Knauz Automotive: Turning Customers Into Friends Since 1934
It was over 80 years ago when,
Karl Knauz, the father of the current chairman, Bill Knauz, created the
dealership that would bear his name for generations to come. Karl Knauz opened a gas station in Lake Forest after years of being a chauffeur. Did he imagine
that this modest beginning would come to be one of the most recognized
dealerships in the country? Current franchises include: Mercedes-Benz,
BMW, MINI, Land Rover, Hyundai, and Sprinter. These franchises have put
their trust in the Knauz family, with Mercedes-Benz going all the way
back to 1959. They have weathered the good times and the bad, and done
so by taking care of customers using "The Golden Rule".
The Knauz families have a long history in this area:
Karl Knauz began with a Desoto dealership, followed in 1941 by a
Chrysler dealership, which we had for many years until we retired the
dealership to make room for our Hyundai franchise. The sixties saw the
arrival of Land Rover, followed by the arrival of BMW in 1971. In 1986,
the Knauz family purchased the parcel of land in Lake Bluff where the
Autopark currently resides. BMW was the first franchise moved to the
Autopark in May of 1995, followed by Mercedes-Benz in September of 1997.
Our Land Rover Center opened in
August of 1998, and on September 10th, 2001 the last of the dealerships
moved out of Lake Forest into what is currently home to Knauz Hyundai.
This building also houses our Collision and Detail centers and our
corporate offices. The next few years were filled with further expansion
with the addition of Knauz MINI and the almost doubling of our BMW and
Mercedes-Benz service departments. Knauz North Pre-Owned Center, located
approximately one mile north of the Autopark, came soon after. The
Knauz Autopark strives to meet your automotive needs today and for years
The Knauz family also
believes that being a beacon in the community is important; that's why
they've spent so much time, money, and effort supporting causes they
believe in. While Bill Knauz has turned over the running of the company
to his son-in-law, William Madden, but most days he'll still stop by the
office, unless the weather is conducive for his second passion in life:
Throughout the years,
the Knauz family has established itself as a leader in the automobile
industry. Our employees pride themselves on outstanding service and
quality sales. Our customer satisfaction is always among the top ranked
nationwide, receiving numerous awards, and our reputation as a good
corporate citizen within the community still stands. Now, as we begin
our 83rd year,
we are humbled by our history, and eternally grateful for all the
thousands of customers that have allowed us to earn their business.
This respect for customers and
an interest in the community stems back to Knauz Automotive Group's
1934 roots, and has been continued in the dealerships open today. In the
earlier days, Bill Knauz remembers getting to know all of the customers
by name. That's a little harder to do today, he said, but they do see a
lot of repeat business including some of the grandchildren of people
who have bought cars from the Knauz dealerships in the past.
In the showrooms,
you'll always find the latest models, and knowledgeable salespeople
that will help you find the perfect car for you, be it a BMW, MINI,
Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Hyundai or a Sprinter van. If you need a
vehicle, they've been selling and servicing them for so long, that they
can anticipate and satisfy your needs. It is often joked that long time
Mercedes-Benz sales associate, Dennis Santi, has worked here longer than
half the employees have been born. This past year, Dennis celebrated
his 45th year
with the company, with no retirement in his future. Dennis is just one
example of the way the employees feel working for the Knauz family:
fortunate to work for a family that cares about their employees,
customers and their community.
Even in today's uncertain times,
you can always find a friendly face and they will greet you with a
smile. We are thankful for our customers. We will go out of our way to
make you feel welcome and to continue to earn your business. Today is
the start of another 83 years of serving our customers.
In addition to our Mercedes-Benz,
BMW, MINI, Land Rover, Hyundai and Sprinter dealerships, we also have a
state of the art, factory certified Collision & Detail Center,
Knauz North Used Car Center (located approximately 1.2 miles north of
the Autopark), and an indoor vehicle and tire storage facility.
There are numerous reasons why drivers choose Knauz Auto Park. Proudly serving Lake Bluff, Schaumburg, Waukegan and Chicago,
our teams of sales advisors, service technicians and financing experts
are trained with one focus in mind: addressing each of your needs with
the utmost respect, care and attention to detail.
That means you can expect to learn all of the features of the specific new BMW 328i, Hyundai Sonata, Land Rover LR2, Mercedes-Benz C-Class or BMW 535i you're
interested in. In the market for a used car? Our team will be happy to
fill you in on each of the reliable options in our inventory. And when
the time comes for you to drive home your next car, our auto finance team is standing by with solutions to fit your individual needs.
Knauz Auto Park, our commitment to excellence does not end with the
sale. In order to ensure a positive ownership experience, we
staff an onsite auto service and repair department. And for those of you who prefer to perform their own work, we also maintain a vast collection of auto parts for sale in Lake Bluff.
Auto Park truly has every one of your automotive needs covered. The
only question left now is how we can best serve you. To take advantage
of any one (or more) of our services, be sure to contact us today, or,
stop by and see us in person at Route 41 and 176 Lake Bluff, Illinois today.
Karl Knauz BMW is the Only Place to Go for BMW Drivers near Lake Bluff, Long Grove, Waukegan and Mundelein
Here at Karl Knauz BMW, we know that you can visit any number of dealerships when shopping for a new car. That's why we always make sure go above and beyond for our loyal customers throughout Lake Bluff, Long Grove, Waukegan and Mundelein. It's our world class customer service that helps us earn your business time and again while serving your driving needs!
It all starts with our attractive selection of new BMW cars including BMW X5, X3, 330i, 750i, 535i and beyond! Take the wheel to see our new cars are defined by a stellar safety record, long-lasting dependability and unmatched quality. If you're driving on a budget, then take a look at a used car to save cash on your next car.
Whatever your preference may be, you'll have no trouble finding an affordable car that brings joy to your daily drive!
Learn More about the Auto Services Available to Drivers in Lake Bluff, Long Grove, Waukegan and Mundelein
It's not just about helping you select a new or used car here at Karl Knauz BMW. Our auto finance center also works to ensure that you take advantage of a lease or loan solution that fits squarely into your budget. That gives you the chance to enjoy a great deal on a high-quality new or used car.
We strive to ensure that your car maintains its original quality for thousands of miles. Don't hesitate to visit our service and parts centers for auto maintenance and repairs near Lake Bluff, Long Grove, Waukegan and Mundelein. You'll always find peace of mind with our factory-trained technicians working on your new or used car. It's all part of our desire to help you make the most of every drive in your new BMW or used car. If there's any way we can improve your ownership experience, please give us call or stop by Karl Knauz BMW in Lake Bluff today!