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The Car Guys em­body it. Randy Brails­ford and Calvin Youd have been in the car business a long time and they’ve earned that trust from the cus­tomers who’ve come to their lot look­ing for a high-qual­ity pre-owned car, truck, or SUV at fair price.

“I’ve sold four gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies” Randy states. “I just had a lady a while back, I sold her her first car at 16, she brought her daugh­ter in, we sold her one at 16.” “That’s what it’s about. Treat­ing peo­ple right to come back.”

And their cus­tomers do come back, with 75% of the peo­ple who walk onto The Car Guys lot be­ing for­mer cus­tomers. From St. George to Lo­gan, and as far away as Kansas, sat­is­fied car buy­ers find their way back to 872 N. Main in Span­ish Fork, to the unpretentious business sit­u­ated be­tween the Chevron sta­tion and UCCU.

Folks who can’t come in per­son to The Car Guys, and many of those who do, start their car search at “We’ve de­liv­ered cars in Florida, Canada, South­ern Cal, North­ern Cal,” Brails­ford said. Randy’s son Brian Brails­ford is the In­ter­net Man­ager and keeps the site up­dated with enough pic­tures and de­tails to get a great look and feel for a ve­hi­cle in their inventory.

For those who don’t find their dream car among the 40 or so ve­hi­cles they keep on their lot, The Car Guys car quickly check their ex­tended inventory of 250 ve­hi­cles cour­tesy of a part­ner­ship agree­ment they have with deal­er­ships in Price and Moab. “If my cus­tomer needs it I can have it here in two hours” says Randy. Still can’t find what you want? Calvin will go find your high qual­ity ve­hi­cle at a cer­ti­fied auc­tion. Randy adds, “85% of our ve­hi­cles have fac­tory war­ranties still on them. We buy cars that are CarFax clean. We like sleep­ing at night.”

The Car Guys are in­vested in the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Calvin Youd for 27 years helped coach the Span­ish Fork High School base­ball team, re­tir­ing last spring. Both Calvin and Randy live in Salem, where Randy has served as mayor for the past 18 years, earn­ing the 2005 Best of State Medal for Elected Of­fi­cial. Yet for all their ac­co­lades and pub­lic recog­ni­tion, Randy let’s a vis­i­tor know what mat­ters most as he points to the photo col­lage of his grand­chil­dren and says “My best award is right up here.”

What does Randy want po­ten­tial cus­tomers to know about buy­ing a ve­hi­cle from The Car Guys? “I want them to know it’s easy.” He con­tin­ued, ”I want you to have a good ex­pe­ri­ence. That car looks good when you pull out ‘cause you’re go­ing to go show it off. I want your friends and neigh­bors and re­la­tions to [say] ‘Where’d you get that? The Car Guys? Oh, that’s nice. Is it new?’”

The Car Guys are open M-F 8:30 - 6:30, Sat. 8:30 - 5, later upon re­quest, and can be reached at (801) 794-0077.

Melissa Prins

Calvin Youd, Randy Brails­ford, and Bryan Brails­ford at The Car Guys in Span­ish Fork.

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