New Car Dealers of Utah
My father and grandfather were both auto dealers, but I didn’t
aspire to that. I always wanted to be a coach. I was almost 25
when I got home from my mission for The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints from Glasgow, Scotland. Soon after,
I got married and needed what I thought would be a summer
job, so I went to work at the family auto dealership.
Working at the dealership was enjoyable right from the start. I
enjoyed working with the public, the people I worked with and
especially with my family. Automotive became my occupation
I graduated from Clearfield High School and went to BYU on
a football scholarship. I studied pre-med/physical therapy
because I liked how doctors handled sports injuries. Coach
Lavell Edwards was the coach when I began my university
experience. He recommended that I play for four years before
my mission, and then he would give me a free year or a
“redshirt” year. I took his advice, but Coach Edwards asked me
to coach with him when I came back. During that time, he paid
for school and all my school-related expenses.
1. Go to work to work. You should always have a purpose or
2. Have high regard for integrity and trust. You instill loyalty if
people trust you.
3. Always treat people like you like to be treated.
Be willing to change and adapt to the needs of the customer.
Even though some people think 30% of all vehicles will be
electric by 2025, I don’t see the change happening that quickly.
Manufacturers are already making dealers get ready for electric
vehicles by ensuring they have electric charging stations and the
tools they need. They are laying everything out, getting us ready.
That’s a really easy answer: Craig and Jason Bickmore work extremely hard for the dealers. They are at the forefront of anything that happens in the car business. They get us ready
for and fight our battles on Capitol Hill. They have experience with the things that happen with car manufacturers and all the various aspects of running dealerships. The board has been really good over the years. Members can always feel comfortable talking to another dealer in the group because they are always amenable to helping you.
I am married and have 10 children, seven daughters and
three sons. My wife is Julie Weaver Murdock. My three sons
are all in the car business. My older sons, Blake and Ben, own
and operate the Murdock Auto Team’s seven dealerships. My
youngest son Dain and I operate our newly acquired Murdock
Ford Dealership in Santaquin, Utah.
We have 43 grandchildren. Hopefully, there will be enough car
buyers to keep us in business for several years to come.
I have always enjoyed sports, both watching and playing. But
nowadays, I love to watch my grandkids, who have a minimum
of three games a week. I also enjoy watching sports.
We have an annual summer vacation where we all go to Bear
Lake and spend a week together with our children, their
spouses and the 43 grandchildren. We boat, Jet Ski, play
golf and bike there. We rent the same three houses every
year because they are close together. We also take little trips
throughout the year.
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