About Us


Welcome to Sunbury Motor Company!

We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying our customers' needs. Feel free to browse our inventory online, request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

  If you don't see what you are looking for, click on CarFinder, fill out the form, and we will let you know when vehicles arrive that match your search! Or, if you would rather discuss your options with our friendly sales staff, click on Directions for interactive driving directions and other contact information. We look forward to serving you and your family's needs!


The History of a Family and their progression in the automotive industry...

  It was in 1915 that an automobile business was born. J.O. Mertz started selling Model T Fords in Northumberland as a sub-dealer for the Ford Motor Company. Ten years later, Mertz purchased the Ford dealership in Sunbury, establishing Sunbury Motor Company at Fifth & Arch Streets. His sons, Wilson and Charles, operated the company until their sons, Bob and Dick Mertz, became active in 1961. By 1968, they had outgrown the location and purchased property on North Fourth Street occupied by Boyer Chevrolet. This facility would be used for new Ford and used-vehicle sales. The next expansion occurred during the early 1980's. Land was purchased behind the Fourth Street sales department and a state-of-the-art complex was built to house both the parts and service departments of Sunbury Motors.

  In 1988, Dick's son Tom joined his father and second cousin Bob to continue the succession of the Mertz family as a fourth generation in the family-run business. Sunbury Motors added a KIA franchise in 1998. KIA's were sold out of the North Fourth Street showroom until 2001, when land was purchased on Routes 11/15 in Hummels Wharf and a new KIA showroom was built.

  In August 2002, the Lincoln Mercury franchises were added to the Ford lineup in Sunbury, and in early 2003 the Mertz family purchased the former BiLo Supermarket and parking lot. By the end of 2003, the sales department was totally renovated. After completion of the renovation, the BiLo building was renovated as well, and Lincoln/Mercury, along with Western Star heavy trucks now are sold from this location.

 In 2007, Sunbury Motors acquired the Hyundai franchise. Hyundai's are sold out of the Lincoln showroom. Sunbury Motors currently employs 188 people. 44 employees have been with the company for 20 years or longer and 20 have been employed at SMC for over 30 years. The Mertz family is proud of their growth and family heritage. They are also grateful to all employees who have been dedicated to the company for the past 100 years, along with the continued support of the community.

Sunbury Motors absolutely wants to make your treatment at our stores the number one priority and provide you with the most pleasant experience while here.  We promise to do our best with each and every customer who visits no matter the department. If you have a trade-in, we promise to provide you with"the most money the market shows your vehicle is worth". We'll also offer all applicable factory rebates on our new vehicles and on top offer a generous discount from the dealership to make your new car buying experience the best that it can be. If you're in the market for a used vehicle, we check a 200 mile radius on each vehicle for determining what the lowest price is and beat it! This is what we call "The Lowest Price Promise". This is measured against any franchised dealer pricing while also considering carfax information, year, make, model, miles and overall condition of the vehicle to offer the region's lowest prices on all our pre-owned vehicles.

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Shawn Leitzel



Monday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday Closed