John C. Miller dealership in Johnstown is closing

The mostly empty John C. Miller car dealership on North Perry Street in Johnstown will be closing soon. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — A landmark city car dealership in business for 62 years is shutting its doors for good Dec. 15.

Principals of the John C. Miller Inc. dealership at 509 N. Perry St. said the establishment will be closing that day after over six decades in business. The founder of the company is 88 years of age and has not been running the business.

The business, which sells pre-owned vehicles, has been mostly empty of inventory recently. Only four vehicles were listed for sale Tuesday on the johncmiller.com website — a Dodge Nitro Heat 4X4, Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus SE and a Jeep Patriot Latitude.

“We appreciate all the people who did buy at John C. Miller,” dealer Manager/Vice President Jeff Miller said Tuesday.

Miller, whose father John C. Miller started the business in 1956, said the staffing is aging out. He said the “age of the people running” the dealership is one of the main reasons for shutting down the private business. He added that business also isn’t what it used to be.

“The competition’s heavy,” he said.

He said steady business at the dealership is “just not there” anymore.

Miller said John C. Miller Inc. is trying now to sell its 35,000-square-foot building on North Perry Street. It had not secured a new tenant as of this week.

A couple dozen employees used to work at the dealership, but Miller said that the staff was down to eight as the business gets closer to shutting its doors. He said no new work elsewhere is immediately lined up for the staff.

John C. Miller started selling cars at age 14, and continued to do so his entire life. His grandfather sold Packards and Buicks in the 1930s.

He started his business as a Ford Lincoln Mercury franchise. During its time in business, the company sold Fiat and other imports as well as domestic brands. International trucks and many other types of vehicles. At one point, the company maintained an award-winning service department providing repairs to all makes and models of vehicles.

With days left, John C. Miller Inc. is currently having a “going out of business sale.” All vehicles are priced to sell, the dealership says. The dealership still offers state inspections, detailing and glass repair.

In a recent media ad, the dealership stated: “We will always remember the great friendships and rapport that were built with families and friends in the surrounding communities. With that being said, please be assured that warranties on any used vehicles purchased will continue to be honored and serviced by a competent service technician.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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