In 1937, Walter and Fred Nemith began their business venture in Schenectady, NY on Nott Terrace just off State Street. It was a tin building that held 4 cars. We were in the final years of depression and money was very hard to come by. You had to completely repaint a car in order to raise $25, and straightening the whole side of a car might be worth $50. Walter Nemith showed me a bank book he saved during 1937, 1938, and 1939. It showed deposits of $.50 to $1.00 for the three year period in order to save $500, which was the down payment on Ballston Auto Parts on Rt. 50 in Saratoga ( now Mangino Pontiac). Ballston Auto Parts consisted of 10 acres of property with a house and parts sheds and 9 acres of junked vehicles. The used parts business has always been a good business especially in hard times when people had to buy parts cheap and repair their own cars. The Nemith's operated the auto parts business and retained the body shop in Schenectady. The body shop continued to be operated by three employees.
During 1940, Ballston Auto Parts began to sell used cars, and early in 1941 took on a franchise to sell New Studebakers. Business was progressing very well, and then that fateful day of December 7, 1941 appeared.
With the war on, all the New Studebakers were frozen by the government, and could only be sold to someone with a Government priority document. Used auto parts became a premium commodity because there were no new parts being produced. All manufacturers were building vehicles for the Army. It was a very difficult time for the auto business. Most dealers closed their store because of gas rationing, shortage of parts, etc., and went to work at the G.E. or into the Army.
The Nemith Organization began to buy cars by advertising "Cash for Your Car". People were glad to sell them because with gas rationing you couldn't drive far anyway. People wondered why Nemith was buying all these cars. They stored them in Ballston for over a year. Walter Nemith said "They aren't making any cars and people will be needing them". Sure enough, by the spring of 1943, cars began to sell. Dealers would come from all over the USA to buy the nice clean low mileage cars in Saratoga. The contacts made by having these cars would prove to be invaluable to the future of Nemith Motor Corp.
In 1944, 1853 State Street in Schenectady was purchased and turned into a car dealership handling used cars and Kaizer Frazer new cars. The company prospered through the post war years and acquired the Franchise for Lincoln-Mercury in Troy NY at 5th Avenue and Hoosick Street in September 1947. It was a difficult task to find property in Troy that was available and would meet the requirements of Ford Motor Co. The combining of a laundry, a restaurant and a livery stable finally was adequate to house the Lincoln/Mercury dealership.
In 1949 we acquired a lot on River Street in Troy to be our used car operation. The next year a showroom was added to handle English Ford, Fiat, and Triumph.
1950 saw the demise of a potato chip factory in Latham, South of the Traffic Circle at which time Nemith Auto Co. of Latham was established in that facility as a Lincoln/Mercury and Import dealership. At one time we had 9 Import franchises at this location including Datsun/Nissan, Volvo, VW, Mercedes, Fiat, Renault, BMC Line, MG, Morris, Triumph and Jaguar. Much building progressed for added space. The facility is now Northway Toyota and Audi of Latham. In 1955 the Dodge franchise became available, this was timely because we were competing with ourselves by having Lincoln/Mercury in Troy and in Latham. Dodge also gave us a truck line which was very desirable. So we resigned Lincoln/Mercury in Latham and took on Dodge, keeping L/M in Troy. Many trips to Hatfield Pennsylvania proved to be profitable. Walter & Fred were buying "Brass Hat" Chrysler Products at the rate of 40-50 per week. These were cars that their reps would put a few hundred miles on them and send them to the Hatfield Auction. This occurred in the late 1960's and soon we were selling many more Brass Hats than New Dodges.
At this time we were doing a good business in Winnebago Motor Homes, so we moved to the property we are on now and moved the Motor Homes, Nissan, and Volvo Franchised to the present location. This occurred in 1969.
In March of 1970, we lost Walter Nemith to a stroke at the age of 54. He is greatly missed to this day. He was our mentor and leader; we will never forget him. This left Fred Nemith at the helm and we were able to continue, always building the business, improving, and progressing steadily.
In 1972, the Troy property was condemned to make way for alternate Rt. 7, so we moved Lincoln/Mercury to Latham and consolidated the business into its present form.
1973 was the year of the gas shortage, which made our Motor Homes and Lincolns hard to move. Our Nissan franchise was the saving factor for us and we worked our way out of the motor homes. We eventually dropped the motor home business and turned the building housing it into our present prep and car wash building.
Nissan, and Volvo proved to be good choices, and the business progressed steadily month by month, year by year, through the 70's. There were times when we put emphasis on one Franchise or the other, or used cars which ever fit the markets we faced. One thing that is constant in our business is change.
In 1982, we lost Fred Nemith to cancer, leaving Mark Nemith as owner of the business. We remember Fred for his contributions, dedicating his entire life to the business.
By 1984, we could see the potential of the automotive business as a great opportunity due to the number of rusty worn out cars on the road. We set plans for the addition of the Nissan building and opened the doors for business in December of 1984.
1985, 1986, and 1987 were banner years for the business, and we were able to expand our business and provide many of the advantages we all enjoy today, including a refurbished Lincoln/Mercury building.
The 1990's were an exciting and ever changing time in the business. We were able to keep pace and compete with all situations. Our used car operation is among the best and our service and parts departments have improved immeasurably. Our support teams in the office have kept pace in great style. Our franchises are still viable, and the products we sell are of great quality.
We perform as a team, each department cooperating and helping all other departments to reach their greatest efficiency and production to benefit all of us.
Last but not least, by any means, we have enjoyed a professional and loyal effort by all our people. We could not have accomplished anything without the hard and dedicated work of all our people. Managers, sales people, technicians, office, and parts people have all contributed to our proud record of consistently high standards of work and behavior. We thank you .
"Notably good service..."
Notably good service experience. Great and timely service. Professional sales personnel. We will revisit this dealership in the future.
"Quick Oil Change..."
Quick oil change. Not bad for a dealership.
Guest31311, Capital Region
"Shopped everywhere! Nemith is my Volvo Dealer"
5-Star service! Thank you Nemith Volvo.
Eileen Mizer, Retired, NY
"I'm a shopper and Nemith won!"
Great service. Nice salesman. Very satisfied!
Rita Vollmer, Clifton Park, NY
"Affordable, friendly place to do business..."
Affordable, friendly place to do business in the cap region. No loaner car available when i came in, however could have reserved one by making appointment. The service writers and technicians were easy to deal with. Not sure how much the going rate for an oil change is in the Albany area but there price seemed reasonable at least. I have had oil changes done with nemeth, a tire rotation and a free tire balance but they wanted my email address (which they guarantee not to sell, or send junk, which they have been good to their word). Recommend to anyone who doesn't like to deal with albany car dealerships near traffic, at least for your basic maintenance on whatever you drive, not just ones nemith sells.
Matt, Troy, NY
962 New Loudon RoadLatham, NY 12110