2017 Joe Krier Quality Dealer of the Year


The Indiana Independent Automobile Dealers Association is proud to announce Grote Automotive as our 2017 “Joe Krier” Quality Dealer of the Year.  This award was presented to Fred Grote at the Association’s 30th Anniversary Golf Tournament and Awards Day held at Ironwood Golf Club in Fishers, Indiana.

The Quality Dealer of the Year is chosen based on several attributes of excellence. The dealership and dealer must be consumer-oriented, and the dealer must have a record of good business decisions based on honesty and integrity. Also, the dealership and dealer must represent themselves as a civic leader in their community. Fred Grote and Grote Automotive exceed in all areas.  

The dealership, located in Fort Wayne, was started by Fred and his wife Jackie in 2007. Fred Grote had successfully managed several dealerships for other dealers throughout his career and finally decided he wanted to create a different experience for the customer. He wanted a dealership that specialized in special financing that helped those people that may have slipped through the cracks.

“For The People” is the guiding drive behind the success of the dealership. Fred has instilled in the staff that customers are to always feel respected and be given the most enjoyable and fun car buying experience they have ever had. In addition to the Quality Dealer of the Year award, Grote Automotive was also named one of Indiana’s Top 100 Best Places to Work for 2017 and Number 1 in Fort Wayne. Furthermore, the dealership was also named to the Inc. Magazine’s list of the Nation’s Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

The dealership and Fred Grote & family give generously to the community. Fred and Jackie Grote’s generosity began early when they decided to become foster parents, fostering over 30 children and adopting 4 of them as their own, two of them involved in the business. 

Grote Automotive sold 2000 vehicles last year and Fred attributes the success of his dealership to his team of dedicated staff and the loyal customers that are welcomed into the Grote Family.

Grote Automotive will represent Indiana at the National Independent Automobile Association Convention in Orlando, Florida in June 2018.

They will compete with Quality Dealers from other states for the honor of being named National Quality Dealer of the Year.