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Brent & Laurel Nelson
Dealer Principals/General Managers

The sales staff at Nelson Ford are so helpful and offer exceptional value on the overall process. Great place to buy or lease a vehicle.  - Patrick M.  9/3/20


Great customer service, salesman, and service!  Nelson Ford took care of me in every way!  - Lynette.  8/1/20

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



Scott Tietz
Sales / HR Manager

Tom Moll
Sales Manager

Darren Herman
Sales Manager

Tyler Plagge
Sales Manager

Alex Lais
Finance Manager

Taylor Haggstrom
Finance Manager

Margie Gettel
Business Development Manager

Dave Johnson
Sales Manager

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.

5.0 out of 5.0  Used Dodge Truck

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

Chad Swenson
Sales Consultant

The salesperson Chad Swenson was very easy to get along with.  He was not high pressure at all.  The man who did the paperwork was very good to explain everything and asked if I had any questions.  - Gary O.  7/25/20

Tom Gentzkow
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.

Trevor Funkhouser
Sales Consultant

Trevor treated us with respect and professionalism.  We basically told him what we were looking for in a new vehicle, he gave us a few options, and the rest is history.  Trevor was upfront with every detail and we knew where we stood on every step along the process.  - Rod  8/31/20


Trevor did a great job in finding the truck I wanted in a difficult environment.  I would recommend anyone to Trevor who would like a fast, informative, and efficient transaction.  - Mark N.  7/29/20

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!

Travis Hopkins
Sales Consultant

Sam Glasenapp
Sales Consultant

Sam was good to work with.  Dealership seemed to be very welcoming and good atmosphere.  Would recommend to people.  - Colleen  8/10/20

Mark Morris
Sales Consultant

I had Mark Morris as a salesman and he was pleasant and knew what he was doing.  I liked him because he didn't put on some big show or pressure like some salesmen.  I developed trust in him fairly fast.  He is the type of salesman I like!  He was excellent!  - Marlow J.  8/7/20

Nelson Auto a very good car buying experience

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.

out of 5.0
   Thank You.....

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

? - Apr 23, 2011

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.

working lady ? - Aug 12, 2011

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

James Boid
Sales Consultant

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

Candy Olson
Sales Associate

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

Jonathan Pikop
Sales Consultant

Jonathan and the rest of the guys at Nelson Ford were great to work with.  Found me what I was looking for and gave me all the options.  The parts and accessories team were super knowledgeable and not pushy at all.  Finance was a breeze.  Would definitely work with them again.  - Lucas  8/25/20

Brian Quernemoen
Sales Consultant

They located me a pickup were the other dealers said they were not going to.  - Richard H.  8/27/20

Worked to get the vehicle I wanted and the purchase settlement went smoothly.  - Gary S.  8/26/20

Brian Quernemoen did a great job attending to all of my needs and anwering all of my questions.  - Timothy B.  8/22/20

Purchased a new pickup.  Brian was very helpful and we were very comfortable working with him.  All the employees were very cordial and friendly.  We will definitely do business with Nelson's again.  Thank you.  - Bev.  8/4/20

Aaron Mikkelson
Sales Consultant

I was 100 percent pleased with your service.  Aaron was great to work with and also the finance guy.  Very impressive location.  I have been telling everyone about my experience.  Thank you Aaron.  - Keith M.  8/12/20


Aaron did an awesome job helping us find an Explorer that met all our wants!  He truly cares about his customers!  We are enjoying our new Explorer!  Thanks Aaron!  - Pam B.  8/9/20


We recently purchased a used Vehicle from Nelson Auto Center. We worked with Aaron who helped us and went the extra mile to make sure we were satisfied with the vehicle. He also went to great lengths to teach us how to use all the accessories and even helped us link our phones to the car. He made sure we understood what the capabilities of vehicle were and how to access them. We love the car and will go back for our next purchase. I feel great that I can call Aaron any time I have questions!! - Sydni Pafko Mansager - 12/11/19


Left with a new SUV

Aaron and his manager made the anxiety of purchasing a brand new SUV less stressful. He was thorough and patient with us, even though it was late on Saturday afternoon. - Jll - 12/18/19

Mark Johnson
Sales Consultant



Denise Hanna
Office Manager

Julie Hartness
Accounts Payable

Tony Newborg

Randy Irmen
Office Support Staff

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Title Clerk



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Mary Dolan
Marketing Manager