About Us - Spangler Subaru

Serving Johnstown, Somerset, Ebensburg, Portage, PA and surrounding areas.

Come see our new state-of-the-art facility!

For nearly 50 years, Spangler Subaru has been serving Johnstown, PA, and surrounding areas, including Ebensburg, Portage, and Somerset, PA.

We are a family-owned, Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Dealership that has been recognized year after year by Subaru of America for outstanding customer satisfaction. From quality new Subaru vehicles to used cars, we know anyone looking for a vehicle in Johnstown, PA, will likely find what they want at our dealership.

Our History

From a letter to his grandsons by Buck Spangler (June 20, 1925 - June 6, 2013):


I was in Austria on V-E Day (Victory in Europe). Following my discharge, I came back home and got a job at a strip coal mine. I worked in the Pit (It WAS the pits!).  I stood down in the pit of the mine. After the shovel operator scooped buckets of coal out of the pit, I would shovel by hand all the excess coal into a pile so he could scoop it up in the next load. I did that for about a year then decided there had to be a better job out there.

I went to Vale Technical School and learned the auto body trade. My aptitude tests said my talents lay in repairing things. (And I have been repairing things ever since.)

A buddy and I decided to go to New York City to find work. To pay the bills, I became a short-order at Bickford's Cafeteria on 42nd and Broadway. (I still like to cook.) I was up for a managerial job when I got word that my mother was sick.

Once again, I came home. I ran a used car lot during the day for Steve Farkas and ran his roller skating rink in Cairnbrook at night. Since I had always worked, I never ran around with a  group of guys. I guess I was something of a loner. I just went from day job to night job.

The rink was where I met your grandmother. I was running the body shop of Richland Auto Sales on Bedford Street when we got married.

The general manager of the Cadillac dealership on Main Street liked my work and encouraged me to start my own business. He said he'd send me work. When we decided to give it a try, we went out to talk to Nance's father about it. He asked if we had any savings. We had about $300. He gave us some of the best advice I could ever get. "I'm not going to lend you money. It's too easy to borrow and too hard to repay. Set up charge accounts with parts houses. Use the $300 if you have to. If you can't pay your bill, call the creditor. Don't make him call you. Tell him you are short but will send him something every month. I will make sure you have food on the table if you don't have money to buy it."

You know we never had to take him up on his offer, and I was really proud that I did it on my own. That was January 2, 1953. We rented a small garage on Horner Street. I hung out a sign. It was just the two of us. Slowly, small jobs came in. Nance kept the books and helped scrape mud from cars to get them ready. I worked every night.

 A lot of Saturday nights when our friends were going out, we'd be standing "in the pit" scraping cars. But we had no choice. We struggled to pay the bills. Steel strikes, layoffs in the malls -- everything affects small businesses. It would be 13 years before I could take a week off for a vacation. I knew it was hard on my family but the good Lord stayed with us. You know the rest.

In 1952, we bought property on Dowling Road off Cherry Lane, but sold it in 1955 to build our first garage at 166-68 Horner Street, across the street from the one we rented. In 1959, we built our home on Stanford Ave. Took on the British-Leland (MG-Austin Healey) franchise in 1963 and sponsored annual time-speed-distance sports car rallys.

 In 1971, we took on Subaru, were flooded out in 1977, and built our Richland building in 1979. Forrie had worked at the business while growing up and after graduating from Pitt, took over the reins and lifted the burden from by shoulders.

Nance and I still go up daily to help out. Pam worked in the office until her marriage; Doug worked for several years until he moved to Lexington. Patty joined the staff when Lauren, Garrett, and Ryan were in school full time, and now the 3rd generation, Ryan and Garrett, are helping when needed. It's been a long road but never full. I have never taken for granted what we have. It was done with God's and our kids' help. We have been lucky.

Our Vehicles

We carry a comprehensive line of Subaru vehicles, making us an excellent choice as your Johnstown Subaru car dealer. Some of our available vehicles include:

Our Services

Since 1971, our Subaru factory trained staff and certified technicians have worked hard to not only meet, but to exceed the expectations of our loyal customers. 

Our services include:
To give our customers the most comfortable experience possible, we have added a number of amenities to our new facility. Customers can relax in our brand new lounge to enjoy free wifi and HD-TV. Little ones can stay entertained in our Kid's Corner, and we welcome you to bring your furry friends too! We have an outdoor pet area with a dispenser where your dog can come out to exercise and explore. Just be aware that we are a family of dog-lovers, and we'll want to come say hello.

Call Spangler Subaru or come visit us in person. We're conveniently located at 219 Alvin Street and look forward to helping you with your automotive needs. Stop by our lot today and be a part of the Spangler Subaru Experience!


Spangler Subaru

219 Alvin St.
Directions Johnstown, PA 15904

  • Sales: (814) 200-1498
  • Service: (814) 266-9794
  • Parts: (814) 266-9794


  • Monday 08:00am - 08:00pm
  • Tuesday 08:00am - 08:00pm
  • Wednesday 08:00am - 05:00pm
  • Thursday 08:00am - 08:00pm
  • Friday 08:00am - 05:00pm
  • Saturday 09:00am - 03:00pm
  • Sunday Closed
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