Board Member Spotlight: Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota
Friday, October 25, 2019
Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota has been a part of our community since 1996, when Deb and Casey Johnson opened the dealership at 11 N 25th St. Before long a bigger space was needed, and in 2002 they acquired a large parcel of land along the Corridor of Commerce on Fifth Avenue South. The doors opened in 2003, and the business has since grown into a family affair that includes their sons Matt and his wife Abigail, along with their daughter Isabella, and Nick and his wife, Jordan.
In 2012, the Johnsons expanded to the Ames-Nevada market. Ames Ford Lincoln sells new and pre-owned vehicles and provides a full service center. The Nevada location sells pre-owned vehicles and also has a service center. Matt leads the team in Fort Dodge, while Nick leads the team in Ames and Nevada.
In 2018, Fort Dodge Ford Toyota received the President’s Award from both Ford Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation, making them the only dealership in Iowa to gain this recognition from both auto companies that year. The recipients of these awards are judged on factors such as customer satisfaction, sales volume, market share, and service after the initial sale. The dealership has previously won this award from Ford twice and from Toyota four times.
The Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota dealership offers a service department that can provide services to new and preowned vehicles such as:
- General automotive repair
- Preventative car maintenance
- Air conditioning and heating services
- Cooling system and radiation repair
- Synthetic oil replacement
- Brake repair
- Engine diagnostics
- Transmission Services
Abra Auto Body and Glass, housed in the dealership, offers complete auto body and glass repair services. Everything from damaged fenders, twisted frames, and dented doors to auto glass and windshield repair. They also provide paint and refinishing services. The technicians are I-CAR Gold Standard certified and use the latest auto body and collision repair technology.
The Quick Lane ® Tire & Auto Center provides quick maintenance services, all done by factory-trained experts. An appointment is never needed, and services are done while you wait, even on evenings and weekends. Technicians will inspect your vehicle and give you an in-depth report, enabling you to easily monitor your vehicle’s maintenance needs.
Community involvement has long been a priority for the Johnsons. They host an annual Thanksgiving meal in their Fort Dodge showroom, partnering with various businesses and the Iowa Central Community College Culinary Arts program. This past year, nearly 2,000 meals were served, providing both nourishment and fellowship to people alone or in-need. Through collaboration with the United Way of Greater Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge Ford Toyota has been a vital component of the Wheels for Work program. They service the donated vehicles, making sure they are safe for driving, and with their participation the Wheels for Work program has given over 100 vehicles to individuals who need reliable transportation but may otherwise not be able to afford a vehicle. Wheels for Work has since expanded to the Ames location.
The Johnson family has been heavily involved the American Heart Association’s Sweetheart Gala for over 20 years, with Deb and Abigail being the past chairs. Deb Johnson has served in a leadership role for an annual Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon in both Fort Dodge and Ames. Casey and Matt are both past presidents of the Fort Dodge Chamber of Commerce, before it became the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, with Matt serving as a past president of the Growth Alliance. Another passion of Deb and the Johnson family is supporting and expanding the Meals on Wheels program.
“We are blessed to call Fort Dodge home and thankful for such a wonderful team of employees and outstanding customers!”