As a company based just northwest of Philadelphia, EmpireCovers is dedicated to building relationships with the local community. We’ve given local students cash, helped out the PSPCA and hosted automotive hangouts. We recently had the pleasure of interviewing local automotive veteran and entrepreneur, Mike Saporito.
To date, Mike has over 26 years of experience in the automotive industry. Throughout his career, Mike has worked as a car dealer selling car brands like Cadillac, Lexus, Infiniti, Nissan, Honda, Toyota and Hyundai. Mike has also took owning a car dealership to the next level by teaming up with former New York Giants players Jessie Armstead and Antonio Pierce to open a car dealership in New Jersey. His years of expertise and unique experiences made for a great interview! Check out the full interview below.
As an expert in the automotive industry for over 25 years, what is the biggest change in cars you’ve witnessed?
Over the past 25 years, there have been several key changes in the automotive industry; however, what I find to be biggest is the way that technology is transforming car technology and the customer’s experience. Among the most impressive advancements are the infotainment systems, Bluetooth capabilities, and back up cameras, which are now becoming standard in all vehicles. Additionally, the Internet has changed the purchase experience for the customer, allowing the customer to be much more educated about what exactly they are looking for, i.e. by assessing comparison checks on line. Finally, in-car technology, such as OnStar, has allowed dealerships to more accurately address the vehicle’s service needs due to more systematic tracking systems.
While flying cars and driverless cars are concepts, electric cars are becoming more and more popular in the automotive industry. What are some advantages and setbacks you’ve noticed with electric vehicles?
There are some wonderful advantages to electric cars, the most notable being that they are fuel saving and therefore contribute to making the environment a healthier place. Electric cars make use of advanced technology that I believe is door to the future in vehicle enhancement. However, because the technology is so new, electric cars do not offer the consumer many choices in vehicle selection and electric cars do not commonly perform as well as fuel-injected vehicles.
Infotainment has been a major buzzword in the automotive industry. Dashboards have almost completely changed from ten years ago. How will dashboards and vehicles change over the next ten years?
With the growing popularity of technology, such as touch screens and smart phones, we believe that most vehicles will soon be equipped with built-in tablet-like infotainment centers. Everything will become simplified, with more features activated by voice rather than by buttons and knobs, resulting in a more seamless experience between car and driver.
Finally – we have to ask, how is running a car dealership with two former New York Giants players?
I have always been very passionate and excited about each new day in my over 25+ years in this business and therefore it was hard to imagine taking that up a notch. However, partnering with Jessie and Antonio absolutely accomplishes that. Working with two determined guys makes my work much more exciting and has opened my eyes to another level of striving towards perfection. Every day has been a great new adventure. Jessie and Antonio truly are champions on and off the field.