The partial Quonset hut roof on126th streetis no longer a symbol of the Hummer dealership. Today it sits on top of the new Lockhart Cadillac dealership. The pre-owned dealership celebrated its grand opening April 24.
After 37 years of business, the Lockhart dealership is closing the doors on its Keystone location, although service bays and the office will remain open at the location.
General Motors made public in 2009 that it would phase out its Hummer and Saturn dealerships. The Lockhart family operated three Saturn dealerships, including the one just a few buildings down on Ind. 37, in addition to a Hummer dealership and the Greenwood Cadillac dealership.
Freda Lockhart, mother of current operators Lynn Kimmel and Marc Lockhart, poured millions of dollars into the auto industry in the late 1980s to open several Saturn franchises. She was one of the first GM dealers to operate the new dealership and went on to become Cadillac’s first exclusive female dealer in theU.S.
Today Marc Lockhart, former president of the Indiana Auto Dealers Association, is the principal Lockhart Cadillac dealer. Kimmel directs daily operations at the Fishers location, including selling used vehicles and running the service department and the parts department. Kimmel is also on the board of directors of the National Dealer Council and sits on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
The Lockhart Preferred Pre-Owned dealership is composed of master technicians, including more than 10 technicians who each have more than 15 years of experience. This commitment to service has fostered growth in the dealership, and today Lockhart Cadillac is the largest Cadillac dealership in sales and service inIndiana.
Lockhart Preferred Pre-Owned dealership was licensed as the first Motor Trend certified used car dealership inIndiana.
The dealership still bases its daily operations off of the words that Freda Lockhart built the company on: “There’s only one way to do it, and that’s the right way. There’s only one time to do it, and that’s right now.”