Ronald C. Smith, who operates the Smitty's dealership with his son, said spring is the busiest time of year for his business, just after the winter weather breaks.
"After everybody has been cooped up, they want to get out and do something," Smith said.
That big spring adventure could start with a new motorcycle or side-by-side vehicle at Smitty's along Corridor H in Buckhannon.
Located along U.S. 33 just west of Buckhannon is Smitty’s, a third-generation, family-owned and operated dealership of popular brands like Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman)
Popular brand names like Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha are sold at Smitty's. Customers can buy new or used ATVs, motorcycles, side-by-sides or even used cars and trucks. They can trade in an old vehicle to put toward a new one. Inverters, helmets and other accessories are also available for sale.
Smitty's won the Suzuki award in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The business website reads, "the sales and longevity of the business is partially due to our service. You have to offer a service at a price that no one else can, and that's what we are doing."
All financing is completed on site. Smith said there are multiple financing options.
Smitty's opened in 1965 in Buckhannon and has been family-owned and operated ever since. Ronald C. Smith said his son, Ronald J. Smith, is now the third-generation business owner. Smith said the move in 2002 to its current location has boosted business.
"It's been a real improvement as far as visual with the business," Smith said.
The business was the first motorcycle shop to open in the history of Upshur County, and it was founded by Junior and Danube Smith.
While sales have grown since moving to the new location, the family-owned business has dealt with a burglary and a fire.
About four or five years ago, a stray cat that had been adopted by Smith's wife was in the building when a fire broke out. The cat survived the fire, but suffered from smoke inhalation. The cat is still with the business today, often resting in Smith's office.