Smyth History


Smyth Automotive is a privately-held automotive aftermarket company, owned and operated by the Smyth family since it was founded by George Smyth nearly 50 years ago. In 1963, George opened his own used car business, and the need for parts led him to opening his very own salvage yard. Smyth Automotive began by selling used parts from his salvage yard, and by 1965 was selling new parts over the counter.

In 1983, George turned his business over to his children. Since then, Smyth Automotive has grown and expanded into 24 locations including 18 retail stores, 5 warehouse distributors, a battery division, 2 Machine Shops, 1 Automotive Repair Shop, and 8 PPG and Pro-Spray paint centers throughout Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky, Dayton, and Columbus.

Today, this family-owned operation has 376 employees, 250-plus vehicles, and more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse inventory space filled with over 500,000 part SKUs including OE, performance, and accessory parts. Smyth also carries a complete line of tools and equipment for the “do it yourself” and professional installers. In February of 2000 Smyth Automotive became a proud member of Parts Plus, the Automotive Distribution Network’s most prestigious buying group. Smyth Automotive has since been building the Parts Plus name with personalized service, extensive inventory, and attractive, clean store locations.

Smyth Automotive has a number of dedicated, hardworking employees who have been with them a long time– some longer than 20 years! In addition to their lineup of knowledgeable employees, Smyth also has a full roster of second- and third-generation family members actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the business– all working together to continue the legacy started nearly 50 years ago by founder, George Smyth Sr. With a motto of “Local Roots. World-Class Service,” you can trust that not only will you get the parts you need at a fair price, but Smyth will also treat you like family… just as they have since 1963.