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Northport Ford Closes Shop [Empty in Commack]

The car dealership closed suddenly this past week.

The rough economy has claimed another Commack business, as suddenly closed down some time late last week.

The lot is mostly cleared and the lights are out at the dealership, which sold new and used cars and also operated as a service center.

The dealership's website, however, is still in service.

A note posted on the front doors of the building Tuesday read:

"We would like to thank our loyal Northport Ford customers for their patronage over the years. Sadly we must inform you that we are closing our doors. We apologize for any inconvenience."

With Northport Ford gone, that leaves  as the only brand name dealership in Commack.

Are you sad to see Northport Ford go?

Bill C February 09, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Commack Mom, The previous owner at Northport Ford location was Otten Pontiac.
Dan February 09, 2012 at 01:34 PM
chef - I completely understand your comment about how 'American' my Ford is. And, I agree that many components in it are made outside of the US (including final assembly which occurs in Ontario). However, Ford is an American company that is headquartered in the good ole USA. It's the major conundrum - do you support products that are potentially made in the US by foreign companies (i.e. many Toyotas) to keep our folks working or do you support the US-based company in hopes that, by supporting the company, the other companies will leave, allowing the American companies to bring the jobs back home and expand their workforce here. That drives not only economic growth in terms of employment, but also generates income in tax dollars from increased sales by an American company. I have no misconceptions that the argument I make is very utopian and not exactly perfect, but I prefer to keep my money in the US once it gets to the top dog. In my mind, investing in American companies (regardless of where their manufacturing may be currently) is a step in the right direction. It's much better than letting your money support foreign governments. Maybe if American automobile companies got out of Detroit's union stranglehold, they'd be better off...oh, I'm sure that will open a can of worms...
Dan February 09, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I agree with chef - brand loyalty is one thing and I respect it (I'm on the other side and have had nothing but good luck with my Fords), but do you really enjoy seeing another empty building on Jericho Tpke? Commack is going to start looking like a ghetto at this rate.
Matt February 09, 2012 at 04:22 PM
You won't see these building get razed to reduce their taxes. It costs money to demolish a structure (and is a permit nightmare) the resale value of the property decreases when it's a vacant lot (assuming the building isn't beyond repair) In most cases the owner hopes to sell "as is" or maybe even lease the property to someone who can fix it up without requiring the painful process of a new building permit and possibly rezoning. Looks like we might be stuck with these eyesores for a while.
WD February 09, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Commack businesses still taking a major hit? But, but, but Obama said the recession ended 2 years ago. It must be true? Right right? I mean he has brought change and that's supposed to be a good thing. Most people still support him, so he must be doing a good job, and hey the media supports him, so he has to be a great president. Thank you Obama for bringing an end to the recession, that trillion dollars of our money you spent has done wonders. Looking forward to Obamacare now, that should help create more jobs. Thanks again!
Mike Commack February 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I know you're right about these issues but there have to be solutions. Maybe we should do like the do with open space purchases. Buy the properties and try to do smarter development. The internet has eliminated the need for much of retail retail space. All of the properties mentioned could be used make adjacent landowners properties better and or improve green spaces, egresses etc. Some communities develop long term plans and use incentives to business and property owners too. It sounds counter intuitive but in the long term its good for business and good for the community... There is no shortage of run down strip malls and store in every crummy neighborhood. We should look at these properties as opportunities. Every one of the properties mentioned have potential.
TS February 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
On a positive note...Did anyone happen to notice that stupid Walle loves Eva sign was FINALLY removed from the intersection of Commack Rd and Jericho Turnpike....THANK YOU to whomever removed it!!! Too bad we cannot remove some of the other negatives popping up around town just as quickly and easily!
Mike Young February 09, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Ford Motor Company is enjoying phenominal growth as American cars are doing very well. Other Ford dealers in the area are seeing strong growth over the last year or more. Fords products are quality, selling well and in demand. Northport Ford is gone due to terrible mismanagement, failure to meet financial obligations including not paying off clients trades. Don't blame this one on the economy or Obama. Blame greed and short-sightedness and dishonesty of the owners.
WD February 09, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Actually Ford isn't enjoying "phenominal growth" They have simply come back from near death. American car companies are continuing to lose market share (you need to research the facts before you believe the political hype). But sure, no problem we won't blame the 5.9 million American jobs lost on Obama either.
Matt February 09, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I won't blame our country's greed on Obama or any other politician for that matter. They all stink! Let's just hope another business moves in soon. Back to local issues: Mike- good ideas but who's going to buy all these vacant bldgs? The state? Then they will have to pay for upkeep and lose the potential tax revenue. Too many people will oppose such a expense just to gain some "green". I for one would prefer to see bldgs. that have been unoccupied for yrs (like the gross gas station next to CMI) get demolished and landscaped. The real problem in Commack is that neither the Town of Huntington or Smithtown cares about Commack. We are at the outskirts of both their prestigious downtown areas. Look how fast Smithtown knocked down the lumber yard on Main Street (see Patch article). Commack is turning into a forgotten run down mess on Jericho Tpke and Commack Rd.
Dennis February 09, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Thanks for the intellient post... Once again,people will use this as a platform to bash OBAMA...... (they need to research the facts on the BOUGHT CONGRESS b/4 they believe the polictical hype)
DFUSCO February 10, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Morrissey Pontiac ?
DFUSCO February 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Maybe we can get a Chevy dealership back in Commack in this spot - There used to be one in the boarded up Sushi place across the street from NYSC gym. I've been renting some Chevy's lately like the malibu and Impala and am pleasantly surprised at the styling in and out and the way they drive. That experience made me lease a Chevy Traverse this fall but had to travel pretty far to get to the dealers.
CommackMom February 10, 2012 at 04:12 AM
That is correct :) Now, do you remember where Northport Ford was previously located?
Tiredofjo's February 11, 2012 at 03:19 AM
First off, as a lot of you are "sad" to see Northport Ford go. I am one that is not surprised. They were the most corrupt dealer around and as I see much of you don't know the past history of this place. They were investigated and sued by the NYS attorney generals office(Quomo)some years back for "FRAUD" and numerous other crimes against the public by taking in peoples cars and not paying off their leases and loans!!! They screwed tons of peoples credit by doing this to only further their own personal gain. That is why they sold all the property around it, to pay off all outstanding notes and to repair credit profiles. The most recent owners argued over money and again failed to pay outside vendors and pay bills in general. So the reason they left ......they didn't.....The bank swept in and took there stock as collateral repossession and closed there crooked butts down. HAHAHAHA
Carl Lehmann February 11, 2012 at 08:55 PM
We purchased several cars from Northport Ford.The last one was a disaster.It was a demo. Shortly after paint peeled off the bumper.We believe it had been in an accident, but they swore this wasn't true. The back passenger door always stuck.In July 2011, the car was just out of the extended warranty, we brought it in for repair, message center notice said "all wheel drive malfunction" $1,700 later, they claim it was repaired. I believe all they did was clean the sensor, as 10 days later the notice came on again, Back it went. This time they did fix the problem, but when I suggested that maybe it didn't need a $1,700 repair, the service writer insisted that it was an ADDITIONAL problem, but for Customer Satisfaction, they were not charging me for this repair. I asked for the paperwork for the repair, but was told since there was no charge, there was no paperwork .I became suspicious and called Ford in Detroit and filed a complaint. After a couple of months when they didn't contact me, I called again and was told they didn't have to notify me of the results! They had contacted Northport Ford and were told the 1st repair was for Traction Control and the 2nd repair was warranty work on brakes they had replaced in April 2011. This was totally untrue, but without paperwork I couldn't prove it. So I WILL NOT purchase another Ford. I was disappointed with Northport Ford and disappointed with Ford Corporation's treatment of my complaint. Commack Dissatisfied Customer
Tiredofjo's February 13, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Carl... I dealt with Northport ford and every time there was problems also and this was since they were in the old location where CVS now stands(down near Daly Rd.) why I kept giving them another chance maybe due to there close location to my home for warranty work. I can tell stories from first hand to third party and their all the same nightmare problems of how they tried and/or succeeded in taking advantage of people and not doing what they stated was performed. I did buy two vehicles from them, but as long as you are a wise shopper and stick to your guns ,you'll be OK with any dealership, that is until the finance guy gets a hold of you!! LOL
Polodude February 16, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I was almost reluctantly going to bring my truck to them for service. So now the question is, Is there a good Diesel shop in the area? For a F250 SD preferably north of Jericho.
Caroline Smith February 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM
so glad they are gone! They are corrupt and they were shutdown because of it! Ford corporate is also horrible as they will not make good on the crooks that they allowed to sell their products.
Mary Z March 16, 2012 at 05:21 PM
They were crooks and I am glad to see them go! We purchased our mini van from them. Too many issues to list... Problem is we have a recall now and we don't trust Syosset Ford to do the work because they tried to scam us with a fake repair awhile back. Can anybody recommend a Ford Dealership that is semi-honest? BTW - Ford Motor Corp. does not even know Northport Ford is officially closed!
chefcristo March 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM
mitch, i certainly agree about buying american cars; however, look under the hood or elsewhere on your ford: no doubt you'll see parts made in mexico, canada, perhaps china and other foreign countries. and, your american ford may well have been assembled in mexico or canada sorry, but there's no such thing as a truly AMERICAN car, but i wish there were.
Rhino March 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Just brought a new 2011 ford Platinum F150 in December of 2011- was just calling today to make my first appointment for service and to change out a defective part and low and behold found out they were closed. So far the truck has been great - i was looking to buy the extended warranty, however i guess i can get that from another dealership. Wondering if another dealer will cover the defective sifter handle ? to be continued. . . does anyone know where the sales reps all went, i am sure to some other dealerships...
John Gruber March 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM
lol commack has quite a way from becoming a ghetto hahaha you want ghetto? go to the south bronx and then you'll see how astronomically far from "ghetto" commack is
chefcristo March 22, 2012 at 01:03 AM
JOHN GRUBER, comparing commack to the south bronx is like comparing a monkey with a giraffe insofar as its becoming a ghetto. how about this progression?..... commack is getting to look crummier and crummier (especial along jericho tpk.) as business after business close and remain vacant and unkempt. those of us who use the word "ghetto" are probably emphasizing the fact that jericho tpk., commack's Main Street, is on a downward trend concerning appearance and ambiance. in the vernacular, it sucks, but it's also far from appearing like the south bronx.
Cat Seasoned March 28, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I'm not sorry to see them go. They sold me a mustang that was already sold! Spent hours completing paperwork and providing info for a loan and was completely ready to drive home with it when the manager comes in and tells me the salesgirl made a mistake and it's sold. But he does have others. I couldn't get out of there fast enough I bought my new beautiful mustang out of state.
Joe T June 06, 2012 at 05:04 PM
you can sleep better, but what about the people who are out of work now? Enjoy your rest.
pbug56 December 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM
This parts and service departments were so incompetent that they permanently turned us off to Ford cars. We may like looking at Mustang and T Birds, but we will never buy another Ford product; and this dealership was a big part of that decision.
CAB December 28, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Just a heads up the sales manager from Northport ford is now sales manager at smithtown ford. They will probably fold up next.
Yurmama January 24, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Cat- That's a rude remark! You don't even know him how could you be so insensitive? The sales manager is a very nice person. God bless. Please keep your opinions to yourself.
Irondog January 24, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Why keep opinions to oneself? This was very good information that "CAT" shared. I brought my wife's Explorer that was bought from there to have the shifter repaired since it didn't work. When I got the car back, when I hit the rear defroster, the glass hatch popped open. Nobody knew why, especially considering that feature does not even exist. Cheap FORD products and incompetent people. And sales people were horrible there too. Most likely a direct reflection of the manager. Opinion Shared!!!

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