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Decker Auto Mart, 2443 Decker Boulevard: late 2000s   4 comments

Posted at 10:55 pm in Uncategorized

These pictures are a bit older, but when I drove by Decker Auto Mart today, there was a "For Sale" sign on the central building proclaiming that the whole place was, I believe, 2 acres. The lot is just above Pep Boys and almost across the street from the old Taco Cid.

This is one of the many used car lots that have come and gone in the Dentsville area over the years. This one looks a bit more "homey" than most -- I like the central building, and the slogan on the sign is nicely undestated.

Appropos of very little, this lot is directly above Sandy Shore Road, which winds along a good bit above the shore of Cary Lake. The road was never paved and some sort of deal was worked out to leave it that way if the end connecting to Decker was closed off. I've always thought that a bit odd (though nice for the residents).

Written by ted on September 18th, 2009

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  1. I remember walking past this on the way home from school in the early 80s. The lot was unpaved with some crush and run added occasionally. We used to cut through as a bit of a shortcut. As I recall, this was when it was Carl Bowen Auto Sales - The Walkin Man's Friend.
    I could be wrong on the name but pretty sure. We'd get yelled at for crossing through so always went around.


    22 Sep 09 at 11:52 am

  2. OH NO Why did they close. I love this place bought two cars from them very pleased. So sad to see them go I dont want to do business anywhere else :(

    April Campbell

    7 Apr 11 at 10:15 am

  3. How can I ever forget Carl Bowen? I bought a Diesel Rabbit from him March of '92 that seemed solid enough to take up to Charlotte about a week later.

    I pull into the old Shell truckstop at the Great Falls exit, top the tank off with Diesel, pay, and as I shift into first the engine makes a popping sound and starts sounding like a badly tuned motorcycle. --Something isn't right here.

    I pull into a parking space as the engine dies, and try to look at the truckstop, but it's no longer there; in it's place there is a huge pall of white smoke that obscures everything.

    Apparently Carl Bowen was known for selling junkers, and I found out the hard way. --Still though, the huge cloud of white smoke as my motor nuked itself was truly memorable.


    18 May 13 at 12:05 pm

  4. They moved to Irmo. They are still in business.


    20 Dec 13 at 3:11 pm

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