The firm still sells Chevrolet and Cadillac automobiles and trucks, and services all makes and models, including foreign ones. At any given time, there are about 300 vehicles on the lot. Beck Motor general has around 50 employees.
“I finished college in 1984, during the recessionary time. I sent my resume to dad, who offered me a job … on the condition I learned to spell Cadillac,” said Trace Beck. “I’m still here because of the people — the customers and staff — and being able to help people out.”
“My wife and I moved to Kansas, and ran a Taco Johns. Decided that was not what we wanted to do,” said Steve Beck. “Came back in 1991, when my daughter was about to start preschool. Dad had an opening. I’m still here because no day is the same; lots of variety. The employees and customers make the job interesting.”
Beck Motor moved to its current location because, “We were just out of space,” said Trace. Steve added, “We were landlocked and just couldn’t expand; went from a 17,000 square foot building to a 56,000 square foot building.”
“There was nowhere to park cars and put employees. Now we serve almost all of central South Dakota; from Philip to Miller and from Winner to Mobridge. We sell and service all makes. Our technicians are trained to work on all cars, even foreign cars,” said Steve Beck.