About Us

Our goal at Flow Companies is to be a creator of societal value by contributing to the common good of our communities. We want our presence to make a positive difference in our communities. Not just by the distinctive products and services we provide but because of the way we engage in the community and invest in its future. We want to be known as a company that is committed to the well being of our communities. We want to be the kind of company that if we did not exist, a community would want us to exist because the contribution that we have made to the common good.

After 60 years in the retail automotive business, Flow Companies continues to be defined by three simple principles:


A covenant with our customers to be a place that keeps its promises and is worthy of their trust.


A community of people who work together towards a common vision.


A commitment to work towards the common good of every city where we do business.

Although we have grown much larger over the years, these are the governing commitments that guide everything that we do. They are deeply woven into the fabric of our company. They are how we measure our success.

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Our History

We started in 1957 with a pre-owned center that offered fully reconditioned cars that carried a warranty. We sold cars that could be trusted and our sales grew enormously.

In 1961, we became a Volkswagen dealer in Winston-Salem, NC.

In 1973, we started representing this new company called Honda, which had just started building the Civic.

In 1983, we purchased BMW and that began a string of acquisitions that have brought us to our present size.

We entered the Greensboro, NC market in 1986, where we currently operate Audi, Buick-GMC, Land Rover, Mazda, Jaguar and Volkswagen stores.

In 2002, we moved into Fayetteville, NC where we now operate Buick-GMC and Mazda stores. We also introduced the MINI brand expanding our Winston-Salem, NC footprint as the first MINI dealer in North Carolina.

We entered the Charlottesville, VA market in 2003 and represent Audi, Mazda, Porsche and Volkswagen.

After the successful launch of the MINI brand in Winston-Salem, NC we added a second location in Raleigh, NC.

We expanded to Statesville, NC in 2013 with Honda and later expanded to include Toyota.

In 2014, we ventured into Burlington, NC and now operate Honda, Subaru, Volvo and Volkswagen franchises.

We returned to Wilmington, NC with Flow Volkswagen of Wilmington. 2016 also saw the introduction of the new revolutionary vehicle subscription service Drive Flow.

For 2018 we expanded operations in Wilmington, NC adding the Acura brand. In Fayetteville, NC the Nissan brand once again became a dealership in the Flow family.

In 2019 we entered the Durham, NC market with the addition of Flow Volkswagen of Durham.

We expanded to Asheville, NC with the addition of Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen. We also grew our presence in Statesville, NC by adding Hyundai and Nissan. 2020 marked the arrival of new digital offerings including Flow Express, our online car buying platform, and FlowGarage, our personalized customer account.

We added BMW of Charlottesville in 2021. This was Flow's second BMW store and became the fourth brand we represent in Charlottesville, VA.