Two car dealerships, open for more than 50 years in downtown Provo, have recently been remodeled and are breaking records for sales volume, the city's economic development office announced.
Harmon's Pontiac/Cadillac remodeled its showroom, office and service facility and Naylor Auto has added a new sales office, customer waiting area, new parts office overflow and more storage space."The remodeling allows us continued growth and better utilization of our facilities," said Greg Baum, owner of Naylor Auto. Naylor's, a dealer of Dodge cars and trucks, was founded in 1916 by George Naylor when hand-operated wipers and rear stop lights were just being added to automobiles.
Harmon's was opened more than 53 years ago by Clarence Harmon. In 1967, C.J. "Bud" Harmon took over the business and then in 1983 Mark Harmon and his brother Brant took the reins. The dealership now covers almost two city blocks and features a 24-hour service system.
Mark Harmon said the 24-hour service system merely requires customers to press a button, record the problem, fill out a form and leave their keys and car.
Total sales for Naylor's went up 26 percent in 1988. New car sales were up 8 percent and used car sales up 43 percent, Baum said.