Cox Motors Showroom
Tifton, GA 1927
Cox Dealership as it looked - 1940's
James Pleas Cox
James Olin Cox, Sr.
James Olin Cox, Jr.
Steve & Gary Cox
Three Generations of the Cox Family
1930 - J.O. Sr, J.O. Jr, and J.P. Cox
1953 Corvette On Display
1986 Corvette Unveiled
5th Generation Corvette Unvailed
Current Cox Family Members at the Dealership. Fourth & Fifth Generation
Putting the finishing touches on a
station wagon before delivery
Groundbreaking of the proposed
Cortez Road site. (1976)
Steve & Gary Cox - Groundbreaking
Cox Mazda Bradenton, FL (2006)
|HERE IS OUR STORY...
The Cox family according to family lore has been in the automobile business since the early 1900’s. During the teens and twenties they operated a Ford franchise in Ocilla, Georgia. During the boom years of the Roaring Twenties they moved to Avon Park, Florida where they operated a Dodge dealership. Cox Chevrolet, Inc. has a long and interesting history.
Our Chevrolet dealership began in 1926 as two separate dealerships; one was located in Ocilla, Georgia and run by Mr. J.P. Cox, the other dealership was in Tifton, Georgia run by Mr. J.O. Cox, Sr. In 1932 both dealerships were sold and the father and son joined together to form one dealership in Bradenton, Florida. At that time, Mr. J.P. Cox was the dealer. In 1938 Mr. J.P. Cox passes away and his son, Mr. J.O. Cox, Sr. became the dealer. When Mr. J.O. Cox, Jr. returned from military service in 1945, he became the dealer.
Cox Chevrolet has continued to grow over the years and in 1978 the existing facility on Cortez Road was opened to meet the companies and customers expanding needs. The sons of Mr. J.O. Cox, Jr., Steve Cox and Gary R. Cox, are now operating the dealership along with their children, who are the 5th generation to be in the business
The Mazda franchise was acquired in June 2002 from Gradie Thornton who operated Thornton Mazda in Palmetto since 1970 when Mazda was introduced to America. The dealership was relocated to Bradenton across from the Chevrolet store in December 2006. The facility was designed after Mazda’s “Retail Revolution” concept and was one of the first 75 constructed in the United States.
With over 80 plus years experience in the successful operation of automotive dealerships, the Cox family and all of its loyal employees have earned a respectable and secure place in the Bradenton community. The past is something to be proud of, but the greatest period lies ahead. We are all part of the team, which will write a new and even more exciting chapter in the company’s history book.
A FAMILY TRADITION SINCE 1926 ... TO BE CONTINUED
Three Generations of Cox Family Pose at Groundbreaking: 1978
Steve Cox, J.O. Cox Jr, Gary Cox, and Kristopher Cox
Our Dealership’s Mission is a statement of its basic reason for being. It is important for you to know our common Mission.
It is the Mission of our Cox Family of Dealerships to be the leading provider of Automotive products that meet the transportation needs of our customers.
We are committed to provide long term satisfaction to our customer, responding to their expectations and needs by maintaining adequate inventories, highly trained and qualified employees, service excellence and integrity in our business practices.
We are further committed to providing a business environment that promotes excellence and growth for our employees.
In maintaining this commitment, we can be assured of generating a reasonable return on investment to sustain our continuation as a healthy business entity.
Cox Chevrolet Company Employees 1951
QUALITY COMES FIRST
To keep industry leadership in customer satisfaction, the quality of our sales effort and service work must be our number one priority.
CUSTOMERS ARE THE FOCUS OF EVERYTHING WE DO
Our work must be done with the customer in mind, providing better products and services that our competitors.
INTEGRITY IS NEVER COMPROMISED
The conduct of our dealership and employees must be pursued in a matter that is socially responsible and commands respect for its integrity. Do not compromise the Dealerships’ or your integrity to anyone or anything.
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR SUCCESS
We must strive for excellence in everything we do: in our sales and service efforts, the business and personal relationships, which develop with customers, our competitiveness and our profitability.
Manatee County High School receives a new Driver's Ed Car from Cox Chevrolet
OUR CUSTOMER PLEDGE STANDARDS
We have developed 24 basic Standards of customer service that will help deliver quality service. They are not all-inclusive, but form the core of what our customers expect from us and what we pledge to them.