When we peel back the layers of what our company stands for- we just keep finding "family" at the heart of it all. Above all the givens (top notch quality, convenient service, etc.), when it comes down to it, we're just families serving families.
This dealership is a tried-and-true, four-generations-deep, family business. But beyond our literal family, we hire with a family mindset which means our entire team is welcomed into the fold. Then, at the end of the day, we each go home to our own families, knowing we gave it our all to support them best.
To tie it all together, these layers of family really have one in mind: yours. We want you safe on the road with peace of mind knowing we're always here to serve you. So what's our vision? Families serving families. Simple as that.
The History of Smith Auto Family
In 1951, Bill H. Smith moved his family to Slaton, Texas, and started Slaton Motor Company. Smith had previously worked for Ford and quickly fell in love with the car business. He had the charisma of a true salesman, and the Slaton Motor Company was a success!
By 1965, Bill's son, Steve Smith, was actively involved in the store. In 1966, the father and son moved from their original downtown location to 1700 W. Division and renamed the family business "Smith Ford." This heritage store still operates in Slaton at this address today.
In 1982, Steve's daughter, Annette, began working full-time at Smith Ford, and in 1989, she became the general manager. Meanwhile, in the small town of West, Texas, Patrick Sykora was earning his stripes at the family dealership, Sykora Family Ford. In 1997, Annette and Pat were married and became partners in the Slaton dealership.
In 1999, Annette and Patrick embarked on an exciting expansion journey as they opened a new location in Levelland, Texas, and rebranded as “Smith South Plains.
The 2010s brought an enhancement to the family atmosphere as two of Annette and Patrick’s five children, plus one son-in-law, Nicole & Tell Campbell, and Holden Sykora, joined the business.
Fast forward to 2021, and our journey took another meaningful turn as we underwent a name change to "Smith Auto Family." This change coincided with the acquisition of our Plainview location, a move that emphasized our deep-rooted family values and dedication to delivering top-notch service. The addition of "family" to our name reflected not only our ownership but also the spirit of unity and dedication that has driven us since our inception. We take immense pride in our history, our family legacy, and our continued commitment to providing quality automotive solutions to the communities we serve.
Who We Are Today at Smith Auto Family Ford Plainview
Our dealership is staffed with a great team, and we focus on delivering superior service to our customers. Our atmosphere is one of familiarity and cheer, and we believe that going the extra mile is just part of the norm. We like to think of ourselves as one big family, just helping good folks get the car they want, and even making the process, dare we say it, fun. From our incredible inventory of brand new Ford models and preowned cars, trucks and SUVs to our exceptional finance and service departments, we assure you're in great hands at Smith Auto Family Plainview Ford!
We hope when you visit, you'll sense something different about our dealership. Something honest, warm, and something worth your business.