Edward and Tyyne Lahti, a couple of young Finnish immigrants, founded the Lahti family business in 1928. Ed had received about ten years of orientation to the automobile business as a laborer in new vehicle manufacturing plants in the Cleveland area. Having learned the trade of metalworking, the thought of using this skill independently became an exciting idea, which eventually led the young couple to Leominster to open their very own auto body repair shop. And so it began, Leominster's first body shop, then known as "Fix-It Auto Body." Their reputation grew as quality service satisfied local residents. Their motto was "If we can't fix it, give it away."
The early years were not easy years; first the Depression, and then World War II. The war became frightening in a very personal way when their oldest son, Edwin, was drafted into military service and shipped to the Far East. By this time, there were three other little ones at home: Benjamin, Daniel, and Rachel, requiring Edward and Tyyne's attention as well. The end of the war, however, brought a sense of joy and serenity, and even success. Their son was delivered safely home from the jaws of the enemy and was working in the family business with his dad.
As the years passed, the business grew. Used cars were added and by the fifties, the Lahti's had acquired a new car franchise selling Nash vehicles. By the time the sixties rolled around, the two younger sons, Benjamin and Daniel, had also decided to pursue their careers in the family business.
It wasn't long before a merger of Nash and Hudson companies became known as American Motors, manufacturing interesting new products like Ramblers and later more exciting cars like Javelins and AMXs. By 1970, American Motors owned Jeep and consequently, the Lahti Dealership was on a whole new course. Later, American Motors consolidated forces with Renault to produce passenger cars, but Chrysler Corporation bought it all in 1987.
Long before this time, the elder Lahti's had relinquished control of the business to their three sons, each one overseeing specific areas of the business. Unfortunately, life consists of valley experiences as well as mountaintop. Beginning in the fall of 1992, the family found themselves in the valley for a year and a half, suffering the loss of both parents and their younger brother, Dan. However, life did go on.
In February of 2002, Benjamin's Son-in-Law, Jason Fournier, joined the business. With his arrival, Lahti's has entered into it's third generation and into the age of e-commerce.
The evolution of a family business from 1928 to the twenty-first century, a period of mind-boggling technological advances, makes for quite an adventure story. However, there are some things that do not change - must not change! The Lahti family is proud of its Christian heritage, with a personal philosophy as well as a business philosophy: that a faith in the Sovereign God is foundational to the success in all aspects of life.
I worked with Brian to get a great Jeep Wrangler, and in the few times I stopped in I had the chance to work or interact with most of the staff there. The entire Dealership from the owner to the Mechanics
is filled with fantastic people that will do their very best to get you into the Vehicle you want, and make you feel welcome there at the same time.
"A pleasant experience, no pressure, knowledgeable"
I was pleased with the cooperation, knowledge, fair pricing, and no pressure sales support from Dianne. All I could ask for. A pleasant change from the typical high pressure, bull pen sales environment of most multi-brand large dealerships.
We purchased a new Jeep Cherokee 2017 model from Lahti's and we're very pleased with the sales process. They were very knowledgeable and courteous. They made us feel like family and gave us a great price! We highly recommend Lahtis to other.
We bought a used Jeep Grand Cherokee in December. Last month right after the warranty ran out, and coincidently as I had scheduled in the first oil change, the Jeep began leaking oil (oil pan needed replacement) and it was getting louder/needed a new exhaust. Ron Booth and Dianne Lozeau made sure we were taken care of at not cost to us. Thank you very much for the support both during and after sale. It has been a pleasure knowing they take care of the customer at Lahti's.
Thank you for your words of encouragement!! They are well received and both Ronnie and I were so glad we could help!! I’m glad to hear you have not had any more problems!! We will always be here for you and will help in any way we can.
My Very Best,
"There's a reason they've been in business so long! "
My Nissan lease was coming to an end and my husband and I started looking around at our options. My parents had recently purchased a Jeep and I had always wanted one. We took a ride to Lahtis because our daughter had such a great experience with them. We remembered Dianne and what's more was she remembered us! She is a lovely person and very knowledgable. We instantly knew we were working with the right dealership. I couldn't be happier with my new Compass and I highly recommend Dianne Lozeau!
We are so happy with everything that Dianne Lozeau did to help us through this process. She helped me test drive 4 different models and gave us no pressure at all. A Wrangler was our decision and she helped us build it online and delivered an even better deal than we originally signed up for. Everything was seamless and we truly believe that was all because of Dianne and her hard work. We will recommend her to everyone we know and will be back for more business in the future.
Thank you so much for your kind words!! It was fantastic to have met you and I am glad that we could build you the exact Wrangler you were hoping for!! I will be here should you ever need me… please don’t hesitate!! Have a blast this summer!!
Love our new, first Jeep! We looked at many cars from many dealerships. When we went to Lahti's Jeep dealership, we knew we came to the right place. It is a small, friendly place, and our salesperson, Dianne, immediately made us comfortable. She was not pushy, but was informative and helpful. We ended up purchasing a new Jeep Renegade for a fair price. We would recommend this dealership to anyone who wants to actually enjoy buying their new car!
Thank you Jill,
It was an absolute pleasure to have met both you and Joe! I know you will be happy with your new Renegade…especially next winter!! I will be here should you ever need me… please don’t hesitate to let me know. Your kind words really mean a lot.
. My sales person Diane Lozeau is the best ever. Love her. I have bought 4 brand new jeeps from her now and never a problem. She knows her stuff and explains everything. She made sure I knew everything I needed to no . She is the best. Friendly, courteous and caring. I will never go to anyone else to buy from.