Dick Anderson grew up on a small farm in Montrose, South Dakota. In those days it took raw muscle and perspiration to produce a crop. His father survived the depression and passed on his work ethic to his two boys, Dick and Roger. Dick learned at an early age that the way to get ahead in life was to work hard. Working hard on the farm produced athleticism in Dick that showed itself in high school sports. Excelling in both basketball and football, Dick developed a love for athletics that would affect him profoundly throughout his life.
Dick attended college at General Beadle (now Dakota State University) and became a stand out football player. This was in a day when the gyms weren’t fancy and there was not any weightlifting equipment. In the summer, he worked at a local dairy for spare money. Earning $20 a day, Dick built muscle the old fashioned way – lifting 100 pound milk cans!
After graduating with a teaching & coaching degree from Dakota State, Dick’s career spanned six different high schools and four states (South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska). As a Head Football Coach, he compiled a 149-68-3 record. He was named Nebraska’s Coach of the Year in 1986 after his Grand Island Northwest team won its second straight State Championship.
In 1986 Dick was at a crossroads. He was looking for a new challenge, but wasn't sure if he wanted to leave the position of Athletic Director & Head Football Coach at Grand Island Northwest. After some careful consideration, Dick and Roger decided to do what they had done in high school and college: play on the same team. Roger (who had been in the car business since 1969) wanted to try and buy a big Ford dealership where Dick lived in Grand Island, Nebraska.
“In the mid 1980’s my brother Roger, started to encourage me to consider the car business,” remembers Dick “It certainly was a new direction for my life, but I could see how a lot of what I had done in coaching would be of benefit in working with people buying cars.” In 1986 he made the decision to join Roger and over the next fifteen years the Anderson’s built a very successful franchise. Their “customers first” attitude combined with their hard work farm ethic brought them lots of repeat business. Ford Motor Company consistently ranked them at the top of their Oval Circle, a customer satisfaction program. Over time most of their sons and daughters came to work at the dealership providing them each the joys of a true family business.
Over the next decade they would add dealerships in Lincoln, Nebraska and St. Joseph, Missouri. In 1998, after a vacation in Lake Havasu City, Dick decided to sell out to Roger and then buy a Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership and enjoy the warmer weather. A few years later he bought a Toyota dealership in Kingman. Today, Dick continues to play an active role in the community as well as guiding his family in running the dealerships. Currently, Dicks’ son Jason has taken over the helm in the daily management of both dealerships and is a chip off the old block. The Anderson Auto Group will continue to operate under what Dick refers to as a "mom and pop philosophy of business". That is to treat everyone you do business with as if they were your own mom and dad!
Many other accomplishments piled up over those years but Dick is quick to lay the credit for the success in two areas outside of himself. “I owe a great big thank you to all those teachers and coaches who cared about this South Dakota farm boy.” He points to the wonderful athletes he had throughout his career and their determination to succeed, and to the many coaches that he had the privilege to work with. He also gives the rest of the credit to his family. “From my first coaching job in South Dakota after college, my wife, Judy, has always been there with me supporting me and encouraging me,” shares Dick. “As my children grew up they were on my team, too, always spurring me on. Everything was so much easier because of the togetherness of our family”.
Anderson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Anderson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Lake Havasu City, Arizona was founded in 1999 when Richard “Dick” Anderson purchased “The Corral Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Jeep” originally located at 669 North Lake Havasu Avenue.
In just 2 years, the business had grown to the point that a new dealership was needed. Monthly sales quickly shot up 136%. In 2002, Anderson Chrysler Dodge Jeep moved into its current brand new state of the art facility at 3920 North Highway 95.
Anderson Suzuki Service
In 2009, Anderson Chrysler Dodge Jeep became a factory authorized service only facility for Suzuki.
Anderson Toyota Scion
Anderson Toyota was founded in Kingman, Arizona in 2001 when Dick Anderson and his son Jason purchased “Tri-City Toyota”. The dealership at 4195 Stockton Hill Road had been a struggling franchise.
By 2003, monthly vehicle sales had increased an astounding 200%. It was now time for a move to bigger and better things.
In 2009, Anderson Toyota came to Lake Havasu City and became Anderson Toyota Scion at 6510 Showplace Ave. The move came during a period of economical downfall in the country. However, Anderson Toyota Scion, did not miss a beat.
It was also during 2009 that Richard Anderson completed a sale of his interest in both dealerships and retired.
In July 2010, The Anderson Auto Group purchased “Copper Canyon Nissan” at 3842 North Highway 95 in Lake Havasu City. In little over a year, monthly sales increased 200% and is continually prospering.
Anderson Ford in Kingman, Arizona & Bullhead City, Arizona
Anderson Ford Lincoln was founded in Kingman, Arizona & Anderson Ford was founded in Bullhead City, Arizona in January, 2016 with the purchase of the “Colorado River Ford” franchise. The dealerships are located at 3601 Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, Arizona & 2585 South Highway 95 in Bullhead City, Arizona. The Anderson Auto Group looks forward to serving its customers in both these outstanding areas.
As history will show, the Anderson Auto Group understands what it takes to develop underperforming dealerships into a strong business and community pillar. We take pride in our efforts to be responsible corporate citizens.
We are “Grass Roots” in our thinking. We support and donate locally. While we may support national causes through local affiliates, our emphasis is on helping local community organizations. It is our desire to help non-profit organizations whose effort benefits the communities where our employees live and work.
The Anderson Auto Group focuses primarily on community organizations whose work falls within the following categories:
Youth and Education
Arts and Culture
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For the many years we’ve been in business, we have been striving to provide our clients the best quality service possible to gain their full satisfaction. And they’ve shown their appreciation by coming back to us repeatedly.
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technical repairs, or even a simple oil change.
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