11/11/04 — Company buys Honda dealership

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Company buys Honda dealership

By Sam Atkins
Published in News on November 11, 2004 2:00 PM

Goldsboro Honda, a corporation formed this month, purchased Courtesy Honda on Tuesday.

Matt Harper, general manager and partner, and Chris Doherty, partner, purchased Courtesy Honda from the Leith family.

Doherty owns two other dealerships -- Lumberton Honda in North Carolina and Lakeland Toyota in Lakeland, Fla.

Harper has been in the automobile business for 10 years and came from a dealership in Columbia, S.C. Harper will be moving to Goldsboro to run the dealership, which is on U.S. 70 West.

Harper said there is a Goldsboro Honda banner in front of the dealership, and the Courtesy Honda signs have been removed. They are planning to keep all of the employees who worked for Courtesy Honda.

Harper said the goal is to continue to increase sales and gain more repeat customers. He said he is active on the sales floor and easily accessible to customers. "I'll go out of my way to treat customers the right way."

Goldsboro Honda is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the sales and service departments are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 734-5171.

This dealership changeover is one of several over the past few years:

*Scott Motor Co. Inc. of Goldsboro was sold this year and is now Doug Henry Buick-Pontiac-GMC.

*The Goldsboro Nissan auto dealership was sold in September to the Deacon Jones dealership group. It is now named Deacon Jones Nissan.

*Deacon Jones also purchased the Capital Ford dealership in Goldsboro in October 2003. It is now named Deacon Jones Ford-Lincoln-Mercury. Deacon Jones also acquired the Smithfield Chevrolet-Jeep dealership in October 2003.