FROM CARRIAGE MAKING TO STATE OF THE ART NEW CAR DEALERSHIP

From blacksmith to automobile dealer, the Thomas family has been meeting the transportation needs of central Pennsylvania for over 100 years!

FIRST GENERATION

-1918-

Back before the turn of the century, C.J. Thomas opened his blacksmith shop in Carrolltown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania., and he determined that he'd put on thing first in his business ... SERVICE! Little did he know that a family tradition was started destined to continue for the next 3 generations.

 

SECOND GENERATION

1939: The Pennsylvania super highway (now known as the Pennsylvania Turnpike) between Carlisle and Pittsburgh was due to opne in 1940. K.A. Thomas moved to Bedford, Pennsylvania and purchased the Augustine Chevrolet Dealership (Then located on East Pitt Street, now site of Bedford Carpet). Operating with 5 employees, Mr. Thomas emphasized service to local customers and turnpike travelers. The cost of a NEW 1939 Chevrolet was $750

1940: Added the Oldsmobile franchise. The cost of a NEW 1940 Oldmobile was $777

1941: Due to the war effort no cars were being built. Undaunted, Mr. Thomas sold and serviced used cars and trucks. He also added Case Farm Machinery, which was sold after the war.

1946: Added Cadillac Franchise.

 

THIRD GENERATION

1964: Wm. K. Thomas takes over the business, becomes dealer.

1968: The business moved to present location north of Bedford, PA for room to expand on 13 acres providing a larger selection of vehicles, larger showroom, body shop and larger service facilities.

 

FOURTH GENERATION

1983: Mark W. Thomas becomes dealer. Mark began working at the dealership in 1977.

1985: Mark adds a new car wash facility and ne down-draft paint facility providing a cleaner and safer operation (One of the few on the East Coast).

1988: Expanded the showroom to make room for the Subaru line, previously located on Route 30 east of Bedford.

1989: Added the GEO Import line from Chevrolet.

Today, with the same business acumen that served his great grandfather Clark, Mark Thomas has positioned the company to become a prominent force throughout the region.

  1. THOMAS CHEVROLET, INC.

    4003 BUSINESS ROUTE 220
    BEDFORD, PA 15522

    • Sales: 814-682-3017
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THOMAS CHEVROLET, INC.

4003 BUSINESS ROUTE 220
Directions BEDFORD, PA 15522

  • Contact: 814-682-3017

Hours

  • Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed