Since Lockwood Leasing opened its doors, we have been consistently striving to provide the BEST quality new and used vehicles to the Oakville area. We have a passion for serving our community, and providing the best automotive services around.
Jay Lockwood has been a staple in the Automotive Industry in the Oakville and surrounding area for over three decades. To site the industry’s experience with Jay;
Lockwood’s career in the automotive industry began in the early 1970s after he purchased Tiger Town Auto Sales in Hamilton. His involvement with Chrysler started several years later when he purchased 50 per cent of Woodstock Chrysler with his father.
“My grandfather started Lockwood Motors in Hamilton in 1945, making me a third-generation car guy. Cars just seem to be in our blood. It’s hard to believe that all of this started in a small used-car lot in Hamilton,” said Lockwood. “I don’t know where the 30 years went, but I do know that I’ve worn out 85 pairs of shoes walking this hallway.”
On Oct. 4 1983, Lockwood purchased the MacCallum and Wilson Motors dealership on Kerr Street and renamed it Lockwood Chrysler. Two years later, the Oakville company moved to its current location on Wyecroft Road.
Since then, Lockwood Chrysler has expanded its operations to include a showroom, Fiat studio and a parts and service centre.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to live each day working in a field that I love. The marriage between Chrysler and I has been great. Like many relationships, we’ve had our ups and downs, but there’s always been a mutual respect and love for the business,” said Lockwood.
Mayor Rob Burton noted Lockwood’s involvement in the community as an avid supporter of local organizations such as the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, the Salvation Army and Halton Crime Stoppers, to name a few.
In recognition of Lockwood’s support, Burton proclaimed Oct. 19 as Jay Lockwood Day in Oakville.
“When I think about all of the things that Jay does for this town, I can’t help but be both proud and grateful to him,” said Burton. “(He) is a three-time recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award for Rotary (Club), the highest honour the club can bestow upon a person.”
Chrysler Canada senior manager Joe Orlando described Lockwood as one of Chrysler’s “most detail-oriented, giving and charismatic” dealers.
“Jay’s time with Chrysler Canada has been an interesting journey, one of many twists and turns, but one of many accomplishments and achievements. Jay is truly well-respected across this country within the Chrysler corporation,” said Orlando. “I know Jay’s generosity has been felt across this entire town.”
Orlando said Lockwood has never shied away from his generous side, as he continues to support Oakville minor hockey, select charities and the new hospital.
“I’ve known and worked with you for (more than) 20 years. Your commitment to your customers and employees has been evident in the way you do your business,” said Orlando. “You’ve been an asset, not only to the citizens of Oakville, but also to Chrysler Canada.”
Leasing manager Mark Kusiewucz has worked with Lockwood for more than 12 years. He said the owner “always knows” how to unite his employees during times of economic turmoil.
“During these years, we shared many good times, challenged issues and (we) rode the ups and downs that this industry is known for,” said Kusiewucz. “Jay creates an environment of us running our own business and this instills accountability for our actions.”
At Lockwood Leasing, customer service is our number one priority, and this commitment to quality extends to every department. That means that your experience with Lockwood Leasing will exceed your expectations –whether you’re meeting with our sales team to buy a new car or truck, or you’re bringing your vehicle in for a repair or checkup.
Building lasting relationships is what we’re all about. We want every customer to feel confident with his or her purchase, and to have a stress-free experience. Our friendly team will happily give you a test drive of any of our vehicles, or answer any questions you have with NO sales pressure.
We look forward to welcoming you to Lockwood Leasing located at 1141 South Service Road W in Oakville, and helping you meet all of your auto needs!