Local Business turns “90”!
In February of 1924, Legrand Smith left the family farm in Draper and opened a Ford Dealership on Main Street in Spanish Fork. Little did he know that 90 years later his dealership would be thriving as Utah’s oldest Ford Dealership. Legrand’s son-in-law, Glenn Bowen, purchased the dealership after his return from World War II. He became the second generation owner of Smith Auto Company until his daughter, Glenda Lyman, stepped in and purchased the Dealership. Glenda remembers when she was a young girl putting stamps on envelopes and doing many different tasks to help out her father. She fell in love with the car business and after graduating from BYU she stepped in and took over for her father who became ill. She is the third generation family to take the helm and work hard to make it the successful dealership it is today. “I’m sure Dad and Grandpa rolled over in their graves when I signed for the loan,” Glenda said. Her father and grandfather had paid for additions and building improvements with cash, never taking out a loan.
Smith Auto Company offers the finest in Ford cars, trucks and SUV’s and has a 26 bay service department where there’s plenty of space to get people in and out. The company also has a stateof-the-art parts department providing the service their customers expect.
Glenda’s focus is still the friendly customer service and good value that keeps the dealership running and the special attention given to each customer will continue into the future. Kevin Lyman, Glenda’s son, is working as the fourth generation in the business. Kevin is the General Manager of the dealership and shares his Mother’s desire to take care of their friends and neighbors. Smith Auto Company leaves their sales staff a lot of freedom to get a deal done. They want to be the place where people come to be treated fairly, in a low-pressure environment.
As Utah County grows, Glenda and Kevin hope to see Smith Auto Company continue expanding to offer even better service and products. Smith Auto Company would like to THANK the community for helping them accomplish their 90 year journey and wish you all the best of the holiday season! Their business reflects their motto: “Satisfy your customers and they will become customers for life.”
Drop by 2534 N. 200 E. Spanish Fork or call (801) 798-3553.