The Horne family’s roots have grown in Arizona for six generations. Today, their family business, the Horne Auto Group, stretches across the Copper State. Whether in the White Mountains, where cool breezes blow ponderosa pines along the highways or on backroads, where saguaro cacti help set the stage for Sonoran sunsets nightly, you can find a nearby Horne dealership for your automotive needs. Horne Auto Group is an Arizona business founded upon family and upright business practices.
When Robert Horne opened his first Chevrolet dealership on the Deuce of Clubs in Show Low in 1991, he was determined to further the business ethics learned from Gail Horne, his father, and have means to pass those practices on to future generations. Now, Robert and his sons—Aaron, Adam, Andrew, and son-in-law Martin Jones—have expanded the business across Arizona with dealerships in Show Low, Globe, Apache Junction, Nogales and Gilbert.
Before founding of the Horne Auto Group, Robert Horne worked as a partner with his father at Henry & Horne for many years. There, Robert learned from his father how to work hard and be honest and ethical. The Horne family encouraged these principles through the generations, and continues working hard to deliver them to their Arizona customers.
Andrew Horne states, “We are excited about the growth of our company. A strong business model and a solid team of employees have helped us continue to move in the right direction despite these tough economic times.”
Since 1991, the group has opened a variety of dealerships to suit the needs of the communities they serve. They strive to earn the respect of their customers.
Within a year of opening in 2009, Horne Kia was recognized as one of the top Kia dealers in the state. By 2011, Horne Kia in Gilbert was recognized as one of the top 100 Kia dealerships in the nation.
The Horne Auto Group’s Kia facility relocated recently to an area just off of Val Vista and the San Tan 202 in Gilbert. The previous location on Arizona Avenue became a pre-owned vehicle lot for the business. The Hornes will be adding a second pre-owned vehicle location in the Valley in the near future.
Michael Housh, Horne Kia’s general manager, credits their success to a good name and good service.
“Both names—Horne and Kia—have a good reputation for value,” Michael says. “People see the Hornes’ conservative values and the ‘small town’ way they do business, always treating other people the way they like to be treated. Kia has a good reputation for value as well. They are committed to building a quality vehicle. Their product has improved every year.”
Michael, who has been in the car business for more than 20 years, recognizes that good follow-through is not always the norm as it is at Horne. “Here,” he says, “they do what they say they’re going to.”
Visit the Horne Kia facility located at 1465 E Motorplex Loop in Gilbert (off the San Tan 202 Freeway and Val Vista Drive). See www.hornekia.com for more information or stop in to check out the inventory of new and used cars. To schedule a service or sales appointment, call 480-813-3300.