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Our family, the Shaver Family, has been in the dealership industry since October 9th, 1935. On that day my great-grandfather, E.L. Shaver held the grand opening for Shaver Pontiac in Hammond, Indiana. Prior to becoming a new car dealer, my great grandfather and his brothers were farmers determined to get into the fast-growing technology. E.L. went on to have three children- Frank, Bob, and Jean-Alice.
Upon E.L.’s death in 1960, my grandfather Frank became the dealer and President of Shaver Pontiac. Shortly thereafter, Frank opened a separate Used Vehicle and Leasing Operation- Shaver Preferred Motors. After graduating Regis University in 1964, my father, Peter Shaver went to work at Shaver Preferred as General Manager.
In 1968, Peter Shaver opened Pete Shaver Lincoln Mercury in Hammond, later relocating to Calumet City Illinois in 1975. His hard work, along with Ford’s launch of the all-new Lincoln Mark IV, resulted in the dealership achieving top ranking in the metro Chicagoland area.
Pete relocated to the Thousand Oaks, Calif. area in 1984 and became General Manager of Lembas Pontiac in the all new Thousand Oaks Auto Mall. In 1987, with the help and support of General Motor’s Motors Holding Division, my father purchased Lembas Pontiac and on February 27th, 1987 Shaver Pontiac was open for business.
In 1988, Pete added a quirky division of American Motors Company- Jeep. Jeeps in Thousand Oak, CA were a natural complement to the Pontiac line and a myriad of customers were soon driving Shaver Pontiacs and Shaver Jeeps. During this period all of Pete’s sons worked at Shaver Pontiac Jeep and learned the car business from their father- just as Frank had learned from E.L. and Pete had learned from Frank- putting the customer first and leveraging Midwestern sensibilities to conservatively grow the family dealership.
In November 2006, after many years of saving, I purchased a small percentage of Shaver Pontiac-Jeep. Andrew Shaver became President and a fourth-generation Pontiac Dealer.
The American Auto Industry was ravaged in 2008 and there were many hard times for us all. Fortunately, the challenging environment created opportunity. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, I was able to complete the purchase from my father in 2010.
Since opening in 2011, Shaver Auto ranks in the top 10 in sales and customer satisfaction within Chrysler California and top 50 Chrysler National. Shaver is a Five Star Elite Dealership and has been awarded the highly coveted Pentastar Award of Excellence in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The Shaver Dealerships have strong ties to the community and various charitable affairs. We have been involved with and supported both the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Magic Johnson Foundation, as well dozens of local schools, churches, and sports teams. Our commitment to the community stems from our commitment to our customers, we understand our relationship doesn’t end when you drive off the lot. For that reason, we are motivated to encourage all of our customers to come back regularly for vehicle service and during this time, when we have a few moments to catch up with a waiting customer, Shaver Auto tends to find another valiant cause to donate its time!
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family’s history. I am very proud of my company and our team dedicated to its operation. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns you may have with my stores at [email protected]
Now that you have read some history why not look to the future behind the wheel of the Dodge Challenger or the hulking yet luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee? We offer a wide range of used cars, trucks and SUV’s as well! Find your way to Shaver Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram near Los Angeles to check out all our vehicle specials!