Welcome to Karl Knauz BMW, located in the 30+ acre Knauz Autopark situated at Routes 41 & 176. Our particular dealership has been serving the greater Chicago area and Lake County areas such as Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Northfield, and all of Chicago's North Shore since 1971.
It was 76 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 after years of being a chauffeur opened a gas station in Lake Forest. Did he imagine that this modest begininng would come to be one of the most recognized dealerships in the country. The franchises they have now have put their trust in the Knauz family, (with some going all the way back to 1959). They have weathered the good times and the bad, and done so by taking care of customer's using 'The Golden Rule".
The Knauz families have a long history in this area:
Starting in 1934, Karl Knauz began the dealerships with a single dealership, then added a second dealership in 1941, which we still had until this past January when we retired the dealership to make room for our newest franchise. The 60's saw the arrival of another followed in 1971 by the arrival of BMW. In 1986, the Knauz family purchased the parcel of land the Autopark currently resides in May of 1995, in the first franchise (BMW) was moved to the Autopark with the construction of the current home of BMW. 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 more franchises, the almost doubling of the BMW service department. While the past couple of years have been filled with opening the Knauz North Pre-Owned center approximately one mile north of the Autopark , the Knauz Autopark strives to meet your automotive needs today and for years to come.
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, most days he'll still stop by the office, unless the
weather is condusive for his second passion in life... Flying.
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
76th 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 the companies
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 dealership in the past.
In the showrooms, you'll always find the latest models, and the knowledgeable
salespeople will help you find the perfect car for you. 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 sales associate, Dennis
Santi has worked here longer than half the employees have been born. Dennis
this year celebrates his 40th 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 and we will go out of our
way to make you feel welcome and to be able to continue to earn your business.
Today is the start of another 76 years of serving our customers.
In addition to our dealerships. We also have a state of the art, factory certified Collision & Detail Center, our Pre-Owned Center Knauz North (located approximately 1.2 miles north of the AutoPark) and an indoor vehicle and tire storage facility.
About Karl Knauz BMW of Lake Bluff - New & Used BMW Dealership near Chicago & Northfield
Karl Knauz BMW is proud to serve the greater Chicago area with quality new BMW vehicles. With models like the BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, M3, and M5, we have something for every taste and need. Come visit us at 407 Skokie Valley Hwy., Lake Bluff, IL 60044 to see our vehicles and take one for a test drive.
If you're looking for a used car in Lake Bluff, we can assist you there as well. Visit our inventory page to see our large collection of pre-owned vehicles.
Karl Knauz BMW is not just your Lake Bluff BMW dealership, we also provide a full line of services dedicated to our Illinois customers. From BMW car repairs performed by expert mechanics, to OEM BMW auto parts, BMW Body Shop Repairs to car loans, Karl Knauz BMW is the smart choice for your automotive needs.
in and say hi! We're located at 407 Skokie Valley Hwy., Lake Bluff, IL 60044
or you can call us at (866) 649-8680.