In 1969, Canadian Honda Motors Ltd. (now Honda Canada Inc.) was established. The Honda vehicles were all built in Japan, and shipped to Vancouver. By October of 1974, the first Hondas were sold in Langley along with other “imports” such as Volvo, British Leyland, and Jaguar. The dealership was known as Langley Automotive, and a temporary structure on the site carried the first Langley Honda sign.
Langley Automotive / Langley Honda was located on Highway 10 next to the present McDonald’s franchise at the corner of Fraser Highway and the Langley Bypass. Ken Huber, the owner, also owned the McDonald’s franchise, but he eventually sold it, along with his other import lines, as the sale of Honda cars increased. Within two years, Langley Honda was a stand alone franchise in the old Langley Automotive building.
Over the years, Honda sales increased, and in 1990 a new dealership was built at 19515 Langley Bypass, in the middle of Langley’s “Auto Mile”. It featured a 6-car showroom, and a service shop with 9 service bays.
In 1996, Langley Honda was purchased by Karel and Karen Jonker. A new building was constructed next to the Honda building to accommodate their Langley Nissan franchise.
In 1998, the names of the two dealerships were changed to Jonker Nissan and Jonker Honda. The change was brought about to identify their mutual ownership, and also because the buildings are located in the municipality of Surrey, not Langley.
Our business continues to grow. A major renovation was completed in the fall of 2006. Jonker Honda has doubled in size from 15,000 to 30,000 sq. ft. Our service department features 20 service bays as well as drive through service lanes for quick oil changes. New office space, display area, and signage will complete the renovation of Jonker Honda so we can better serve our growing customer base in the community.