You don't often see old cars — really old cars — in the service departments of new-car dealerships. But at Acton Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, in Mass- achusetts, it's not unusual to see a 1969 Dodge Charger getting a tuneup in one bay while its 2019 namesake is repaired in another.
Old vehicles are not a nuisance at the store. All makes, models and years back to 1920s Ford Model A's are welcome.
Dealer Coleman Hoyt services old vehicles in two areas. Those that need tuneups and regular maintenance items, such as muffler replacements and brake work, are handled in the store's service department alongside modern vehicles. But for more involved work on antique and classic cars, Hoyt operates a six-bay satellite service area in a separate building where trained technicians repair, restore and modify. These are time-consuming jobs that may require not hours of work, but months.
Hoyt says other franchised new-vehicle dealers in town think he's nuts.