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Family Owned for Over 100 Years

Garber Automotive Group has been a trailblazer in the automotive industry since 1907, running one of the oldest family-owned dealerships in the United States. In the last hundred years, the organization has grown and expanded rapidly, but the traditions it was built on have stayed the same: dedication to service, a loyal staff, and a forward-looking vision.

Today, the organization consists of 19 dealerships representing 16 franchise.

  • Nine dealerships in the Midwest
  • Six dealerships in Florida
  • Three dealerships in Rochester, New York
  • One dealership in South Carolina

The Garber Automotive Story

1907

After a successful career as a farm implement salesman, Guy S. Garber’s reputation caught the attention of Bill Durant, one of the founders of General Motors. At Durant’s encouragement, Guy became a representative for Buick at only 23 years old.

1915

The ever-expanding business relocated to its new home at 206 N. Washington Avenue in Saginaw, where it would remain for the next 45 years. Garber Buick successfully served the tri-city area through two world wars and the Great Depression, never wavering in Guy’s original vision of exceptional customer service.

1965

Guy S. Garber, automotive pioneer and founder of Garber Buick Company, passes away at the age of 81. He grew Garber Buick from its early years to become a GM model for salesmanship, efficiency, and customer service, a legacy which would continue with his successors.

1966

Richard Garber, son of Guy S. Garber, assumes the role of president and owner of Garber Buick Company, continuing his father’s vision of high-quality customer service as well as a commitment to civic leadership.

1980

Richard J. Garber Jr., the third-generation of the Garber family and grandson of Guy S. Garber, becomes the new president and general manager of Garber Buick. At only 25 years old, he was the youngest Buick dealer for a dealership of its size in the entirety of the United States.

1986 – 2018

Over the course of the next several years, Garber Management Group continued its forward-thinking vision, through the acquisition of 19 dealerships representing over 16 different brands of vehicles.

Today

Today, the organization grosses over $1 billion in annual sales and employs over 1700 people throughout Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Florida, and New York. Garber Management Group is currently the 13th largest privately-held company in Michigan, and continues to expand its business through the formation of its sub-prime used vehicle operations, RightWay Automotive Credit, as well as its own affiliated finance company, Gateway Financial. Richard J. Garber is also the owner of the Saginaw Spirit, an OHL hockey franchise.

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