We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Utter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business dates back to when I was a kid in school. I have been into cars since I could talk. I was always playing with hot wheels and model cars, constantly reading car magazines and collecting automobile coffee table books. Since I can remember, I had always wanted to own my own dealership, buying, selling and restoring classic European cars. I started flipping cars early on in high school, buying one at a time and fixing them up and selling them for a profit. I went to work for the Jaguar/Land Rover dealership here in Scottsdale AZ right out of high school spending 4 years in the sales department and then went to work for Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction here in Phoenix for 2 years. I learned about the classic car world world with them and when I turned 25 years old I felt then was the time to take the leap into my own business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Growing up, I can always remember sitting in school reading car magazines and dealer brochure’s drooling over the cars in the pictures. Whether it was classic car books or magazines, I could recite all of the cars statistics, the options, colors and even the history behind the makes and the models. It became a passion and even an obsession. I knew by the time I got to high school I wanted to be in the car business and I wanted to do it on my own. After working on my first classic car project with my Dad my Freshman year of high school I was hooked. I was flipping cars left and right all through high school and my college years which then turned into my own dealership. I took the knowledge I had gained over the years and applied it into making an actual business out of it. It’s the passion that I have for these cars that keeps me going and excited to be in business. It has never really felt like work to me when I am surrounded by cars that I enjoy and get to work on all of the time. The very cars I sat in school dreaming about driving and owning one day.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend came into visit for a week I think the first thing I would do is take them up to the Penske Auto Dealerships up in North Scottsdale to see all of the high end dealerships. You could literally spend a day walking through all of the dealers seeing all of the latest and greatest exotics. Visiting some of my favorite dinner spots in town would be a must on the itinerary. There would be a fun night out to AZ88 in Old Town Scottsdale for the drinks and people watching and then bar hopping in Old Town afterwards. A night out to Steak 44, which in my opinion is the best Steak house in Arizona and my favorite restaurant. A chill night at Buffalo Wild Wings which is another favorite spot to hang out and and enjoy some good bar food. Tennis and the gym would be needed after all of those nights out of splurging and then I would finish the week of with a weekend getaway to Pinetop for a ski weekend in the snow.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely would not be where I am today without the support and help from my parents and from my business partner. Without them, my business would not be what it is today. They have been there through all of the ups and the downs especially in the beginning days of the business when I was just getting started.