04 June 2008

Tooele County-What a Great Place To Live !!

Tooele County is a great place to live, and shop !!! 

It's been awhile since I bragged on anything other than ourselves, and I'm way overdue! However, this time, it's not about Tooele County Real Estate. I want to talk about a couple of local businesses, and why the residents of Tooele, Grantsville, Stansbury Park, etc. are spending less time going to the big city to shop.

Because of our involvement in the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce, Berna & I have always tried very hard to shop locally, and we encourage everyone to do the same. (read all my posts about using your local Realtor)..... But,......sometimes, I'm as guilty as many of my neighbors in thinking we need to go to Salt Lake to shop.

Lately, our main "work" car has started to show signs that 165 thousand miles in five years may be enough.(thats a lot of Real Estate showings). We had purchased it at Quality Chrysler here in Tooele, and had been a great car. But, it looked like we were going to have to start throwing some serious money at it to keep it reliable.

 As a Realtor, I present some real challenges to any type of lender, and cars are no exception. We looked at several places in SLC, with no luck. On the spur of the moment (on the way to our daughter's softball game) we stopped at Quality again. The folks at Quality Automotive Group were amazing! They actually seemed to understand the life and complicated finances of a Realtor!  Within 24 hours, Berna was tooling around showing houses in Stansbury Park, and Grantsville, in a beautiful new (great price!) car, and I wasn't worrying about whether she was going to make it home OK! Anybody looking for a great car at a great price, call Steve Laird at the Quality Automotive Group (theblueq.com).

The second business I wanted to talk about is a place I've been going to for years. Any of you from Utah or the region around it will know about Big O Tires. You see them all over. With the mileage we put on a car (see the paragraph above!) we go through a ton of tires. The folks at Big O tires could put on a clinic about treating, and more importantly retaining customers. It has absolutely nothing to do with price, although I haven't found many places that could beat them there either. It's about walking in a store and being greeted by name. It's about quick service. It's about going the extra mile to find tires that would fit my 25 year old mid life crisis sports car. But, this week, when I took Berna's new car in to have them rotate and balance the original equipment tires, they wouldn't let me pay for it! When I reminded Rob that these weren't their tires and I should pay, he said "don't worry about it, just come see us when you need new ones." 

Better believe I will!

 I've spent the better part of 15 years in the Real Estate business trying to build a "referral only" clientele. Like I said, these guys put on a clinic on how it's done!

These last couple of weeks made me realize that there are many places out here just like that. People come from all over the west to buy cars and trucks from Quality Automotive, or motorcycles and watercraft from Steadman's, or even Beef Jerky from Thompson's Smokehouse in Erda.. It's time we reminded our neighbors that the best things in life are available right here in Tooele County! No need to go anywhere else, and I'm not planning to!

Tooele County, what a great place to live !!!

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