Who Are We?

Sonny Merryman is Virginia’s Bus Company. Our vehicles transport students and the community across Virginia and even in other states across the country. We’re a small business but a big fish in our respective pond as Virginia’s largest and most experienced bus company and one of the most respected and successful dealerships in the country. Our team of nearly 200 employees works across our four locations in Central Virginia (Evington/Lynchburg), Greater Richmond (Ashland), Hampton Roads (Chesapeake), and Northern Virginia (Bristow/Manassas). We love to help our Customers when problems arise, and our employees would tell you that we appreciate each other and treat our fellow coworkers with respect.

What Do We Do?

We are a bus dealership that sells, services, and provides parts for school buses and commercial buses used to transport community members.  Besides buses, we have supporting business units that sell trailers, rent storage containers, provide parts services to city garages, and we even operate a collection of local Napa stores.

Why Be a Part of Team Sonny?

There’s a reason many of our employees have 10+ years of service on Team Sonny. Here are a few to consider:

  1. Our Culture. It’s what we call the “Sonny Merryman Way,” and it has a very specific recipe that all comes down to the ingredients – our core values. We’re a company that believes in taking care of our customers as well as our team.
  2. Competitive Pay. We believe in a livable, fair market wage for all of our employees.
  3. Paid Time Off. Full time employees immediately start accruing time upon hire; that’s in addition to the seven paid holidays.
  4. Medical and Prescription / Dental Coverage. Multiple plans are available for you as well as your family at competitive monthly premiums.
  5. Employee-Stock Ownership Plan. It’s a company retirement plan our employees don’t pay a single dollar into but rather are awarded simply for their continued years of service.
  6. Optional 401K. In addition to our ESOP, we also provide employees with a 401k program.
  7. Growth and Advancement. We’re a team that wants to be better today than we were yesterday. We grow as a team as well as individuals.
  8. Security. Last but by all means certainly not least – job security. We keep good people for an awfully long time. Founded in 1967, we are a trusted partner of the transportation community and work hard to maintain and continue to earn the loyal business of our customers.

Sonny Merryman Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

Think you’re a good fit for our team?

Click the button below to fill out our preliminary employment interest form and one of our team members will contact you.


Career Openings

outside parts sales representative

Multiple Openings: Sonny Merryman Central Virginia (Evington, VA) & Northern Virginia Locations (Bristow, VA) | Full time, 1st shift, Mon-Fri.

If you’re good at making friends and enjoy new scenery each day, this may be the career you’ve been looking for.

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Who Are You?

You are motivated to help others. You’re able to keep yourself accountable to a schedule and various tasks with little oversight. Carrying a conversation and building relationships comes easy to you. Using Microsoft products, such as Outlook, Teams, and Word, is a breeze for you, and you feel confident navigating a computer and cell phone. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl). You like to be treated as an adult and be afforded the opportunity to get your job done.

What kind of stuff will I be doing?

As a Sonny Merryman Outside Parts Sales Representative, you’ll be assigned a sales territory within the state of Virginia. Most of your days will be spent making in-person visits to Customers in your territory to collect parts orders, make parts deliveries, and talk with them to see how things are going and how we can continue to assist them. You’ll also help pass along information to Customers, such as invitations to workshops and new product offerings, as well as assist Customers with online account set-up, training, and continued support. When you’re not on the road visiting Customers, you’ll work from our Headquarters in Evington, VA offering support to customers via email and phone as well as working with the internal parts team on various tasks.

What experience and/or knowledge do I need?

  • Commercial vehicle or automotive parts experience is a plus but is not required.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license.

If you’re interested in this position, fill out our preliminary employment interest form and one of our team members will contact you.


Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) Technician

Multiple Openings: Sonny Merryman Central Virginia Location (Evington, VA) | Full time, 1st shift, Mon-Fri.

If you like to work on big stuff that transports our future and our community, we may be a match.

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Who Are You?

You are motivated to help others. You pay attention to the details of a task or project. You like a brisk work pace and can roll with changes to your daily task schedule. You’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to get done. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl). You like to be treated as an adult and be afforded the opportunity to get your job done.

What kind of stuff will you be doing?

You will be inspecting and preparing a wide variety of new buses and vehicles prior to customer delivery. For each bus that comes through your bay, you’ll inspect the interior and exterior for obvious damage, missing components, and loose or misaligned items (trim, doors, and other hardware). You’ll take care of replacing or fixing any items that don’t pass quality inspection and properly document those items. You’ll put the finishing touches on vehicles by installing non-factory modifications according to customer orders. Finally, you’ll ensure the proper function of equipment and perform test operations prior to sending the vehicle for a final Quality Assurance check.

What experience or qualifications do you need?

  • Prior related experience is a plus but not required. On-the-job training will be provided.

If you’re interested in this position, fill out our preliminary employment interest form and one of our team members will contact you.


Commercial Vehicle SERVICE Technician

Multiple Openings: Central Virginia center (Evington, VA), Hampton Roads center (Chesapeake, VA), Northern Virginia center (Bristow, VA), Greater Richmond center (Ashland, VA) | Full-time, 1st shift, Mon-Fri.

If you like to work on big stuff that transports our future and our community, we may be a match.

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Who Are You?

You are motivated to help others. You like to think problems through and come up with creative solutions. You have a good sense of humor and like to have fun. You like a brisk work pace and enjoy pleasing a Customer. You’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to get done. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl).  You like to be treated as an adult and be afforded the opportunity to get your job done.

Please do not apply if…

  • You enjoy drama and gossip. We just don’t have time for that!
  • Nothing is your fault. We love to “own it” – and mistakes are the best way to learn!
  • You like a large “corporate” work environment.  We like to give you enough rope to run on your own, then eliminate the rope.
  • You want someone asking you every hour “when is that job going to get done?”

What kind of stuff will I be doing?

You will be inspecting, diagnosing, and repairing all systems found a modern medium/heavy duty vehicle, as well as diesel engine.

What experience or qualifications do you need?

  • Former related experience required.
  • Tools necessary to perform the common duties of the position.

If you’re interested in this position, fill out our preliminary employment interest form and one of our team members will contact you.


Body Shop Technician

Sonny Merryman Hampton Roads Location (Chesapeake, VA) | Full time, 1st shift, Mon-Fri.

If you like to work on and give new life to big stuff that transports our future and our community, we may be a match.

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Who Are You?

You are motivated to help others. You see a dented, scratched, faded, and sometimes even mangled vehicle as a canvas to work your art. You like to think problems through and come up with creative solutions. You have a good sense of humor and like to have fun. You like a brisk work pace and enjoy pleasing a Customer. You’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to get done. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl). You like to be treated as an adult and be afforded the opportunity to get your job done.

What Kind of Stuff Will You Be Doing?

Sometimes you’ll be working on a new vehicle that gets a custom paint job or needs a touch-up here or there before delivery. More often though, you’ll be working on vehicles already in-service that need repair after an accident or parking lot oops or a fresh coat of paint after a few years of service.

What Qualifications and/or Experience Do You Need?

  • Former body shop experience required.
  • Tools necessary to perform the common duties of the position.

If you’re interested in this position, fill out our preliminary employment interest form and one of our team members will contact you.


Parts Analyst

Sonny Merryman Hampton Roads Location (Chesapeake, VA) | Full time, 1st shift, Mon-Fri.

If you like being part of transporting our future and community by helping our Customers find and purchase the right parts for their vehicles, this may be a fit for you.

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Who Are You?

You are motivated to help others. You can carry on a conversation while doing research in the background to assist our Customers. You are detail-oriented and will go to the lengths necessary to make sure your customer gets the right part the first time. Navigating a computer is a breeze for you and you feel at home using Microsoft products, such as Outlook, Teams, and Word. You enjoy building relationships and pleasing a Customer. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl). You like to be treated as an adult and be afforded the opportunity to get your job done.

What Kind of Stuff Will You Be Doing?

You will support Customers by identifying the part(s) they need, placing their orders, and following-up post receipt of order to ensure satisfaction. As a direct line to our Customers, you will also serve as a contact for other areas of support, such as online account navigation, transaction assistance, and product announcements. You will play a key role in the parts team’s collective efforts to meet sales goals.

What Experience and/or Qualifications Do You Need?

  • Automotive or commercial vehicle parts experience preferred but not required.

If you’re interested in this position, fill out our preliminary employment interest form and one of our team members will contact you.


Parts delivery Driver

Sonny Merryman Northern VA Location (Bristow, VA) | Full time, 1st shift, Mon-Fri.

If you don’t mind lifting a box or two and like a nice drive with a change of scenery each day, this may be the position for you.

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Who Are You?

You value safety and would never consider texting while driving. You see packing a vehicle like a good game of Tetris and can lift up to 50lbs. You are flexible and can roll with a changing schedule and even a last-minute delivery. You know how to make good use of your time, including pitching in to take care of things that “aren’t your job” but need to be done and you have the time to do. You can make casual conversations and enjoy building relationships. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl). You like to be treated as an adult and be afforded the opportunity to get your job done.

What Kind of Stuff Will You Be Doing?

Most of your day will be spent on the road, making trips to customer locations for deliveries and pick-ups. Most all your deliveries will be within a two-hour driving distance of our Sonny Merryman Center in Bristow, VA. When you’re not on the road, you’ll be packaging and loading deliveries for the next run and pitching in with various tasks around the shop.

What Experience and/or Qualifications Do You Need?

  • A clean driving record is a must as well as a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Experience in the automotive and/or heavy truck parts industry as well as forklift operation is preferred.

If you’re interested in this position, fill out our preliminary employment interest form and one of our team members will contact you.


CDL Delivery drivers

Sonny Merryman Central VA Location (Evington, VA) | Part time, Mon-Fri.

If you like bringing a smile to Customers’ faces every day and taking in the beautiful views of Virginia, this may be a perfect fit.

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Who Are You?

You love a good road trip and enjoy taking in new scenery. Whether following directions from a GPS or a map, you can find your way almost anywhere. You value safety and would never consider texting while driving or any other distraction from the road. You are honest and tend to smile a lot more than you frown (or scowl). Your schedule is flexible and you can roll with quick delivery changes.

What Kind of Stuff Will You Be Doing?

You will be on the road bringing smiles to Customers’ faces when you deliver their new buses and vehicles safely and efficiently. Most of your trips will be in Virginia but occasionally you may take a trip to a neighboring state. As a driver for Sonny Merryman, you’ll also be a rolling billboard for our company along the roads of Virginia.

What Experience and/or Qualifications Do You Need?

  • Clean driving record
  • Valid CDL, minimum Class B
  • Flexible schedule

If you’re interested in this position, fill out our preliminary employment interest form and one of our team members will contact you.


Once you speak with a Sonny Merryman representative, you may be asked to submit a full application. Click the link below to download a paper application or submit your application online.

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