Florida-based automotive industry entrepreneur Nick Garulay founded his first business, the online exotic and high-end vehicle retailer Ambassador Auto Sales, Inc. He began the company in 2000 with $6,000 he saved up from his job waiting tables. Every year since the founding of Ambassador Auto Sales, Mr. Garulay has achieved at least $16 million in sales and as much as $22 million in his best year. Drawing from the success of his first company, self-taught businessman Nick Garulay established and managed other innovative businesses in the automotive retail market, such as the delivery service eCarExpress.com and the web-based wholesaler-retailer-consumer network known as Rite Drive, LLC. Founding Ambassador Auto Sales as a brick-and-mortar automotive dealership based in Naples, Nick Garulay soon discovered he could significantly increase his customer base and his profits by selling online. The first vehicle he posted on eBay, a Porsche 928, sold for more than double what he paid for it. In 2001, Nick Garulay began advertising quality cars and trucks over eBay and guaranteeing their condition. He developed a reputation as an honest automotive retailer who would go the extra mile and repair anything that was wrong with the vehicles he sold. Currently, he plans to move this business into a state-of-the-art showroom. In 2007, Nick Garulay began developing a software platform that would manage the website for Ambassador Auto Sales and market his extensive inventory throughout the Internet. Garulay also sought to bring together a group of elite and honest dealers to market their vehicles through the platform as well. As a result, Rite Drive (www.ritedrive.com) was created and officially launched in October 2009. The exclusive broker-dealer network includes more than two thousand members (dealers and consumers) and features more than 4,200 current listings for high-line luxury and exotic vehicles. All of Rite Drive’s dealers undergo an extensive vetting process to ensure the quality of their products and service, as well as the integrity of their operations before being allowed into the network.
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