As Dick reveals in this exclusive tell-all interview, Dick’s Garage was founded in 1979 by Richard J. Glanzer, II after graduating from Lake Area Technical Institute with a degree in Automobile Repair. Dick operated his auto repair business from the family farm near Carpenter, South Dakota as a part-time business.
For 34 years and counting, Dick’s Garage has been Carpenter’s go-to establishment for trusted, timely, cost-effective auto repair. Dick has overseen cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, and other means of conveyance in need of anything from simple tune-ups to complete engine overhauls.
In 2009, Dick’s youngest son Alex Glanzer joined the family business on a full-time basis, specializing in Auto Body & Paint after graduating from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Alex’s arrival to Dick’s Garage caused Dick’s Garage to expand the shop area, nearly doubling its original size.
Aside from the repair and body work, Dick and Alex sell a wide range of used and refurbished vehicles, as well as tires, parts, and glass. Be sure to check out the Dick’s Garage eBay Store.
Dick is a 1978 graduate of Willow Lake High School. He and wife Marcie have three grown children and six grand-children. Alex and his wife Ann, both 2006 graduates of Willow Lake High School, have two daughters.
In the mid 1980s, Dick’s Garage built and raced stock cars at the Huron State Fair Speedway.
In 2020, Dick’s Garage was interviewed by ConsumerAffairs for an article on how to maintain your car when it’s not in use. During the pandemic, many were stuck at home and cars were sitting idly.