover with a remodel and renovation. Stay tuned for updates as we countdown to the 100-Year Anniversary!

 -Jason