Pro-Motion Motor Company recently completed an expansion that owner James “Buddy” Chaney hopes will allow his company to continue on its path of growth.
“I really want to thank God and the support of our community,” he said Tuesday.
Without either, he added, Pro-Motion Motors would not have been able to find the success it has since the Lincolnton native started the business 14 years ago, especially during the recent economic downturn.
Coming from humble beginnings, the business has outgrown its previous, much smaller facilities and is now occupying the former Old Partners Western Wear store on East Main Street.
After two months of extensive renovations, the auto dealer has expanded from a building next door to include both lots, having moved about five weeks ago.
With the exception of the 50-year-old original signs from the boot store, now covered with Pro-Motion Motors banners, everything was redone.
The added space will allow the company to have more, and newer, vehicles for sale, he said.
Specializing in Jeep Wranglers, the independent used-car dealer primarily sells to residents of Lincoln, Catawba and Gaston counties, though Chaney said he also has a lot of out-of-state buyers. These customers, hailing from as far away as Texas, Louisiana and Florida, typically fly in, pick out a car and drive their new purchase back home.
To date, Pro-Motion Motors has sold roughly 4,000 automobiles.
Chaney, who said he grew up very poor, has always believed in the ability to take a bad situation and turn it into a positive one.
“I truly know what poverty is,” he said.
However, Chaney also knows how to set goals and work to see them come true.
Prior to his current venture, he owned and eventually sold Chaney’s Septic Service. He also spent time working in NASCAR, which led to the idea for Pro-Motion Motors.
As a coach of various sports for both the East Lincoln Optimist Club and North Lincoln Middle School, he believes strongly in the importance of athletic programs’ impact on developing youth and in sponsorships for such teams.
Moving forward, Chaney has a few goals in mind for his business.
“I would like to see us be a franchise store someday,” he said.
He also hopes Pro-Motion Motors continues to grow with the community.
That kind of longevity can only come from offering quality products and through treating customers, he said, “as I would want to be treated.”