Our Story

A dealer you can trust located in the heart of the Midwest

You’re passionate about cars. So are we. Which is why we strive to exceed the needs and expectations of everyone we meet every day. Founded by a group of lifelong car enthusiasts from Northeast Indiana, our dealership brings a fresh option to fellow car lovers all over the US — one that’s focused on delivering premium customer service and attention to every aspect of the buying, selling, and ownership experiences.

SweetCars Signature Commitments

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The Complete Destination for the Auto Enthusiast

We specialize in offering a choice selection of low-mileage performance, exotic, luxury, and just-plain-fun cars. We call them Sweet Cars, and they are all personally inspected and guaranteed by our experienced staff. You can also count on SweetCars for a trusted range of hand-selected automotive care products, garage accessories, detailing, and other premium services to help you care for your car. Our pledge is to provide the same level of personalized, professional treatment in performing a routine tire swap as we do in searching the nation for your dream car.

Serving Car Enthusiasts Locally, Regionally, and Nationally

SweetCars is proud to serve clients all over the nation, while embracing the active car community in our Fort Wayne home. We host regular social gatherings, sponsor local car shows, hold free detailing clinics, and more – all with the mission of connecting with fellow car enthusiasts.

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Meet the Team

Michael Barney

General Manager

Leading the team at SweetCars is Michael Barney. Before his role as General Manager, Michael held various other positions here at SweetCars including Detail Specialist, Sales Consultant, Sales Manager and Operations Manager. Michael is a Fort Wayne native, graduated from Homestead High School in 2010, and attended Indiana University Fort Wayne where he earned a degree in business management.

Michael is a lifelong car fanatic with a particular passion for BMW Isettas. Outside of the office, you will find he and his wife, Natalie, enjoying automotive-related events and spending time on the area lakes with their dogs, Kasey and Hollie.

Nate Corwin

Service & Detailing Manager

Leading the SweetCars service and detail departments is Nate Corwin. Nate’s passion for cars stems from many of his family members sharing the love of cars and passing it along to him. He was even able to buy his first car at the young age of 14. Working on his first car introduced Nate to the world of car repair, and the rest is history! Nate brings years of experience working on high-line and high-performance vehicles, including managing a private collection of over 150 cars and running his own performance shop specializing in GM sports cars.

Jared Griffiths

Retail Store Manager / Master Detailer

Hailing from Ohio, Jared joined our detailing department with much enthusiasm after attending numerous detailing workshops at SweetCars. Jared is a factory-trained XPEL paint protection film installer, is a certified detailer by SONAX USA, and is a certified installer for Ceramic Pro. Jared has also been featured in the television show Competition Ready on the Velocity Channel.

Jared has a passion for exotic and tuner cars and is active in several local car groups, including being the president of the local Fort Wayne Mitsubishi Group Club Diamond Star since 2007. An alumnus of Ohio State University, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business. He also enjoys playing guitar, singing in his band, and playing ice hockey.

Larry Franck

Sales Consultant

Larry had a very successful career working for one of the top manufacturing companies in the world for more than 35 years. Larry understands the importance of building long-term relationships, along with providing unparalleled customer service to each and every client.

As with everyone else here at SweetCars, he is a lifelong car guy, having painted his first car at age 14 in his hometown of St. Henry, Ohio. Over the years, he has restored and owned many classics, including his pride and joy, his black 1967 Corvette air-conditioned coupe. Larry’s other interests include woodworking, fishing, and bowling, and he enjoys spending time with his family.

Jim White

Jim White

Sales Consultant

Jim was born in the Motor City, and his entire family worked at different levels within the Big 3, so naturally, he was attracted to a career in the automotive business. Jim attended Eastern Michigan University and, upon graduation, moved to Fort Wayne to begin a 20-year sales career in the insurance industry. As the newest member of the SweetCars sales team, that experience has made the transition seamless.

Addison Dellinger

Sales Consultant

Addison is a Fort Wayne native who recently graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, where he was a cocaptain of the football team and was heavily involved in student activities. Addison’s passion for cars began as a child — he loved games like Need for Speed and movies like the Fast and Furious franchise. Addison’s other interests include traveling the world, fishing, going to concerts, and walking with his dog.

While in college, Addison worked at SweetCars as a porter, and upon graduating, he moved into the sales position. His passion for cars has translated into practical knowledge needed for him to succeed in his role at SweetCars.

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Service Technician

Michael has been an automotive technician in the Fort Wayne area most of his adult working life, boasting more than 26 years of experience. He was influenced at an early age by his two older brothers, who built street rods and muscle cars. He is an underbody specialist with a proven ability to deliver high-quality work and maintain excellent customer satisfaction. Having a strong passion for collector cars and being a perfectionist at heart make him a perfect fit for SweetCars.

Guy Septer

Guy Septer

Assistant Detail Manager /
Master Detailer

Guy is from Ossian, Indiana, and is a graduate of Norwell High School. He’s a huge fan of BMW and an active member in the local tuner community. Guy enjoys spending time working on his personal tuner projects when he’s not out at events putting his drifting skills to the test. As a SONAX USA–certified detailer and Ceramic Pro–certified installer, Guy is meticulous in his detailing abilities. In addition to his love for cars, Guy is an avid guitar player and enjoys writing his own music. 

Sheri Calhoun

Concierge

When it comes to superb customer service, look no further than Sheri, our concierge. She brings over 30 years of customer service experience. Sheri’s love and interest in cars started at a very young age, hanging out with her father at his body shop where he built dune buggies. Growing up, she helped her father work on the cars and gained an appreciation and desire to extend that to both her children. Sheri enjoys making people smile and has a dedication to the people she serves.

Ben Boxberger

Ben Boxberger

Facilities Manager

Ben has been a member of the Sweetwater family for more than 10 years, having also worked in the Studios. He’s a graduate of Indiana University where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Ben enjoys spending time with his daughter, Riley, coaching 6th grade girls basketball, and PA announcing for local sporting events.