Company History

Company History

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. Over the last 110+ 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: 

  • 21 dealerships representing 17 franchises across six states
  • 38 used car lots specializing in subprime lending 
  • A corporate headquarters that provides administrative, marketing, and technological services
  • An industry leading subprime financing company 
  • An OHL hockey franchise

The Garber Automotive Story


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.


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.


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 that would continue with his successors.


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 and commitment to civic leadership.


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 – 2020

Richard J. Garber Jr. forms Garber Management Group as part of his vision to expand the organization. Over the course of the new three decades, the company expands with the acquisition of dealerships in Michigan, Florida, Illinois, New York, and South Carolina, and with the creation of RightWay Auto Sales and Gateway Financial Solutions.


Today, the organization grosses over $1.2 billion in annual sales and employs over 2,200 people across the country. Garber Management Group is currently the 13th largest privately held company in Michigan and continues to expand its business through the formation of its subprime used vehicle operations, RightWay Auto Sales, and its own affiliated finance company, Gateway Financial Solutions. Richard J. Garber is also the owner of the Saginaw Spirit, an OHL hockey franchise.

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