The Merle Kelly Ford Story

Small Town, Friendly Service with Family Values!

On September 1st, 1961 Merle Kelly Ford opened for business in the heart of downtown Chanute, KS.

Merle Kelly founded the company on 7 Major Principles which are still the benchmark for all the decisions made at the dealership today:

  • Teamwork through Trust and Respect
    We at Merle Kelly Ford know how to value our people. We believe that we are able to reach our goals through cooperation. We recognize each person's contribution and treat each other with respect.

  • Integrity
    We conduct business in an honest and straightforward manner. It is important that customers as well as members of our team esteem the company as honorable and trustworthy.

  • Commitment to Customer Enthusiasm
    It is our intention to keep our customers satisfied and we continuously work at improving our service for their greater pleasure.

  • Passion for Excellence
    Merle Kelly Ford has a tradition of success that drives its employees. We keep our eyes on the prize and relentlessly pursue excellence.

  • Accountability at all Levels
    It is our pleasure to have our customers depend on us to deliver on our promise of great service, hence we consistently persevere to provide high quality and efficient business results to maintain our customers' trust in us.

  • Commitment to Continuous Improvement
    We do not believe in resting on our laurels. There is always room for improvement and we always seek it. We remain proactive in finding ways to grow and develop in order to serve our customers better.

  • Time
    We are highly competitive with 'BIG CITY' dealers in many aspects, especially on pricing and we work extensively to assure that. Yet, we have something they don't and that is...TIME! Time to give to you! Complete, unabridged, unbroken, attentive time! Time to listen, time to help, to teach...time to get to know your needs. We wouldn't trade this for any 'Big City' aspect in the world! Now don't get us wrong, we know your time is valuable. You may prefer quick, fast service? A handshake and out the door? In today's world of high speed, high demand, instant access...we understand this is necessary and we can very much accomplish it! But if you prefer to sit back, relax, ask questions, contemplate and take in the whole experience...our small town dealership will make you feel at home. So, whatever your pace, your preference...we assure you we have the time to meet it! 

Merle believed that when he helped someone buy a vehicle he had made a friend for life. These values have been passed from father to son to grandson. Even though the dealership location has changed and Chanute has grown since 1961, we are still the dealership where you will experience small town friendliness and a commitment to exceeding our customers expectations. 

Merle Kelly Ford has been satisfying customers and forming lifetime friendships for over 50 years. We have been honored to be a Blue Oval Certified Dealer since it's inception, and have won Ford Motor Company's most prestigious award & The President's Award, multiple times. Our customers tell us we are a great place to do business. Our team members tell us we are a great place to work. 

Merle Kelly Ford in Chanute, KS, is proud to be a contributing member to our beautiful little town of Chanute! Through our Drive 4 UR Community efforts, we have raised thousands of proceeds to benefit groups such as the Chanute High School, St. Patrick's Catholic School, the VFW/Legion Veterans Memorial and we are eagerly excited to raise more! 

Today, the company is also involved in automobile financing, parts, accessories, service, and repair, collision/body shop repair, heavy/commercial truck service and much more. The Merle Kelly Ford name is also connected to customer service being one of the most respected names in Southeast Kansas. 

In Site, In Mind (Pun Intended) 

As part of our commitment to customer satisfaction, we have completely overhauled and improved our online presence in efforts to provide our customers with immediate and comprehensive access to all our services and inventory! 

In conjunction with our new Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus Linkedin & Youtube...Merle Kelly Ford has developed it's latest, cutting edge, online utility: MERLEKELLYFORD.COM! This has become the premier destination for online shoppers of new and used vehicles in the Four State area. Whether you are looking in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, or Arkansas we offer a comprehensive listing on this website of new and used vehicle makes, models, types and the most competitive prices in the area.

Each vehicle is accompanied by pertinent detailed information as well as up to 40 photos to help our customers create an informed decision as to which of our high-quality cars is the most suitable for them. It is our aim to offer consumers a fun and uncomplicated car shopping experience.MERLEKELLYFORD.COM has been designed to guarantee shoppers control, confidence, efficiency, and ease.

No matter what car our customers are looking for, MERLEKELLYFORD.COM offers the following benefits:

  • CarFinder to locate vehicles from a network of various dealerships across the nation

  • A variety of helpful search options

  • The guarantee of great deals and lower rate financing on approved credit

  • Free CARFAX reports - $29.95 value on each vehicle

  • ASE certified mechanics to carefully inspect every used vehicle so we can ensure quality,  providing the best in manufacturer provided warranty coverage

  • Manufacturer sponsored discounted finance rates for qualified buyers on certified used vehicles

Thank you for taking the time to view our site! We welcome you to our Merle Kelly Ford Family and we are confident that you will say..."You now have a genuine Friend in the car business"!


It Takes More Than Just One Happy Chanute Customer to Earn the Trust of Drivers Throughout Fredonia, Yates Center, Humboldt and Parsons, KS
It Takes a Dynamic Team Just Like the One at Merle Kelly Ford

At Merle Kelly Ford, we're dedicated to earning your business again and again. The first time you walk through our doors could be to browse our selection of used cars. Or, perhaps you'll stop by to trade an older model for a brand new Ford vehicle.

Our sales staff and our auto financing team have the bar set at the top rung every time, so you can count on finding a loan or lease option that puts the Ford F-150, Edge, Escape, Focus or Fusion of your dreams in your driveway, on your terms.

When you're ready to return to our Chanute dealership for regular car service and maintenance, we'll be ready to perform whatever work your vehicle requires. And when you're in the market for auto parts, we're ready to assist in whatever D-I-Y projects you have going on under the hood of your car.

Finally, after a few years on the road, when you're ready to start the process up again, you'll walk right back through those doors to have a few familiar faces help you out.

For more information about our full range of services stop into our showroom at 3501 South Santa Fe Chanute, Kansas and we'd be happy to assist you with all of your automotive needs.

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