Town & Country

Chris Marino of Town & Country Preowned Auto Mall in Nitro stands next to a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 that has a 392 Hemi engine. Town & Country Preowned Auto Mall, at 400 First Ave., has a great selection of preowned cars, trucks and SUVs.

If you’re in the market for a quality preowned car, truck or sport utility vehicle, you can buy with confidence at Henry Marino’s Town & Country Preowned Auto Mall in Nitro.

Marino, his son, Chris, and the entire Town & Country staff are experienced and knowledgeable, and they put customer service and satisfaction as their number one goal.

Conveniently located at 400 First Ave., near the foot of the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge, Town & Country Preowned Auto Mall has the car, truck or SUV you’ve been looking for.

And for budget-minded buyers, Town & Country’s Budget Corral has vehicles starting at $4,990 and up.

“I do have some nice lower-priced vehicles,” said Chris Marino.

Given today’s high cost of new vehicles, buyers can save a lot of money by buying preowned ones, Marino said.

For example, new trucks, especially “lifted” models with raised suspensions, are expensive.

“On the Chevrolets, they’re like $60,000 and $70,000 for a new lifted truck,” Marino said. “You can save a lot of money by buying a used one.”

At press time, Town & Country had a black Chevy Silverado lifted truck for sale on the lot.

Trucks in general — not just the lifted models — continue to sell well. Crew Cab, Double Cab and Super Cab models are popular with truck buyers. Town & Country Preowned Auto Mall strives to keep a good selection of preowned trucks in stock.

With winter driving approaching, Marino said, customers are beginning to look at SUVs for their four-wheel-drive capabilities and passenger comfort.

“People are looking for the sport utility with the third-row seating. The GMC Acadia is a third-row (vehicle) and the Ford Explorer is a third-row,” Marino said. “For people with kids, it’s nice to have. They don’t want a van, they want sport utility vehicles.”

Buying used no longer comes with the worries that it once did. Used cars today, especially if they’ve been well cared for, can give their new owners many reliable, trouble-free miles.

A vehicle with, say, 100,000 miles on the odometer should no longer be looked at with suspicion.

“Anymore, a car with 100,000 miles isn’t considered high miles if the car’s been serviced and taken care of. Cars are more reliable” these days, Marino said.

At Town & Country Preowned Auto Mall, every vehicle offered for sale is checked out by the dealership’s service department. Town & Country is one of the few used car dealers with a dedicated service department. It offers state inspections and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Everything goes through the service department, and we put a CarFax (report) in every vehicle,” he said.

A CarFax report is another measure of confidence for the buyer. A CarFax report details a vehicle’s ownership history; service record, including the number of oil changes it’s had and whether it’s been in an accident.

“It will tell you the ownership, but it won’t tell you the people (who previously owned it),” he said.

CarFax reports, coupled with Henry and Chris Marino’s many years of experience in selecting the best preowned vehicles to sell, means Town & Country customers can buy with confidence.

Town & Country Preowned Auto Mall buys vehicles from individuals and also accepts trade-ins. Town & Country’s inventory also includes vehicles from area auto auctions.

When examining a used vehicle, the Town & Country staff looks for, among other things, rust, body damage and the condition of the tires.

They also look for such obvious warning signs as the “Check Engine” or “Air Bag” lights burning.

First impressions are also important. If a vehicle is clean inside and out, it’s an indication that the car’s owner has taken good care of the vehicle.

“Some people take excellent care of their cars, and some people do not,” Marino said.

Town & Country Preowned Auto Mall is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call 304-722-7171 or visit