published Sunday, October 9th, 2011

No-haggle CarMax car store coming to East Brainerd

Construction continues on the CarMax auto dealership Friday off Shallowford Road.
Construction continues on the CarMax auto dealership Friday off Shallowford Road.
Photo by Dan Henry.

• Name: CarMax

• Location: The site formerly held the Overnite truck terminal at Shallowford Road and Interstate 75, and is close to Hamilton Place mall. As a no-haggle car retailer, CarMax prefers to locate its stores near other retailers, rather than other auto dealers. The site is also a growing area, with good visibility from the road, officials said.

• Status: The store will open before March 1.

• Price: $15 million to $25 million for the building. The company bought the site in 2009 for $5.5 million.

• Size: 36,000 square feet on a nine-acre site

• Number of cars: Between 250 and 400

• Employees: 50 to 75

• CarMax corporate: CarMax has more than 100 stores across the U.S., and the company has sold more than 2 million cars since it was founded in Richmond, Va., in 1993 by Circuit City executives. The company opened its 100th store in 2009, and was named one of the "100 best companies to work for" by Fortune magazine for the seventh consecutive year in 2011. CarMax officially split from Circuit City in 2002.

• What makes CarMax different? The company doesn't haggle on price for its used cars, which are checked for mechanical problems and reconditioned for an average of 12 hours, the company says. A car's price is calculated by adding a processing fee to a national base price for each car. Cars are offered with a five-day money-back guarantee.

about Ellis Smith...

Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology. Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, ...

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Loyaljeeper said...

The Walmart of the used car market! As if they weren't allready close enough to bankruptcy they need to grow even more. Since Obama can't bail anyone else out maybe Mayor Littlebrain can get the Governor to let them sell cars tax free.

October 9, 2011 at 12:57 a.m.
BillGates said...

This store will be really helpful to the people around the area. They don't need to go to other place just to buy some parts for their cars. Now if they need some parts like the Grille Assembly they can just go to this shop to buy it.

November 9, 2011 at 9:29 p.m.
J3rrYcid said...

I wonder if they carry any car accessories and will install them for a fee, because it would suck to have to go to another dealer after buying the car from them to fix it up the way I want.

February 28, 2012 at 9:52 p.m.
ChrisM86 said...

A haggle free purchase of a car is a fine idea. Some might really like the simplified process. It seems like an ideal location, as well.

June 11, 2012 at 6:52 p.m.
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