Though they may be new to?Crowe Ford Sales, the staff and owners at the Geneseo dealership are very familiar with the automotive business.


Though they may be new to?Crowe Ford Sales, the staff and owners at the Geneseo dealership are very familiar with the automotive business.

“All of us have worked together for so many years,” said general manager George Koustas. “We were looking for a place we could end up at together.”

Koustas and three other former Turpin Motors employees approached Gary Crowe, then owner of Crowe Ford Sales, to see if the dealership was available to purchase.

Crowe, who has since retired, said the business was available. “Ford appealed to us because they were the company that didn’t take any bailout money from the government,” said Koustas.

He, along with Terry Boone, Pat Boone and?Russell Marshall, purchased the dealership, which officially opened under their new ownership on Nov. 16.

The business plans to employ 12, many of whom have worked together in the past.

“We don’t see ourselves as owners. We’re all just co-workers, each with our own certain niche,” said Koustas.

“Pat has more 30 years in the business, Terry has 27, and Russell has more than 16,” explained Koustas, who himself has 22 years in the automotive industry.

“We’re all people-people. We like retail, and we like the customers,” he said.

Though it’s under new management, the name Crowe Ford Sales will remain because it’s one the customers recognize, said Koustas.

Customers will see other changes, though. “We plan to have six trained mechanics, verses the two here before,” he said. More vehicles also will be displayed on Crowe Ford’s three-acre site.

“Gary?(Crowe) would have 10 to 13 new cars and 30 used cars on the lot; we plan to have at least 80 new and 80 used,” explained Koustas. “We want to increase the volume of cars sold in this community, which helps generate tax dollars for the community.”

Since opening under new owners, Koustas said the staff at Crowe Ford Sales has received a lot of support from customers. “We’ve had an amazing number of Gary’s customers come in to wish us luck, as well as our own past customers coming in to wish us luck,” he said.

The customers are attracted to the Ford company. “Most people like that they didn’t take government money. Out of the Big Three automakers, Ford is the most stable, by far,” said Koustas.

Though it’s a Ford dealership, Crowe Ford’s staff will provide service to vehicles of all makes and models. The dealership also has a veteran diesel mechanic on staff.

“There’s a strong market for diesel vehicles in this area,” explained Koustas.

Crowe Ford Sales, located at 1041 S.?State St., can be reached at 944-2127.