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Foothills Toyota

Foothills Toyota

Auto Dealers

About Us

The Nelson name in the automotive business goes back 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!

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. We welcome you to the Foothills family.


Camry Donation for cancer patients flying in from the San Juan islands for chemo treatment
Habitat for Humanity Skagit Women's Build
Foothills Toyota Scion and Toyota Matching Funds sponsorship for Mount Vernon School District
Foothills Toyota Scion and Toyota Matching Funds sponsorship for Burlington-Edison School District
Foothills Toyota Scion and Toyota Matching Funds sponsorship for Sedro Woolley School District
Skagit Community Foundation sponsorship for Conflict Resolution training
Donation of Toyota Highlander Hybrid to North Cascades Institute
1881 Bouslog Road, Burlington Washington
Big snow storm in 2008
1923 Nelson parts store
Nelson Chevrolet 1953
Stanley Nelson Jr.
Stanley Nelson Sr.
First day of business 2006
First day of business 2006

Rep/Contact Info

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Tyler Steinman
General Manager

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