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Cowles Nissan Expanding Dealership

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Cowles Nissan will not only be getting a face lift, it’ll get a whole new building.

The auto dealership sits on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, between Delaware Drive and Maryland Avenue, in front of a town home development and two apartment complexes.

The owner, Monte Cowles, said he’s investing $5.5 million into the business to build a new dealership building next to the old one on the same six acres of property. The new building will be more modern, more uniform with the designs of other Nissan dealerships, and it will be 35% larger than the older building that was built in the 1970s.

Unlike Cowles Ford (owned by another member of the Cowles family), which moved away from it’s site on U.S. 1 in north Woodbridge to a new location on Prince William Parkway and left behind an empty lot, that won’t happen here.

“The owner has decided to stay on this site rather than move and leave behind another empty site,” said spokesman Jay Du Von. “We already have plenty of empty sites.”

The building now faces U.S. 1, but the new building will face Maryland Avenue. Its new main entrance will be also be located on the avenue. Drivers will still be able to access the dealership from U.S. 1 via a side entrance.

“People will still be able to see us from Route 1 because the building sits up higher than the old one, and it can easily be seen,” said Cowles.

A tall Nissan sign will be moved closed to the intersection of U.S. 1 and Maryland Avenue, and a shorter sign will be erected at U.S. 1 and Delaware Drive.

All of the dealership’s car inventory will continued to be stored on site, preventing the need for the owner to rent space to store cars in an industrial area. More trees and bushes will also be planted around the parking lot widening the buffer zone between the dealership and adjacent homes.

“I think those who live in the homes are already used to having a car dealership as a neighbor,” said Du Von.

The plans still need to be ratified by the Prince William County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. If all goes well, construction could begin this summer and would take six to nine months to complete.

“Now we have to go and figure out how to pay for it all,” Cowles quipped.

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  • Stephen

    That will be awesome!

  • Cathy

    Looking forward to this! It’s an incredibly convenient location; a bigger and better Nissan dealership will greatly benefit that stretch of Route 1.

  • MLB1

    Better hurry up and buy now before construction is complete. Hopefully they won’t raise their prices just like Lustine Toyota. The only dealership I have ever been where they admit they spent X millions on a renovation and are passing the cost onto the customers.

  • Necita DaGraca

    On SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 at 9:00 am I took my vehicle to the Cowles Nissan Dealer whom I purchased it from about a year ago. About 2 months ago I encountered a bad experience. My vehicle Transmission went bad, and Cowles Nissan Service Department also failed to completely screw my car cover back on the bottom of the vehicle, which caused it to drag while I attempted to drive. I had to bring my vehicle back to the dealer several times. I was then emailed a survey to fill out from the Nissan Corporate Office about 2 months ago. I basically filled out the survey rating my overall experience at the dealer that day. When I went to the dealer on September 3, 2015 at 9:00 am to get my state sticker replaced, Ron Bittinger, the Service Director called me into his office while I sat waiting in the customer lounge. When I entered his office, He stated to me ” WHY DID YOU GIVE US A BAD REVIEW”. YOU SHOULDN’T EVEN BE HERE” “I THOUGHT YOU ACCEPTED OUR APOLOGY FROM SCREWING UP YOUR VEHICLE” “YOU GOT US IN TROUBLE FOR THAT REVIEW”…. I was shocked by the aggressive tone of his voice. I then responded by saying “SIR, THE REASON THE SURVEYS ARE SENT TO YOUR CUSTOMERS IS TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH THEIR VISIT”. I THEN SAID, “I HAD EVERY RIGHT TO RATE MY EXPERIENCE, I HAVE BEEN BUYING VEHICLES FROM THIS DEALERSHIP FOR SOME YEARS NOW, AND THAT WAS THE WORST EXPERIENCE”. I THEN TOLD RON BITTINGER THAT ” I WAS NOT GOING TO LIE ON THE SURVEY”. Ron Bittinger responded to my answer by saying to “GET OUT OF HIS OFFICE” He then said “GO TO ANOTHER NISSAN DEALER, I WILL NOT SERVICE YOUR VEHICLE BECAUSE OF THE BAD RATING YOU GAVE US”. “NOW BYE”( WAVING HIS HANDS FOR ME TO START WALKING). This is the worst customer service from a business that I have ever encountered. Mr Ron Bittinger is showing retaliation towards me, which is not only unprofessional, He is showing unethical behavior. It is against the law for a business”

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