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Welcome to Nissan of Bradenton!

Proudly serving the Tampa Bay area for over 65 years, Nissan of Bradenton has joined Garber Automotive Group to further our legacy of meeting our customer’s needs with quality vehicles and exceptional service. With every customer, new and old, we strive to ensure we’re closely following our company mission statement: “We’re only doing our jobs when we create an experience for the customer for which they choose to return and do business with us again.”

Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team are eager to help you find the new Nissan vehicle you’ve been waiting for from our extensive inventory. Once you’ve chosen your dream sedan, SUV, or truck, our team will work diligently to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible, by applying every new car offer currently available. Prefer to lease your new Nissan rather than buy? No problem; we’ll work just as hard to ensure you have the best lease offer possible.

We also offer a wide selection of high quality used cars to choose from that can accommodate any budget. Opt for a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle if you’re looking for something nearly new at an excellent price. Every Certified Pre-Owned Nissan passes a rigorous 167-point inspection, and comes with a 7-year/100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. Or, choose from one of our quality vehicles priced under $15,000. With either option, you’ll have a standout vehicle that you can rely on.

And once you’ve found your dream car, our finance experts are on hand to help you with vehicle financing and auto loans. We guarantee financing for everyone, regardless of credit score or history, by working closely with both national and local lenders to get you the loan you need. Even if you’ve filed bankruptcy, had a repossession, or no credit at all, we have programs in place to ensure you drive home in the vehicle you need.

We’ve got your back when the time comes for vehicle repair and maintenance work as well. Whether you bought your car with us or not, you can bring it to one of our state-of-the-art service centers. Our ASE-certified technicians have the knowledge and expertise to handle a wide range of services, including oil changes, transmission systems, and tires. We only use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts when working on your vehicle, so you can have peace of mind that it’s being returned to you in optimum condition. Call or schedule your appointment online and let our service experts take care of you!

Call or visit us today and discover how you’ll do better with Nissan of Bradenton! With our dedicated sales and service team, huge selection of new and used vehicles, and guaranteed financing for all, we have everything you need and then some to make the car buying process as easy as possible. Experience the difference for yourself, by calling us at (941) 755-1571 or visiting us at 1611 Cortez Road West in Bradenton.

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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Nissan of Bradenton 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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