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84-year-old car dealer plans move to S. Hartmann Dr.

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Bone said company plans call for the GM dealership to move to the new facility and have the Hyundai dealership replace it at the existing location. Currently the Hyundai location is on West Main Street, about a half-mile west of the corner occupied by the GM dealership.

Construction on the new building is to begin in 90 days or so, Bone said, with a completion date likely to be sometime in the spring of 2012.

The new 35,500 square foot facility will occupy 8 acres which will be capable of accommodating more than 600 vehicles.

Bone indicated the design of the new structure will be focused on a strong and "efficient" service department.

He said an emphasis is being placed on developing an "extremely friendly environment" for the service department that will include an "entrance way" at the front of the dealership.

Wilson County Motors has been selling GM cars and trucks at the West Main Street location since 1964.

The dealership acquired the Hyundai USA franchise in July 2009 and GMC trucks in December 2009.

Bone’s two sons are also principals in the business. Son Mitchel Bone serves as general manager over the GM store and Paine Bone the general manager at Hyundai.

W.P. Bone’s father, the late Winstead Bone Jr. and his partner the late A.W. Hooker, started Wilson County Motors some 84 years ago.

The dealership has been routinely listed among the top Chevy dealers in the South and is one of largest volume used car dealers in Middle Tennessee. 

In 2004 the dealership received the Tennessee American Business Ethics Award and went on to win the American Business Ethics Award in the small company division, a national honor.

The local dealer has recorded a number of significant events over its span of life. In 1933, in the heart of the Depression, the total profit for the year was just a little over $400, according to company records.

In the 1940s, principals of the business said car sales were few because of the war and for a period the dealership became a major parts supplier selling as much as $100,000 in parts monthly across the nation.

Wilson County Motors has survived fires, floods and national economic downturns and other issues, but as W.P. Bone likes to say, "We’re still a credible, viable company dedicated to customer service and a valued ethics policy."

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