5659 E Virginia Beach Blvd  |  Norfolk, VA 23502  |  Ph: 757.461.7552  |  Fax: 757.461.7534

About Us

Vail Automotive started as a parts business in 1992, and in 1996 moved into its current location as an automotive dealer. We've been specializing in buying and selling used commercial vehicles for more than 20 years, and we offer financing to qualified buyers. With more than 125 trucks, vans and autos in stock at any given time, we will likely have what you're looking for or can quickly find it.


If you don't see what you're looking for, ask for it!




Charles Vail, owner of Vail Automotive, has been in the truck business for over 30 years and works directly with customers on a daily basis. He strives to keep his own overhead low so those savings can be passed along to his customers.


When you stop by the dealership, you will see two things - classic cars in the showroom and Charles' black lab, BoBo.


Sales Manager, Glenn Curl, has been with the team for more than 20 years and is highly experienced in the commercial truck business. He has built strong relationships with customers from all over the world, selling vehicles to movie production companies and state and government municipalities, private fleets, leasing companies, dealers and export customers.


Oustide Sales Executive, Robert Nichols, has 15 years experience in the new and used commercial truck business. With expertise in Class 5, 6 and 7 trucks, Robert managers all internet and outside sales efforts for the dealership. He is especially knowledgeable in altering frames and body installations.


Shop Manager, Tim Wood, has been with the team for two years and manages all aspects of repairs, service and warranties. Tim specializes in engine and drive train repairs and is equipped with the latest technology for diagnosing problems with commercial trucks.


Heavy Bus & Truck Recon Specialist, Lewis Thomas, is considered one of the best Class 6, 7 and 8 truck recon specialists in the business. Lewis also holds a CD License and is responsible for transporting all of our larger vehicles to and from auctions. He has been with the company for five years.


Recon & Detail Specialist, Jayson Oliver, has been with the company for six years. He ensures that all vehicles look "like new" when they are listed for sale. Jayson manages inventory control and purchasing for the recon shop.


Tyler Cadena, a talented mechanic, joined the company in 2017. Tyler is our expert in front end, A/C and brake repair. Tyler inspects all vehicles and runs diagnostic tests to discover any issues, aiming for maximum reliability.


Lisa Blankenship, with over 40 years in accounting, joined our team in 2017, handling our accounts payable and receivable. She enjoys working with our vendors and customers to ensure that the numbers are always correct.