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Meet Joe Ritz of Sports & Collector Car Center in Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joe Ritz.

Joe, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My brother Pat and I are native Arizonans having grown up in downtown Phoenix. Our older brother introduced us to the world of cars. After working with our brother for many years we decided to open our own facility still focusing on European, Sports, Exotics and Classic Muscle cars. In 2007 we opened Sports & Collector Car Center, our focus was and continues to be exceptional customer service, an attention to detail and an inate ability to listen to the client. We have been blessed with the opportunity to work on exceptional, unique automobiles and in turn have cultivated a fantastic client base. Our team understands that our goal is complete customer satisfaction. From the front door to the service area everyone is on the same page, my brother Pat is considered one of the best if not the best at what he does in diagnosing and repairing classic Ferraris to current year Jaguars, My role is to handle the front of the house I interface with clients and together we have created a one of a kind facility that draws people to stop by even if they are not dealing with a car issue. Coming from a large Italian family we know the value of helping one another and working together. We are very visible in the classic car auction scene experienced every January in Scottsdale.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Having opened in 2007 during some very uncertain financial times we have weathered a few challenges to say the least. One key to our success is communication, not only do we talk to each other our clients are involved in our business. Our father was our greatest role model demonstrating on a daily basis that hard work, honesty and integrity would always without question deliver positive results.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Sports & Collector Car Center – what should we know?
We specialize in the mechanical repair and service of mainly European, Classic, Sports and Muscle cars. We are recognized as one of the best facilities nationally for the repair and service of classic Ferrari, Maserati and Jaguar automobiles. We are appreciated for our casual atmosphere combined with our exceptional service. My brother Pats ability to troubleshoot and repair even the most complicated mechanical issues on very unique automobiles has distanced us from what some might consider our competition.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Respect. We were taught the value and importance of respect. We respect our clients, our vendors and each other.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2042 W. 1ST STREET
    Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Website:
  • Phone: 480.968.5000

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1 Comment

  1. Hoeschler Terry

    January 26, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Very well-deserved praise for an impressive niche you both have carved out for yourselves.

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