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Brent & Laurel Nelson
Dealer Principals/General Managers
218-998-8878

The team at Nelson GMC were very easy to work with. - Joey

 

Definitely worth the drive from Fargo. - Noel

 

My salesman was top notch. Nelsons made my buying experience a truly wonderful experience.  The rest of the people there were great also.  Nelsons have always given us great service. - Michael

 

Nelson Ford is a very good place to buy a Ford. We drove about 45 miles to get our new car from there with good results. I would recommend them and the Ford Edge vehicle. - Mike

 

New Dodge Ram - The salesman was professional, knowledgeable and made the buying experience go smoothly from start to finish. Everyone at Nelson's Dodge was friendly and courteous. Would defiantly recommend to a friend. - TS


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Sales

Scott Tietz
Sales / HR Manager
218-998-8846


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Tom Moll
Sales Manager
218-998-8867


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Chad Norby
Sales Manager
218-998-8868


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Darren Herman
Sales Manager
218-998-8826


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Alex Lais
Finance Manager
218-998-8878


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Taylor Haggstrom
Finance Manager
218-998-8826


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Margie Gettel
Business Development Manager
218-998-8829


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Dave Johnson
Sales Manager
218-998-8834

Like a Family
by Michael Amundson from Henning, MN
November 26, 2016

Dave helped me determine the best way to go to get an updated vehicle. After considering all the options, I leased a new vehicle, and am extremely happy with it. All I had to do is sign the papers, and get some training on new vehicle operation, and I was down the road. Thanks to the whole staff at Nelson's

Leased a 2016 Ford Edge
by Ann and Dean from Fergus Falls
June 8, 2016

Dave Johnson did a great job helping us lease a 2016 Ford Edge. When I saw a sign in the dealership about leasing vehicles we asked Dave to explain leasing and we learned a lot. It became clear that leasing was the right deal for us. We drove four different vehicles and found the right one for us. Dave was very helpful in explaining the different features of the Ford Edge.


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by Military Service Member from Fort Bragg, NC | January 17, 2014
Dave Johnson handled the whole process with ease. Bought the vehicle through website from Nelson Auto. I have been a lifelong customer of Nelson Auto.. Currently in the military but would not buy a vehicle anywhere else. Facilities and customer service are second to none

It was a "WOW" experience! Dave J was salesperson

by Jeri Dawson from Alexandria, MN | November 6, 2013

I was extremely impressed with Dave Johnson as a salesman! A friend of mine has worked with Dave for many years and Dave has also earned my repeat business and referrals as well! This was the first vehicle I had to purchase by myself. I was treated with respect, he answered all my questions in a very professional manner and he made the whole experience of purchasing a vehicle for me fun! I had done some price shopping closer to my home and none of them came close to the prices at Nelson Auto Center. Let me say that purchasing a car or even to walk in to a car dealer was out of my comfort zone! Being a female, widowed and a sales person myself, I pay close attention to how I am treated! At another dealership closer to my home - it was not a good experience as I walked into that business - I was greeted with "can I help you find who you are looking for"? It wasn't that way with Dave at all! Dave greeted me with a smile and a handshake. So you can be assured that there will be alot of my widowed friends told about my vehicle buying experience with Dave as probably the best salesperson I have met! After the paperwork was done, Dave was waiting for me to explain everything in the car. I was especially impressed with the amount of time he spent doing that to make sure I understood everything - especially the cellphone part! As well as telling to call him if I have any questions. Dave went the "extra mile" as a salesperson. I can tell that he loves his job and does it well! I purchased a 2013 Ford Edge! Its awesome!

My 3rd King Ranch

by Jill Askelson from Detroit Lakes, MN | July 7, 2013

Thanks to Dave Johnson, Sales Manager at Nelson Ford, I am now driving a 2013 F-150 King Ranch pick-up. This is my third King Ranch and I have been more than pleased with each one. There are many vehicles out there, other than Ford, to choose from. The reason my husband, Bernie, and I have remained in Ford vehicles all these years is the tremendous service we get from the sales staff, like Dave, at Nelson Ford. Dave is truly a professional and walks you through the purchase from start to finish. He goes the extra mile to make sure that you understand the process and are happy with the purchase. If it were not for people like Dave at Nelson Ford we would probably not have been as loyal to the dealership over the years?which I might mention has been 20+ years. Not only does the sales staff do a tremendous job; after the purchase, the service department continues to maintain the integrity of Nelson Ford with prompt service attention. I am happy to say there have been very few repair glitches in our vehicles over the years. Most service has been routine and Bob and Kevin have always stepped up to the plate to take care of all of our service needs. Nelson Ford owners, Brent and Laurel Nelson, can take pride in knowing they have a staff that treats their customers as they would want them to be treated. Kudos to Dave and the rest of the staff at Nelson Ford.

Great Customer Service!

by Joe & Cindy Klimek from Clitherall, MN | June 13, 2013

As always a great purchasing experience with Dave Johnson. My husband and I both bought new vehicles in the past few months. We have been customers for years and work exclusively with Dave. Our neighbors, co-workers, and friends are also customers and work with Dave. He's very professional, honest and straight forward which is what we appreciate most. He has great integrity, plus a great smile! Always a good experience bringing our vehicles in for an oil change too.

"Business with Dave"
Guest, Sunday, October 09, 2011
This review is for:  Nelson Ford - Judysbook

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Chad Swenson
Sales Consultant
218-998-8835

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by Tom Gentzkow from West Fargo
September 26, 2016

Chad was outstanding in assisting us with our purchase. The entire team at Nelson is top notch, and go out if their way to make sure we, the customer, are satisfied!! Thanks Nelson Auto!!!

Chad is the best!
by Kim S. from Fergus Falls MN
August 2, 2016

Chad Swenson is always there for us. When we need a car he finds it for us. He seems to know what we don't or do want. Our daughter's car broke down in 2014 350 miles away while going to college. She needed a car immediately. He found us a car quickly and in no time we were hauling her new car by trailer to her. He recently found my husband a car. He notified us frequently telling us when cars were available and he found us one and also found us discounts. I highly recommend Chad and Nelson Auto Center.


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by from Fergus Falls |

When ever we're looking for a different vehicle, we go to Chad. He knows what were looking for and what we can spend, and always has somthing in mind. Never has there been a problem, he always makes the transaction Painless! Thanks Chad!


Thanks for the Great Help!

by from Fergus Falls |

We had never looked into buying a new car. It has always been used for us. We felt it was time to get a new vehicle. My wife researched hour after hour and we narrowed it down to 2 different vehicles, one of them being the Ford Edge. She knew exactly what she wanted and Ford had the color she wanted as well. Chad Swenson helped us a great deal in making our experience a good one. We also were treated very well by the finance person who explained all our options. We look forward to using our new Ford Edge a lot. Thanks again to Nelson Ford for all their help.


5.0 out of 5.0 by from Barrett Mn |

Came into Nelson Ford to look for a truck. Found exactly what I have been looking for. I looked on a tuesday and drove it home on wednesday. Thanks to salesman Chad Swenson. Great service and knowledge of equipment. Thanks again Chad

Freindly and helpful service, professional By BLjohnson from Breckenridge, Mn. | March 27, 2013

 Chad talked me through the buying process and was very professional on how the buying process was going to go. My experience with Nelson's was great and look forward to buying my next vehicle from them.


FAST! Friendly Service

by from Fergus Falls, MN |

I walked into the building around 1pm-Chad Swenson (after a couple phone calls) knew exactly what I was looking for. Gave me the keys for a test drive, when I got back we talked numbers. I headed back to work while Nelson ran the financial stuff-including a FANTASTIC deal on my trade-in....At a little after 5pm I drove away in my new Escape! I was dreading the whole 'car shopping' experience. And it was painless! Fast! And there wasn't any pressure!! Thanks Chad! and Nelsons for really taking the horror out of wheeling and dealing!!


Jill from Dalton, March 5, 2013
Unbeliveable Great Service! Went in to get a Oil Change and Bought and New F-150 Pickup Truck. Wow Thank you Chad Swansen you and everybody @ Nelson Ford Rock!!!!


Donna , February 6, 2013
I purchased a 2011 Silver Ford Escape yesterday from Chad Swenson. He was friendly and patient. Besides finding me what I wanted. I wanted a sunroof. I know that are not that many out there, 6cyl and 4WD. Has lots of extras too so I am excited to go on a road trip & try everything out! Chad was not a "pushy" salesman(I tend to turn away). He kept me updated on what was available from the first time I test drove a '13 Escape and an Edge. Chad gave me all the information I needed to make my final choice. I get pretty attached to my vehicles so a difficult decion to give my old '05 Escape up. I feel I received fair treatment and a good deal. I have recommended Nelson Motors to my boss who is looking & not sure what she wants. Also to a co-worker. Thanks! I would come back again.




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Trevor Funkhouser
Sales Consultant
218-998-8837

Car buying
by Larry and Linda from West Fargo, ND
October 26, 2016

Once again, we are completely satisfied with our buying experience! We have always been treated like royalty at Nelson, and Trevor and the rest of the crew did a great job getting us into our new vehicle!

Great Transaction!!!
by Jerry D from Bagley Mn
February 4, 2016

I was quite pleased with my purchase of a new f-150 from Trevor Funkhouser. The transaction was handled entirely by phone including the installation of several items (running boards and box cover). When I arrived the vehicle was clean and options installed and all that was left was the paperwork which was quickly completed. It was well worth the 125 mile drive to do business at Nelson auto center.

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by from Park Rapids, MN |

I did a lot of online research to find the Ford Edge with the features I wanted. When our local dealer didn't come up with what I was asking for, Trevor at Nelson Ford did and was quick with tentative payment numbers based on what our dealer would have given us for trade in value. He had the lowest interest rates of all the dealers we talked to and was very quick with email responses to my questions. Thank you!


Awesome Experience all the way around

by from Bismarck, ND |

We recently purchased a F150 and couldn't be more pleased. We did everything online and through email and the vehicle was even better than expected. It was by far the easiest car buying experience we have ever had. Trevor was awesome, answering all of my questions and being super patient with my never ending inquiries. He found us the perfect truck at a fantastic price and we couldn't be happier. I will definitely recommend Trevor and Nelson Auto Center to anyone I know in the market for a new or next to new vehicle. Thank you Trevor for the outstanding customer service, patience, and fantastic vehicle. We love it!


Pleasant Buying Experience

By Bruce from Clitherall | March 27, 2013

 We recently bought a new Chrysler Town and Country from Nelsons in Fergus Falls and have to say that it was a great experience in ALL aspects. Trevor and Scott were very attentive to our vehicle needs. We were able to obtain a very fair trade in price on our used vehicle. It is good to be able to trade at "home" and take advantage of their service department when it is needed. Rick and the crew always go the extra mile for us.


Roger and Margo  January 28, 2013
We purchased a new 2013 Ford Edge from Nelson Ford Auto Center. Our sales consultant was Trevor Funkhouser. We have dealt with Trevor before and he makes the visit fun and stress free. When we were first thinking of purchasing a newer car we went to the Nelson Ford Web site. We found it to be very easy to navigate and fun to look through. They did a great job with that web site. Our intention was to buy something through Trevor and we made arrangements to meet with him. This is the fourth vehicle we purchased from Nelson Ford and the second one with Trevor as our consultant. Trevor offered detailed information about the vehicles we were interested in as well as alternatives. We test drove used and new. We even went over lease verses purchase. Trevor was very knowledgeable about all of the cars we considered. Every question was answered so we clearly understood the features on the different models. He found more than one vehicle with the features we liked. So the sale actually boiled down to color. We found we were treated fairly and with great respect. We were able to drive home with our new Edge that afternoon. Trevor has gone above and beyond our expectations to make sure we were happy with our purchase. He spent time with us to make sure we understood the new features on our 2013 Edge including Sync. He even set up our I phones and the presets for the radio. We felt a ease as he went over everything and answered our questions. His knowledge and friendly manner made our decision easy to buy from Ford. Nelson Ford and its service department has taken care of our needs and exceeded our expectations over the years we wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone. This is a great place to buy any vehicle. They have a huge inventory and really all staff are easy to work with. We look forward to our next purchase from Nelson Ford. Trevor we can't thank you enough we love our Edge.

Macon, December 16, 2012

Hi, I recently purchased a vehicle from Nelson auto, and I was working with Trevor. He made it extremely easy for me, he knew my time was limited and he did an excellent job on explaining everything that I needed to hear. I look forward to working with Trevor again when I am ready for another vehicle. Thank you.


Larry Schneeberger, December 3, 2012

"We had a great experience with our pickup purchase from Trevor Funkhouser at Nelson ford . I do not like to shop around when I buy a vehicle as we like to keep our business local but I do know we could not have been treated more fairly and  courteous  with great service, I would recommend Nelson ford to anyone."


 Rich B. ? - Jan 19, 2012

Nelson Ford exceeded our expectations in the leasing process of a new car. Trevor had all the answers to our questions and provided the proper information for us to make our decision. The remaining staff was also excellent. Will recommend to all.


Bill M ? - Jan 5, 2012

The experience of purchasing a new vehicle with Trevor and the team at Nelsons for the first time was very professional and curtious. I would recommend anyone looking for a new or used vehicle to stop in and give them the first chance, you will not need to go anywhere else. The time from walking in the door to driving out was incredible!!!



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Travis Hopkins
Sales Consultant
218-998-8824

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Dwayne Marudas
Sales Consultant
218-998-8833

Worked with Dwayne and team and received great service!  Efficient and very friendly with very fair prices.  Would definitely recommend for and will be back for any future purchases! - AS

Salesman was very helpful trying to find the perfect vehicle for us.  Dwayne was very attentive to our needs and helped us get a good price on our vehicle.  I had a great buying experience at Nelson's Auto. - Bill

Dwayne was really helpful in making sure that I got a deal and got into the truck I wanted I really appreciate the focus and help Dwayne provided. - Spencer

Dwayne was very nice and helpful.  We knew what we were looking for but made the process smooth.  This was the second new car we have bought from Nelson.  - Tracy - 11/25/19


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Mark Morris
Sales Consultant
218-998-8825

Great Salesman
by Margaret from Fergus Falls, MN
October 25, 2016

I like that Mark was able to find the perfect vehicle that fit our needs. We love our new Escape

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by Ray and Vicki from Fergus Falls Mn.
June 3, 2016

My wife and I stopped into Nelsons to just look at a Jeep Cherokee. We meet Mark Morris and he picked out the perfect vehicle for us just after answering a few of his questions. The whole staff was great from sales to financing to the accessories department, everyone knows their jobs and do them very well. They had our vehicle ready when promised. Thank you Mark and Nelsons for a good buying experience.


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by from Fergus Falls |

We recently purchased a "like new" Dodge Ram from Nelson Auto Center. A big Thank You to Mark Morris for your honesty, friendliness and professionalism, your are the best. Our whole buying experience from all the staff was great...Thank you...


by Bryant & Kayla from Davenport, ND | August 24, 2013
My wife and I had been looking for a Ford Edge for some time. We decided to call Mark Morris to see what he could do for us, and it was a great decision. I had heard nothing but good things from people about Mark and Nelson Ford. The whole process was very enjoyable and would do it over again anytime, thanks Mark we love our new Edge!

"I would like to note that Mark Morris was a pleasure to deal with, and is an asset to your staff.  Mark was not a high pressure salesman, and really worked with us to make sure we were happy with our purchase.  There was an auto start that was added to the car and that was also taken care of in a timely satisfactory manner.    I will definitely look to Mark Morris and Nelson Dodge the next time I am in the market for a new vehicle." 
Thanks again, Jim  January 15, 2013


"I just want to say what an awesome experience it was to purchase my 2010 Mercury Milan from Mark Morris. When I came to Nelson, I was looking to get out of my G6 and into something a little newer that got better mileage than my G6. After looking at the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, my heart was set on the Fusion. When asked what were something's I wanted in the car, I felt I was being picky because I'm still young enough that I love having my moonroof in the old car that I wanted it in my new one. I wanted it between 30,000 and 50,000 miles, because I felt it was low enough to still put into my budget and color, I didn't want black or red because of gravel and my yard having about 6 red vehicles in it. So I wanted either Silver, White or Blue.  Another thing was cloth interior, I'm not a huge fan of leather so cloth fits me better. When Mark called to tell me that they had picked up a Milan with a moonroof, cloth interior and Blue, I was excited! Sure, I know it wasn't a Fusion but it was the same car but different decals on it! When it came down to everything, I must say that Mark is one hell of a salesman! I am very happy with my choice in salesman and my new vehicle I purchased from Nelson Ford!!"
Sincerely,  Katie M. Boen - October 25, 2012

"I have found Mark and the Nelson dealership to be honest, fair and reliable when I have been dealing on many different purchases of automobiles. Mark's professional approach has made it a pleasure to buy a car. Mark and his bosses have helped my wife and I through some trying times with cars that have made ownership a problem. Because of Mark and the Nelson's dealership's integrity, I am very glad to recommend them to you."

Peter Eikren - Sept 26, 2012


June 1, 2012

"I just bought a new half ton GMC Sierra Crew Cab SLT  pickup from Nelson's.  My salesman was Mark Morris and it was just great to work with him.  We did the sale over the phone and it worked out very well.  Mark was so professional and organized - very easy to work with.  I couldn't have been more pleased.  I will be recommending Nelson's to my friends and family as the place to buy a vehicle."

Alan, Miller, SD



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Mark Morris made it so easy to get us into our new Fusion! The whole staff was kind and courteous from start to finish. They are also great with follow up calls to make sure you were completely satisfied with your buying experience.

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Linda B Aug 11, 2011. About a week ago we purchased our very first new car, and the nelson experience was great. Everyone is so friendly and they remember you when you return and you are a person and not just an account number. Mark Morris is a excellent and very knowledgeable sales person. We went in on Friday and picked up our car on Saturday. Elliot did a great job of getting the paperwork done in a very timely maner. I can honestly say that we will be back for our next car or truck whenever that may be.

"Great Car Dealership!!!"

Guest, Sunday, January 23, 2011
This review is for: Nelson-Judysbook
Nelson Ford is a great place to buy a vehicle!!! Our salesman , Mark was so very patient and kind . He took his time to help make the right choice for us. I highly recommend this 5 star dealership. Thanks again. We love our car! Jerry

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James Boid
Sales Consultant
218-998-8863

Love My Ram 1500 - "No Pressure Purchase" is how I can describe my new truck buying experience at Nelson Auto Center.  It was the most relaxed I have ever felt in the often times challenging process of purchasing a new vehicle.  Jim Boid, my salesperson, was fantastic to work with.  I definitely will work with Nelson's in future purchases. - Steve

 

Love a Jeep - Jim, was great in helping me find the Jeep in my price range! Drove 2 different Jeeps and found the perfect one! Thanks for the great vehicle buying experience! - Fefe


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Candy Olson
Sales Associate
218-998-8878

I worked with Candy.  She is super nice and was easy to work with.  Very flexible time-wise and made the process quick and simple for me.  Will definitely recommend. - Holly

The experience I got at Nelson Ram was far above any other dealership I got before from the moment I walked in the door they were making sure I was taken care of, Sale of the vehicle was not being pushed on me at all they made sure I got what I wanted. Candy salesperson came in on her day off to make my schedule work. - Huso


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Benjamin Triplett
Sales Associate
218-998-8878

Benjamin Triplett grew up in Annandale, MN and attended Alexandria Technical and Community College to obtain his associates degree in Marketing and Sales. There he participated in Student Senate, DECA, and was a Student Ambassador. Ben spent two summers as a counselor at Camp Mishawaka in Grand Rapids, MN which led him to take his next and current sales position at Nelson Auto in Fergus Falls, MN which is where he currently resides. He wants to help many customers find the vehicles that they need and wishes safe travels for all. 


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Brian Quernemoen
Sales Consultant
218-998-8823

Brian and the rest were very helpful and made buying a pickup easy. - Karlyn

We purchased a 2019 GMC Sierra from Nelson GMC.  Brian and everyone that helped us was a pleasure to work with.  Definitely a great experience. - Joey & Karlyn

Brian Q and the team were very helpful and made the new car buying process as streamlined as possible.  They took time to explain my options and answer my questions. - Deidra - 11/26/19


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Aaron Mikkelson
Sales Consultant
218-998-8820


Great overall shopping experience!

Great experience. Quick and easy. Aaron was a great person to work with. Answered all my questions and the dealership did what they needed to get me a price I was comfortable with. Thank You!


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by Ron from Frazee
October 15, 2016

I found dealing with Aaron was easy to work with very friendly

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Jeff Christenson
Sales Associate
218-998-6250


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Derek Davis
Sales/Internet Sales
218-998-8822


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Tucker Ugstad
Intern


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Office

Denise Hanna
Office Manager
218-998-8814


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Julie Hartness
Accounts Payable
218-998-8817


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Tony Newborg
Payroll


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Randy Irmen
Office Support Staff


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Melanie Lewis
Title Clerk
218-998-8815


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Receptionist

Kathy Eifert
Receptionist
218-998-8878


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Marketing

Mary Dolan
Marketing Manager
218-998-8878


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