East Texan Nurtures Big Volkswagen Bug Collection

photo by Chris Vinn for Tyler Morning Telegraph

ATHENS – Old, rusty, broken-down Volkswagens are as good as gold to Don Carter.

After more than 30 years in business, The Bug Barn is reaching an international market through online sales that’s keeping business bustling.

Dustin Carter, the second-generation behind the Volkswagen lot, has taken a vested interest in the company and his father’s legacy.

“My entire life is right here,” Dustin said. “I didn’t want his empire to rust away.”