When you’re in the automobile business these days, adaptability is key.

Dave Wedemeier understands this concept, perhaps better than most

When you’re in the automobile business these days, adaptability is key.
Dave Wedemeier understands this concept, perhaps better than most.
As the acting general mananger of Jay Wolfe Automotive, 1500 N.W. South Outer Road, Blue Springs, and president of the Future Finance Company in Blue Springs, Wedemeier and staff are certain that progress is happening at the dealership.
It almost didn’t happen that way.
In April 2009, General Motors eliminated the Saturn brand, leaving the owner to question the future of the South Outer Road business, which was purchased by Jay Wolfe in 1995. After the elimination, the owner converted it to a used car dealership and crossed its fingers, but the reception wasn’t what they they had hoped it would be.
“When Saturn was eliminated, and with dealerships closing – no one wanted to buy them,” Wedemeier said.
So they did the unthinkable: they stayed.
“We kept staff and just did used cars.”
Successful? Somewhat, but not as successful as they wanted it to be.
That’s where the Future Finance Company came in. Working as a lending company, the lending institution focused on people with bad credit, people going through financial hardship including foreclosure – people who needed help purchasing a car.
At the time, the company provided financing at two locations, including the Jay Wolfe Honda on 103rd Street in Kansas City.
On Sept. 15, 2009, Future Finance came to Blue Springs. And now the customer base is growing, as is the business itself.
In November 2009, Jay Wolfe representatives came before the Blue Springs Planning Commission with two requests: rezone the 3.8-acre property from general business to regional commercial zoning that would allow for car sales and service and grant a conditional use permit that will allow paint and vehicle body work.
The plan calls for one new paint stall and the conversion of three of the 10 service bays to be a body shop.
Wedemeier calls the expansions modest but significant.
“Cars with major damage will go elsewhere, to Olathe, and this will be more for vehicles with light damage,” he said.
Damaged cars will most likely be on the west side of the property, or out of sight of South Outer Road and 15th Street.
The new expansions are expected to open in about six months.
Until then, salesmen are on hand and ready to sell. Wedemeier said the dealership offers all makes and models of domestic vehicles, with some imports. There is also a repair shop for most auto repairs.
“Since we started doing financing here, business has picked up a lot,” Wedemeier said. “Some women came in the other day and were appreciative of all the information we gave them.”
One other attraction is the Future Finance Graduation program, where people come and get the best deal they can and return in the future and get a better deal.
“What our whole concept is about is credit repair,” Wedemeier said. “The goal is to help people repair that credit so when they come back to Jay Wolfe, they can get a conventional loan.”
So come on over to Blue Springs and do some business – and one other thing... If you purchase a vehicle, you get one year worth of free oil changes (limit four).
“We’re pretty confident we can satisfy everyone who comes through the door.”