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Welcome to Garber Nissan!

At Garber Nissan, we want Flint, Lansing, Traverse City, Midland, and Bay City drivers to have a better kind of dealership experience. When you visit our dealership for new Nissan cars or pre-owned vehicles, you’ll find a friendly sales team ready to help you find the right car for the right price in a no-pressure environment. The first step is finding out your driving needs whether that’s an efficient commuter like the Nissan Sentra, a spacious crossover like the Murano for your family, or perhaps a fast sports car for yourself like the 370Z. Afterwards, our finance team can help you quickly secure auto financing, no matter your credit score.

Take a few moments to browse through our inventory, and let us know if there are any models you’ve got your eye on. When you’re ready, we’ll see you down at the dealership for a test drive!

VISION STATEMENT

“To be the BEST automotive sales and repair operation in every market we serve.”

MISSION STATEMENT

“We’re only doing our jobs when we create an experience for the customers for which they choose to return and do business with us again.”

COMPANY VALUES

Honesty: Truthful at all times
Respect: To show consideration and honor for each other.
Empathy: To be able to understand another’s position.
Integrity: To be of good sound moral principle, trustworthy, sincere.
Pride: Sense of self-worth. Making a difference in people’s lives.
Work Ethic: Working as a team to meet or exceed expectations.

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 a 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. 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.

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 their dealership.

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

Richard Garber, Sr., son of Guy Garber, who had been actively managing their dealership, 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 dealer for a dealership of its size in the nation. Since that time the organization has grown to 16 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.

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Garber Nissan is a part of the Garber Automotive Group

Garber Automotive Group is led by owner and President, Richard J. Garber and Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer, Patrick Hengesbach. The Management Group also employs a Controller and supporting staff.

The Organization today consists of 18 dealerships representing 16 franchises. Nine dealerships are located in the Midwest, five dealerships are located in Florida, and three dealerships in Rochester, New York.

Together the dealerships generate over $1 billion in sales annually and employ over 1700 people nationally. 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 in five states, and its own affiliated finance company, Gateway Financial Solutions.

Continued growth is planned for the organization, which makes recruiting, selecting and training high potential candidates our highest priority. Entry-level opportunities are available in Michigan, Illinois, New York and Florida. For the right candidate, a management training program is available.

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