Willis Motor Company was founded by Dennis Willis in October 1989, trading from premises on Whitton Avenue West in North Greenford. Dennis employed 3 staff in those days.
He signed up with ŠKODA Cars in May 1993 at the same time that Volkswagen started their UK distribution of this popular range of cars.
During those early years of just a one model range, the ŠKODA Favorit Hatchback and Estate, sales began to build as the exceptional value for money factor became more apparent.
In 1995 ŠKODA introduced a completely Volkswagen influenced model called the ŠKODA Felicia. This model was ground breaking for ŠKODA. It was modern, stylish and outstanding value for money.
By late 1998 Willis Motor Company had established itself as a major supplier of new & used ŠKODA cars in the south of England, constantly in the top 10 most successful ŠKODA retailers.
In September 1998 ŠKODA introduced another model to its range which to date has been ŠKODA’s most successful product, the fantastic ŠKODA Octavia range. This medium sized car at supermini prices was the start of a massive turn around in ŠKODA and its retailers fortunes. Most of its dealerships had by the turn of the century doubled its staff and its retail market share. By then Dennis realised that his present facilities would need to be upgraded and eventually a move to larger premises would be required.
During the following 6 years ŠKODA improved and added to its range of cars by the addition of the ŠKODA Fabia Hatchback and Estate then the long awaited 3rd model to the range, the Flag ship model aptly named ‘Superb’ This large family car was again priced so competitively that all of the other brands struggled to keep pace with ŠKODA’s vision of “exceptional value for money” cars.
In March 2006 Dennis and his staff moved into ‘Willis House’, a brand new building designed by Dennis. The new dealership is located in South Ruislip, Middlesex just off the very busy Victoria road. Willis Motor Company now boasts a 10 car showroom and 100 spaces for used ŠKODA cars. The workshop has increased in size to include 5 vehicle lifts and a MOT bay. By late 2006 Willis had grown its staff number to 14.
In early 2007 Dennis and his staff were notified by ŠKODA that due to the dealerships performance in the following categories, Customer Satisfaction, Parts and Car Sales and of course, staff qualifications after intensive training to Volkswagen Groups high standards the previous year, Dennis and his staff were awarded the highest accolade. ‘ŠKODA International Retailer of the Year 2006’
2007 started strongly for Willis Motor Company with what is going to be one of 5 new models due to be launched in as many years, The outstanding new ŠKODA Roomster a 5 seat MPV priced again as reasonably as its supermini competitors but with the benefit of a great deal more space for less money.
Used ŠKODA Car sales are one of Willis Motor Company’s strengths. By the end of 2007 they achieved such strong sales they were the largest purveyor of Used ŠKODA Cars from a single site in the UK. Over 600 used and nearly new ŠKODA Cars were sold.
2008 arrives along with the pressure of a world recession but that does not deter ŠKODA and their ambitions. The long awaited arrival of the all new ‘ŠKODA Superb’ with its ground breaking dual boot system, this car again has outstripped supply in the first few months of trading. Great news for ŠKODA and its retailers in such a poor economic climate.
We are now in 2015 after a fantastic record year with ŠKODA in 2014. As a ŠKODA retailer of over 2 decades we are looking forward to the arrival of the all new ŠKODA Fabia this fantastic model will be launched at the end of January 2015.
2016 saw the make-over of our dealership in South Ruislip to incorporate all the latest ŠKODA corporate identity now seen world-wide.
2017 Willis Motor Company are pleased to announce the arrival of the all new SUV ŠKODA Kodiaq.