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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Collin Anderson

Detail Specialist

Hailing from Churubusco, Indiana, Collin has had a passion for automobiles his entire life, cutting his teeth on projects, maintenance, and upgrades in his driveway on a variety of automobiles. Learning detailing from the prestigious team at SweetCars was a logical choice for him upon graduating from Carroll High School. An avid music connoisseur, outdoorsman, and bibliophile, he spends his free time playing the mandolin and trumpet, camping, and enjoying a variety of literature.

 

Blake Birkmeier

Service Technician

Blake graduated from Bishop Luers High School, and has also attended the Anthis Career Center. Growing up he worked on bikes but fell in love with cars when his grandpa took him to a burnout and hasn’t missed one since. During his junior year of high school, he really got into cars, and that’s when he started attending Anthis for automotive. Blake’s started buying project cars, which has been his escape from the world, and loves every second working on them.

 

Peyton Bull

Porter

Peyton was born and raised in Fort Wayne and graduated from Carroll High School. He has always loved cars and enjoy both old- and new-school American muscle cars and pretty much anything that has wheels.

 

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.

 

Doug Crouch

Automotive Technician

Doug is an Automotive Technician.

 

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.

 

Austin Eddingfield

Detail Specialist

Austin is a Detail Specialist.

 

Alex Faherty

Detail Specialist

Alex was born and raised in Fort Wayne and is a graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School. Alex’s passion in cars started at a very young age when he and his father played racing games with each other, and it only grew stronger as he aged. Today, Alex is a huge fan of anything exotic and attends just about every car show he can make it to. Alex loves to spend time with family, enjoy the outdoors, and get together with friends.

 

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.

 

Brian Horne

Master Detailer

Brian was born and raised in Fort Wayne and graduated from Carroll High School. He used to work in sales at Mercedes-Benz, which led to becoming a fan of luxury and exotic cars. When Brian’s not working, he enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, fishing, watching movies, and playing the guitar.

 

Corbin Oetting

Service and Detail Advisor

Corbin was born and raised in Fort Wayne and graduated from Leo Jr. Sr. High School. His love for cars started at a young age when he used to go to work with my father on snow days at school. He’s been a part of the automotive industry for over 10 years, primarily working on GM vehicles. Corbin enjoys spending his free time with friends and watching sports.

 

Cameron Oldfield

Lead Porter

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Cameron frequently visited SweetCars since his youth, and it has served as a place of inspiration for him. In his free time, Cameron mainly does something car-related. Whether it be visiting other dealerships, car shows, or researching the car market online. Even while on vacation, Cameron always makes it a priority to check out dealerships and car shows to see the rarest and most exotic cars. As well as cars, Cameron also has a passion for motorcycles and timepieces. His all-time dream car is specifically a Lamborghini Murcielago SV painted Rosso Targa.

 

Sam Spatt

Porter

Sam is a Porter.

 

Johnie Steward

Automotive Technician

Johnie is an Automotive Technician.

 

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.

 

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.