CAREY — Wagner Ford in Carey has been bought by John Heffernan of Bowling Green Lincoln in Bowling Green. The Carey dealership will keep the Wagner Ford name and its staff.

Rick Wagner, of Wagner Ford in Carey and formerly of Wagner Lincoln Mercury and Wagner Mazda of Fostoria, is retiring after 40 years in the business.

In 1977, at age 19, he became a Mazda salesman. Nine years later Wagner bought the Lincoln Mercury dealership in Fostoria.

In 2001, Wagner convinced Mazda to give him a chance to bring that franchise to Fostoria.

In 2007, Wagner purchased the Ford franchise in Carey. He opened a new, $2 million dealership building in Carey this year.

Wagner is a many-time recipient of the elite Presidents Award from Ford Motor Co.