The History of Garber

After Garber Automotive Group acquired 4 Rochester area dealerships in the fall of 2011, including Acura, Kevin Parker was named the new General Manager/ Managing Partner of the dealerships. This past November Kevin reached the 30 year milestone in the industry, spending the past 13 years with the Garber organization as General Manager. Kevin states, "I am both honored and excited to be here in Rochester. It is a privilege to lead these fine individuals who have been a part of the Holtz group for many years. I pledge to you my commitment to serving our customers with the highest level of service and supporting our community. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know the Rochester area. If I can ever personally be of service to you, please feel free to contact me.


Garber Automotive Group is led by owner and President, Richard J. Garber and Secretary/Treasurer, Patrick Hengesbach. The Management Group also employs a Controller and supporting staff. The Organization today consists of 16 dealerships representing 15 manufacturers.


Our Rochester, New York Locations:
Garber Honda (Acquired in 2011)
Acura of Rochester (Acquired in 2011)
Porsche of Rochester (Acquired in 2011)
Audi Rochester (Acquired in 2011)


Eight Midwest locations:

Garber Buick: Saginaw, MI (Flagship dealership, established in 1907.)
Garber Nissan Hyundai: Saginaw, MI (Acquired in 1986)
Garber Chevrolet: Midland, MI (Acquired in 1991)
Sunrise Chevrolet: Glendale Heights, IL (Acquired in 1997)
Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram: Saginaw, MI (Opened March 2011)
Garber Chevrolet Linwood: Linwood, MI (Acquired in 2015)
Garber Fox Lake Toyota: Fox Lake, IL (Acquired in 2016)
Garber Chevrolet Saginaw: Saginaw, MI (Acquired in 2017)


Five Florida Locations:
Green Cove Springs, Florida locations make up Garber Automall which is postioned 10 miles south of Jacksonville:

        Garber Ford (Acquired in 1986)
        Garber Chevrolet Buick GMC (Acquired in 1994)
        Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (Acquired in 1997)


Delray Beach, Florida location:
Delray Buick GMC (Acquired in 2013)


Fort Pierce, Florida location:

Garber Buick GMC of Ft. Pierce (Acquired in 2013)


Together the dealerships employ nearly 1500 people. The organization has also expanded its business with the formation of RightWay Automotive Credit; a sub-prime used vehicle retail operation with over 25 locations, and its own affiliated finance company, Gateway Financial.


HISTORY OF THE COMPANY


The year was 1907 and many thought that the horse and buggy would continue to be the way to travel. One notable exception was a young farm implement salesman of exceptional ability and bold vision. His name was Guy S. Garber, and he saw the automobile as the vehicle to the future.

Growing up in the Lansing area, his reputation as a salesman brought him to the attention of William C. Durant, founder of General Motors. At his urging, Guy Garber became a factory representative for Buick Motor Division. During his first six months he established one dealership, in Battle Creek Michigan. His responsibility was the management of the day to day operations.

His success there brought him to take on a greater challenge, coming to Saginaw in 1910 representing Buick. This was to become the key to his success with Buick and General Motors.... lasting a lifetime. Guy Garber shared the vision of the GM founder. America was headed for a golden automotive era.

Guy Garber's long and productive affiliation with GM lasted nearly 60 years, through the great depression and two world wars. During that time Garber married Hazel Denyes and began a family which would eventually number four sons and two daughters; Jack, Maxine, Richard, Guy Jr. (Ike), Jane and Robert.

As the oldest family-owned Buick dealership in the United States, the Garbers have always conducted a unique relationship with GM's Buick Motor Division. In its early years Garber Buick Company became a GM model for salesmanship, efficiency and service to the customer.

Years ago it was written that Guy S. Garber has but one hobby and that is service. "He lives service, breathes service and practices service. His predominant business policy is to render such uniformly satisfying service that there shall not be a single dissatisfied Buick owner in the 30 counties comprising his territory." Said Guy S. Garber, "Service does not mean something for nothing, but it does mean prompt, efficient and courteous attention at a fair price." This founding business philosophy thrives today in the mission statement for Garber Automotive Group.

When automotive pioneer Guy S. Garber died on December 5, 1965 at the age of 81, Michigan's first Buick distributorship became the nation's last Buick distributorship. An important piece of automotive history had passed away.

Richard Garber, Sr., son of Guy Garber, who had been actively managing Garber Buick Company, became president and owner until his death in 1972. Like his father, Richard was a civic leader in every sense of the word.

Richard Garber was succeeded by Norman F. Geyer as president. Norm Geyer was married to Maxine Garber and was a son-in-law to Guy Garber. He was a dedicated, honest, and respected individual with high values. With over 25 years of experience with the organization, the majority as service director, Norm was knowledgeable in all aspects of the dealership operation. As president, he successfully guided the Buick store for eight years, during the trying times of the 1970's, until he passed the torch to Richard J. Garber Jr., in 1980.

Richard J. Garber, Jr., was the third generation to take the helm of the company in its 73rd year of operation. When he became president, he was the youngest Buick dealer for a dealership of its size in the nation. Since that time the organization has grown to thirteen dealerships located in four states, Michigan, Florida, Illinois, and New York.

The organization today is a long way from the 1907 version, but important traditions live on: dedication to service, a loyal staff and a forward-looking vision. One that echoes in the spirit of a young farm implement salesman who took thousands of mid-Michigan area residents out of the buggy and put them behind the wheel. On our website, you can view our inventory online, request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

If you don't see what you are looking for, click on CarFinder, fill out the form, and we will let you know when vehicles arrive that match your search! Or if you would rather discuss your options with our friendly sales staff, click on Directions for interactive driving directions and other contact information. We look forward to serving you!


Audi Rochester

3955 West Henrietta Road
Directions Rochester, NY 14623

  • Sales: 585-334-1600
  • Service: (585)334-0880
  • Parts: (585)334-0880

Sales Hours

  • Monday 9am-8pm
  • Tuesday 9am-8pm
  • Wednesday 9am-8pm
  • Thursday 9am-8pm
  • Friday 9am-6pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Dealership Hours

  • Monday 9am-8pm
  • Tuesday 9am-8pm
  • Wednesday 9am-8pm
  • Thursday 9am-8pm
  • Friday 9am-6pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Parts Dept. Hours

  • Monday 7:30am-6pm
  • Tuesday 7:30am-6pm
  • Wednesday 7:30am-6pm
  • Thursday 7:30am-6pm
  • Friday 7:30am-6pm
  • Saturday 8am-2pm
  • Sunday Closed

Service Dept. Hours

  • Monday 7am-6pm
  • Tuesday 7am-6pm
  • Wednesday 7am-6pm
  • Thursday 7am-6pm
  • Friday 7am-6pm
  • Saturday 8am-2pm
  • Sunday Closed