Capitol City Honda, an Olympia Original for More Than 40 years
The Capitol City Honda Beginning
This is a story not of overnight success but of hard work, perseverance, and the American dream. Visionary Ed McCarroll was born in 1926 to humble beginnings in Canada and was instilled with hard working family values from an early age. At the young age of 17, he was called by patriotism to join the Royal Navy during World War II. After an honorable discharge in 1945, Ed and his parents moved to the United States. His first job was as a lot attendant at a Spokane dealership. The family soon moved to warmer weather, settling in Riverside, CA. There, Ed moved up the ranks at a local Chevrolet dealer and achieved his goal of becoming a U.S. citizen in 1953. He became a partner in several California dealerships before returning to his northwest roots in 1965. Settling in Olympia, WA, he purchased his first dealership - Capitol Chevrolet. Ed had a passion for motorcycles and was impressed with the Honda brand that was now entering the automotive field. “If their cars are as good as their motorcycles,” he said. “we will both be successful.” Ed was right, and in 1971, he opened Capitol City Honda and became one of the first Honda dealers in the Northwest. It is no wonder he was a success, sticking true to his motto: “If there is one thing you want to do in life, pick that one thing. Be absolutely the best at it, and the rest will take care of itself.’” In 2013, Ed received the 40 year recognition award from American Honda. Today at 92, Ed still has an office at Capitol City Honda and is proud to have his daughter Kelly Levesque as Principal and son in law Chris Levesque as General Manager, carrying on his torch of excellence for the dealership.
Today’s Capitol City Honda
“We are so proud and honored to be stewards to the community. Giving back and supporting local charities and schools over the years has been a real joy. Working with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, the South Sound YMCA, the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Olympia’s Children Hands-On Museum has given us fulfillment beyond words. All this is made possible while doing business with our extended Honda family and friends. We hold ourselves to the high standard my father taught us and look forward to another 40 years serving this great community,” said Kelly Levesque.
Even though Capitol City Honda has been in business for 40 years, we still take an old fashioned approach to customer service. The dealership is a modern day wonder of technology but you’ll still find the home town friendliness of a locally owned family business. We care because we live right here in this community. Our professional knowledgeable staff greets every guest, taking the time to assess each shopper’s needs without pressure or stress.
Here at Capitol City Honda, we take the time to talk with our guests, whether you’re buying your first car or a fleet of cars, we are here to make sure you have all the answers to your questions. We are in the business of building relationships not selling cars.
We want customers for life. We have had the great joy of watching our customers grow, get married, have kids, grandchildren; we are very much a part of their lives. We strive to have a professional, knowledgeable staff on hand to answer all your questions and to supply financing options that will fit your budget. We have been your neighbor for more than 40 years and look forward to you becoming part of our Capitol City Honda family.