History of Sanborn Chevrolet: 1971 to Today

July 19, 1971

  • Sanborn Chevrolet first opened at 9 West Locust Street, in downtown Lodi with 25 employees.
  • This historical site was an old carriage shop from the early 1900’s.
  • In this area at the time were other car dealers as well such as Dodge, Ford, and Oldsmobile.
  • This building was later sold to Charles Travel Service and it later burned down.

*Sanborn Chevrolet store front on Locust Street, 1971.



  • Sanborn Chevrolet broke ground at 1210 S. Cherokee Lane on the land that was formerly the Kettleman Ranch.
  • The dealership was built by General Contractor, Ted Malfino and Architects Vic Meyers and Glen Bomback.
  • The Dealership opened its doors selling New and Used Cars, Trucks and Open Roads Motorhomes and Trailers.

*Mr. Richard Sanborn (Chairman and CEO), his daughter Kini Sanborn (President), and Miss Cathy Attaway, July 1972.



  • Sanborn Chevrolet moved into its new home from Locust Street to Cherokee and Kettleman Lanes.



  • Sanborn was recognized for “General Motors Service Supremacy Award.” He was the only one of two dealers in Northern California recognized.


*Mr. Sanborn being recognized for the "General Motors Service Supremacy Award."


  • Dennis Plumber joined Sanborn Chevrolet as a Jr. Partner.
  • When Louis Peters, owner of the Cadillac/ Pontiac / GMC Dealership across the street from Sanborn Chevrolet passed away in 1981, Dennis Plumber bought the store and left the Sanborn Partnership

*Ariel view of Sanborn Chevrolet, 1976.



Customer Memory:

“We pulled into the parking lot, got out of the car, and there it was: a brand new 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in a beautiful silver green with beige cloth interior. My wife and I fell in love with it before we could even take a test drive. The salesperson and the staff were very good to us at Sanborn Chevrolet; that was the first brand new car I’ve ever owned, it only had 8 miles on it!”
– Glenn Blundell


  • Donated a new Camaro to the Seventh Day Adventist School in Lodi for their students to learn about cars.

*Mr. Sanborn showing the students of the Seventh Day Adventist School around under the hood of a new Camaro, 1978.

*Mr. Sanborn and the principal of the Seventh Day Adventist School and a General Motors District Manager finalizing the paperwork for the donated vehicle.


Mr. Sanborn serviced as the President of the Northern California Chevrolet Dealers Association.

*Photo with Oakland A’s player, Mr. Sanborn, and his two daughters, Kimberly and Kini.

*Mr. Sanborn threw out the first pitch at the Oakland A’s game.



  • With strong customer support and local demand, Mr. Sanborn expanded the facilities – this first expansion in 1985 included a much larger Service Center.

*A much larger Service Center would help us better service our great customers!



  • Sanborn Chevrolet Dealership in the 90’s

*The dream of the 90s was alive at Sanborn



  • Once again with strong customer support and local demand, Mr. Sanborn expanded the facilities – this time it was in 1995 that the Body Shop, today known as the Sanborn Collision Center was enlarged to support greater capacity.

*Our Service Department will get your vehicle back on the road!



  • Sanborn Chevrolet remodeled the front of the store, modernizing the show room floor.

*Remodeled show room floor



  • Outgrowing the space to service the loyal customers at Sanborn, once again the facilities were added to. The  Quick Lube & Car Wash Center was built on the north side of the property to increase the number of service bays to better assist our customers with faster and more efficient service options.

*Quick Lube


  • A new detail center has been constructed to better assist the Sanborn team in dealing with the yet growing demand for product and services at Sanborn Chevrolet. While this is an internal addition, this is a great new feature that will allow greater flexibility in providing for our customers.
  • Celebrating 47 years in business, Mr. Sanborn at the age of 84 is still acting Chairman and CEO. He is in the office daily and a main contributor to the companies continued success.  This year, his youngest daughter, Kini Sanborn, joined the business as President.  With Kini’s arrival, the company will continue to work closely with customers and in the community just as her father always has.  Kini spent 25 years in the luxury segment of the hotel industry as a successful Sales and Marketing executive.  She is excited to share that world knowledge with Lodi, and that manner of caring with customers.  Locally raised, Kini is passionate about our town and looks forward to carrying on her father’s legacy of trust and integrity with every customer.


Thank you to the community for all your support over the years!  We are grateful to each and every one of you.






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