A new owner is now operating the Greeneville Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealership.
Chantz Scott, who owns two other dealerships in the Tri-Cities region, purchased the dealership from Michigan-based Victory Automotive Group Monday.
On Tuesday, Scott and his team were at the dealership transitioning operations.
“We’re always looking for the right acquisition,” Scott said. “Greeneville’s always been a great area and an area we’ve also wanted to get into.”
Scott currently owns Chantz Scott Kia in Kingsport and Auto World of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, which is also a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealership. The Greeneville dealership will be rebranded as Chantz Scott Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram and will become part of Scott’s automotive group.
Scott bought his first dealership — the Kia franchise — in 2011. The group does about $70 million in sales per year, he said.
He plans on retaining all employees at the Greeneville location, including sales and service staff, and hopes to hire another 10 employees in the future. Service operations will continue as normal, he said.
The biggest change Scott said customers can expect is seeing more inventory on the lot.
“We will definitely be stocking a lot more pre-owned vehicles, a lot more new vehicles,” he said. “We hope to capture that market to keep them buying local.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Scott will lease the property at 300 Bachman Drive from longtime car dealer Phil Bachman’s real estate company. Scott has no plans to build another showroom or move the dealership’s location.
“We’ve committed to this property,” he said. “We will be — within 18 or 24 months — we should start doing some renovations to the facility. We’re committed to the property here. This is a great piece of property. We’ll be here for a while.”
Scott will bring in a new general manager to handle day-to-day operations, Josh Hartford. “Josh has worked for me for several years now,” Scott said. “He’s run a couple stores for me. He’s done a great job. Josh will make sure we have a great inventory selection.”
Scott said customers and the community will notice the dealership having a greater local presence. “There’s going to be a lot of positives,” he said.
“We hope to be very transparent and aggressive on pricing,” he said. “[Customers] can really expect a very different experience as far as our process goes.”
Scott and his team are working on a new website for the dealership, which they hope will be live within days: www.chantzscottcdjr.com.
Greeneville Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram was, from January 2016 until March 2018, part of Greeneville Nissan, owned by Victory Automotive Group. In March 2018, Lennie Lawson purchased the Nissan franchise and moved it to his Gateway dealerships.
Before that, the dealership was part of the Bachman-Bernard Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram-Nissan dealership until Bachman and Bernard sold it Victory Automotive Group in early 2016. The group also owns and operates Tri-Cities Nissan in Johnson City, Tri-Cities Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Kingsport and East Tennessee Nissan in Morristown.
Bachman opened the dealership in 1972 but has sold off several dealerships in recent years.
Victory Automotive originally announced plans to build a new Nissan showroom in Greeneville following the 2016 purchase, but those plans never materialized.
A representative from Victory Automotive Group could not be reached Tuesday afternoon.