Skip Jabbar

Skip Jabbar

A new Burleson dealership held its soft opening on Dec. 22 in Burleson. The owner, Skip Jabbar, is a 15-year automotive sales veteran from the Maryland-Virginia metro area.

The big idea at his new business is “family rules,” hence the name Family Toyota. Jabbar said he chose not to have his name put on the dealership because he wanted to put family first and start a new business with the right mentality.

The dealership has a different sort of sales position. Sales managers are called relationship consultants. This goes back to Jabbar’s core principal of putting the relationship and family first with sales second. 

Jabbar said he wanted his business to be transparent with its costumers rather than trying to hide things from them and add cost to vehicles.

“Business is about the principle of return and recommend,” Jabbar said “The importance is that the client wants to return to your business after their first meeting and that they recommend your business once they have finished the buying process.” 

Jabbar said he wants to build relationships with every customer, before they even talk prices or buy a car.

Every employee within Family Toyota will have one day a month to volunteer within the community to give back and help build up the Burleson community, Jabbar said. He said he believes in the Toyota brand and hopes to have his grand opening in February before President’s Day. 

“We are always excited to have new businesses in the city,” Burleson Economic Development Director Bradley Ford said. “Skip and his Family Toyota are dedicated to being heavily involved in the Burleson community — which is always a welcomed thing.”

The process of bringing Family Toyota to Burleson took three years and a lot of planning, Ford said.

“The new jobs it brings are always a welcomed improvement to the community as is the partnership with a corporation that desires to share in the community and it will be a great partnership for the future,” Ford said. 

The building is intentionally environmentally friendly, as well as connected to the bike trails of Burleson to continue the community effort, Ford said. 

Jabbar said that he hopes his family first method will keep people coming back to the dealership and build a community relationship within Burleson and all of Johnson County.

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