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Springdale, Arkansas' Newest Used Car Dealership - Rath Auto Resources

As many of you know by now, Rath Auto Resources expanded to Northwest Arkansas this summer. David Rath, son of Larry Rath (owner), has been a long-time resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas. For six years, David was a part of the Fort Smith location with varying positions from sales, finance manager and general sales manager. 

David has since filled his position at the Fort Smith location with a new General Sales Manager, Rob Stevenson and David is now operating the Springdale, Arkansas location. This Springdale dealership features the same setup as the Fort Smith store housing a world-class Meineke Car Care Center, referral program, "Choose a Charity" program, our "Friends and Family" oil change program, over 90+ quality vehicles to choose from, and a non-commission based sales team to service our customers.

As with the Fort Smith store, the Springdale location has replicated the "Choose a Charity" program! We are so excited and proud to be connected with three amazing charities based out of Northwest Arkansas. With every vehicle sold, the customer will have the opportunity to choose one of the three charities of their choice. At the end of the month, the votes are then calculated and we make a donation on the customers behalf and deliver the donation checks each month! Our NWA location has partnered with Children's Safety Center, Humane Society of the Ozarks and Saving Grace NWA

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Although it has only been 90 days, there have been many milestones achieved in our personal and professional lives at Rath Auto Resources NWA! The biggest news to share with everyone is David Rath and his wife, Kala, are expecting twin girls to arrive early in 2018! We would love to share with you some of our biggest moments!


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David and Kala have received such an outpouring of love from their friends, family and even the people they work with. This adorable gift basket was given to them by Jimmy Allen of Genesis AMI

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David Rath turned 30 years old! 

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Lot's of happy customers have joined the Rath Auto Resources family already! 

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We had a fantastic Grand Opening Celebration!

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Take a look around at the new location!

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Rath Auto Resources and Meineke Car Care Center (4515 Towson Avenue location only) is offering 15% off any 15,000-90,000 mile maintenance package. Offer is valid until December 31, 2016.  Offer is not valid with any other offers.  Click here to print.

Automotive Internet Sales “Dealer of the Month” Interview with Michael Stahl from Rath Auto Resources

We are incredibly proud to have received "Dealer of the Month" award! One of our managers, Michael Stahl, did a fantastic interview! We are so excited to share it with you all!

Bob Grubbs- Lifelong Customer, Vietnam Veteran and Service Dog Advocate

Bob Grubbs is a lifelong customer of Rath Auto Resources (and formerly our dealership known as Putnam Lincoln Mercury). A few years ago while shopping at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade with his wife, Bob noticed an event held by  Soldiers on Service Dogs at the mall. A day that changed his life forever. 

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Taking it back a few years, Bob served in the Vietnam War and was also deployed to Berlin during the Cold War. During Vietnam, Bob suffered a severe injury that resulted in a broken back and was also exposed to Agent Orange. After returning from the war and being discharged from active duty, Bob began seeking assistance from the VA which had lost his medical records and was unable to prove his injuries. Not being one to complain, Bob carried on obtaining his Masters Degree in Geology from the University of Arkansas and began a career working as a professor and with various oil industries.

It wasn't just Vietnam that provided Bob with lasting injuries, he also fell while working on an oil rig a few years ago. This injury was one that put him out of commission indefinitely. As a person who spent a life eager to work, this was a difficult sentence for Bob. Not only did he suffer physically,  but it was a mental and emotional obstacle being home alone without a job, he became depressed.

It wasn't until about two years ago that Bob was able to admit he had been living a life with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)- even before the more recent fall. This is a mental illness that affects a vast majority of our service men and women on a daily basis as a result of traumatic experiences faced while at war. Thanks to a Northwest Arkansas based service known as Soldiers on Service Dogs, people like Bob are able to find a specific match with a dog that best meets their needs. 

Soldier on Service Dogs in non-profit that provides the local community veterans who suffer from PTSD or TBI (traumatic brain injury) with a paired service dog. The average cost of a trained service dogs is about $25,000, but Soldier on Service Dogs provides these trained therapy companions at no cost. It is currently estimated that over 2,500 veterans in the Northwest Arkansas area are currently in need of a service dog. Bob Grubbs was the first veteran in the Fort Smith region to receive a a service dog from the non-profit. 

There is no predictability on how long it may take someone  to find the right dog. Some dogs are and humans are paired quickly while others may easily take up to a year or two waiting on the right match. Bob specifically needed a dog to help with his PTSD, insulin changes due to diabetes and physical disabilities due to back injuries that can often cause him to fall. Bob was originally paired with a smaller breed but was soon re-paired with his dog Scout, a young German Shepherd. When Bob starts to fall or lean too much in one direction, Scout senses the weight shift and pulls him in the opposite direction to keep him upright. 

“I don’t feel like I’m dragging my feet throughout life anymore. I have purpose. This program has just helped me tremendously. I adopted him from a shelter so I feel like I saved him, but after having this program and feeling the connection that I have with him, he definitely saved me.”

It was a bit of an adjustment for everyone involved, including the two small dogs already living at home. Bob continues to drive to Fayetteville, Arkansas twice a week for training. Scout currently knows about 80 different commands ranging from the basics to opening doors and bringing him his cell phone. 

Bob has since dedicated his life to pursuing an effort to bring awareness to the value and need of service dogs to other veterans like himself. He has been a guest speaker at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, other local colleges and continues to speak on the topic.  If you would like to help Bob with his expenses, please consider donating to his campaign here:

Bob and Scout are two best buddies. Scout loves his Lincoln that is most often referred to as the "Scout Mobile," by friends and family!

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Flippin' Good Customer Testimonial

Here at Rath Auto Resources, we take our customers experiences very seriously. We are more than just an average car dealer. We think of our customer's as family. After work we leave and discuss our great customers over the dinner table every night. There are some stories we share for years and years. There are customers we see at gas stations or while grocery shopping. We love the relationships we build with them. 

It never ceases to amaze us when we get the kind of reviews we get on Google. Facebook and DealerRater. They absolutely make our day! If you have a great review you would like to leave with a video of your own, please contact us at 

For now, check out this customer's flippin' good review! 


We are giving away a huge grand prize this summer valued at $200! We will have giftcards to Slim Chickens, Bricktown Brewery, Parrot Island Waterpark, Sweetbay Coffee Company, Bowling World, Goody's Frozen Yogurt and Malco Cinema. 

You can enter to win by:

- Commenting on this blog post

- Share and Comment on our Facebook post.

- Like and share the Summer Giveaway Instagram post. 

Winner will be selected on July 2nd and announced on our Facebook page. Winner must be able to pick up prize in person at our dealership at 4515 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith, AR. 





 Recent hail storms in the Fort Smith area have left thousands of drivers with damaged cars ranging from minor dings to completely totaled vehicles. While some will repair their vehicles with insurance money, this has led many people to consider trading their damaged cars for nicer, newer models. 

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  “This is honestly a great opportunity for a lot of people to be able to trade and save money,” said Larry Rath, owner of Rath Auto Resources.

   Most car dealerships in Fort Smith were caught in the middle of the storm and are struggling with hail-damaged cars. Rath Auto Resources was located on the outside edge of the storm’s path.

  “We got lucky,” said Rath. “We got very little hail here compared to how bad the rest of town seemed to get hit.”

  With this being the worst, most extensive hail storm the River Valley has seen in eight years, drivers are looking to their insurance companies to get money to repair their cars. Rath wants people to know that those repairs may not be necessary.

   “We want to see people’s cars with their full damage,” Rath said. “If they have a lot of hail damage on their cars, we may still be able to trade for them and fix them ourselves.”

   That could mean a nicer, newer car free of hail damage with a little money left over for down payment, tags or just some money to put in the bank. 

   “A lot of people just don’t want to deal with the hassle of fixing their cars after a storm like this. We have about 160 clean cars right now that are ready to go!”

   Solutions specialists at Rath Auto are available to help customers through this process, whether that means giving some guidance on their claims process, appraising a damaged trade or finding a nicer, newer vehicle. Call 1-888-837-3578 to set up an appointment.

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Amazing place ,
The people here are so patient with you and want to help you not just try to beg you for a car ! I didn’t think I would get anywhere due to my situation but they helped and went the extra miles with warranty and gap insurance ! If you feel your credit I extremely bad , please go talk to mike Jennings from rath auto resources and let him hook you up
— Christopher Perez
Just amazing place with amazing people that honestly just want to put you in the car you want. not the car they want to sell you. Me and my wife are very pleased with the way we were treated and our financing was handled . Tell you the truth the whole time I was talking to them I was waiting for the your approved but we need this to make it happen. Kevin hegemann is a good salesman and will always follow up with you and be honest with you .
— Willie Peters

Author: David Rath

Rath Auto Resources - Fort Smith Used Car Dealership

We love happy customers! They mean the world to us. It is so special when we receive their awesome reviews on Google and Facebook. They absolutely make our day and give us confidence that we are taking the right steps to earn your business and your trust. Here are some of our very loyal and proud customers! 

Rath Auto Resource is the best dealership my husband and I have ever done business with. The reasons are: they make all their customers feel like they are the most important things to them..they treat you like you matter and your not just a number on their sales board. Everyone from the owner to the service department take time to know you. Larry Rath and his staff are the best people to deal with. Want a NO pressure deal with respect and kindness with the best deals available Go to Rath Auto Resource. This is the only business that calls you after every service and thanks you for your business. Jerry Lovin was mine and my husbands salesman for our purchase of 2 vehicles. Jerry and all of Rath employees made our experince wonderful, would recommend all of them. Thank you Rath Auto Sales for making our total experience a wonderful one. Would not go to any other place other than Rath Auto Resource to buy a vehicle or to have our vehicles serviced.
— Doris Miller
Rath Auto Resources
The WHOLE staff at rath auto is husband and I were treated with the utmost respect as we came in and talked to micheal robertson. We told him of our situation and he and the staff went right to work getting us what we wanted AND at a price we could do. My husband and myself are SO pleased with the service and respect of Rath Auto. THANK YOU!!!.
— Lori Gregory
Rath Auto Resources
Anyone looking for a good used truck/car would be crazy not to come here. I came in two weeks ago and looked at a few trucks. I finally settled for one and we went through the whole process and it turns out I couldn’t get approve for the one I was wanting. Patrick the gentleman helping me did everything he could to get me approved. The numbers just didn’t line up. So I thanked him and left. I came in from work and I get a phone call from this gentleman and he tells me. I have some great news. My boss has decided the numbers were going to work. You are approved for the truck you was wanting. I went and signed paper and the staff was outstanding. It is the most professional dealership I’ve ever been to. Patrick was outstanding. He did everything he could to get me approved. He never once pressured me to try to get another truck. And outstanding business!
— Will Ford
Wow says it all,I walked into Rath Auto today(3/22/16) and walked out with a 2012 Ford Focus what great people work at Rath Auto I will never go anywhere else I think every sales person said Hi and how are you doing today I have never had such a good experience I am 49 years old and dealt with many car people but none like these guys if you are looking for a new car or truck please go visit the guys at Rath Auto
— cynthia miller
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