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, panel beat & spray paint 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 and after 25 years all departments will operate from the one location.
Owen Toyota Through the Years
Our current facilities have come a long way when you compare them to our humble beginnings. Below are some photos of Owen Toyota dating back to the early 80's which show our original Wakaden Street sights & the iconic "Owen Toyota Tram". A Melbourne Tram was used as our sales office when we expanded our sales department across the road.
Meet the Owen Toyota Team
We currently employ 40 full time staff that are dedicated to giving customers quality service at all times. Several started with us at a young age and have now been with the company for over 10 years with one staff member reaching 30 years of loyal service at the end of 2018!
Although we are a relatively young and enthusiastic team, we have the experience and the know-how when it comes to your vehicle.
Careers at Owen Toyota
Owen Toyota is an equal opportunity company and prides itself on having a professional yet relaxed working environment. We offer on the job training as well as specialised training through Toyota's very own Training Institute.
For more information on current positions we may have available or to place an expression of interest, please see our careers section.
Sponsorships & Community Support
The Owen Family has a proud history with Griffith and has actively been involved and supporting it in many ways over the past 45 years. We donate a minimum of 10% of our profits to the community each year in way of donations and sponsorships.Owen Toyota sponsors many local sporting teams in various ways from monetary naming rights to in kind by the way of loaning of vehicles. Read more about Sponsorships.
We also support many local charities and events by way of monetary donations or the giving of our time or facilities.