Miller Auto Group

CMA is proud to welcome associates from Miller Auto Group to the CMA family. George and John Miller had run the family-owned company since their father's death in 1973. They worked alongside Carter Myers III for many years as West Virginia and Virginia dealers and as leaders in the National Automobile Dealers Association. After George passed away and John decided to retire, Miller's COO, John Grist, approached CMA about acquiring the business. By joining CMA, Miller associates now have ownership in the company. With this acquisition, CMA now has 20 dealerships representing 18 new car brands and employing more than 1000 associates.

A 66-Year Family Tradition

In 1955, James M. Miller, Sr. established Miller Auto Sales in Winchester, VA. He had been working full-time at the American Viscose Corporation plant in Front Royal and running a used car operation on nights and weekends. Having sold cars as far back as 1938 at dealerships in Martinsburg, WV and Winchester, VA, he had created a loyal customer base and Miller Auto Sales grew quickly. His four sons: Jim Jr., Ron, George, and John, grew up in the automotive business.

Twin Brothers Running the Company

When James Sr. passed away in 1973, his son, 28-year-old George Miller (right) became President of Miller Auto Sales. That same year, George's twin brother, John (left), joined the family business after receiving his M.A. from the University of Kansas. Jim Jr. built his own insurance agency and Ron went into banking, working his way up to President of a regional bank. 

In addition to used cars, George & John Miller sold new Honda motorcycles on their lot. In 1976, Honda decided to bring automobiles to the U.S. and was going to choose 10 of their motorcycle dealers to sell their cars. The Millers applied for the franchise and won it, establishing Miller Auto Group as a regional automobile destination.
Miller Auto Group began to grow again in 1983, purchasing new property in Winchester to upgrade and expand their Honda and used car operations and land that eventually became the location for their Hyundai franchise. In 1984, they expended into Martinsburg, WV by acquiring a Chevrolet Oldsmobile dealership and In 1987 they acquired the Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram franchise nearby. In the 1990s, the Millers acquired the Toyota franchise and eventually housed it in the same space as the Chevy store.

Honored by Their Peers

Throughout their careers, George and John Miller were always active in the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA). George was elected NADA Director for West Virginia from 1990 to 1999. Recognized by his fellow dealers for his work in the industry and his philanthropy in the community, George was named 2001 West Virginia TIME Dealer of the Year. 

George passed away in 2012 and his twin brother, John, continued to run the company. John Miller received the same honor as his brother in 2018 when he was named West Virginia TIME Dealer of the Year. 
George and John had been friends with Carter Myers III for many years. They obtained their Honda car franchises around the same time, worked together while representing West Virginia and Virginia dealers through their state associations, and collaborated through their leadership roles in NADA. Miller Auto Group and Carter Myers Automotive (CMA) are both multi-generational family businesses, and when the time came for John Miller to retire, they started the discussion of Miller joining CMA.

The two companies share a mission of Moving Lives Forward for their associates, their customers, and their communities. By becoming a part of CMA, Miller associates will now get ownership in the company. They will continue to strengthen the communities of Winchester and Martinsburg through their work with local non-profits, and will be empowered to do more for their customers.