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USAuto Sales, 6826 Two Notch Road: 17 April 2022   no comments

Posted at 10:58 pm in closing

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I did a closing recently for American Car Center, and it seems that another subprime used car dealer down the street closed not too long after they did. WLTX has the story about the Columbia location closing here, and about the chain as a whole here.

The closing was supposed to be temporary, but we are closing in on a month of downtime now when what was promised was two days, so who knows the current state of things? There billboard, which is still active, certainly puts on a show of normal activity, but their website https://www.usautosales.info/about-us now redirects to a site which is strictly about loan payments.

I'm trying to bring to mind what this building was before. It looks like it has always been a dealership, but I'm drawing a blank on the history. Nice color scheme though.

Written by ted on May 15th, 2023

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American Car Center, 6409 Two Notch Road: February 2023   4 comments

Posted at 10:26 pm in closing

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This WLTX article (which is actually mostly about another used car dealer closing) mentions in passing that American Car Center closed in February. The story also calls it a subprime auto dealership, a term I am unfamiliar with, but which doesn't sound like something you would care to be called.

The property is fairly attractive. It's elevated with a nice view, and the buildings still seem to be in good shape. Assuming the economy picks up some, I expect another dealer will move in soon.

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Written by ted on May 2nd, 2023

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Tires & Beyond, 2420 Broad River Road: Late 2022 (Temporary?)   no comments

Posted at 11:29 pm in closing

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This place, abuting the former National Pride Car Wash, was the follow-on operation in this spot to Buy & Save Tire Center. They opened in early 2017, and judging by Google reviews, probably closed around the end of last year. The messaging on the building is that they intend to renovate and re-open. I certainly hope that happens. I am wondering if the construction on the former Car Wash lot is a new building for them -- it looks rather small for that purpose:

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Written by ted on March 23rd, 2023

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Soda City Auto Sales, 4468 Saint Andrews Road: Late 2022   3 comments

Posted at 10:05 pm in closing

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I drove right by this place the other day when I was looking for it, because I forgot to write down the address, and I thought a vacant used car lot would be pretty easy to find. In fact I must have driven by hundreds of times while it was in business, and never noticed it. I can't find a standard review site but reviews on some of the smaller sites lead me to believe they were in business at least until fall of 2022.

At any rate it is good to see that the building is still being watched over.

(Hat tip to commenter Gypsie)

Written by ted on March 8th, 2023

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Constan Car Wash, 1950 Gervais Street: Late October 2022   4 comments

Posted at 10:38 pm in closing

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When we were growing up, I got the feeling my parents thought paying someone else to wash your car was a bit frivolous. They weren't wrong, but we still went to Constan from time to time, as much, I think, because it was an adventure for us kids as for any other reason. There was Happy The Tiger, and then the whole experience of watching your car go through the automated line, like something out of a futuristic TV show. Not only that, but once you were inside, the lobby had its own odd ambiance with a genuine elevated shoe-shine stand on which you could sit like a king on a throne, and various sorts of ice-cream novelties and candy you could get if your parents were in a good mood.

I don't know that much about the business other than the name came from combining that of the two owners "Connie & Stan", and that they once had a second location on Forest Drive, somewhere around where McAlister's & Bonefish now are.

Once I had a car, I would sometimes take it to Constan when I was back in town for the weekend, but once I moved back to Columbia, I found that Frank's on Forest Drive was more convenient to me. I thought from time to time about going back to Constan for old times' sake, but in the event never got around to it. Folks in the comments are saying that it had gone down hill, but it had been at least ten years since I stopped by, so I really can't say.

Here is the story The State did on the closing.

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(Hat tip to commenter Mr. Bill)

Update 4 November 2023 -- Being razed:

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Written by ted on November 4th, 2022

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Best Rent A Car, 5317 Two Notch Road: Summer 2022   1 comment

Posted at 10:29 pm in closing

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I considered renting a car here once, as it is within walking distance from my home, but in the event ending up taking a taxi to the airport instead. I noticed in the last few months that there were no cars on the lot, and finally looking at the door sign confirmed that the place was closed. There appear to be two suites in this building, but I don't recall any other business signage other than "Best".

Written by ted on October 25th, 2022

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Reliable Auto Care Experts, 635 Old Barnwell Road: 2022   1 comment

Posted at 11:02 pm in closing

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(Hat tip to commenter Andy)

Earlier this year, commenter Andy reported that this Springdale auto repair operation was probably closed. I drove out there, to an area I was totally unfamiliar with (one of the perks of this hobby) but could not tell if it were in fact closed or not. (It was a Sunday, I believe). Later, commenter Payne confirmed the closing,and when I drove back out there, there was a real-estate sign in front, and the business signs were down.

I kind of wish I had seen the Christmas lights lit up.

Written by ted on October 19th, 2022

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Regional Auto Mall, 5101 Two Notch Road: 2007-ish (Moved)   no comments

Posted at 10:40 pm in closing

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I noticed construction, or at least destruction at this Two Notch building the other day, and it appears to me that the last tenant (or at least the one whose label-scar is still visible) Regional Auto Mall moved out to Airport Boulevard sometime in the 2007 timeframe. I'm not sure what the work is about, but almost anything would be an upfit.

Written by ted on October 10th, 2022

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AMS Auto, 121 Decker Park Road: March 2022 (Moved)   no comments

Posted at 11:21 pm in closing

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I noticed while I was driving behind the Food Lion strip mall on Decker the other day that this small car lot in-between the plaza and the U-Haul storage facility was gone. Their website is still extant, and lists this site but their Facebook suggests they have relocated to Ridgeway though it's a bit unclear if this is permanent.

UPDATE 8 November 2022 -- There is major work going on on this building, not sure what for:

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Written by ted on July 29th, 2022

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Pro Bowl Motors / Capital City Rides, 1231 Broad River Road: June 2022 (Moved)   1 comment

Posted at 11:47 pm in closing

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Driving by this site the other night, I noticed that Capital City Rides has relocated. This site originally featured here as Payless Car Sales, and I see on that post that after that it was Pro Bowl Motors which also seems to have closed at some point.

Interestingly, I cannot figure out just from online references to where Capital City has moved. I should have gotten out of the car and read the door signs, but I figured since their marquee sign had a website, the info would be there. In the event, it's not, and not on their Facebook page either.

Written by ted on July 6th, 2022

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