Syracuse Auto Expo 2017

Annual event runs Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, February 19

It's that time of year again - your chance to check out the latest and greatest vehicles at the Syracuse Auto Expo!  Hundreds of vehicles will be on display throughout the Oncenter complex with a total of 135,000 square feet of vehicles and displays. 

This year's event runs Thursday through Sunday, February 16-19th.  Hours are Thursday & Friday from 4pm to 9pm, Saturday noon to 9pm, and Sunday noon to 5pm. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $3 for children 6-12 years old.  Kids age 5 and under are free.

Click here to learn more about the Syracuse Auto Expo by visiting the event website.

Each weekday leading up to the Auto Expo - which is being presented by the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association - "Bridge Street" is taking a look at some of the dealerships which have called Central New York home for decades.

Tuesday, February 7 - Sun Chevrolet and Sun Auto Group.  Dealer Principal/President Todd Caputo - who is better known to many as "The Used Car King" - spoke about his father's used car lot on Erie Blvd back in the 1970s and expanding throughout the years to his current facilities in Chittenango.  Todd says his son now works at the dealership, and his daughters have taken an interest as well.  

Wednesday, February 8 - Burdick Hyundai. This dealership is located at Driver's Village in Cicero.   President Jon Burdick is a 3rd generation dealer - his grandfather started back in 1937 and his father also had a dealership.  Jon believes the secret to their success is their honesty with both customers and employees. Jon's son Dan is also now in the car business, serving as Vice President and General Manager at Burdick Hyundai.

Thursday, February 9 - Driver's Village.  We learn more about how Driver's Village in Cicero evolved and brought multiple family dealerships from across Onondaga County together in one location.  President Roger Burdick says the old Penn Can Mall was selected as the perfect spot, and after purchasing the space and doing renovations, all the dealerships moved into their new homes in 2003 and 2004.  And continuing to keep it all in the family, Roger's son Bryan is now the Sales Manager at Burdick Volkswagen.

Friday, February 10 - Auto Expo Charity Preview. Click here to learn more.

Monday, February 13 - Bill Rapp Super Store. Founded in 1954 as a Pontiac dealer by Bill Rapp Sr., the dealership now features Subaru, GMC and Buick, and is run by Bill's son Bruce and his grandson Brian.  They believe what sets them apart is their belief that a relationship with a customer doesn't end once a vehicle is purchased. The dealership is now located on Burnet Avenue in Syracuse and also offers an award-winning service department.

Tuesday, February 14 - Burritt Motors is in it's fourth generation of family ownership, something that is very rare to find today. Rich Burritt is the current owner but it was founded by his great-grandfather, Elmer. It was then run by his grandfather Richard who moved it to it's current Oswego location in 1965. Rich's father than owned and ran it for 40 years before Rich recently acquired ownership. 

Wednesday, February 15Burdick Automotive and Driver's Village features many cars such as Lexus, Toyota, Scion, and more and has been in the family for four generations. Founded in 1937, David Burdick joined alongside his father’s business right after his high school graduation. Taking over the shop and having kids of his own, David then continued the Burdick tradition by passing the business down to his own children, Kelly and Kevin, who are now managing it together. The Burdick’s believe that their business is strong because of their strong family connections.


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