The Indiana Independent Automobile Dealers Association is proud to announce Zay Leasing & Rentals, Inc. as our 2016 “Joe Krier” Quality Dealer of the Year.  This award was presented to Andy Zay at the Association’s 29th Anniversary Golf Tournament and Awards Day which was held on September 11th at Ironwood Golf Club in Fishers.  The Quality Dealer of the Year is chosen based on several attributes.  The dealership must be consumer oriented, and the dealer must have a record of good business decisions based on honesty and integrity.  Also, the dealership must represent themselves as a civic leader within the community. Zay Leasing & Rentals, Inc. represents all of these attributes.


Andy Zay is the third generation owner of the business.  In 1953 Ernest Zay, Andy’s grandfather, purchased the Ford franchise in the city of Huntington.  After five years of operating the franchise by himself, Andy’s father, Rees Zay, retired from industrial sales and joined his father in the automotive business.  In 1964, Ernest and Rees built a new building on Business 24 East.  Upon completion of the new building, they operated the Ford franchise until 1976.  Throughout Ernest and Rees’s tenure in the car business they formed a leasing company.  In 1976 Andy’s father sold the franchise and maintained the used vehicle operation and leasing company.  After operating as an independent dealer for the next 13 years, Andy was introduced to the to the car business.  In 1989 the operation was expanded to include renting and in 1996 Andrew became the sole owner of the Zay companies.  He consolidated the business and opened a new location at 4957 N. Broadway in Huntington.  Zay Leasing & Rentals, Inc. continues to lease, rent, and sell cars, trucks and vans at this location.


The Zay Leasing & Rentals, Inc. business model and marketing is done primarily through their community involvement.  Andy Zay is quick to say “yes” when an organization is in need of a donated van or car.  He is supportive of many local organizations and received the “Half Century Award” presented to him by Governor Mitch Daniels for FIFTY years of business.  Also, Andy received the “Optimist of the Year” award.  He has worked hard to make Huntington a better and brighter place to live and play, mirroring his parents commitment to good education, and a strong family.  These are the very same principles he uses with his employees and customers.  Whether volunteering his time coaching, working with Junior Achievement organization, raising money for schools, supporting the local YMCA, organizing 5K races for charities, or serving as President of the Indiana Independent Automobile Dealers Association,  Andy Zay is always doing something to make the Huntington community a better place to work, live, and raise families.


Zay Leasing and Rentals, Inc. will represent Indiana at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Convention in Las Vegas, June 2017.  They will compete with Quality Dealers from other states for the National Quality Dealer Award.  The primary purpose of the Indiana Independent Automobile Dealers Association is to address legal and legislative issues that confront the used car industry and to promote the businesses of its members while serving the public interest.  The Indiana Independent Automobile Dealers Association has supported independent used car dealers in Indiana for more than 29 years.   The association is proud to have Zay Leasing and Rentals, Inc. as this year’s “Quality Dealer of the Year.”


Congratulations to Zay Leasing and Rentals, Inc.!