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Dream Struggle Victory



The top picture was from 2012(thanks facebook memories!), the bottom picture is from a few days ago. 

I remember this place having 4 cars in 2003. We had to slant them so they would make the front line look full. With the help of a great team, we grew to over 60 for sale regularly and a nice book of business in 06. Building upon this growth 07 was our best year in business and we were looking at ways to go over a million in revenue. 

Enter the great recession of 08. It seems like the bottom literally fell out of the economy. Businesses shut down all over, and the East End was no exception. Major employers sent operations over seas.Our sales declined with employment rate. Debt piled up and we lost some of our best team mates. The dealer inspector told us 75 car dealers in the area closed in that year. We made a decision we weren't going to be on of them. 

Enter Cash for Clunkers. The government tried to eat us alive. Destroying hundreds of thousands of cars from the pool of used inventory around the country ultimately driving lower quality inventory to a highest prices ever. 

I remember someone telling me to declare bankruptcy and to "go get a job." I remember people saying "You're crazy to stay in that business" and “Your life would be easier if.” I wasn't looking for easy. I literally got on my knees and prayed in the middle of the lot. I promised God I'd be willing to do the work and ask his blessing on us and this place. 

Fast forward to today. We're still not where we want to be or even where we were, but we're certainly on the right path. No bail outs. No outside loans. Just the grace of God, blood, sweat, tears, and elbow grease. 

Right now, my heart is full with gratitude that the best has yet to come....and we're just getting started! 

A sincere thank you to all those who have and currently do business and/or refer business to us. It's because of your support that we're still here to tell this story of building a legacy and our version of the elusive American Dream.

Dream. Struggle. We're on our way to victory! 

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