Special to The Laker/Lutz News
New owners at Dade City Auto Sales have revitalized this long established car lot on U.S. 301, by bringing in better quality vehicles and increasing its inventory to over 100 vehicles by the first of the year.
“We had a vision of what this place could be,” said Lou Taliercio, who now owns the business with brother Mike. “Our vision was to bring in late model, affordable cars and trucks that are CarFax Certified that sell quickly, so we always have something new on the lot.”
The Taliercio brothers also own Tampa Bay Auto Network in Tampa, where they specialize in hand-picked, late model luxury and performance cars. Their father, Vincent, helped his sons get started in the car business, with the purchase of their first five vehicles, 14 years ago.
“We are bringing our many years of automotive experience to Dade City, to provide the east Pasco community with quality vehicles that are fairly priced, and available with many financing options,” said Lou Taliercio.
Already, Dade City Auto Sales is a Preferred Dealer for many local credit unions, including Achieva and MidForida, and works closely with Wells Fargo and other banks.
The Taliercios became interested in Dade City Auto Sales through a personal friend, Dave Mauradian, who had worked for the prior owner for many years.
“Dave is a great guy and wanted to stay at the dealership, and we saw the opportunity and appreciated its great location on U.S. 301,” said Lou Taliercio.
The brothers bought the business this summer, made some initial improvements to its building and property, and re-opened Dade City Auto Sales over the Labor Day weekend with over 50 vehicles on its lot.
Working with Mauradian in Dade City is Jennifer Weeks, who came from the company’s Tampa location and has over 20 years of automotive experience. Both salespeople adhere to their company’s philosophy of no-pressure sales.
“We want to sell cars the way we want to be sold cars,” said Taliercio. “We don’t believe in high-pressure sales, and always treat our customers with patience and respect.”
The quality of its vehicles also sets Dade City Auto Sales apart. Every vehicle is CarFax Certified, which means it has never been in a flood, nor in an accident with structural damage.
“Our cars sell themselves because of their quality and fair prices,” said Taliercio. “We are able to keep prices low because we are local owners and don’t have big company overhead.”
Lots of inventory is something else customers like about Dade City Auto Sales. Most weeks, 10 to 15 new vehicles are moved onto the lot, Taliercio said, especially trucks, which are most in demand.
Taliercio is excited to be in Dade City, and has already joined the local Chamber of Commerce.
“We see a lot of good things happening in Dade City, and believe this is a great time to be opening a business here.”
(352) 567-4040 • 13043 U.S. Hwy. 301, Dade City 33525