As a longtime employee of Stephens Auto Center, a dealership for Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram on Corridor G near Danville, Jeremy Toler knows the value of a trusted name, especially in the car business.
Toler likes to refer to himself as just another member of the Stephens Auto Center team, but he said his official titles are sales manager and finance director, jobs that he said he largely shares with another veteran Stephens Auto Center staff member, Regina Mullins.
“We’re really humble about it. We’ve never been into titles too much — I don’t care if they call me the wash boy,” Toler said with a smile.
Toler, a 15-year employee, said buying a new or used vehicle from Stephens Auto Center is free of surprises. Everything is above board.
“There’s no gimmicks – we don’t do that,” Toler said. “We don’t fudge anything; we do everything legit. That’s always been our thing. We want to do it the right way.”
On a hot, early August day, the Stephens Auto Center lots were full of new inventory from Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. The dealership also has a large selection of pre-owned vehicles.
Toler said new Jeep Wranglers have been selling particularly well. So well, in fact, that he’s going to place a fresh order for some more.
The Wrangler is a steady seller at Stephens Auto Center.
“Summertime, wintertime – it’s the best four-wheel-drive (vehicle) you can get, and it’s a convertible,” Toler said, adding that all Wrangler models — hard and soft top — can be open-air vehicles.
“There’s also a power convertible top now.”
Trucks are also big sellers at Stephens Auto Center, especially Ram trucks, which Toler said are gaining in popularity with truck enthusiasts.
“Ram has done really, really well,” he said.
He attributes that, partly, to Ram’s level of comfort, which has steadily improved over recent years. It’s the little things, like bigger dials and thicker steering wheels, which might not jump out at drivers all at once.
“Stuff you don’t notice until you drive 100 miles. It’s a lot more comfortable truck.”
Another reason for Ram’s more comfortable ride can be found in the suspension.
“They put the multi-link, rear coil shocks to replace the leaf springs in the back, and it’s so smooth. It’s a huge difference,” he said.
The Ford F-150 also sells well, and Toler said the Ford trucks have their great selling points, too.
“They (Ford and Ram) both do great,” he said.
Toler said the sales staff at Stephens Auto Center, which is an easy drive down Corridor G from Charleston and the greater Kanawha Valley, works hard to stay current with the ever-evolving levels of technology found on today’s modern vehicles.
“This is the best sales group we’ve ever had. It’s an awesome sales force, and I’m really proud of them,” he said. “We always say we’re a team.”
Toler said he enjoys being part of the Stephens Auto Center team.
“It’s really family oriented.”
And most of the Stephens sales and service teams live locally and understand the needs of the community.
“Almost everybody here is local — very local. It’s really hard to beat,” said Toler, who lives in Madison.
Stephens Auto Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.
For more information, visit www.stephensauto.com or call 304-369-2411.