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Westerly’s Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealership now has new owners and a new name.  The store, which was previously owned by the Tasca family, will now be called “Ocean Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram” and the new owners are Rob Zammito of Providence and Alex Castergini of East Greenwich.

Rob Zammito is part of the Zammito family who owns Toyota of Dartmouth, Check Collision, and numerous other automotive and non-automotive businesses.  They’ve owned Toyota of Dartmouth since 2001 and have enjoyed some of the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry.  They are currently the number two dealer in CSI for this entire region.  Rob is a graduate of Bryant University, and currently resides in Providence.  He will serve as the Dealer Principal for the new dealership.

We talked to Rob about this new venture.  “We’ve always loved the CDJR brands.  They’ve got such a diverse lineup, from the most rugged of SUVs to sedans, muscle cars, and even minivans.  And the company has such a storied history and a part of American culture.  We’re proud to be able to represent them, and do so in a place as beautiful and historic as Westerly.”

Alex Castergini, comes from a strong automotive background.  His father started in 1972 and Alex would come to work with him from a very young age.  He loved the car business.  He worked in nearly every position in the dealership. He started cleaning cars and working as a lot attendant.  He then moved on to working in the service and parts departments.  Alex started selling cars as a senior in high school as part of a work study program.  His first management job was as a used car manager when he was just 20 years old.  He moved up to General Sales Manager when he was 23, and he became a General Manager (in charge of the entire dealership) at age 30.

Alex and Rob met when Alex was working for the Tasca organization when they bought Nissan of East Providence from the Zammito family in 2012.

We asked Alex about his dealership philosophies, and what’s made him so successful over the years.  He said “I always keep the process simple.  I try to make it easy and fun for our customers as well as our employees.  We always respect our customers time, and we always stand behind our products and our process to create a happy customer that will be a cheerleader for our company.

Ocean Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is located 9 Post Road in Westerly and their website is