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Dudley Martin Chevrolet Sold

By Potomac Local News November 7, 2013 9:59 am

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MANASSAS, Va. – A family name in the car business in Manassas has been replaced.

Dudley Martin Chevrolet on Sudley Road has been sold and will become Manassas Cheverolet. The sale was recently completed, and the new owner is Michael Bates.

Dudley Martin bought his first car dealership in Dumfries in 1938. He later purchased a Chevrolet deadership at the corner of Va. 28 in Manassas in 1954. After it relocated to its current spot on Sudley Road near Sudley Manor Drive, it has sold Chevrolet cars and trucks ever since.

The car industry is still on the rebound, said the dealership’s finance director, John Martin, whose grandfather started the business. But he adds there is a future in the business as the customer is still looking for a well-made product and good service after the sale.

But the sale of his grandfather’s business is bittersweet.

“For anyone who’s grown up around here, there are a lot of people who are in their forties, even in their sixties, who remember playing on a Dudley Martin-sponsored baseball team when they were a kid,” he said.

Martin has been with the dealership since 1987 and will stay on under the new ownership. He declined to speak to the specifics of the sale.