Originally named International Sports Car Co., International Motor Group was founded in 1981 by Tony Petrone Sr. and sons Lenny and Tony Jr. All three men were ASE certified mechanics who began selling cars with no training or sales experience.
Over the course of a few months selling cars as a sideline to their repair business, their sales increased exponentially and necessitated expansion into a new division, international used car sales. They kept their service location in the original building and opened a second location, the Used Car Sales Annex, just a block away. Two years later they needed to expand again. The Petrone’s obtained property adjacent to the car lot and built a showroom, offices and a reconditioning department.
Currently employing 15 people, staff members at IMG are made to feel like family. One employee stated, “Tony, more than a boss, is a good friend. IMG is more than a workplace for me, it is my second home.” Another stated, “Rarely in this day and age do you come across a company who takes such good care of both its employees and its customers. I truly love IMG.”
A member of NEIADA (New England Independent Auto Dealers Association) since 2002, Tony previously served as vice president of the Rhode Island chapter until its dissolution. Tony is looking forward to working with NEIADA to once again grow the RI chapter and aid other dealers in his state.
Says Lenny on receiving the award “We want to thank the NEIADA for presenting us with this special award; it’s a true honor to be considered “Quality Dealer of the Year” for 2015. We want to also thank our staff and customers because without them we wouldn’t be where we are today.” Petrone added “Family businesses come and go, but Tony and I are here for the long haul, 33 years and still going strong. There’s a light at the end of every tunnel and today it shines on us!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
International Motor Group is located at 4657 & 4614 Post Road, Warwick and online at www.imgcars.com