The Competition Difference: Our Story
Our Long Island story began way back in 1962 with our founder, Joseph C. Buzzetta.
Joe, as he’s known by his friends and family, 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 later, at the age of eighteen, was already selling cars at one of the dealers located in his hometown of Huntington. After serving in the military abroad, Joe returned to New York and worked for a time in his family’s restaurant, the Bella Vista, then located in Centerport, New York. But automotive was always his first love, and he soon found a way to gather the resources to open an auto service shop with his good friend, Oscar Rubio, on Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset. As the years went by, Joe was able to procure other franchises, in addition to our Mercedes-Benz franchises, and moved his shop, now a dealership, up to Route 25.
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 additional brands to their family business. Deeply rooted in the Long Island community, the entire family resides locally to the stores and strongly believes in giving back and reinvesting in the community. Some of the organizations that are close to their hearts are the St. Charles Hospital, Alternatives for Children, Paws of War, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, LI 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk, Ward Melville Heritage Organization, Celebrate St. James, Smithtown Children’s Foundation, and many others.
The Buzzetta Family takes great pride in their community and they love building relationships with their fellow neighbors. We can guarantee, you’ll always be treated like family when you visit a Competition dealership. We believe in developing long-lasting relationships, the kind of relationships our business’s foundation is built on. We hope to meet you all soon!
Competition Automotive Group Throughout The Decades