A Proud Member of the Northwest Motorsport Family
Being a Northwest Motorsport family member is all about upholding H.I.L.T. values. That’s Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty, and Trust. We pride ourselves on being honest, treating people with respect, and being passionate about our work.
Nick Lentz is one member of our team that takes these values to heart! We want to take an opportunity to thank Nick for all of his hard work and dedication. We also wanted to sit down and ask him some questions about himself and life in the Northwest Motorsport family.
Sitting Down with Nick Lentz
Nick Lentz is a Buyer for our Puyallup location and a beloved member of the Northwest Motorsport family. His enthusiasm for motorsports and his work is admirable and we are so lucky to have him. However, there’s a lot more to Nick than just that. Let’s take a moment to sit down with one of the people that makes Northwest Motorsport the best place to buy a used vehicle in the Northwest!
Q: Describe an average day at Northwest Motorsport:
Nick: I start the day with copious amounts of caffeine, and then have some more. Then, I search Washington for the coolest trucks around and buy them for our dealership so they can be where they belong. I strategically advertise our vehicles on Craigslist from Alaska down to California for the world to see. I skim through our website to find misrepresented vehicles so we can ensure the vehicles [are seen by the right eyes]. Some days marketing lets me push a truck to its limits in promotional videos, which can make Phil nervous, but it makes me smile.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of working at Northwest Motorsport?
Nick: I get to do what I love. I was born and raised as a car guy and will be a huge car guy until the day I die. To this day, my father is still in the car business and has no intention of getting out. My greatest passion is automobiles and I enjoy everything about them. I have a 370Z race car, 300ZX Z32 classic sports car, 10 hobby grade RC Cars, 23 model cars on my office desk, and attend SEMA every year. You could say vehicles are my passion.
Q: If you could pick one aspect of working at Northwest Motorsport to write a book about, what would it be?
Nick: I am the self-proclaimed “VP of Random Crap” and get to tackle interesting new challenges every day. Yesterday I helped with converting a JDM Nissan GT-R from kilometers to miles, and today I worked on cleaning up multiple dirty Carfaxes with mileage discrepancies. Every day is new and unique, and I love how many skills I get to learn.
Q: What do you like most about working at NWMS?
Nick: Working side by side with the A-Team of the car business. We have some of the best of the best here on our roster, and everybody wishes they could be us. The amount of knowledge I have learned in my nearly 5 years here is priceless. There is no school of car buying, so having the masters teach me hands-on lets me have the rewarding feeling of becoming the best I can be.
Q: What’s a secret passion you have that most people don’t know about?
Nick: I am a sponsored dart player who plays league 2+ nights a week. I am flying to Vegas for the National Championship in May for a 3-day tournament with the chance to take home over $50,000 if I win my divisions.
Q: What’s something you’ve learned about yourself from working at NWMS?
Nick: I learned that I have the ability to accomplish tasks that I originally felt were unconquerable. I learned that focusing my mindset to visualize it happening, instead of thinking of why it would be challenging, let me actually accomplish very challenging tasks. That mental motivation is what is needed to accomplish those tasks I deemed originally as mission impossible.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Nick: “Work hard, play hard!” While I work at least 50 hours a week, I always make personal time for fun and to unwind. We can all get caught up in work, but if we don’t make time for ourselves we are just wasting away our lives.
Q: What would you tell yourself at age 13?
Nick: Just because you can drive crazy in MarioKart on the N64 doesn’t mean you can drive like that in real life. I got my Go-Kart at 13 years old and stepped on the gas like I was Ricky Bobby anytime I was in the driver’s seat. I ended up completely destroying it in under a year. Fast forward to me at 23, I jumped my huge lifted XJ Cherokee over a foot off the ground at Naches and bent the frame like a taco on landing.
Q: What’s one thing on your bucket list?
Nick: It was to go skydiving for the longest time, however, I crossed that off. Now it is to break the 200 mph speed barrier in a car. Currently, I have been over 150 mph, however, 200 mph has eluded me.
Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Nick: For everybody to stop comparing their life to other people’s. We all need to just focus on our personal happiness instead of trying to live up to unrealistic lives of what others pretend to have and post about. We forget to cherish the great things we have and get lost in our minds focusing on what we wish we had.
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
At Northwest Motorsport we understand that giving credit to our amazing NWMS family is what keeps us strong. We always want to let our employees know that they’re doing a great job. We want you to know too!
If you’re looking for a used vehicle this year, come on down to Northwest Motorsport. Visit Nick Lentz, a true and loyal motorsport fan, as you can tell from his interview! Meet the rest of our amazing crew, as well. Trust us, you won’t regret joining the Northwest Motorsport family!