Seattle Automotive Distributing, Inc. has been locally owned and operated since it’s beginning in October 1983 – over 30 years in Northwest Washington!
We currently have seven warehouse locations; Seattle, Tacoma, Lynnwood, Olympia, Auburn, Bremerton and Bellingham.
We serve independent repair shops, business and government fleets and dealerships with our own fleet of 85 vehicles and 125 employees throughout the Puget Sound.
We have an extensive line card featuring Original Equipment auto parts and associated products that are kept current with newly available items.
Our line card covers numerous original equipment manufacturers and high quality aftermarket products to serve our customers. We believe in providing the best quality product that helps our customers and their businesses with fewer comebacks and warranty issues due to faulty parts.
Our on-line electronic catalogs are state of the art and if you need help we have extremely knowledgeable counter people you can call for assistance and to place orders.
The mission of Seattle Automotive Distributing, Inc. is “To be the best provider of high-quality automotive parts and related support services to our customers.”
We will accomplish this while increasing the effectiveness of our employees within a rewarding environment; building relationships with customers to meet their needs; creating new programs to assist in selling quality parts and services; and conforming to Seattle Automotive policies and prescribed business ethics, while meeting or exceeding corporate performance goals.
We will grow as we remain service and quality oriented.
Seattle Automotive provides a full range of automotive parts and services to its customers – private repair shops, fleets and dealerships – located throughout the Northwest.
Associations Seattle Automotive Distributing belongs to are Automotive Service Association (ASA), Washington Automotive Wholesalers Association (WAWA), Association of Washington Business (AWB), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).
WHY SAD? More profit for you. We offer OE parts in ACDelco and Motorcraft. We have tier one OE suppliers in Denso, Akebono, Bando, and KYB. No other warehouse in the NW offers so many OE parts both foreign and domestic. This means you get parts you can trust to do the job. They fit, and they work. It also means that the warranty rate is the lowest of any parts you can sell. Fewer comebacks mean more profit for you.
We are wholesale only. We don’t compete with you for that retail sale. Since we don’t operate in the retail arena, you don’t ever have to look over your shoulder and worry about SAD driving down your list price. In fact, the only people you are in competition with are car dealers and the other independent shops. This means more profit for you.
SAD has invested in your local area. In fact we have millions of inventory dollars invested in seven warehouses on the I-5 corridor in Western Washington. This means fast delivery or “will call” available at your local warehouse. Some of our competitors simply ship from one central warehouse. It saves them a lot of money, but it makes “will call” or 30 minute deliveries impossible. Faster deliveries mean more profit for you.
Our lubricant program brings you the finest names in the industry. ACDelco, Dexos, Mobil 1 and Motorcraft. We offer these fine products at prices you can afford. When your customer asks what brands you use in their cars, you can be proud of these products. Better oil at a great price means more profit for you.
Because of our OE affiliations, SAD offers truly world class training. ACDelco, Motorcraft, and Denso offer the best technical training available with access to the latest information. Well trained techs mean more profit for you.
We have painstakingly built the best line card in the NW. We have concentrated on the very best aftermarket parts to compliment our OE brands. One look at our line card demonstrates our ongoing commitment to quality auto parts & associated products for our customers. Our decision to stay out of the retail business means we can spend full time providing the parts technicians are confident installing. Better parts mean more profit for you.
The ACDelco Professional Service Center program gives you the ability to offer your customers free roadside assistance as well as a national parts and labor warranty. It also gives you access to free ACDelco training and can even pay you to be part of the program. A great warranty and free training means more profit for you.
Just because we’re deadly serious about being the best parts distributor in the NW doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun in the process. Every year we sponsor great promotions that build on our relationship with you- our customer. This year alone we are putting toether a fantastic vacation in Hawaii. (We just got back from Cabo san lucas in March).
Our Great Camaro Give Away for our Professional Service Centers will take place at our annual Open House on July 19th, where we will also be giving away thousands of dollars worth of door prizes! Our banquets and monthly promotions are legendary and get better every year. And next year we will be giving away a 2013 GMC pickup.
Why do these extra programs? Because we’re family. We are family owned. Our employees are family, and most importantly, our customers are family. We promise to work hard to keep you (our customer) on top as the “The Best Automotive Repair Shops in the Northwest.”
The company’s first location was on 7th and Westlake Avenue, downtown Seattle – “in the afternoon shadow of the Westin Towers”. The customers we serve are independent repair shops, dealerships, fleets and jobbers.
Seattle Automotive Distributing was founded by Paul TeGantvoort, who had worked as parts manager for some of our local GM dealerships over the years. The major product lines carried at the time were AC Delco, Bendix, FelPro, A1- Cardone, Federal Mogul / Sealed Power and a few others.
We rented a portion of the Huletz Auto Electric building for $4000 a month. In 1985 Huletz sold the property and the new owners wanted $12,000 a month – needless to say we were scurrying to find our own location.
Paul and his wife Karen found a building in China Town that used to be a dry cleaning laundry business. It took them and a host of other willing and hard working people four months to gut the building and get it set up for stocking the inventory. The old building is still standing and is full to the gills of parts and old automotive memorabilia hanging on the walls.
In 1989 Paul bought Gilchrist’s paint shop building in Tacoma and started adding on to it to make a bigger warehouse, add to our delivery territory and a new team of people working at SAD.
In 1991 we opened a location in Everett/Lynnwood and it wasn’t long after that the Olympia, Auburn, Bremerton and Bellingham warehouses were opened. Auburn is the largest and is the distribution center for the other 6 warehouses. Our offices and main counter/call center are now located in Auburn.
We currently have 12 people who have been with the company over 15 years, and 49 who have worked over 6 years. We pride ourselves in being a fun and family orientated place to work and that happy employees make happy customers.
Over the years we have had many memorable events for our customers and employees such as our Annual Open Houses that all customers are welcome to come see our product line-up, have good food, enter into a hot rod trophy contest and always great prizes. Other events were Seafiar Hydroplane races, Wild Waves Picnics, NHRA races and AC Delco and Seattle Automotive sponsored first class vacation trips to beautiful exotic locations.