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Welcome to UftringAutoGroup.com, the online home of the Uftring Auto Group, based in Peoria, East Peoria, Washington and North Pekin, Illinois.
The Uftring Auto Group was founded by Dealer Principal Gary Uftring in 1982 and has grown from a Chevrolet Oldsmobile dealership in Washington, Illinois to one of the area’s premier automotive dealer groups.
The Uftring Auto Group currently serves customers at six locations: Uftring Chevrolet in Washington, Uftring Weston Chevrolet Cadillac in Peoria, Uftring Ford Subaru (Automall) in East Peoria, Uftring Nissan in Peoria, Jaguar Land Rover Peoria and Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in North Pekin.
Our stores offer 11 franchises to central Illinois car shoppers, including Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, Nissan, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Subaru, Land Rover and Jaguar.
Gary Uftring has been a fixture to central Illinois car buyers for many years, including before the acquisition of his first dealership in Washington.
Mr. Uftring began his amazing automotive career on the wash rack at a small dealership in Minonk, Illinois. Armed with the determination to succeed and the desire to become a top sales professional, he took advantage of opportunities as a “fill in” sales consultant when the store was short staffed.
When he turned 18, the owner of the dealership agreed to let him sell cars full time.
Because he was so young, Mr. Uftring focused on exceptional product knowledge and a passion for cars – two traits that serve him well to this day.
Several years later, after moving to the larger Peoria-area market and finding success as a sales consultant, Mr. Uftring became the General Manger of a Ford dealership in Washington, Illinois.
In 1982, Mr. Uftring purchased the Chevrolet-Oldsmobile dealership in Washington – selling all of his prized collector’s cars to make the deal happen. After operating the store from a small building, Uftring in Washington moved to a state-of-the art facility in 1986. Several years later, the dealership expanded with Gary Uftring’s Truck Stop, just up the road from the main store, and Gary Uftring’s Used Car Outlet, a used car facility specializing in affordable pre-owned vehicles. During this period, few automotive dealers in central Illinois attacked the market with low prices, high-volume selection and aggressive marketing and advertising campaigns. Memorable campaigns included tent sales with real elephants, recreating the energizer bunny to demonstrate the quality of our used cars, the cranky Uftring Accountant demanding that all cars be sold, Car Wars battles with another local dealership, the “One Stop Low Price, Drive It On Home Truck Stop” jingle and many more.
In 1992, Mr. Uftring purchased Jim McComb Chevrolet in Peoria, which was followed by an aggressive “One Price” marketing strategy that the dealership employed for nearly 10 years. Jim McComb Chevrolet also became known as a program car superstore, with an incredible inventory of program cars and trucks priced lower than the competition. In 2011, Jim McComb Chevrolet became Uftring Weston Chevrolet Cadillac – the combination of Jim McComb Chevrolet and Neil Norton Cadillac. The dealership is located at 1600 W. War Memorial Drive after an extensive remodeling effort of the former Neil Norton facility. Uftring Weston Chevrolet Cadillac is proud to be downstate Illinois’ premier Chevrolet / Cadillac dealership.
In 1999 the Uftring Auto Group purchased the Ford, Jeep, Nissan and Jaguar dealership in East Peoria, which brought Mr. Uftring back to his Ford roots. The Uftring Automall, with its highly visible location just next to the McClugage Bridge, is a large facility, with enough blacktop for over 700 vehicles. After relocating the Nissan and Jaguar franchises to Allen Road, and acquiring the Peoria area’s only Subaru franchise, the Uftring Automall became the Ford and Subaru dealer that it is today. The service, parts and body shop facilities are large and customer-friendly, and the Ford and Subaru exteriors and showrooms have been completely remodeled for a comfortable and inviting customer experience. Uftring Ford regularly sells more new Fords than any other dealer in Peoria, East Peoria, Morton, Pekin and surrounding communities. Subaru has shown incredible growth as a nationwide brand, which has also been true in central Illinois. Uftring Subaru is proud to offer a huge selection of award-winning all-wheel drive Subaru products.
In 2005, Gary Uftring moved the Nissan and Jaguar franchises from the Uftring Automall to two separate high-end facilities at Allen Road and Willow Knolls Road in North Peoria. Uftring Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover Peoria officially opened for business in early 2006 with some of Central Illinois’ hottest new and pre-owned vehicles. The Uftring Nissan dealership has been awarded the Nissan Owner First Award of Excellence multiple times and has expanded the lot with more blacktop because of the high demand for Nissan’s extraordinary lineup of vehicles. Uftring Nissan is also home to a large selection of Certified Nissans, local one-owner trades and bargain vehicles for anyone’s budget.
Right next door to the Uftring Nissan dealership is our state of the art Jaguar Land Rover Peoria facility, which is the Luxury Car Dealership of choice for Peoria luxury car buyers. Jaguar Land Rover Peoria is a high-end dealership that features Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles but with an approachable, friendly team that always puts the customer first. We are one of the fastest growing Land Rover dealerships in the midwest and have been awarded the coveted Land Rover Pinnacle Award for outstanding sales and customer service. Jaguar Land Rover Peoria is also known for premium pre-owned vehicles, including BMW, Lexus, Cadillac, Audi and Mercedes, as well as affordably-priced trade-ins perfect for every family.
In early 2010, Mr. Uftring finalized a deal to purchase the Chrysler Dodge Jeep facility on Radio City Drive in North Pekin, Illinois. Right away, Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep opened its doors to the public, officially offering customers of Central Illinois another choice for their Chrysler Dodge and Jeep sales and service needs. Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is located in an incredible state of the art building that is very long on comfort and exceptionally trained sales and service personnel. Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram expanded the lot to accommodate additional inventory and believes that a large selection is an important key to making every customer happy. The Uftring Pekin dealership is also home to Uftring Upfit and Performance, a specialty department focused on installing eye-catching lifts and upfits on most makes and models.
The Uftring Auto Group has always adhered to a specific set of core values that benefit our customers and employees.
It isn’t hard to write your values down on a piece of paper. The challenge is living up to them each and every day. Each member of the Uftring Auto Group is proud to serve customers in the Central Illinois area. Our customer relationships are the life blood of our business. Without our customers, we don’t exist. Thanks for visiting UftringAutoGroup.com and we look forward to serving you!