Waikem Auto Family President David Waikem was featured in Tuesday’s Canton Repository. The local newspaper did a story on his nomination for Time’s Dealer of the Year award.
Waikem, dealer principal of Waikem Honda and co-owner of the seven franchise Waikem Auto Family, is one of 54 dealers nationwide to be nominated for Ally’s Time Dealer of the Year Award. David will travel to New Orleans in January, the winner will be announced at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Exposition.
“The dealers nominated for this award are community heroes, as well as economic and civic leaders, who have time and again shown their dedication to making a difference,” said Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally Financial. “Ally is pleased to once again be supporting these dealers in their efforts to create vibrant, thriving communities.”
Dave was nominated for this year’s award by Lou Vitantonio, president of the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association. Dave co-owners the Waikem Auto Family with Brothers Doug and Chip Waikem. His son Craig Waikem serves as Internet Manager for the dealership, and his nephews Deuce and Chris Waikem serve in upper management at the family business.
NADA and Cargurus.com recently released it study earlier this month, reporting that if you are looking for a used car in Northeast Ohio, you are getting one at the lowest cost in the country. According to their study, used cars in Cleveland, Ohio, cost on average nearly 6 percent less than the national average. Used cars in Akron, Ohio, cost 4 percent less than the national average. Many other Great Lakes Cities, such as Buffalo, NY, Detroit, MI and Toledo, Ohio, also made the list of least expensive cities to buy a new car.