The two owners of the new auto business that recently opened in Huxley have over 80 years of auto sales experience between them and are ready to help those looking for a good used vehicle.


Route 69 Auto, located along Highway 69 in the Ballard Plaza, opened its doors Oct. 15. Its owners are Kent Wagner and John Twedt, two seasoned auto sales professionals who are excited to enter what they call their “first phase of retirement” by running a nice hometown used vehicle dealership.


“We think there’s a need for the $10,000 and under cars…,” said Wagner, 67, who lives in Huxley.


Wagner is originally from Illinois, where he started his career as a teacher and coach. In 1984, when his brother opened Jim Wagner Nissan, Kent came to Iowa to work for him. After Jim’s business was bought out in 2001, Kent took his sales experience to Wilson Toyota of Ames, where he had stayed until now.


Twedt, 72, currently lives in the rural area between Huxley and Cambridge. He has spent his entire life in the Huxley area. He’s a 1964 graduate of Ballard High School, and other than auto sales, the only other job he ever had was doing sales at J.C. Penney’s. He worked, until recently, at George White Chevrolet for 43 years.


Twedt and Wagner have known each other for a number of years. They say when you’ve sold cars as long as they have in the same city, you know the other car salesmen in the area. They also have both put in the long hours that car sales professionals work. “You get tired of working nights,” Twedt said.


For the two of them to open their own used car dealership seemed like a way to slow down a little, but also put their wealth of knowledge about good vehicles to work for those who live in and around Huxley.


First off, they won’t be working nights anymore. Hours for Route 69 Auto will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays.


Route 69 Auto opened with 14 vehicles for sale, and Twedt and Wagner hope to eventually double their inventory. Vehicles currently for sale at their business, the two say, range in cost from $2,900 to $7,900.


The two have brought another local, trusted business into the picture. Bud’s Service Center in Huxley will be helping them do inspections to get cars ready to sell. The two owners will do the detailing of vehicles themselves.


“We have serviceable cars,” Wagner described. “Not salvage titles.”


“We’ve handpicked them,” Twedt said of their inventory. And all of them, he assured, “are something we’d own ourselves.”


People have already commented to them, Twedt said, that “we’ve got nice cars, and that’s our goal.”


Twedt said one of his daughters posted on social media: “Buy nice cars from two of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.” Twedt and Wagner both smile about her statement. That’s a good motto for them, they agree.


“Part of it is that people who know us in Central Iowa, like us … because we tell the truth,” Wagner said. “We like to tout that people who know us don’t always agree with us, but they know we’re honest.”


Wagner said he and Twedt also don’t think of their business as the typical used car business. They believe their knowledge, experience and the fact that they live in the local area make them a much different type of used car business.


“You won’t find anyone that’s got a better reputation than the two of us,” Twedt said.


In addition to great reputation, the two men have something else in common, they’re both fathers and grandfathers. Wagner said together with his wife Janel, they have seven children and eight grandchildren. Twedt has three daughters, 12 grandchildren and even has five great-grandchildren.


The two like that they can slow down a bit, but still do something they love, just in a more stress-free environment.


Opening this auto sales business is an exciting new venture for them, and Twedt said it might be a first for Huxley.


“I’ve lived around here my whole life and I think we are the first car lot ever to be in Huxley.”