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.
Wonderful customer service!
Friendly staff, comfortable waiting room. Competent. I really couldn't ask for much more.
Family owned car repair and service provider specializing in foreign cars. I prefer Andersen's above dealer shops for my BMW 535XI.
Very professional and very honest!
Walked right on had my Volkswagen tdi emissions tested. Barely too any time. Nice staff. I'll go back even though it's not the closest.
We have been customers at Andersen's for over 25 years. I trust them completely. We have taken Volvos and BMWs there without any complaints as to the quality of service received.
Kurt is the best!! We have been customers for nearly twenty years and Andersen has serviced our Volvos, Mercedes, BMWs and MINIs, both gas and diesel, for minor and major repairs. It's hard to find an honest shop but Andersen is the real deal! Always timely, reasonably priced and up-front. I will only have my cars serviced here.
Fast and friendly diesel emissions testing location. Generally don't have any issue getting an appointment within a week of calling.
Diesel emissions test is the reason for my yearly visit. The gal that runs it is very knowledgeable.
Great place to go for diesel emissions.
Kurt is awesome!
They know the ins and outs of German and Swedish cars and attend personally to routine and non-routine issues.
A few months ago, I discovered a gas leak that appeared to be around the gas tank of my 2005 E55 AMG Mercedes. I ordered this car in 2004...it's my all time favorite car. I had the car towed to Andersen's in Golden. A couple of days later I get a call from Kurt Andersen. They had inspected the car and found the leak. Before proceeding with the work, they checked for any outstanding recalls on my car and, amazingly, found an open recall campaign that had been issued on my car years ago. I had never received any notice of the recall. Kurt called Mercedes of Denver to verify that the recall was valid. To make a long story short, Mercedes covered over $2,000 in parts and labor...Andersen could have easily made the repairs and charged me, but they didn't, they took the extra step for the customer. I sum this all up in one word, INTEGRITY. A rare commodity in many businesses today. Thank you to Andersen's.
Been going to these guys for years for my old diesel. Tried a different place a while back and quickly returned to Andersen with no regrets. I will echo other comments about it being an honest shop.
Top notch honest shop.
I really have enjoyed working with the staff at Andersen's. I will normally try to do the repairs myself, but when I can't, I trust that they will do a good job at a good price.
Super friendly and fixed my car quickly and all for a great price. Will go there next time my car has anything wrong!
They are honest and hard working, not to mention considerate. I would highly recommend Andersen's.
Wonderful customer service!