At Andersen's, Fixing Cars is A Family Tradition
Back in the day - and we're talking 1950s here - being a machinist was the perfect background for a mechanic. In those years you couldn't just grab a part off the shelf. You did your own cylinder work, your own valve grinding, etc.
Al Andersen came out of the Army Air Corps with machinist skills and the attention to detail those skills require. He also studied physics on the G.I. bill. Growing up in Denver, he'd seen all kinds of vehicles such as the - electric trucks his father's dairy used for delivery, steam-powered oddities, you name it.
It was only natural for him to gravitate not just to cars but to the exotics, the imports. The fact that import cars were quirky and often needed the kind of attention more suited to a surgeon than a grease monkey suited Al all the more. Imports were a challenge and Al loved a challenge.
Al's interest in imports had other advantages, too. He met his future wife Ila when she brought her Singer, a British import, in for repair and then kept coming back. Together they caught the sports car racing bug, founding Colorado's chapter of the MG Sports Car Club as young marrieds.
The road from expert import mechanic to starting his own business included starts and stops. Al did a stint as a mobile mechanic, towing a Montgomery Wards trailer behind his 1951 MG TD. Then he moved to a rented shop but better offers from a couple of bigger operations lured him away briefly, at a time when he and Ila were starting a family. Soon he was back at his own shop. Andersen's Foreign Car Service was a fixture on Colfax just east of Wadsworth for almost 20 years. In the late 1970s, Andersen's moved west to its current location near I-70 and Indiana.
Andersen's has always been a family business. With Dad in the shop and mom as bookkeeper, it grew to include sons Kurt (since 1978) and Karl (since 1981) as Master Technicians. Son Kris was "the parts man" from 1980 until he passed away in 2015.
Today, the family tradition continues, with Kurt in the office, Karl in the shop and granddaughter Megan on the phone. The Andersen's extended family also includes valued staff Jeanine Litton, Diesel Inspector; Echo Clark, Technician; and Zach Wiesner, Technician's Assistant.
A lot has changed over the years, cars certainly have changed, but one thing hasn't - our commitment to fixing your car troubles whatever they are, whatever it takes. It's our family name on the business and we couldn't do it any other way.
Andersen's Foreign Car Service is the only place we take our cars for service. We have owned four Volvo cars and two Audi cars over the past 20 years and Kurt and his team have take great care of us. Small, family owned business with personal attention. You will get honest answers from the people who actually are working on your vehicle and are certified technicians. No "service advisors" who will give you corporate style answers. I highly recommend Andersen's to anyone with automotive mechanical service needs!
David Waugh, 08/31/2021
I was visiting family in Conifer and the antifreeze reservoir to my Volvo cracked and was leaking. There was no garage in Conifer that would service my C-70. After researching garages I came across Anderson's web page and saw that they service Volvo. When I called them they indicated to me that the first available appointment was over a week out. I initially spoke with Ryan and explained that I was visiting family and was to drive back to Chicago in a few days. He said he would talk to a manager and get back with me. When he called back he said that they would work on my car but it may take a couple of days. I said that would be fine as I just needed the car by Friday. I was impressed by the service because the car was done one day after it was towed to the shop. When I came in I talked to Kurt, like everything else this was also a pleasant experience. He said they they looked over the car and other then the repair everything else was fine. They also replaced the battery in the key fob which was also low. I want to say thank you to everyone at the shop. It’s a stressful experience then your car needs a repair after driving and you are a 1000 miles from home. I will definitely use them again if needed when in the Denver area. This is a shop I would recommend to anyone for their foreign car service. They were professional, courteous, skilled and trustworthy. I wish them continues success because they deserve it!
Lee Vagos, 08/09/2021
First-class service in a timely manner and fair price. Thank you.
Scott Richards, 08/09/2021