Staff, Training & Tools
The Andersen’s Team
Andersen’s Foreign Car Service, Ltd., is very much a family business. While Al and Ila Andersen still oversee the business, the day-to-day operations are in the capable hands of sons Kurt and Karl, assisted by long-term employee Jeanine Litton and the newest addition to the Andersen's team. Another family member, Kris Andersen, was office manager from 1981 to October 2015, when he died unexpectedly. We miss him every day. You can read more about Kris in the link in the left navigation.
Kurt Andersen started with the family business helping out in the summers with his dad Al when he was 13, and he’s worked here full time since 1976. He’s always enjoyed the challenges of new technology from the first fuel injection systems of the early 1970s to the computer-controlled networked systems used today. Kurt still remembers how to adjust valves and set up an S.U. carburetor. Kurt also serves on the Bosch Car Service council. In his free time, he and his wife swim with the Thornton Masters Swim Team, run, and cycle. They both compete in all three sports including triathlon and Ironman distance races.
Karl Andersen, the head mechanic/technician, began working at Andersen’s in 1981 after working for a few years at Pentax Cameras. His hobbies include working on his mountain home, wood-working, and playing drums at a couple churches and local shows.
Jeanine Litton was born in Pueblo and started working at Andersen’s in 2003. In addition to her responsibilities for diesel emission testing and general shop help, Jeanine also takes care of the hundreds of details of keeping the shop looking nice, the coffee made, the flowers watered… generally adding a woman’s touch and a lot of laughter to the shop. Her interests include fine arts, crafts, antiques, her pets, and also muscle cars and drag racing.
We continually train and educate our technicians to keep pace with the rapid changes in automotive technology and systems. On average, we send one technician each month to receive additional training from Robert Bosch Corporation, World Pac, Automotive Service Association (ASA), diagnostic equipment manufacturers, factory-sponsored clinics, and other respected organizations.
Designated Bosch Service Center
As one of only 500 Bosch Service Centers in the United States, Andersen’s has access to the latest Bosch proprietary equipment and training. This is vital to maintain today’s complex automobiles, as most European makes have Bosch systems, including ignition, fuel injection, ABS, and electronic traction control.
As a Board Representative with Bosch, Kurt is actively involved with the organization’s management and policies and to benefit the customers who entrust their cars to Bosch Service Centers like Andersen’s.
Latest Tools & Equipment
Today’s complex automobiles require sophisticated and specialized diagnostic and repair equipment. Andersen’s stays current with the latest offerings to repair your car knowledgeably and efficiently. In addition to the partial list of specialized equipment below, we have onboard diagnostics in three scanners to access basic engine and transmission data for 1996 and newer vehicles, as well as the numerous special tools required to repair today’s cars.
1999 and later models: Laptop-based and online-based scanners and diagnostic equipment; OEM factory tool linked into Volvo’s technical website, providing full vehicle diagnostics, software downloads and upgrades
1998 and earlier models: Autodiagnos hand-held scanner, OEM Volvo tool
● Audi and Volkswagon
Laptop-based scanner with access to Audi/VW technical website; downloadable updates as they are made available; updatable cartridge in Autodiagnos unit.
Early 2000 model years: Assenmacher Retriever handheld diagnostic equipment
All model years: Assenmacher PC Retriever; laptop-based access to BMW technical information website with coding, individualizing, and programming availability.
Autologic diagnostic computer.