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Watkin Motors Ford In Vernon, Okanagan, BC, Near Kelowna

Watkin Motors Ford was established as a dealership in 1915 and is the longest serving Ford Dealership in Canada. Joe Watkin was the original owner and laid the foundation for a promising future. Watkin and his three staff specialized in cars, trucks and tractor sales and would do whatever it took to put the deal together. It wasn’t uncommon for sales staff to deliver a new vehicle to the customer at his ranch or farm, returning with two or three cows used as the down-payment.

In October of 1925, Watkin Motors Ford celebrated the arrival of the 1st Ford Touring Sedan to make the journey across Canada from Atlantic to Pacific.

Three generations of Blankley’s have run Watkin Motors Ford. It all began in 1931 when 14 year old Jack Blankley secured a job at the Vernon Garage. Like all Blankley’s, Jack learned the auto industry from the ground up – sweeping floors, pumping gas and repairing tires. He earned $28.00 per day, but $7.50 of that went to his room & board. Jack stayed with the Vernon Garage for 30 years gaining experience as partsman, parts manager, salesman and sales manager.

In 1962 Jack moved on to purchase Watkin Motors Ford, his son Don, better known as Budd, joined the business in 1966 and brother Bruce in 1976.

In December of 2002, Watkin Motors Ford opened the doors to our revolutionary state of the art new facility. The new building is the first of its kind in Western Canada, boasting over 28,000Sq. feet of interior space including a bright new showroom, expanded service area, automated parts system and the most up to date technology available.

The Grand Opening of the new building was held in April 2003 and more than 1000 people celebrated with the Blankley Family.

Looking forward, Budd’s son, Ross is now the Dealer Principal. Watkin Motors Ford is one of Vernon’s largest employers, with a genuine family atmosphere as a large number of employees have been a part of the family for years. Friendly faces you can trust and most certainly recognize when you walk thru our doors!

Watkin Motors Ford

The philosophy expressed below describes the very heart and soul of how we at Watkin Motors Ford work with each other to provide the “best customer experience”.

  • We understand and encourage the values of a family that respects caring, compassion and honesty
  • We develop and maintain long, loyal, relationships with our customers while understanding and respecting their needs
  • We work in an atmosphere that encourages open dialogue, mutual trust and develops an appreciation for individual opinions
  • We believe that relationships are an integral part of our daily lives which includes support and equality for one another
  • We take pride in making a difference in the lives of our customers and fellow employees while celebrating our achievements together
  • We appreciate the support of our community
  • We encourage every opportunity to meet, learn, and respond to new challenges in a trusting work environment
  • We have an appreciation that every person is an equal contributor to the overall success of Watkin Motors Ford
Watkin Motors Ford
Watkin Motors Ford
Although Mabel is a Ford pup at heart, she can sniff out a good deal no matter the vehicle🐶😏 #MabelsPickOfTheWeek is our lineup of off-make Used Vehicles!

🐾2015 Honda Civic
🐾2019 Mercedes-Benz A250
🐾2020 Toyota Prius
🐾2019 Kia Soul
🐾2021 Kia Sportage

Check out the value on your vehicle INSTANTLY: https://www.watkinmotors.com/trade-in/
Watkin Motors Ford
Watkin Motors Ford
We have not 1, not 2, but 3 Available 2023 Ford F-350 Superdutys ready for immediate pickup🙌
It was a cancelled Fleet Deal so their loss is your GAIN!
All 3 are identical, equipped with 💥XLT package
💥Bench seat in first row
💥Headache Rack
💥Caps & Rails
💥Spray-In Box Liner
…& much more!

Priced at $94,900 +$695 Doc and applicable taxes.
Check them out on our lot or online at: https://www.watkinmotors.com/new-inventory/?dsp_make=1%2C&dsp_model=499%2C&dsp_drilldown_metadata=category%2Cmake%2Cmodel
Watkin Motors Ford
Watkin Motors Ford
Welcome to the Bronco Sport Life Liz!! Congrats on the new 2021 Bronco Sport🙌 Huge thanks to Steve for helping her find the perfect SUV!

🔥We are looking to stock up our pre-owned inventory!
🔥We will buy your ride for CASH!
🔥Find out instantly what your vehicle is worth right here: https://www.watkinmotors.com/trade-in/
Watkin Motors Ford
Watkin Motors Ford
We are happy to provide 4 vehicles for the BC Cattlemen’s Association this weekend! Shoutout to all the volunteers who are helping make this great weekend happen🙌
Watkin Motors Ford
Watkin Motors Ford
We have a variety of new Bronco Sports in the stable🐎Ready for their forever homes!
Gear up for Summer Adventures🙌

Thinking of trading in? Did you know you can get an INSTANT trade value on our website?
You can also check your credit score for FREE😱
watkinmotors.com 👈
Watkin Motors Ford
Watkin Motors Ford
The Expedition Timberline is up for any adventure😎 Even if it’s just to drive to the store for more treats…right Mabel??
Check out Mabel’s Pick of the Week🐶

🌲2023 Ford Expedition Timberline
The most off-road capable expedition ever made! 💡Did you know, they also make an Explorer Timberline?? Ask our staff today about the Adventure Ready model lineup!

👉 https://www.watkinmotors.com/inventory/2023-ford-expedition/9884201/

#YourAdventureHeadquarters #MabelsPick
Watkin Motors Ford
🛻Canada's Oldest Established Ford Dealership Taking Care of Customers...for Life! 😎HUGE discounts on 2023 Ford F-150s😎 https://www.watkinmotors.com/new-inventory/?dsp_make=1%252C&dsp_model=221%252C&dsp_drilldown_metadata=category%252Cmake%252Cmodel
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