|What Happened to Media Motors?|
The update I got today is that they have moved to Painter Street in Media. They are in the same building as Surburban Motors. I don't yet know what will happen to the building they vacated.
People might not know this, but at one time Media had as many as 7 car dealerships in the borough. I don't remember them all, but as a kid my parents did purchase a car from Van Wyk Oldsmobile on 340 W. Baltimore Ave. All I remember from that car was that it had a electronically deployed radio antennae and had a 400 cubic inch motor (6.5 liter), which is even big for today's standards.
Cutting edge technology and performance didn't go on to be the strengths of the Oldsmobile brand and GM, the parent company, brought production to a close in 2004. For Oldsmobile, it was long over before that.
I'm not exactly sure when Van Wyk closed, but at about the same time in the late 80s Thomas Chevrolet in Middletown came on the scene with a few dealerships that brought snazzy show rooms and products like the Camaro, Corvette and light trucks. Thomas is still here, as is Granite Run GMC (old Log Cabin Inn site) just beyond Media city limits.
So what happened to Media Motors? Or the Dan Snyder Auto that was in the same building prior? That's a good question. I stopped by this week to pay them a visit and to find out what was going on, but the door was locked with a sign that said "Be back in 15 minutes." I came back later in the week and saw the same sign there and no one in the building. In addition, their website www.mediamotorsleasing.com is also off line. Aside from what looks like a contracting truck, all the automobiles have been removed too.
If I get a chance, I'll see what I can find out. Oh, and if your in the market for a good, dependable car from a family run business, check out Weathers Motors on Baltimore Pike in Middletown.