It all started in Savanna, Georgia in the early 1900’s when Larry Dimmitt, Sr. became one of the early pioneers in the retail automobile business, selling and servicing the Peerless automobile. Prior to Mr. Dimmitt’s entry into this new and exciting industry, he was in the lumber and railroad business and participated in the “Klondike Gold Rush” prior to the turn of the century. Before coming to Clearwater in the early 1920’s, Mr. Dimmitt was associated with the Liberty car and the White truck. Mr. Dimmitt was also the Buick distributor in Georgia and supplied 16 dealers with their cars. After settling in Clearwater in 1924, Mr. Dimmitt purchased the Ford dealership located at the corner of Drew Street and Garden Avenue in downtown Clearwater. He sold and serviced Fords and Lincolns until 1933 when he took over sales and servicing of Chevrolets, Cadillacs and LaSalles.
In 1931, Mr. Dimmitt moved the operation to 603 South Fort Harrison Avenue in Clearwater. The Dimmitt organization grew as Clearwater expanded, and in 1952, Larry Dimmitt, Jr. (second generation) took over from his father. The combined Chevrolet and Cadillac dealership continued to grow and expand when in 1965; a separate dealership facility was established for Cadillacs at 907 Cleveland Street in Clearwater. The Chevrolet dealership continued to prosper at the original Fort Harrison location. In 1972, Lawrence Dimmitt III (third generation) took over the dealership from his father, who then continued as the Cadillac dealer on Cleveland Street.
In 1976, Lawrence III’s brother, Richard Roth Dimmitt (third generation dealer) became a co-owner and dealer/operator of the Cadillac dealership. In 1986, the Cadillac dealership relocated to its’ current 14 acre site on US highway 19 in Countryside. Range Rover (now Land Rover), the luxury British four – wheel drive sports utility vehicle joined our Cadillac store in 1987 as the exclusive Florida West Coast franchise and one of only 25 chartered Land Rover retailers nationwide. In 1993, Richard Roth Dimmitt redeemed all of Larry Dimmitt Jr.’s outstanding stock in the dealership and is now the sole stockholder. Since assuming full control of the dealership, Mr. Dimmitt has with the appointment of some of the top managers in the nation, guided this dynamic organization to the top of the national rankings in both sales and customer satisfaction.
The new Millennium brought big changes to the Tampa Bay automotive market when Richard Dimmitt acquired Dew Cadillac in downtown St Petersburg and constructed a brand new state of the art facility and moved the operation to its current location in Pinellas Park. Dew Cadillac is the oldest exclusive Cadillac dealership in the United States and celebrates their 95th anniversary. Dew has garnered many awards for customer satisfaction and just like Dimmitt Cadillac; their mission is one of complete and total customer satisfaction. In short, if you are ready for the nationally renowned and award winning ownership experience of Dimmitt Cadillac and Dew Cadillac our dedicated team of associates will provide all of that and more.
In 1997 the most prestigious of marques, Rolls Royce and Bentley were added to the family and in August 2000, Lotus Motor Cars also joined the Dimmitt family of luxury performance automobiles. In 2006, Saab also joined the Dimmitt family and in December 2008, we welcomed Hummer to our collection of fine automobiles.
Today, we are looking forward to the fourth generation of the Dimmitt family (Richard Jr. and Peter) to continue our 85-year tradition of being the standard by which all dealerships are judged. Dimmitt Cadillac offers the finest in Luxury automobiles and award winning service to our Clearwater and Tampa Bay customers. From quality new cars to certified pre-owned cars, we know that anyone looking for a vehicle in Clearwater and Tampa Bay will find it here. Call us at 800.787.9713, or come visit us at 25191 US Highway 19 in Clearwater, FL.
Dimmitt Cadillac offers many automotive products and services to our Clearwater area customers. From quality new Cadillac cars to used cars, we know anyone looking for a vehicle in Clearwater will likely find what they want at our dealership. We carry a comprehensive line of Cadillac, including the CTS, Escalade, DTS, SRX and STS, making us a good choice as your Clearwater Cadillac car dealer.
Call Dimmitt Cadillac at 800-787-9713, or come visit us in person. We're conveniently located at 25191 U.S. 19 North, Clearwater, FL and look forward to helping you with your automotive needs.
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