The History of Colonial Toyota in Milford CT

The history of Colonial Toyota is a great story! In 1982, my father, Robert E. Crabtree Sr. who owned 10 dealers in NY, and Fred Haas, owner of multiple dealerships in Houston Texas became partners and acquired Ct. Operations. Colonial and Westport Toyota was a package deal. Colonial Toyota was a satellite store to Westport Toyota, and was located on Barnum Avenue Stratford. The great visionary, my father, when he recognized the marketplace, knew Colonial Toyota could be a dominating retail automobile dealership, but that required moving to a better location.

The property it stands on today became available because of his clever tenacious approach. The property was owned by Gannett Publishing Co. and displayed 2 huge old style V Shaped billboards. The property was available but nobody knew what to do with the challenge of the billboards. What appeared to be a challenging dilemma had a simple solution. I recall when he told me of the great location. The problem was how to get around the billboards. While he was driving down I95, it dawned on him to make a deal with Gannett to buy the property. He constructed a modern place pylon style billboard. What a win win, because Gannett sold the property, yet still took advantage of the location and added 2 more billboards which still stand today. Of course the Crabtree Family was able to then relocate the diamond in the rough, Colonial Toyota to Milford Ct. in 1985. The past 29 years, Colonial Toyota has changed the way the auto industry is conducted in Ct. Colonial was the first dealer to open on Saturday for service, and the first dealer to spot deliver cars. Our level of great success has opened the door for hiring. Hopefully, you will be part of our future success. I have an open door policy, and sincerely welcome you to our family.

- Robert E. Crabtree Jr.

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For great prices, high-quality vehicles and VIP customer service, look no further than Colonial Toyota. We are proud to be your family owned and operated Toyota dealer in the Milford, CT, area and to help drivers from all over find their dream car since 1982. At Colonial Toyota our mission is simple. We believe in providing the best products and services for the best, most competitive price. Our customers depend on us to provide the best and we deliver.

Whether you are looking for a new Toyota or a great used vehicle, you have come to the right place. We carry a wide array of new Toyota vehicles straight from the factory, including the Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Tacoma and many more. Here you will also find a great array of used vehicles in many different makes and models. Whether you are looking for a powerful SUV or a great family minivan, you are sure to find it at Colonial Toyota.

At Colonial Toyota we are dedicated to being a one-stop shop for our customers. Here you can buy your dream car and get it serviced and financed here too. We have a full service department on site which is staffed by Toyota factory trained and certified service technicians. Our team of experts are highly trained and knowledgeable. Most importantly, they can handle any need your vehicle might have.

Truly, Colonial Toyota is your place for all things Toyota in the Milford, CT, area. Come experience our straightforward shopping experience today!


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