Bud Clary and Bud Westby purchased the Chevrolet dealership from Ralph Masterson in 1959, located on what was known as “Auto Row” on Vandercook Way. A year later, Clary bought out Westby and operated the dealership until 1967 when a new facility was constructed on Commerce Avenue in Longview, Washington.
The Bud Clary Auto Group expanded from its base to purchase Toyota of Yakima in 2001. In 2009, it acquired Toyota of Moses Lake and Chevrolet of Moses Lake. In 2011, it acquired Moses Lake Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram. In 2012, the auto group added Ford and Honda dealerships simultaneously in Moses Lake. Then in late 2015, two more stores were purchased from Tom Matson and added to the family: a Hyundai dealership and an additional Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership, both located in Auburn.
Fast-forward to 2016 and Jim Clary signed on the dotted line handing his many dealerships down to his two sons, Kelly and Bryce Clary. The Bud Clary Auto Group truly is a family-run business and loves serving its surrounding communities. Jim still likes to pop in and make sure everyone is on their toes and we appreciate his admiration for continuing to play a role.
Through the years, growth in the dealerships has increased the number of employees from 15 to over 400 and is still growing! The growth and expansion of this corporation has been due to the fine quality of employees throughout the years, as well as our loyal customers. Because of this stability, we are sure to have steady growth in the future and maintain dominance in the automobile industry in the Longview, Kelso, Yakima, Moses Lake and Auburn areas and beyond.
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