It’s a healthy sign for a local economy when a new business opens; such is the case with the opening of A & J Motors, a used car dealership, located on Highway 260 next to Family Dollar in Overgaard. The owner is Eddie Kayed, who along with his family, has been involved in running the Overgaard Food Center since 2006. Even with his new business, Eddie still works evenings at the grocery store to “give his dad a break.”
Eddie, whom you may know from the grocery store as the affable young man with the big smile, purchased his first car three years ago from an auction in the Valley. Shortly after getting home with it, a customer at the market asked him if it was for sale.
“I said ‘Sure, I guess.’ You know everything is for sale,” Eddie said with a good-natured laugh. That started him out on his new “hobby” of buying and selling a car here or there. Eddie explained that he was looking for something different to do. He kept thinking about how much he enjoyed the car business. “I told myself, why not me,” Eddie explained when deciding if he should do it or not.
And, he seems to have a knack for it. But, he does offer something many used car dealerships do not. He includes a 30-day or 3,000-mile warranty for most, but not all, of his vehicles. He also offers an extended warranty package available to purchase, if desired.
Eddie does his research on prospective vehicles coming up for auction by checking into their history, making his choices based on the frame, structure and actual miles as well as he does a physical inspection. He also talks to people there at the auction to find out about any coming in from flooded areas of the country, etc. “If you talk to the right people,” explains Eddie, “They’ll tell you.”
Once the vehicles are purchased, his mechanic goes through them. “Every vehicle is 100% drivable,” Eddie explains. “If it needs something, I will tell you. I try to give the best deal out there. I’m truthful.” Sometimes he gets cars in that he will sell “as is” and discloses that up front.
If you’re looking for something specific, Eddie will search it out. Stop by and give him the details of what you’re looking for and he’ll find it. Eddie told me he’s looking to make his customers happy – what a refreshing concept.
A & J Motors is open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays. The address is 2849 Highway 260, Overgaard, AZ, and it sits between Family Dollar and Overgaard Animal Hospital. You can reach him at 928-535-3111.