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The scion of a longtime Billings car dealer is back in town and back in the family business.

Miles Ryan, whose grandfather, Dick Ryan, opened Ryan Oldsmobile in 1951, opened his own used-car lot in early August at 2600 Sixth Ave. N., the former home of Thrifty Car Rental.

Ryan Automotive has no direct ties to Dick Ryan’s former car lot near Rimrock Mall, which is now Rimrock Subaru, except for the logo, Miles said.

The distinctive red lettering and a rocket flying through the “R” in Ryan remain, and workers were installing the sign last week outside the business.

“I just thought I was gonna follow in the footsteps,” Miles, a 2004 Billings Senior High School graduate, said last week.

Miles, 30, grew up in the car business, doing detailing and other work at the lot that was later owned by his father and uncles. The Ryans sold the lot [...]

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