Wayne Bontrager… Meadowlark Used Cars
When it comes to used car guys Wayne Bontrager of Meadowlark Used Cars in Goshen, Indiana is as reserved as they get.
But if you want to get Wayne going you just need to find his hot buttons.
Wayne Bontrager is a man of few words. At 68 years of age he certainly is not a complicated man, reserving comments on many issues that might normally be controversial with others. He doesn’t talk much about politics, doesn’t have an opinion on the social issues with kids in this day and age and doesn’t have much to say about competition or even his industry today’ other than he truly appreciates dealing with customers and making them happy. However, if you want to get Wayne’s juices bubbling, there are three subjects he gets genuinely passionate about; his granddaughters, Notre Dame Women’s Basketball and camping.
Bontrager started his business, Meadowlark Motors in Goshen, Indiana, in December of 1985. After more than 30 years he insists, “I love my job”. He is extremely independent from the aspect that he runs his operation all by himself. He has no employees so I guess you could say he is the man. He’s the guy that purchases the vehicles from auction, he’s the only sales guy on the lot; he’s even his own mechanic. “I’m here all by myself.” Wayne says proudly, “I love the people. I love selling; I love helping my customers; and even working on the cars myself. It helps me control most everything that happens at Meadowlark. Plus I honestly love working with the customers myself.