All About Joe Machens Dealerships Near Columbia, MO

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Joe Machens Dealerships is one of the largest automotive groups in Missouri. Our auto group is proud to offer a range of convenient locations from Moberly to Lake Ozark as well as a high level of customer service and knowledgeable associates. When you are ready for a guided tour of our comprehensive selection of new cars for sale, be sure to book your test drive online.

New Car Loans Near Columbia, MO

When you are ready to finance or lease a new automobile, our finance department is here to answer your questions about whether it's better to buy or lease and walk you through the car loan application. Our goal is to help drivers receive the car loan they deserve regardless of their credit score. If you have a less-than-perfect credit score, ask our finance team about your credit-challenged financing options. We are here to help you drive off in the used truck you deserve with a car loan you can afford.

Car Repair and OEM Parts For Sale

To keep your new car running at factory specifications, visit our Columbia car repair center. The factory-certified mechanics at our Joe Machens Dealerships will deliver the professional auto maintenance and courteous service you're looking for. Regular auto maintenance helps the performance and longevity of your car's powertrain and support components. Book your next regularly scheduled maintenance with our service professionals. Our auto mechanics hold ASE certifications which qualify our repair teams to repair the majority of makes and models enjoying our Moberly and Lake Ozark roads. Whether you drive a new or used crossover, Joe Machens Dealerships are here when you need an affordable oil change or quick brake inspection. We only use genuine OEM auto parts or factory-approved components during your scheduled tire rotation.

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Joe Machens Dealerships is here for all of your automotive needs. From model research to charging your car's battery to applying for a new car loan, we are here to help. Find the location nearest you today!

Our History

Over the years, with the help of our employees, we have been able to assist thousands of customers with their transportation needs. Our volume has reached levels never thought possible in 1969, and we continue to grow.

  • 1969

    It all began on May 5, 1969. Joe Machens moved from St. Louis to Columbia and purchased the Ford franchise from Tom Allton, who owned Allton Motor Company. The dealership was located downtown in the building that is now The Fieldhouse bar at 1107 East Broadway. With some imagination, you can picture the garage doors at both ends of the side facing Broadway along with the showroom glass in front of what is now an outdoor patio. The service doors can be spotted on the back side of the building. The body shop was on the other side of Walnut in what is now Central Missouri Computer.
  • 1972

    The dealership moved to its present location at 1911 West Worley, in what was then considered to be the far west side of Columbia. Virtually none of the buildings in the area existed at that time. The building was considerably larger than the downtown location and much larger than it needed to be. There were no desks on the showroom, only display vehicles. The body shop was in the main building. The washbays were located in the service department.
  • 1973

    To take advantage of the extra space in the building, the dealership expanded into the speedboat, trailer and motorhome business. Unfortunately, this expansion was followed by the oil embargo, which pushed most buyers into economy cars and out of large gas guzzlers–like speedboats, trailers and motorhomes. The recreational vehicles were dropped a year later.
  • 1977

    The Body Shop building at 600 Bernadette was completed. The detail shop then moved into its present location. The showroom area of the new building has had a number of uses since 1977: storage of a classic Thunderbird collection, a Leasing Company, BMW sales, the Rental Department, the Import Center and now the Ford Truck Center.
  • 1978

    The racquetball building at 900 Bernadette was completed. Originally a Spaulding Racquetball Club, it was later operated as The Body Shop Fitness Center and Club Woodrail. Even though the building was designed to be a free-standing structure without relying on the racquetball courts, no one could have guessed that the building would eventually be remodeled into another dealership.
  • 1979

    As an attempt to gain additional sales during the energy crisis, the dealership began to sell mopeds and motor scooters. The need for economical transportation and the location in a college town seemed to be a good combination for mopeds and motor scooters. While they did sell reasonably well, after several months it became obvious that it was better to concentrate on cars and trucks instead of other types of vehicles.
  • 1981

    The Isuzu truck line was added. Even with the introduction of the Ranger a few years later, Isuzu proved to be valuable for its trucks and sport-utilities.
  • 1983

    Gary Drewing joined the company as partner and General Manager.
  • 1984

    The BMW franchise was purchased from Carmichael Motors in Jefferson City and moved to the 600 Bernadette building.
  • 1986

    Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche were purchased from Riddick Motors on Old Highway 63 in Columbia. These franchises joined BMW as Joe Machens Import Center. 1987 The main building on West Worley was expanded toward the street. The service entrance was enlarged to have two lanes of drive-in traffic. The customer lounge was moved from the cashier area.
  • 1988

    Remodeling continued in the main building with the expansion of the bookkeeping office and cashier counter. Later in the year, the body shop was expanded to the east to make room for two new paint booths.
  • 1989

    The Honda dealership was purchased from Lee Thornton Honda in Jefferson City. A few months later, the Toyota dealership was purchased from Legend Automotive Group on Vandiver in Columbia.
  • 1990

    The racquetball building was remodeled and expanded to become the new facility for Joe Machens Toyota. The former Toyota building at 416 Vandiver became Machens Automotive, the used car reconditioning center.
  • 1992

    Machens Automotive on Vandiver began selling used vehicles.
  • 1993

    BMW and Isuzu were moved to the Toyota building, Volkswagen and Audi were dropped, and the 600 Bernadette building became the Ford Truck Center, providing needed additional space for display and storage.
  • 1994

    A new storage lot for Ford inventory was added behind the Toyota building.
  • 1995

    The Body Shop was expanded to nearly twice its size, allowing room for additional paint booths and repair stalls. Also in 1995, the used vehicle reconditioning department expanded to 1306 Creasy Springs.
  • 1997

    The Ford building on West Worley, the Ford Truck Center on Bernadette and the Toyota-BMW-Isuzu building on Bernadette were remodeled to give a cleaner, more modern exterior appearance. The Honda dealership in Jefferson City was sold to give us an opportunity to focus on our larger dealerships in Columbia. On October 15, Joe Machens passed away after a long illness, leaving his partners Gary Drewing and son Dave Machens to continue the organization’s record of growth.
  • 1999

    The Ford store underwent its largest expansion yet, substantially increasing the size of the service department and the administrative offices.
  • 2003

    The Rental Department and the Ford store detailing department moved to a new location at 1908 West Worley, just across the street from the main showroom. This allowed the parts department to expand as well. At the Toyota store, the Isuzu franchise was dropped because of Isuzu’s declining sales nationwide.
  • 2004

    Scion, a new brand from Toyota, was introduced at the Toyota store.
  • 2005

    Rusty Drewing, Gary’s son, began working at the Ford store.
  • 2006

    Gary Drewing became sole owner of the dealerships after buying Dave Machens’ half of the company.
  • 2007

    The BMW franchise moves to an exclusive facility on I-70 Drive SW. The Lincoln and Mercury franchises are added to the Ford store.
  • 2008

    Legend Automotive Group was purchased and renamed Joe Machens Automotive Group, offering new Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, and Pontiac vehicles. This brings the total number of new franchises to 10 for the Joe Machens Dealerships organization.
  • 2009

    Joe Machens purchases Perry Nissan and forms Joe Machens Nissan. An additional 75 employees are added to the Joe Machens Dealerships family, taking the total number of employees over 550.
  • 2010

    Joe Machens purchases Estes Motors and creates Joe Machens Hyundai. Also, the Estes Motors Body Shop and adjoining property are acquired. The creation of Joe Machens East Collision Center brings the total number of Joe Machens body shops to 3 including 81 bays for vehicle repair. Employee count of Joe Machens Dealerships reaches 613 full time employees, making it the 11th largest employer in Boone County. The Mitsubishi franchise was acquired and added to Joe Machens Automotive Group. The Pontiac franchise was discontinued by the manufacturer.
  • 2011

    Joe Machens acquires the Volkswagen franchise and begins plans for the construction of Joe Machens Volkswagen to be located on Vandiver Drive next to the Hyundai store. Joe Machens Dealerships purchases Mike Kehoe Ford Lincoln, renaming it, Joe Machens Capital City Ford Lincoln, the first Joe Machens store to be located outside of Columbia, Missouri. Interestingly enough, Gary Drewing worked at the location back in the early 80’s when it was Capitol City Ford. The Mercury franchise was discontinued by the manufacturer.
  • 2012

    Construction is completed, and Joe Machens Volkswagen of Columbia opens in November and brings the Volkswagen brand back to Mid-Missouri. The Fiat franchise was acquired and added to Joe Machens Automotive Group. The Cadillac franchise was sold.
  • 2013

    Joe Machens Dealerships opens the new state of the art, Mercedes-Benz store, Joe Machens, located at 1710 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia, on January 1st, 2013. In February, 2013 Machens Auto Outlet was opened to sell wholesale priced vehicles to the public. In April, 2013 Fletcher Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram was purchased and opened as Joe Machens Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. In October, 2013 the new Joe Machens Toyota Scion facility was opened making it one of the largest Toyota Scion dealerships in the state of Missouri. The previous Toyota Scion facility became Joe Machens Pre-Owned Supercenter, the 4th location of the Joe Machens Ford Lincoln store. In November, 2013 the previous Albert Honda facility became Joe Machens Nissan Pre-Owned Center, the 2nd location of the Joe Machens Nissan store.