The Coury family has been selling cars in Arizona since the 1950s -- and now it has moved into the Rim country. Tony Coury has a dealership operating at two locations in the Phoenix area, his brother, Steve, has been in the Verde Valley for years and also has a dealership in Prescott.
Steve Coury's Car Connection opened in Star Valley Sept. 1. Heath Wacker, of Payson, is the sales manager, with Jerry Moratti, of Whispering Pines, also handling sales.
"We're here to give people of the Rim country another choice for their cars and trucks," Wacker said. "We are providing competitive prices and quality customer service."
The company is also going to be contributing to the community, with plans to help Rim Guidance Center and sponsor a Little League team, Wacker said.
Wacker has been in the car business for eight years and Moratti brings 25 years of experience in auto sales to Steve Coury's Car Connection.
"I get to sell cars the way I want to," Wacker said. "It's low pressure. We don't play car games. We simply offer good quality vehicles at good prices."
He said the company can cater to every need, if he doesn't have the vehicle a customer wants on the lot, he has access to inventory from the four other Coury dealerships. The Car Connection is a division of Steve Coury Buick, Pontiac, GMC and Steve Coury Ford.
Wacker said Steve Coury is the premier Buick, Pontiac GMC dealer in the region. The company receives a vast quantity of late model, low mileage trade-in vehicles from virtually every manufacturer.
"He plans to offer these factory certified quality vehicles for thousands less than they would normally sell for and fleet pricing will also be offered on new vehicles," Wacker said.
"We have more finance sources than other dealers in the area because the family has been in the business so long," he added.
Wacker said the most popular vehicle they have been selling is the GMC truck.
"We plan on being big in trucks and family cars," he said.
Wacker said the thing that makes Steve Coury's Car Connection different from other dealerships is the stability of the family in the business.
"We don't plan on going anywhere," he said. "We plan to grow and be here for Payson and the surrounding area.
Steve Coury's Car Connection is at 256173 E. Highway 260, Star Valley, it is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call (928) 472-2165.