About Owen Toyota

Serving the Local Community Since 1974

Owen Toyota is a second generation family owned and operated dealership that has been servicing Griffith and the surrounding area since 1974. As our name suggests, we are a dedicated Toyota franchise offering our customers a total Toyota experience. This means we not only sell the full range of Toyota vehicles, spare parts and accessories, we can also service, and repair your vehicle in our modern and well equipped workshops by our factory trained personnel.

Nobody knows your Toyota like Owen Toyota!

Owen Toyota History

The story of Owen Toyota commenced when founder, Lester Owen began working as manager for Gilbro Motors in 1969. In 1974 Mr Owen became a part owner in the company and nine years later acquired full ownership and renamed the dealership to Lester Owen Motors.

Originally located at the Wakaden Street address, the first expansion of the business occurred in 1983 when he leased the adjacent land to house the famous Toyota Melbourne Tram as the sales office. This was followed closely by a full refurbishment of the Wakaden Street dealership and in 1989 with the relocation of the tram and sales yard to Altin Street.

Lester welcomed his son, Dean to the dealership in 1992 and Mark joined in 1994 after completing a Bachelor of Business. Ten years later, he relinquished ownership of the dealership to his sons and a year later they purchased the land on which the current dealership now stands. The subdivision was completed in 2007 with construction of the new home for the dealership commencing in 2008.

Owen Toyota's grand opening occurred during the June long weekend of 2009 where after 25 years all departments will operate from the one location.