Thursday, February 5, 2009

Someday Never Comes...

I mentioned in an earlier post that sometimes when I'm prowling the internet looking for info on a particular car I'll often stumble on an interesting unrelated website. For the most part they're sites of car shows, museums or car lots I'd like to check out someday.

The Exclusive Motors website was one of those sites. It was probably 2006 or 2007 when I found the site.

Exclusive Motors is a used car dealership in Charlotte, NC. I don't know the people who own the place, I never spoke with them, but based on their site and the cars they stocked, it just seemed like a place I wanted to see. They just seemed like good guys who loved the cars they were selling. I really don't know, but that's the impression I got. I don't think I was wrong.

It's not exactly a short drive from Massachusetts, where I live, to North Carolina, but my parents had retired to Chapel Hill, NC, so I could have killed two birds with one stone; see some family and see this car lot. I never did.

I don't know why, but today I decided to look at their site again. When I did, there was this notice on the homepage:

"As you can probably imagine, the current state of the economy has had a substantially negative effect on our business. So much so that it looks like we will unfortunately be dissolving the company as it exists on or about February 28, 2009. We have not sold enough cars over the past 5 months to cover our bills, with no cars at all being sold in the past 90 days. Stan and I cannot continue to personally cover the costs of running the business, so we’ve been forced to make this difficult decision.

Stan and I have worked hard over the past 5+ years to offer quality cars at a reasonable price. We've been honest and up front about everything we sell. Sometimes that got us into trouble, but we both slept well at night knowing we were doing what was right. I am proud of what we've done, which is why closing the company is so difficult. This was not the expected outcome of us both quitting well paying jobs to start Exclusive Motors."

This is sad on many levels for me. As a person who has owned a business for the past 26 years, I can relate to what they're thinking. The parts about being honest, being proud, the slow times, I can relate to all of that.

But it's also sad in that I'll never get to see this place. There's no chance I'll have enough free time to take a drive to NC before February 28. I should have done it in '06 or '07. It's too late now.

As I said, I never met these guys, but I wish them the best of luck.

There's no real point in this post, other than to point out a good website, a cool dealership and, I guess, to remind myself to stop putting so much off until "someday". Sometimes, like John Fogerty wrote, "someday never comes".

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