About Ruge's Subaru in Rhinebeck - New & Used Subaru Dealership Serving Albany & Poughkeepsie
Ruge's Subaru offers many automotive products and services to our Rhinebeck area customers. From quality new Subaru vehicles to used cars, we know anyone looking for a vehicle in Rhinebeck will likely find what they want at our dealership. We carry a comprehensive line of Subaru vehicles, including the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, Forester and XV Crosstrek, making us a good choice as your Rhinebeck Subaru car dealer.
Call Ruge's Subaru at 877-326-3445, or come visit us in person. We're conveniently located at 6444 Montgomery St and look forward to helping you with your automotive needs.
The Ruge's Subaru Story...
1935...Joseph Ruge opens a one pump Sunoco fueling station and limited repair facility across from the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck NY, Shortly thereafter, at the behest of his customers, he began selling cars. Joseph's brother, Herman, owned an Oldsmobile Dealership in the Bronx, which was originally the source for new inventory. Later in 1935, Joseph became an authorized Oldsmobile Dealer. Cars would be shipped via railway to the Rhinecliff Train Station. Joseph would unload the vehicles from the boxcars himself.
1938...As business increased, Joseph moved to a 3 bay garage at 6444 Montgomery Street. At first, customers felt he moved to far out of town. (1/4 mile) The sales and repair facility continued to expand as the area and demand grew. Lewis Ruge was born in December of 1938.
1949...Joseph expanded the 3 bay service facilities and added the showroom for the growing line of Oldsmobile's.
1950's...This decade includes the addition of The GMC Truck line. Additionally, Sales, Service and the Parts and Accessories business continued to grow. Joseph prided himself on making sure his customers received the highest levels of service. As such, Ruge's became recognized as the Hudson Valley's premier automotive center.
1963...After college and 3 years as an officer in the Air Force, Lewis Ruge joins his father and becomes a partner in Ruge's Automotive.
1970...Lewis, seeing a market for a smaller, economy car, becomes one of the countries first Subaru Dealers. The first vehicles were the 360 Series, small vans and 2 doors with a 25hp, 2 cylinder, 2 cycle engine... not compatible with what Americans had become accustomed to. Then came the front wheel drive FF-1, a 2 or 4 door passenger vehicle with a 4 cylinder boxer engine, not unlike Subaru's Boxer engines of today.
1985...Lewis adds a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Dealership.
1989...Lewis starts a wholesale parts and accessories business in Red Hook NY. This facility employs approximately 40 people and has 20 parts delivery vehicles on the road, servicing the entire Hudson Valley.
2005, Lewis purchased The Funk and Gallup GMC Dealership in Copake NY.
This facility sells and services Medium and Light Duty GMC trucks. The
Chrysler Dodge Jeep Dealership is on the corner of Routes 9 and 9G in
Rhinebeck. The Parts Warehouse and Distribution Center remains in Red
Hook. Due to General Motors discontinuation of Oldsmobile, the Subaru
Dealership continues in the heart of Rhinebeck at Joseph Ruge's original
1938 location. Lewis Ruge's experience, deep roots within the community
and daily presence insures that the 70 year tradition of excellence in
customer service remains the highest priority within Ruge's Automotive.