Options Expand For Rim Country Car Buyers

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Rim country residents in the market for a used or new vehicle now have another shopping option.

The Payson Motor Company opened in November at 119 W. Aero Drive.

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Terry Downing of Payson Motor Company can get any kind of car anyone wants -- from classics to new models at his car lot on West Aero Drive.

"We have all makes and models and access to anything you want in a new vehicle," Terry Downing, general manager, said.

Downing has been in car sales and management in the Phoenix area for 36 years.

He and his wife, Freda, came to Payson to retire, but discovered they couldn't just sit around. So, they went back into the business they know -- cars.

They sell used vehicles from their lot and have access to new cars as well. Service is provided by their neighboring businesses on West Aero Drive. Downing's partner, Larry Pierce, in Casa Grande, reconditions the vehicles and provides additional service as needed.

The Downings moved to Payson in October 2000, but Larry did not come up full-time until this past March. The couple had been visiting in Payson over the years and when it came time to retire, they knew they didn't want to be in Prescott because it was too big and they didn't want to be in Flagstaff because of its elevation.

"We like it and have met a lot of neat people," Downing said.

The size of the business is a little deceptive from the street. Downing said he can get up to 30 cars on the lot, though he is not carrying quite that many right now.

Freda has been out of the business world for about 20 years, she said, so she is learning to be the company's secretary-treasurer right now.

"We want to do things right, but we don't want to take anybody's business away," Terry said. "Payson's ready, the way it's growing. We can add a lot to it."

"Competition is good," his wife added.

Payson Motor Company is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

For more information, call (928) 474-3445.

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