David Melson

The days of more car dealers

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at 8:25 AM
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  • I am kind of surprised that we dont have a Toyota dealership considering it is considered the largest automaker in the world now and the Camry sells like hotcakes and I guess the same could go for Honda.

    Of course, I buy my cars out of town because the dealerships here tend to be more expensive so that could factor into it also.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Oct 3, 2007, at 10:25 AM
  • As for the Darnell-Benson Buick location on Depot Street I am not sure of the exact location. It is possible that it was just beyond the old National Guard Armory on the same side of the street. I do know for sure that sometime later it was on Union Street just past the hospital.

    L. T. Bellar Pontiac was on North Main just behind the old Dixie Hotel. Later that building was occupied by Burtis Landers and his partner who sold VW's. If my mind serves me correctly it is possible that Bellar later merged with Darnell-Benson thus moving Pontiac in with Buick-GMC.

    A little further down North Main was Stewart-Potts Ford, and across the corner from them was Yearwood Motors (that was before they moved to the present T-G building).

    Boyd Chevrolet-Oldsmobile was on Depot Street just up the street toward the square from Yearwood Motors. Franklin Boyd later sold out to Bill Cannon and eventually Cannon Chevrolet moved to Lane Parkway.

    David Enochs had the Studebaker dealership just off North Main in the general vicinity of Yearwood and Stewart-Potts. At some point in time he also sold Packard but I can not remember if it was before or after Studebaker.

    I can not remember if it was Shelbyville Motors or Yearwood that sold the DeSoto automobile. It seems to me that it was Frank Farrar at Shelbyville Motors.

    There are surely several more that I am missing but this will give us something to work from.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Oct 3, 2007, at 2:34 PM
  • Gee this blog makes me feel better, I don't remember any of these car dealers..maybe I'm not as old as I once thought, then again maybe I just have a bad memory :>)

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Oct 3, 2007, at 8:13 PM
  • HAHA, Diana, that was ABSOLUTELY priceless!!!

    I have purchased two cars from Hart's Chapel Nissan (and they are expanding already, to become Nissan's superstore in TN), and most of my family has as well... I drove to Cool Springs, NUMEROUS times and visited Murfreesboro nearly three times a week, in order to seek a car that I could not find in Shelbyville. They had a few, in both cities, but ultimately when I found one here, the prices and closeness to home, much better suited my needs...

    Though, I think we need a Honda or Toyota Dealer as well... More competition will be a good thing???

    -- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Oct 3, 2007, at 8:32 PM
  • Wilkins Motors was the Pontiac, Buick and GMC dealer on Union Street. He was there in the 1960's and 70's and sold to Swanson Hight.

    -- Posted by cordell on Thu, Oct 4, 2007, at 8:26 AM
  • it would be nice to have some different dealerships in town, but we are already over ran with a 100 different used car dealers in town. Is it just me, or is there a new one opening everyday?

    -- Posted by ljd75 on Thu, Oct 4, 2007, at 2:51 PM
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