Long Live the Last Dealership
If you have ever wondered what happened to dealerships after automotive brands shuttered, you no longer have to wonder. In many cases, the dealerships either close or adopt a new brand. When Oldsmobile stopped production in 2004, dealerships took on Buicks or GMC instead. You will be hard pressed to find any Oldsmobile dealerships anywhere in the United States and the same goes for Pontiac dealerships, too. Those dealerships expired in October 2010. While General Motors seems to have a stronghold on the status of its shuttered brands, other manufacturers were not so tight fisted.
Two American car dealerships held on for as long as they possibly could. In Pikeville, North Carolina, Collier Motors continues to sell cars from the long lost AMC lineup. His dealership is the last known AMC dealership in the country. Visitors to Collier Motors will not see shiny new cars on the lot, but if they can look past the weeds and dust, they can see what the typical AMC dealership from the 1970s and 1980s looked like. The car dealership is quickly being claimed by the soil and the weeds, but visitors can still see new stock with window stickers clearly in place. Anyone who wants to buy a car from the Collier lot simply needs to make an appointment with Robert Collier.
Last Chance International
On the other side of the country in Portland, Oregon stood the last remaining International Harvester dealership. Bisio Motors sold the popular early SUV, the International Scout. In 1980, International Harvester stopped making the International Scout and dealerships all over the country closed their doors, except for Bisio Motors. Mr. Ernie Bisio kept the dealership open until 2008. Until he closed the doors when he turned 90 and could no longer keep up the dealership, customers could buy parts for their International Scout models as well as buy a used one of the lot. He sold the last new model in 1991, eleven years after the models stopped being produced.
These old dealerships show us how important small businesses are to their owners. Even when the business is no longer supported by the parent company, these small businessmen stood by their dealerships so they could continue to support their families and their customers.