Ginther puts mom-and-pop philosophy to work

Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 1:00am

John Ginther, owner, Global Motorsports

When people think of a "mom and pop store," the used car business doesn't usually come to mind. But John Ginther, part owner of Global Motorsports Inc., has taken the mom-and-pop philosophy and applied it to selling used and new cars.

At Global, a West Nashville store showcasing high-end, pre-owned cars (such as the 2005 recreation of a 1957 Porsche Speedster he poses with here), you won't experience the "trauma" that customers often feel when car shopping, Ginther says.

"You don't have to go talk to the sales manager. You don't have to go talk to the finance manager. You don't have to do anything," Ginther says. "[At Global], you can one-stop shop and not ever have to have one uncomfortable moment where you feel like you're being taken advantage of."

That friendly, laid-back approach has helped Global grow to approximately $2.5 million in sales per month and reach more than $30 million in sales for each of the past two years.

Ginther acquired his passion for cars growing up in Muncie, Ind. After attending Arizona State University on a full wrestling scholarship, Gaither researched Nashville and three other cities before opening Global at 5210 Harding Road in 1998.

"It seemed like the people in general were more kind in Nashville," Ginther says, "which makes it easier to do business when you have a town that's more mom-and-pop oriented - because in the car business there's so much stuff that goes on that's not very flattering."

- John Rodgers

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