History of Wagner MotorsIn 1965, Ronald Wagner opened Wagner Motor Sales in Boylston. Starting as a used car lot, Ron sold vehicles out of a small shed on his residential property. Earning the AMC dealership in 1976 prompted the need for an official dealership building. In 1980 Ron was offered the Mercedes-Benz franchise and, given his success with selling high-line vehicles, was invited to represent the BMW brand in 1988. In 1994 Wagner Motors grew to include Audi and Jaguar. Realizing there was a tremendous need for a state-of-the art body shop in Worcester County to deal with the increasing intricacies of repairing technologically advanced vehicles; Wagner Certified Collision Center on Plantation Street in Worcester was opened in 1987 with Wagner Motorsports International, the Wagner's motorcycle division, joining the Collision Center on Plantation Street in 2006. As each automotive brand expanded, the original property in Boylston was soon beyond capacity and the Wagner family embarked on an extensive, long term relocation plan to move the dealerships to their current home on Route 9 in Shrewsbury. When the KIA store, situated next door to the newly purchased Wagner property, became available, the Wagner's quickly saw a unique opportunity to include the fast growing, midline KIA brand to their family of vehicles. Today, the Wagner Auto Group "campus" houses a row of separate buildings on what some now call "the Shrewsbury Auto Mile", all offering a unique and specialized brand of vehicle tied together by the "Wagner" label of good business practices and friendly, welcoming employees who are proud to be a part of the Wagner family.
One phenomenon experienced at Wagner Auto Group, is the number of lifelong employees who began their careers with the company and remain today. Wagner Auto Group now employs close to 400 people. The car business is notorious for its high turnover yet it is not unusual to find sales and office team members who have worked with the Wagner family for 30 or even 40 years! In addition, the Wagner family's longevity of ownership has become unique in the industry. In the last decade most family run dealerships have sold out to large conglomerates that run car dealerships on volume. Not us! The business relationships we have built within Worcester County keep us committed to remaining a family run business well into the future.
Perhaps our proudest achievements are in the area of philanthropy. From inviting Scout Troops into the shop on a weekend to earn their "Car Care" Badge to hosting charity Galas in one of our beautiful showrooms, we rarely say "no" when approached with a need. Even through times of economic challenge and expansion, the philanthropy budget has grown each year. The list of organizations we support include:
- Dress for Success Ladies Night Out
- St. John's
- Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services
- Worcester Academy
- Harvey Ball
- Pan Mass Challenge
- Girl Scout and Cub Scout Troops
- And…just about every local town's Little League!
When reflecting on the Wagner Auto Group story, one particular moment in history stands ahead of the others. In 1975 Ron Wagner and fellow American Motors dealers were angry about a congressional vote that made certain automobile options mandatory on vehicles produced in the U.S. including AM/FM radios, radial tires, safety belt ignition interlocks and ignition buzzers. Many consumers saw this as an underhanded way to raise vehicle prices and create more profit for the manufacturer.
To protest, Ron set up a tent on the roof of the Boylston dealership and vowed to stay up there until he received 30,000 letters. He also sold his entire inventory of AMC vehicles for $1 over invoice. His story was reported in local newspapers around the country as well as The Wall St. Journal, Forbes and Time Magazine.
He lasted up there for 12 consecutive days and, when he came down, was invited to meet in Washington with then Senator Edward Brooke as well as Presidential Economic Advisor William Siedman.
Wagner Auto Group, to this day, is a staple in the Shrewsbury community and surrounding communities. With the support of the long lasting employees, loyal customers, and figures in the community, Wagner Auto Group will continue to thrive.
About Wagner Audi in Shrewsbury
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At Wagner Audi we strive to provide outstanding professional service in all areas of our automotive dealership. We are proud to present Audi models and are confident we can find the new car, truck, van, or SUV of your dreams. Looking for that certain A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, S5 or TT? We will do everything it takes to get you that model equipped with the features you desire.
If you are in the market for a used car in Shrewsbury, look no further! At Wagner Audi, we stock a large amount of high quality used cars to serve the Shrewsbury region. We are proud to have certified and pre-owned vehicles ready for you to test drive today.
We will also help with auto loans in Shrewsbury and lease plans too. Our auto repair and car parts departments at Wagner Audi can help get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
Please visit Wagner Audi at 780 Boston Turnpike and let us show you all of the Audi services we offer.