The Go Auto Original: A Look at Kentwood Ford's History

Our dealership has been a staple in northern Edmonton over the last 50 years. With that time, comes a lot of history that has defined how we operate as a Ford dealership today. Read on to learn how Kentwood Ford became the premier Ford dealership it is, today.

The First Go Auto Dealership

Founded in 1970, Kentwood Ford already established itself as a prominent Ford dealership in Edmonton. It wasn't until 1996 that Kentwood Ford became the first Go Auto dealership before it was even named Go Auto. Under the Mike Priestner Auto Group (MPAG), Mike Priestner himself purchased Kentwood Ford and served as general manager for over 5 years before eventually creating Go Auto. To this day, Kentwood Ford serves as the backbone and the foundation for which Go Auto operates and conducts itself as a Happy-to-Help dealership in Edmonton.

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Ken Haywood: An Albertan Automotive Pioneer

Before Mike Priestner acquired Kentwood Ford, the dealership was owned and operated by a Ken Haywood. After selling Kentwood Ford in 1996, Ken became a pioneer in the automotive industry in Alberta, specifically bypushing for better programs to combat auto theft in the province. First, he led the charge in developing and implementing the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) with the provincial government to regulate the automotive industry and fight auto theft. He also founded the Motor Dealers Association of Alberta and served as the president of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. Needless to say, he's made a big impact on the Albertan automotive industry.

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Longest-Serving Team Members

Working here at Kentwood Ford, there's a lot of heritage and history that comes with being at this dealership. So much so, that it doesn't just stop with the brick and mortar dealership itself, but with the people too. Here at our northern Edmonton dealership, we have staff members within our management team that've faithfully worked for over ten years, each one continuing to live up to Go Auto's "Happy-to-Help" motto, before it even existed.

We hope you enjoyed this quick look at our dealership's rich history. Come visit us on 97th street and 137th avenue to see Go Auto's flagship dealership for yourself!

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