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New Business Spotlight: these Old Guys help others buy the cars of their dreams

April 10, 2011
  • The four partners in The Old Guys, LLC, are, from left, Jim Colombo, Ken Fehlauer, Nick Carter and J.R. Arnold.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Name of business: The Old Guys, LLC

Owners: Ken Fehlauer, Jim Colombo, J.R. Arnold and Nick Carter equally

Address: 17906 Carter Lane, Hagerstown

Opening date: March 2011

Products and services: Offers vehicle-purchasing assistance in the Tri-State area at no cost to the customer.

Target market: Individuals and businesses who have researched the vehicle they want but lack the time to drive to and sit through all the repetitive presentations. An additional market is those who are intimidated by the complexity of all the brands, models, options, financing terms, etc.

How did you get into your business and what motivated you to start?: Fehlauer believed that two current negatives could provide two “win-win” positives for him. First, he lost his old dependable car guy to retirement. Second was seeing a great opportunity presented by the terrible economy.

We have no “ax to grind” as to promoting a particular brand or dealer. We want our clients to be more than satisfied. Making vehicle purchasing a pleasant experience for our clients is our system for staying unretired.

Previous business experience: Forty-plus years as a sales and marketing “road warrior,” the first 25 with an international construction products manufacturer. Fehlauer’s team partners have been buying and selling cars and trucks almost before old Henry Ford said “any color you want, as long as it’s black.”

Number of employees: Four equal partners

Hours: Open-ended

Phone number: 240-217-3623

Email: potomacsd@verizon.net

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