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New car lot coming to Jackson Boulevard

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An area automotive company with a long history in Northeast Tennessee will soon be coming to Jonesborough.
CarSmart, a pre-owned car business, will open in mid February at 1397 West Jackson Boulevard, according to owner Lennie Lawson.
It will replace M&H Trailer Sales and is part of Lawson’s main business – Gateway Ford Lincoln Mazda of Greeneville, a company that started as a Chevrolet dealership.
Over the years, the company has also been associated with Mazda, Chrysler, Dodge and Oldsmobile.
“We’ve had a lot of different franchises,” Lawson said. “We’ve been in Greeneville for nearly 43 years and we wanted to get closer to the Tri Cities market.”
CarSmart will offer mostly late model cars, program cars, and trade-ins, he said, as well as some restored vintage vehicles.
The Jonesborough lot will be the second CarSmart location. The first is located in Greeneville at 3305 E. Andrew Johnson Highway.
CarSmart will offer in-house financing for customers, Lawson said, something he says can be a good thing for people who are having credit issues and can’t go through a traditional bank or credit union.
He said the lot will occupy nearly an acre and have about 50 vehicles.
“Our goal is to sell 200-250 cars a year at the new location,” Lawson said.
“We are looking forward to being part of the Jonesborough community,” he added. “We hope to sell a bunch of cars up there.”