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Learn More About Our New & Used Car Dealership, Finance Center & Service Center

Looking for a dependable and well-appointed new pickup truck or commuter car? How about a quality luxury SUV or sports sedan? Here at DeFOUW Automotive, serving Lafayette, IN, Frankfort IN, Crawfordsville, Monticello IN, Delphi IN and the nearby areas, we've got just the vehicle for you in our new inventory! We also, of course, provide the financing you need to make affording that next new vehicle attainable. And, down the line, when you require regular maintenance or diagnostic work, we'll be there for you.

New Chevrolet Inventory

We pay careful attention to what people around West Lafayette and Lafayette want when it comes to purchasing a new vehicle. We know how popular new Chevy models like the Equinox SUV, Blazer SUV, Traverse three-row crossover SUV, and the Silverado 1500 light-duty pickup are, and we provide accordingly. As such, when you browse our selection of new Chevy models, chances are you're going to see something that appeals to you. When you do, don't hesitate to reach out to us to take a test-drive or ask any questions!

New BMW Inventory

Looking for a quality luxury vehicle or sports car near Crawfordsville? We're proud to provide a wide assortment of brand-new BMW cars and SUVs. Our new BMW inventory includes all your favorite models like the BMW 3 Series sedan, the BMW 4 Series coupe and convertible, and the BMW 5 Series midsize sedan, not to mention the BMW X3, X5, and X7 SUVs.

Used Vehicle Inventory

If value is at the top of your list when looking for a vehicle, then you're going to want to check out our used car and truck inventory. Our used inventory is filled with not only the most popular BMW and Chevy models, but also plenty of other cars, trucks and SUVs from brands such as Ford, GMC, Jeep, Nissan, RAM, and more.

Hassle-Free Automotive Financing

Whether you buy new, lease, or buy used, we can provide you a unique auto financing solution to match your budget, your needs, and your credit. We work hard with local lenders around Lafayette to offer extremely competitive financing rates, not to mention monthly payments you can afford to pay. Contact one of our finance professionals today if you have questions about any aspect of financing your next vehicle from navigating your trade-in value to figuring out a down-payment.

Reliable Automotive Service & Repairs

At our service center, we hire only the most qualified professionals and train them to stringent standards. When you choose our vehicle service center, then, you know your vehicle is in good hands. What's more, we provide amenities you won't find at all service shops, like shuttle service, complimentary snacks and Wi-Fi in our waiting lounge, and more. To top that off, we also utilize only the highest-quality parts in all our repairs.

Learn More: Contact or Visit Us Today

Ready to learn more about what makes our new & used automotive dealership, service center and finance center different than the competition? Don't hesitate to contact us online or by phone today. When you're ready, feel free to visit us in-person. We look forward to having you!

History of our Chevrolet BMW Dealership 

Bill DeFouw, founder of DeFouw Chevrolet BMW, was a used car dealer from Grand Rapids Michigan and always had a dream of owning a GM dealership which eventually led him to Lafayette. Officially opening in July of 1961, DeFouw Chevrolet was born. Before entering the car business, Bill sold for Friedman Calculators.

When DeFouw Chevrolet opened in downtown Lafayette at 12th and Main, the parts department was located on Teal Road and the DeFouw Body Shop was located on Columbia. Bill quickly decided he needed to find a new central location with room to expand which led him to our current location on US 52 or locally known as Sagamore Parkway.

In 1963, the new DeFouw Chevrolet was established and the Grand Opening was held in November of 1963. Over the years, DeFouw grew from 6 acres of land to now over 12 acres. In 1982, DeFouw obtained the BMW franchise and built the new BMW building adjacent to DeFouw Chevrolet in 1997. When first established, DeFouw had 25 employees and has continued to expand to the current 116 fulltime employees and a hand full of part time employees.

Always focused on putting the customer first, Bill had successfully built a huge base of loyal customers. Mr. DeFouw also believed strongly in giving back to the community and served on a number of boards and organizations. Since the beginning, Bill has been a large supporter of the United Way, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, YWCA, and various other organizations.

Dennis Gernhardt, the current owner and President of DeFouw Chevrolet BMW, joined the organization in January of 1979 as New Car Manager. Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Dennis graduated from Xavier University with a degree in Marketing. Dennis spent five years working in sales with Xerox and then worked at Dan Young Chevrolet for two years in Sales and as Assistant Manager before coming to DeFouw. After joining the DeFouw Team, Dennis held a variety of positions including General Sales Manager and General Manager before becoming the President and Managing Owner in 1997.

Dennis has continued to grow and expand the DeFouw Brand focusing on our customers and giving back to the community that has allowed us to call home for the past 50 plus years. DeFouw Chevrolet BMW is still a large supporter of the United Way, Boys & Girls Club and many other local organizations. In 2011 DeFouw celebrated its 50 year anniversary and to this date continues to hold the title of having the oldest Tent Sale in Indiana and the longest running Tent Sale in the U.S.

DeFouw Awards & Accolades

  • DeFouw continues to hold the title of having the oldest Tent Sale in Indiana and the Longest running Tent Sale in the US
  • DeFouw is the 1st dealership to ever put sales staff pictures in the paper
  • DeFouw has held a steak and bean dinner for the service department since the early 60's.


  1. Defouw Chevrolet

    LAFAYETTE, IN 47905

    • Sales: (765) 340-8134
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Defouw Chevrolet

Directions LAFAYETTE, IN 47905

  • Contact: (765) 340-8134


  • Monday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed