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 in Long Island, he worked in all aspects of the car business, starting from washing and polishing cars to selling cars at one of the dealers located in his hometown of Huntington at the age of 18! After serving in the military abroad, Joe returned to New York and worked 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 (including 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. 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 to purchase INFINITI vehicles and more. 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!
The Competition Automotive Group Throughout The Decades
Competition Automotive Group History Timeline
Competition is what drives us.
Competition Auto Group is launched by Smithtown-native and championship racecar driver, Joe Buzzetta Sr.
garage where he starts selling and repairing
various cars. Here he also prepares his
racecars for weekend racing,
are obtained to start selling new cars.
Mercedes-Benz USA approached Joseph Buzzetta Sr. about opening a dealership in Smithtown, New York.
Competition Automotive Group continues to define luxury car buying with an ever-growing & prominent spot in the industry.
Competition Auto Group is the largest in the Smithtown auto corridor.
Mercedes-Benz of Huntington opens.
Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
service drive at 587 Middle Country Road.