The CarMax on Harbor Boulevard has been open for just three weeks, but it already appears to have established itself within the Costa Mesa community. The lot was the site of Southern California’s “Survivor” casting call last month and is in a can’t-miss location just south of the 405 Freeway.
With gas prices at all-time highs and many questioning the future of the automotive industry, this wouldn’t appear to be the best time to open a car dealership. However, CarMax centers its business on used vehicles of all kinds and may have the flexibility to prosper despite the rising price of oil. General Manager Christine Montana sat down with the Daily Pilot to discuss the effect of gas prices and the overall outlook the dealership has.
Your lot has been open for less than a month. How have things been running so far?
Very smoothly. The community’s very happy to have us here. We have a lot of local folks coming through; they’re very excited to see us. They actually tend to be very familiar with the CarMax product. I feel like things have been running even better than we had expected, to be quite honest.