When you drive down Van Buren Street in Phoenix you'll see old businesses close and new ones open up pretty much every week. But there's a big black and yellow sign as you cross over 16th Street that says "Sarwark's Consolidated Auto Sales" that has been there since 1942.
In 1942, Roman "Slim" Sarwark started a small car dealership on the northeast corner of 16th Street & Van Buren. He sold quality used cars and trucks to people from all backgrounds and walks of life, even people who couldn't buy a car or get a loan anywhere else in town. His son Frank carried on the tradition after Roman passed away in 1999, modernizing some things, but still treating every customer like family. In late 2014, Roman's grandson, Nick moved back to Phoenix to keep the business going through a third generation.
Over the last 75 years of buying, reconditioning, selling, and financing tens of thousands of cars, we've learned a few things and wanted to share some of the things we've learned with our past and future customers.