History of Weathers Dodge / Motors

Weathers Dodge / Weathers Motors

Lawrence Weathers Sr., known throughout his life as Lar and later in his life, affectionately as Papa Lar, began work at an early age.  Because of a need to provide for the family, he stopped formal education at Lima Elementary School in the fifth grade.  Lar helped at the Wawa Dairy Farm and at the family general store.  His mechanical abilities led him to help at Turner's Wheelwright shop and then at Harry Springer's Garage at Baltimore Pike and Pennell Road.  In about 1920, with some help from his mother, he started an automobile repair shop in the building that is now called the barn.  In 1922 he began construction of a new, modern repair garage on the family property.  He began servicing model-T Fords, Chevy's, Packard's and anything else that traveled on the two-lane country road which is now Baltimore Pike.

At the start of the Depression, Jack Fitzgerald of Media, who was a sub dealer to Adolph Stuber in Chester, went bankrupt.  Lar was able to buy Fitzgerald's four Dodges and convince his brother Eb, who was a salesman for Stuber to join him in a sub dealership. When Albert finished High School, he joined his brother and began to sell cars out of a newly constructed showroom next to the repair facility.  Albert made arrangements to procure new vehicles from several Philadelphia and Chester dealers.  In 1930, Weathers Garage was appointed a full dealership for Dodge and Plymouth.

Two words of wisdom from Lar- Anybody can sell a car, it takes a good man to keep it running.  You sell the first car, I'll sell the next five because of service.   Lar always believed that successful people welcome work.  Be fair, be honest and give great service was the Weathers theme in the early years and continues to be the foundation today.

Lawrence Sr. son, Larry and Albert's son, Richard began working at the dealership at a young age.  In 1947, because of the widening of Baltimore Pike, construction was started on another new, modern facility built according to approved Chrysler Corporation plans.  It included a five-car show room, separate offices, parts room, and latest equipment in the service department.

Weathers Dodge also did a brisk towing business in its early years.  They had the only tow truck for miles around and often were called to haul in a car whose novice driver couldn't quite fathom the new technology.  Lar's favorite towing customer was Babe Ruth, who was towed one winter night and didn't pay his bill.

After completing active military service in 1955, Lawrence Weathers Jr. and Richard Weathers joined the dealership, Larry in service assisting his father and Dick in sales assisting his father, Eb.  Dick retired in 1995 and Larry Jr. still works   every day.  In 1982, after active military service, Lawrence Weathers III joined the dealership and continued to own and operate the 25 person dealership with Larry Jr.  Michael Weathers worked several years in the 90's as an auto technician.  In 1995 Richard and his son Michael sold their respective interests of the business to Larry Jr. and Larry III.

The daily practice of honesty, integrity, and putting customers first, by all team members  earned Weathers Dodge countless DaimlerChrysler FIVE STAR Awards for Excellence, a customer satisfaction driven award.  In 2007,  Weathers Dodge was recognized as a top ranked dealership in the country for customer satisfaction. In 2009, Weathers Motors was honored with the prestigious Business of the Year Award by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

June 2009 marked a significant change in the auto industry and with Weathers Dodge.  As a result of the Chrysler bankruptcy, 789 dealerships were cut from Chrysler Corporation.  Weathers Dodge was one of them, in a much-contested battle.  Midnight of June 9th,  Weathers Dodge became Weathers Motors, the new car franchise ended and the new operation consisted of selling quality pre-owned vehicles and serving all makes and model vehicles in the community.  It also marked a major emphasis on web sites, internet selling, Facebook, videos and creative marketing.

Weathers Motors is selling to third-generation customers-----evidence of the long standing conviction that you must treat customers right and keep them satisfied.  This is the foundation upon which Weathers Dodge/Weathers Motors was built over 100 years ago and continues to be the cornerstone that today is the driving force behind this successful business. 

Stop in or shop Weathers Motors on the web and experience one of our fine Certified Quality Pre-owned Vehicles or our excellent automotive service facility.

PS:  Don't look back, look forward, work hard, give good service, be fair, be honest, have fun and smile !!!