Salem Car Dealership wins Roanoke Times award!

The Roanoke Times, SW VA Living Magazine has announced the results of the Readers Choice awards for 2021!
Competition Cars and Classics wins the Gold Award for "Best Used Car Dealership" for the second year in a row!
Second place was Jones Car Company, also of Salem, and Third went to Brambleton Imports in Roanoke.
Also in this years vote was a "Best Car Salesperson" award. Kenny Martin, of Competition Cars and Classics in Salem, took home the Silver in that category!
The Gold winner was W.J. Altizer of Haley Toyota of Roanoke, and the Bronze went to Darren Yeatts of Magic City in Roanoke.
We are excited and very honored that so many people have the confidence to place their vote for us! We would like to thank everyone that voted for us, it means the world to us!
Congratulations to all the winners!

Roanoke Valley Cars and Coffee

Blue Ridge Motorsports is one of our neighboring businesses. They are located at 504 Roanoke St, Salem, Va. 24153.
They are not only our Salem Line-X dealer but also an Official Petty's Garage Authorized Dealer! Blue Ridge offers racing fuel, many parts and accessories and has an in house dyno! Great little speed shop for our Salem area! 
We do so love the sounds of those cars on the dyno!
Once a month, they host the Roanoke Valley Cars and Coffee meet. It's a get together of car enthusiast and their beautiful rides! 
People from all over the Roanoke Valley and Salem area will show up with their rides, and it makes for a wonderful car show event!
There is an empty parking lot in front of Blue Ridge Motorsports and right beside of Competition Cars and Classics, that will fill with cars of all eras, as well as Blue Ridge's parking lot busting at the seams. 
It's a great place to come by and check out the best of the older and newer cars. There will be hot rods, muscle cars, imports, turbo cars, trucks, and just about whatever you can imagine may show up!
A Family atmosphere and free event, for the public. It sure is nice to come in to work and be able to walk through and look at all the gorgeous cars and trucks!

Be sure to check Blue Ridge Motorsports on Facebook, to learn the schedule of the events or give them a call at 540-389-8595.
If you need your car tuned, a dyno pull or just about anything automotive, check these guys out! 
Tell them Competition Cars and Classics recommended them to you! 

Looking for Used Cars in Salem Virginia

Look no further! Competition Cars and Classics has a great selection of used cars, trucks and SUV's! With over 6 years in business as a dealership and over 20 years in the used car business, our expert knowledge of vehicles provides you with reliable vehicles at reasonable prices! We specialize in used cars in the $3,000-$12,000 price range. Our average sale price is just under $5,000! You will See why people from Salem, Roanoke, Christiansburg, Lynchburg and even out of state buyers, are making the trip to buy from Competition Cars and Classics! We post real descriptions, videos of each vehicle on our website and upfront pricing on the lot or online! Check our reviews and you will also want to make the trip to Competition Cars and Classics for your next pre-owned vehicle! 

Used Cars in Salem Va.

Looking for used cars in Salem, Virginia? Competition Cars and Classics is the low price used car leader in Salem!
With upfront, low prices, clear to read accurate descriptions, we are the dealership you should consider when searching for a used car, truck or SUV.
We post our prices as cash prices, online and on the lot.
With over 20 years in the automotive industry, we are your clear choice when you want to buy from someone with expert knowledge, a transparent buying process, and friendly customer service.
Check our reviews, check our vehicles, and check our prices! 
Serving Salem, Roanoke, Christiansburg and surrounding areas in Virginia. 

New and Used car prices continue to Increase

The Perfect Storm-

You may have noticed some of your new car dealerships very low on new cars and trucks, and you may have seen some used car dealers very low as well.
With tax refunds and stimulus money hitting at roughly the same time in February and March, used car dealers had record months and were drained of inventory.
At about that same time, new car manufacturers started experiencing a shortage of computer chips to build new vehicles and this created an extreme lack of inventory for new car dealerships. With the lack of inventory, fewer trade ins are taken in and the new car dealers are also forced to keep more traded in used cars just to have something to sell. Thus now, a greatly reduced inventory availability for used car dealers.
With so many used car dealerships competing for so few vehicles, this drives prices up. Way up at this point. New car dealers are getting over sticker price on many new cars.

The computer chip shortage is projected to last one to two years. This means a huge shortstop of new vehicles for a good while and it will keep used car values inflated.
This not only impacts you the consumer trying to buy a vehicle, but it impacts all the dealerships and their employees. In many cases, salespeople have no inventory to sell, thus cutting their income dramatically. Many used car dealers simply are not getting enough vehicles to keep their lots profitable.
A very good local dealer here has had to downsize due to lack of inventory and lack of employees.
I do not see this changing in the next 12 months. It will probably get worse before it gets better.
To add to the problem, the current employment situation has almost every garage searching for qualified mechanics. This has garages at full capacity of work and a backlog of repairs. It is taking dealers longer to repair and process the few vehicles they are able to acquire.

What this means for the car buyer?-
This created the Perfect Storm.
Expect prices to remain high and selection low. It is not the best time for a consumer looking to purchase a new or used vehicle. Dealers can’t easily replace the new or used car you’re looking to buy so they have no incentive to “cut you a deal”. They must make every dollar they can reasonably make to pay the bills, pay the employees and keep business moving. I know many think it’s greed or taking advantage of the situation, however, it’s the simple economics of supply and demand.
I got a message through fb marketplace a couple days ago and a guy said “you’re asking $5,000 for that? What are you smoking? “
I agree it’s high, though I’m not. KBB on this particular car is now $5,800 where in January it would have been $3,800. Yes it’s high, but it is supply and demand.

At Competition Cars and Classics we have avenues of inventory to buy from many dealers do not. I spend hours on hours searching for vehicles at reasonable prices. We have been fortunate enough to keep our inventory levels good, though our mechanical processing times and dollar amounts have increased.
We do everything we can to still provide the best “deals” possible for our customers. I encourage anyone at anytime to always shop around for the best deal, but remember, the lowest price is not always the best deal. Mechanical reconditioning, vehicle history, cosmetic condition and most importantly title status are all factors. We try our best to never sell a rebuilt or salvage title vehicle. Many dealers around thrive on those vehicles. I cannot and will not compete with the prices of a salvage titled vehicle.

I want to sell a vehicle with an upfront disclosure of anything we know of wrong with it, if there is anything. Our vehicles will be gone over mechanically by a qualified mechanic and we will repair what we see fit and disclose what we leave for the buyer. We do not make any vehicle perfect and we cannot make them new again. We will never sell a vehicle that we think has a safety issue and portray it as a road ready car.
We sell all vehicles as-is and recommend you to take it to your mechanic for inspection BEFORE buying.
There is no mechanic that can predict the future but an inspection is an opportunity to spot items needing attention soon. Some vehicles will breakdown after we sell them, it’s just a fact of life. We are not perfect, our cars are not perfect, and we will do our due diligence to let you know what you are buying and give you the opportunity to say “no, I don’t want to buy your car.” But, if you do find a vehicle with us that is perfect for you, we will do everything we can to give you a fair price, and a friendly and appreciative buying experience.
We don’t want to “sell” you a car.

We want you to buy a car from us because you want to. We want you to buy a car because you like it, you need it, you think the price is fair, and because you understand what condition the car is in and you are happy with it and with us.
This will pass in time and there will be “deals” again. In the meantime, know that we are fighting for you Salem, Va., fighting for the deals everyday, and we ain’t smoking anything!

The Most Badass Used Car Dealer in Salem!

Congratulations! You have found the most Badass Used Car dealership in Salem, Va.!
Why are we a badass car dealership?
2- We will never pressure you to buy anything.
3- We promise to greet you and give you time to look on your own but will gladly give you the level of attention you desire personally to answer any questions.
4- We will clearly post cash prices on the vehicle and on our website for you to see.
5- We will give real descriptions with the positives and negatives of each vehicle, to the best of our knowledge.
6- We cannot make any vehicle perfect, but we will do our best to sell safe, reliable and fairly priced vehicles.
7- We sell all vehicles as-is and want you to know what you are buying.
8- We are not a buy here pay here dealer. We do work with several lenders and will do our best to meet your financing needs.
9- We are a Husband and Wife team, no other employees. You will always speak to the owner.
10- We support our community, Schools, Fire, Police, Military, The City of Salem, and our Great Nation, The United States of America!
11- 2020 Winner of The Roanoke Times Gold award for Overall, Best Place to Buy a Car!
12- 2021 Winner of the Roanoke Times Silver award for Best Pre-Owned Car Dealership. 

We love what we do! We love cars and meeting new people. If we can help you, we will!
While we are obviously in business for a fair profit, our goal is to help you get a vehicle at a fair price, with as much disclosure on the vehicle as we can possibly know.
If we do not have a vehicle that works for you, we will do our best to recommend another reputable Used Car dealer in our area.
We are not only here to sell you a car, we are going to try and help you find the right place to buy it.
 Even if that is not with us. 

Pardon our language, but we try to be used car badasses every day! 
We are Kenny and Jennifer Martin, we are Competition Cars and Classics. 

The Roanoker Magazine Roanoke Times Best of 2021

The Roanoker "Best of Roanoke 2021" awards have been announced! Competition Cars and Classics is proud to have a received the Silver award for " The Best Pre-Owned Car Dealership" 
The Platinum winner was Berglund Automotive and Gold is Brambleton Imports. To even be in this conversation of such fine dealerships is truly an honor. 
We are the only Salem dealership to receive an award!

Here are the automotive category winners. 
Best Overall Car Dealership-
Platinum- Berglund Automotive
Gold- First Team Auto Mall
Silver- Haley Toyota

Best Luxury Car Dealership- 
Platinum- Berglund Luxury 
Gold- Brambleton Imports
Silver- BMW of Roanoke

Best Pre-Owned Car Dealership-
Platinum- Berglund Automotive
Gold- Brambleton Imports
Silver- Competition Cars and Classics

We would like to thank everyone that voted for us, and to congratulate each of the other dealerships that won the well deserved awards. All very good organizations. 

Can you recommend a Used Car Dealer in Salem Va

One of the best feelings we get in the used car business, is being trusted enough to have our customers recommend us to their friends and family. 
I would estimate that at least 40% of our business is repeat and referral customers!
That is better than any advertising we can do and shows that people put their trust in us. 
We try everyday to live up to that trust and appreciate every single person referred to us. 

Why is "Classics" in our name when we don't have c

Competition Cars and Classics was actually formed in 2013. I was working for a new car dealership and wanted to pursue my dream of opening my own dealership.
My dream was to have a variety of modern and classic cars in inventory. In 2013 we found a secure lot, made an offer and began the process of buying our own place.
We were excited and ready to get underway. We got the bank loan approved and formed Competition Cars and Classics. 
About 3 weeks before our loan closing, the bank called and said someone at the corporate level had overruled the approval and wanted a substantially larger down payment. 
At that time, we did not have the kind of money they wanted. The banker told me he would get it taken care of and not to worry.
The person selling the lot, was also a member of this same bank. He heard of the issue with closing and had another buyer ready.
The other buyer was approved and we lost out on that lot. 
We already had our Company LLC formed at this time. 
It took us two more years to find a suitable location to open. We opened in Troutville VA in 2015 as Competition Cars and Classics LLC. This location did not have a suitable secure area for the classic cars. In 2016 we found our current location at 610 W 4th St in Salem. This lot offered much more road traffic, a larger population, a two car garage, and a paved lot. It was a no brainer to move, yet we still did not have a secure area.
So here we are, almost 6 years later. Our business model does not include classics cars, as much as we'd like to. We kept our name, as it is a difficult proceeding to change, and we have grown known by our name in the community. 
Competition Cars and Classics is owned and operated by Kenny and Jennifer Martin. We do wish we had the space for the classics, because it is a passion of mine.  

Competition Cars and Classics is a Used Car Dealer

Competition Cars and Classics is a Used Car Dealer in Salem, Va. that specializes in low cost used cars, trucks and SUV's. Our inventory prices usually range from $2,000 to the $10,000 range. 
We may have anything from 1995 up to 2017, We carry high mileage and low mileage vehicles, but all have been state inspected and gone over by a qualified mechanic, as well as reasonably possible. 
We do allow and encourage you to take any of our vehicles to your mechanic for a pre-purchase inspection, prior to your purchase.
We provide a full description to the best of our ability, on each vehicle with photographs of the good and the bad. 
None of our vehicles are perfect, but we do our best to sell a safe and reliable car. We do not normally carry salvage or rebuilt title vehicles. 
Many local dealers do, but unless otherwise stated, our vehicles will have a clean title. 
We post our prices right up front, so you can easily compare and narrow your decisions. We are not a buy here pay here dealer, we are primarily a cash transaction business. 
We do offer financing assistance tot hose that need it, with a few local lenders and a National lender. We do have lenders that will assist with bad credit or no credit financing, with a qualified down payment and a vehicle that meets the lenders qualifications. Not all applicants will qualify. Credit decisions are at the lenders discretion. 
Our inventory is updated daily on our website. We are constantly adding new inventory! If we do not have what you are looking for, let us know and we will be glad to do a search and see if we can get the vehicle you want. 
We are located at 610 W. 4th St. Salem, Va. 24153. Our customers come from Salem, Roanoke, Botetourt, Christiansburg, Martinsville and many other cities and states.
Check our reviews, look at our inventory and compare our prices, and see for yourself why this small dealership has customers driving hours to purchase a vehicle. 
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