Johnson City auto sales keeping a good pace

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 16, 2019 at 8:35 PM

In keeping with national industry data that shows auto sales cruising along with the strong economy and record-low unemployment, Johnson City car dealers appear to be riding a robust wave.

A check with Steve Moore at the Wallace Imports’ Subaru, Volkswagen Mitsubishi dealership at the Oakland Avenue gateway to the city’s Bristol Highway “Motor Mile,” revealed some especially smooth sailing,

Moore said sales at his Johnson City location last year were near equal to the lot’s record-setting 2017 sales volumes. And going forward, he said, 2019 has so far kept that good pace.

Just down the road on the Motor Mile, there’s a new Johnson City Ford dealership going up that, barring further rain delays, will put one of the city’s most historic new car outlets under a new roof by early fall.

And on the far end of the Bristol Highway’s mile-long stretch of nearly a dozen new and used dealerships, the two-year-old Shrek’s Motors used car sales and financing lot has grown more rapidly than expected and opened a second location in Kingsport.

As for the new Ford dealership opening soon the Motor Mile, Johnson City Ford will be building on decades of history dating back to the days of Tennessee Motors’ downtown location with its circular showroom window looking out on Market Street.

Still a part of the same Hudson Automotive Group of Charleston, S.C., that brought Tennessee Motors to town, Johnson City Ford’s heritage also includes Tennessee Motors’ and later Ramey Ford’s operation from the Ford, Lincoln dealership’s current location at 207 Princeton Road.

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