Chase City has another used car dealership. As of last week, Lakeview Motors was officially open for business at the old Fitz Motor Company used car lot located at the corner of Main Street and Mecklenburg Drive.
Lakeview has been a fixture in the busness community in Clarksville for almost 65 years. The business was founded in 1955 by Goode Lewis Toone.
This week, Brent Toone, current owner and operator, explained that his father, Vernon Toone, Goode’s brother, joined the business in 1977. After the death of Goode, Vernon took over the business, and in 1987, Brent joined the business as a salesman.
When Vernon passed away in September of 2010, the business passed to his wife, and Brent became the dealer- operator.
“Mom passed in 2017, and my wife Jennifer and I became the owners of Lakeview Motors,” said Brent.
Stressing that Lakeview has always been a small, family business, Brent laughed that his two year old son is the youngest employee. He also pointed proudly to Damascus Ford, Jr., a Lakeview employee for 30 years.
“Our goal is to provide quality transportation at reasonable prices,” said Brent. “And, we’re a market priced dealer. We have guaranteed credit approval so we can say ‘yes’ even if other dealers have said ‘no’.”
The opening of a Chase City lot is actually a return for Lakeview.
“This is actually our second time in Chase City,” said Brent. “We were there in exactly the same location back in around 1999. We were there about two years.”
Brent explained that after the death of the property owner, the site was no longer available for rent or sale and so the lot closed. He added that he is pleased the firm is now returning.
“We’re going to be selling, buying, trading and renting cars at both locations and,” said Brent, “I want to stress that we buy used cars from individuals, too.”
Lakeview Motors was voted a top dealer by the Virginia Independent Auto Dealer Association in 2015, and Brent served as the District 5 president for the organization in 2012, 2014, and 2015, and is serving as the current president.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Chase City,” said Brent. “We were issued our license on Monday and we're officially open now. We're going to do a grand opening, but we're open now.”
Lakeview Motors will be open in Chase City on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 A.M. till 6:00 P.M. The phone number is (434) 533-3368. The number for the Clarksville location is (434) 374-5511.