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Nelson Family History

The Nelson name in the automotive business goes back nearly one hundred years to Pam’s Great-Great and Great Grandfathers, Hans and Nelse Nelson who immigrated to the United States from Sweden in the late 19th Century. They owned a livery stable with horses for hire in Ballard. The transportation business continued on with Nelse’s son, Stanley Nelson Sr. who in 1915, owned and operated a one-pump gas station, tire store and the only jitney shuttle service connecting Ballard and Seattle at that time. In 1922, he became a Chevrolet dealer when GM came by and asked if he wanted a franchise. He did.

Pam’s father, Stan Nelson Jr. set out to buy his own Chevrolet dealership in Sedro Woolley in 1938. He had no assets and no credit to his name; His father told him to borrow twice as much as he needed and then to pay back half within a month. By doing that he would establish his credit; he asked for $4,000. What is so impressive is that Stan did this when he was barely 23 years old and became the youngest Chevrolet Dealer in the entire country at that time!

Jitney Bus circa 1910

Jitney Bus circa 1910

Pam Nelson purchased Foothills Pontiac Buick Toyota in 1985 and kept businesses moving for over twenty years until 2006 when construction began for the new building. Foothills Toyota Scion opened the brand new facility on January 12, 2007 after less than one year from groundbreaking.

The Nelson family has been in the automobile industry and serving the Pacific Northwest since 1922 and Foothills Toyota Scion was established in 1985 making this our 30th anniversary year.

We offer quality, competitively priced vehicles and factory trained master technicians to maintain and service your car, truck or SUV. Our parts department can provide you with nearly any part or accessory you could want and our service advisors can guide you on all aspects of your vehicles maintenance issues.

Foothills Toyota is more than just a business for vehicle purchase and maintenance, we are a group of people who are family-oriented, care about your experience here with us and have the experience and expertise to help you with every aspect of your vehicle ownership. Our award winning Sales, Parts and Service Departments can take care of everything you need. Just ask!

We invite you to come and visit us at our 52,000 square foot facility complete with three waiting areas, free wireless internet access, an indoor service drive and a customer café with coffee and vending. We thank you for your business and look forward to seeing you.