About Cooks Car Company

My love affair started at the age of 10. It was 1976 and my family had just moved to Lewiston, Idaho so that my father and grandfather could open an auto repair business together. In 1977 Cook’s Auto Repair officially opened it’s doors. Over the next few years I worked in the shop ever day after school and most Saturdays. I swept floors, emptied garbage, and dumped waste oil, basically any odd job that was needed. All the while trying to learn as much as I could from my father, grandfather, or any technician that would take the time to teach me.

The 3 years came and went with me saving all of my earnings and waiting to get my daylight drivers license. Finally it happened, I turned 14, was a legal driver, and in need of a car I could call my own. After a few weeks and much help from dad I struck a deal on a 1973 Chevelle SS that had been sitting in a field about 20 miles up the road.

This was one of many cars I owned throughout my school years. Eventually the day came that I had to enter the working world so with my love of cars, I chose the automotive field. Over the years I held jobs as a parts person, service manager, sales manager, and have ran multi-franchise new car dealerships all the while missing the feel and smell of the old cars.

One day not so long ago and with my family grown, I decide that I wasn’t getting any younger and I missed playing with the cars of my youth. So with the support of my wife and parents, Cook’s Car Company was started. I carry all makes, models, and years but really try to specialize in the classics.

It is my sincerest hope you will find a car from your past that renews in you a forgotten love affair or maybe sparks in you a new passion.

Thank You For Visiting,

Peter W Cook


(208) 746-7040


MON - FRI : 9AM TO 6PM  



2304 16TH AVE.



We strive to provide our customers with the best possible experience by offering a great selection of used cars and trucks at affordable rates.

See what our customers are saying...

"Excellent company! I would definitely recommend buying your next truck/car from Cooks! They responded quickly over email and answered all my questions. I took a 5 hour drive to come check out the truck I was interested in. They are very welcoming and laid back. They let us test drive the truck and then take it for a preinspection, which took over 3 hours. They had no problems with us taking our time to decide if the truck was for us. One thing that made me write this review is that they are not pushy, like most of the dealerships you go to. These guys are honest, and like to keep things simple."

Kayla L.

"Amazing customer service!!! We went to trade in our truck and already had a truck picked out that we wanted. Unfortunately our truck needed a little work and the shop would not be able to get to it for another week, we cant be without a truck for that long. Pete Cook worked with us and let us take our new truck home that day!!!! With the holidays and just everyday stress, he made our purchase of a new vehicle completely stress free!!! Thank you so much!!!!"

Levi B.

"Pete and JR were very professional and made buying a pickup very comfortable and easy. They are in no way pushy and are very knowledgeable. I actually had fun working with these guys. They both took the time to make this the BEST experience I’ve ever had buying a pickup! I will return to Cook’s Car Company for my next purchase and recommend Cook’s to anyone. Good people! Thank You."

Shane C.

"Had the BEST car shopping experience with these fine gentlemen. They have wonderful customer service and are honest, straightforward, and genuine. We went to so many other car lots in Spokane (where we live) and decided to make to drive down to Lewiston and we are so glad we did! By far the best experience we had! No slimy salesmen, no misleading ads, just good quality cars and good quality customer service. They are a small locally-owned company that doesn't do commission on their sales - which makes it a lovely no-pressure zone. My new Subaru was priced right at book (which is almost impossible to find in Spokane) and it was clean and runs great. I would gladly make the drive down to Cooks Car Company again for any other car purchase! Highly recommended!"

Kendra S.

"Pete bent over backwards to accommodate us when we were truck shopping. By far the best car buying experience we've ever had! I would recommend Cooks to anyone and everyone! We will most definitely be rePETE customers!😉 Thanks for everything, Pete!"

Carrie H.

"Thank you for the best experience buying a new car! I will be doing all my vehicle buying through you guys from now on! Justin and Pete were great to talk to and listened to everything I had to say, they also listened to everything my 3 year old had to say. I really appreciate that they took the time to listen and have a conversation with my daughter and not just ignore what she had to say even though most of her conversation was about her pets at home 😁"

Casey B.

"Couldn’t of had a better experience working with Cooks car Company! They had all the paperwork ready for me so that when I got there all I had to do was check the car out and take it for a test drive and do some signatures. Very friendly people to work! Was in and out really quick which is plus because I had my Toddler who they were also attentive too. Hands down the best dealership I’ve been too."

Jennifer R.

"Today I had the best experience in not only purchasing a vehicle but in trading in my old car, too. These guys are knowledgeable, friendly, and transparent throughout the process! I didn’t feel pressured at all, and the car we chose was a great price (as were all the other vehicles at the lot). Overall, I couldn’t have asked for better service or a better car buying experience. I’ll be coming back here again next time I’m looking to buy a car or trade-in."

Terran P.

"Why did we drive 3 1/2 hours to buy our 'new to us' car? Because we were confident our buying experience would be awesome...and it was! Not only was the BEAUTIFUL 4runner an exceptional price...it was also the high quality vehicle we were expecting. Pete answered all our questions and although I left a very happy customer....my appreciation for his high level service has grown immensely over the past few days. Thank you Pete for creating a car buying experience that people deserve. You set the bar high and your efforts are VERY appreciated!"

Kate S.

"Buying our Toyota 4Runner from Cooks Car Co was amazing. Everything we wanted to know about the vehicle was provided. There were NO Surprises! The owner and his staff are straight shooters all the way. They followed through on everything they said they would. They made us feel at home and let us go at our own pace while inspecting the vehicle. It was a first class experience. We will be buying our next vehicle from them."

Sara D.