Seneca Chamber Awards Business of the Month to Select EuroCars, Inc.
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce has awarded Select EuroCars, Inc. of Waterloo as its November 2014 Business of the Month. Specializing in sales and service of Volkswagen, Audi and many other European as well as American cars, Select EuroCars is located at 685 Waterloo-Geneva Road and is owned by Joel Osserman.
Joel originally began working with Volkswagen and Audi cars in 1980, selling used models out of a barn when he was no busy with schoolwork, while attending courses at Hobart College. At the age of 20 he took his next step in the business when he had the opportunity to grow his clientele after a local Volkswagen dealership closed its doors. Joel later gained a personal appreciation for the brand in 1985 when he was involved in a fatal car accident and survived being hit by a drunk driver. After baffling several insurance inspectors and emergency responders who claimed that his safety could be attributed to the VW Rabbit he was driving, the wreck was then saved to observe and further learn from following the accident.
Offering one of the largest selections of off-lease VW and Audi models for sale in the country, Select EuroCars employs three full time technicians and one service writer, as well as part time mechanics and other team members that help out with washing, errands and other business needs. In addition to providing industry-specific tools, technology and software for its technicians and their work, Select EuroCars also offers Factory Service Documentation for its customers. Joel prides himself in employing top of the line staff, offering outstanding customer service, and providing an award-winning website for his patrons.
The business has undergone several upgrades and renovations including an addition in 2008 that tripled the facility’s space and added many improvements such as central air and heating, wifi and technology updates, a remodeled bathroom and a larger inventory and parts room. In 2011 a following renovation followed, which expanded the waiting room space for customers and introduced a complimentary coffee bar. In 2013 Select EuroCars was designated as a BoschCarService.us Service Center. Future plans include finishing the installation of incorporating solar panels to the facility.
Additional Information: Also a Certified Master Dealer (CMD®) Joel received certification from Northwood University in 2007. The certification program was developed by the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association and Northwood University, and requires that a business has demonstrated their commitment to the used motor vehicle industry and has displayed strict ethical business standards and principles. The training program includes courses in business management strategies and financial management principles, successful merchandising techniques, effective human resource practices, and appropriate business planning. Once completed and certified, one must maintain their professional certification by completing at least 12 hours of continuing education every 36 months. To learn more please visit www.selecteurocars.com.
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month Program is sponsored by the Hampton Inn – Seneca Falls. Recipients are chosen on a monthly basis by the Chamber’s membership to recognize organizational excellence and/or significant accomplishments in their field. Benefits of the nomination include: chamber-backed promotional campaign, a personalized plaque and recognition at the Chamber’s monthly networking event. For more information about the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce, please call (315) 568-2906 or visit www.senecachamber.org.
Established in 1968, the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce represents over 500 local and regional business and associate members. The Chamber provides initiative and leadership, offering programs and benefits that promote its members, foster economic development, and enhance the quality of life in Seneca County. The Chamber is also the official Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA) for Seneca County, providing tourism marketing services to generate additional exposure and publicity for area attractions. The Chamber houses two on-site Visitors’ Centers at its main location- including its business office and the famous historic windmill building located along routes 5&20, and also staffs information centers at the PETRO rest stop along the New York State Thruway, and at Waterloo Premium Outlets. Visit www.senecachamber.org or www.fingerlakesgateway.com for more information.