For 1998, Car Corp. plans local used-car superstore Company's first store opens today in Rockville

Auto dealers

October 15, 1997|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF

Car Corp. of America Inc., which will celebrate the grand opening of its first used-car superstore in Rockville this evening, will build its second store in the Baltimore area.

"Baltimore will be the site of our next store," Jack Sayer, president and chief executive of Car Corp., said yesterday.

Sayer said the Gaithersburg company expects to break ground within 60 days and that the store would open for business six months later.

While Sayer indicated that the store would likely be built in a suburban area, he declined to be more specific, saying only that the company was in negotiations on a site.

The Baltimore store will be modeled after its 5-acre showroom complex on Rockville Pike, about a half-mile south of Shady Grove Road.

Maryland car buyers got their first experience with the used-car sales revolution making its way across the country in August, when CarMax Auto Superstores Inc., the automotive arm of Circuit City Stores Inc., opened a 1,000-vehicle complex in Savage.

Car Corp. will stock about 300 cars.

"It makes it easier for the car buyer," General Manager David A. Ruben said. "We can give the consumer a good selection without overwhelming them with too many choices."

Sayer said all the stores will feature one-price, no-haggling shopping.

Car Corp. specializes in late-model used cars and trucks with 60,000 miles, or fewer, on the odometer. They come with a 12-month warranty.

The showroom has a supervised day-care center.

Car Corp. has made arrangements with Merchant's Tire and Auto Centers to perform its warranty service work. Sayer said Merchant's Tire has about 50 stores in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Sayer said Car Corp. has plans for 20 stores over the next five years.

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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