About the Germain Motor Company – Our History in the Community

In 1947 Warren Germain opened the first Germain dealership in Bexley, Ohio. As the years progressed, the number of dealerships continued to grow under the leadership of Warren’s son Bob Germain Sr. including dealerships in Columbus, Ohio; Naples, Florida and in Sarasota, Florida. In 1995 Steve Germain, son of Bob Germain Sr., was named President and CEO of the company. Today, the business is comprised of 16 stores in 5 markets across Ohio, Florida and Michigan, operating under the mantra of The Right Car. The Right Price. The Right Way.

Since 2010 Germain Motor Company was named the Best Auto Dealer by readers of 614 Magazine. Germain is also listed on the Wards e-Dealer Top 100 list, which ranks dealerships across the entire U.S. based on total internet sales volume for both new and used vehicles. Germain is the only dealership group in Columbus to receive top honors.

As a family owned company with a rich history of over 65 years, Germain is committed to continual growth. Steve and the fourth generation of the Germain family strive to stay on the cutting edge of technology and are dedicated to offering the most sought after automotive brands with one ultimate goal in mind; to create customers for life through an exception purchasing and ownership experience.

Steve Germain is regarded as a leader within the automotive business as well as in the community and has served on many industry and civic boards including the Toyota Dealer Advertising Association, the Toyota Dealer Advisory Council, the local Cadillac Marketing Association, the Ohio Automotive Dealers Association, the Columbus Auto Dealers Association, the Bexley Education Foundation, the Columbus Zoo Association board and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation to name a few. In 2005, Steve was a finalist in the American International Automobile Dealers Association Dealer of the Year award presented by Newsweek. The following year he was named Time Magazine’s Quality Dealer of the Year; an award given for exceptional performance in the dealership and distinguished community service. Steve has also been actively involved in the Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) program since 1999; a program designed to encourage young people to consider satisfying careers in retail automotive service. In 2008 Steve was chosen as AYES Dealer of the Year sponsored by Dealer Magazine.

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