The Competition Difference: Our Story

Our Long Island story began way back in 1962 with our founder, Joseph C. Buzzetta.

One of six family-owned dealerships that make up the Competition Auto Group, Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown is founded on three generations of car business and customer service experience.

Known by his family and friends as Joe, our founder was a car nut, born and raised on Long Island. He worked in all aspects of the car business – starting as a kid washing and polishing cars and selling cars at one of the dealers in his hometown of Huntington at the age of eighteen.

After serving in the military abroad, Joe returned to New York and, for a period, worked in his family’s restaurant, the Bella Vista, then located in Centerport, New York. However, the automotive business was always his first love. Therefore, he persisted and found a way to gather the resources to open an auto service shop on Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset with his good friend Oscar Rubio.

As the years went by, Joe was able to procure other franchises in addition to our Mercedes-Benz franchises. He moved his shop, now a dealership, up to Route 25 – establishing the company as a formidable force in the automotive industry.

Over the years, Joe’s progeny, Joe Jr., Jim, and Nancy have all joined him in the business and the family was able to add other brands to their family business. Deeply rooted in the Long Island community, the entire family resides locally and strongly believes in giving back and reinvesting in the community.

Some organizations close to their hearts are St. Charles Hospital, Alternatives for ChildrenPaws of WarStony Brook Children’s HospitalLI 2 Day Breast Cancer WalkWard Melville Heritage OrganizationCelebrate St. JamesSmithtown Children’s Foundation, and many others.

The Buzzetta Family takes great pride in their community and love building relationships with their fellow neighbors. At Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown, we can guarantee you’ll always be treated like family when you visit a dealership with us!

Competition Automotive Group Throughout The Decades


Visit Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown on 630 Middle Country Road in St.James today to speak with a Sales Consultant about driving off in the Mercedes-Benz of your dreams.  Call us today at 631-265-2204 to schedule your appointment.  Visit our website to learn more about our inventory of new and pre- owned vehicles such as the A-Class, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, CLA Coupe, CLS Coupe, C-Class Cabriolet, E-Class Cabriolet, GLA SUV, GLB SUV, GLC Coupe, GLC SUV, GLE Coupe, GLE SUV, GLS SUV, G-Class SUV, and so many more.