New Ryan car lot opens in downtown Billings
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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 in the early 2000s.
For the past three years, he was working in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota as a property manager for a drilling company, renting rooms to employees and overseeing about 100 land leases, he said.
Ryan Automotive has 15 vehicles in its inventory now, and Miles said he’s aiming to increase that number to between 30 and 60 regularly. He said he gets most vehicles from auctions and a wholesaler.
The lot has three employees, including the owner. The Ryans also own the lot across North 26th street, which could be used for expansion, Miles Ryan said.
Ryan Automotive is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 406-702-7111 for more information or visit www.RyanAutoMT.com.