About our Bay Area Automotive Group

The Putnam family name has long been a staple of the auto industry in the U.S. and its rectitude and integrity are as strong today as they were back when Joe Putnam, himself, first entered the industry in 1953.

After Joe was born on a small farm in South Dakota in 1934, he found himself growing up in one of the more troubling economic periods, the Great Depression.

Every member of the family was expected to contribute at a very young age and every child learned a strong work ethic and positive attitude towards self-improvement. His parents were very intent on each of their children growing up to be upstanding members of society.

It was in 1953 where Joe, after marrying his high school sweetheart, Mary Lou, moved off to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and began his venture into the auto industry. For five years, Joe worked in automobile retailing, gradually becoming one of the top salesmen for Ford Motors. His hard work was handsomely rewarded in 1958 when he became a partner in his own Buick, Cadillac, and GMC dealership in Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Only seven years later, success had enabled Joe put the family on the move again, this time headed for California. After purchasing a location in Burlingame from Charlie Howard, most famous for his ownership of the racehorse, Seabiscuit, Joe opened the doors to Putnam Buick and began to secure his place in the Northern California auto industry.

But the dream didn’t stop with just one dealership. By realizing the changing times and understanding the growth of the imported car business, Joe expanded in 1987 to include a Mazda dealership. Soon after, with his son Marty, Joe expanded further by becoming a Charter Dealer for Lexus in the United States. Dealerships for Chevrolet and Volvo soon followed along with the rest of the General Motors offerings in the late ’90s.

Kent Putnam, another of Joe’s sons, is also following in his father’s footsteps and today runs Putnam Auto Group.
When you visit any Putnam Auto Group Dealership you will find many amenities including state-of-the-art facilities, factory-certified technicians, warranty-specific service, and much more!

The Putnam Automotive Group Experience

Part of the secret to the longevity of the Putnam Automotive Group has been our focus on customer satisfaction. Whether you are buying a new or used vehicle from a budget-friendly or luxury brand, you should be happy with your purchase today, tomorrow, and years from now. Many of our customers keep coming back to our dealership group because they know that their needs will always come first.

You will find different vehicles and different deals at every dealership location. We strive to offer a vehicle that is right for everyone. So, each of our locations represents a different automotive brand. However, no matter which doors you walk through, you can be confident that you will find friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful staff ready to assist you with your buying experience.

Finding the Right Vehicle for Your Lifestyle

In part, people love the Bay Area because it has so much to offer in terms of lifestyle. In the Bay Area and the surrounding cities, you can find the vibrant and energetic feel of a cultural center. If you travel a little further out, you will find relaxed residential neighborhoods where people make a life for their families. Going a bit further, you can easily reach all of the beautiful state and national parks. In short, there is something for every lifestyle in the area.

Perhaps your perfect day is driving down to the shore and catching some waves. Maybe you want to load up your skis and drive over to Lake Tahoe. You may need to load up your tools to fix and flip and home in the thriving real estate market. Alternatively, your perfect day may be spent in a coffee shop just watching all the wonderful characters of the city.

No matter who you are, Putnam Automotive Group has a vehicle for you. From open-roof Jeeps to all-wheel-drive Subarus to ready-for-anything Ford F-150s to luxurious Lexus sedans, our selection of vehicles can satisfy all your lifestyle and budgetary needs.

Convenient Locations Throughout the Bay Area

No matter where you are in the Bay Area, you can find a convenient Putnam Automotive Group location. From our Honda dealership in San Carlos to our service center in the Bay Area, all our dealerships are located for easy access.

If you are excited about some outdoor adventures, you may consider visiting our Subaru or Jeep dealerships in Burlingame. For a great city commuter or a perfect family car, you could visit us at our Toyota, Honda, Nissan, or Kia dealerships in Burlingame and San Carlos. Alternatively, you may be most interested in our Buick, Cadillac, or Volvo dealerships for a premium vehicle.

Those looking for American-made trucks and other vehicles may want to check out our Chevrolet and Ford dealerships in Burlingame and San Mateo, respectively. If a fun weekend car is more your speed, our Mazda, Dodge, and Subaru locations have you covered.

Enjoy Better Customer Service at Putnam Automotive Group

When you step through the doors of any of our dealership group’s locations, you can be confident that you will receive top-tier customer service. We provide state-of-the-art dealerships with comfortable waiting areas and plentiful amenities. Plus, our vehicle services are provided by factory-certified technicians who know warranty repairs and more inside and out.

Find Your Next Vehicle in the Bay Area

Contact the Putnam Automotive Group today to find your next car or truck in the Bay Area. We look forward to serving your vehicle-buying needs.

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