Welcome to Highway 9 Auto Sales
The #1 Country Dealer in the Midwest
Welcome to Highway 9 Auto Sales!!!
TIRED OF CALLING 10 MINUTES LATE AND MISSING THE VEHICLE YOU WANT?
You can BUY ANY VEHICLE online and NOT miss out!! I can GUARANTEE A HOLD on your car. It's how 50% of all of our sales happen. We use paypal.com for all deposits.
Just call me at 712-333-5897.
WHY ARE WE SO BUSY?
Traditional car lots, with 1000's of cars driving by their lots everyday, hold out for THOUSANDS of DOLLARS of profit on AUCTION cars and sells 5-10, maybe 20 cars per month on SKETCHY cars......
Many times these are KBB+ DEALER RETAIL priced cars. OUCH!!!
We are selling LITERALLY 40-50 Units EVERY MONTH because we are selling NEW CAR DEALER trade ins - staying AWAY from auctions- and we PRICE EVERYTHING to sell - using, at the MAXIMUM, private party pricing. NO OTHER DEALER IS HAPPIER TO GIVE YOU A GREAT DEAL!
By keeping PROFITS low, EVERYONE WINS. We are STOCKING UP FAST with NEW CAR DEALER trade ins, so let me know what you want and I will work SUPER HARD to get it for you!
NO AUCTION CARS
NO HIGH PRICES
It's OLD SCHOOL and it's the way it should be!
THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND YOUR BUSINESS!
LOW OVERHEAD and HONEST REPRESENTATION have been our KEYS TO SUCCESS!!
If you are looking for an OLD SCHOOL dealer, you hit the HOME RUN! We believe SERVICE, HONESTY, AND STRAIGHT TALK still PREVAILS!
Where else do you get:
Friendly Service Always!
Enthusiasm to help you get what you want?
An 100% Honest Representation of the vehicle?
A dealer that is DEBT FREE?
A "NO PRESSURE" environment?
A vehicle that is THOUSANDS below RETAIL VALUE yet FAR BETTER than similar vehicles offered for sale?
Call 712-333-5897 to get more information on any vehicle we have! If I do not have it, I can get it - just tell me what you want and I will SAVE YOU THOUSANDS!!!
Our Passion is Helping you get the BEST VEHICLE for your dollar - and giving you an AWESOME experience! Just like sports, it is all about PASSION!
Look for the Goalposts....
TONS OF NEW INVENTORY! Click on "INVENTORY" on the top of the page to see the vehicles we have that we have taken pictures of. Many vehicles sell BEFORE we even have a chance to get the pictures taken!
We are a THRIVING DEBT FREE business with...
THE BEST VEHICLES
THE LOWEST PRICES
THE BEST SERVICE
5000 SQUARE FEET SHOWROOM - DETAIL CENTER
NO EXCUSES ULTRA-HIGH VOLUME DEALER
WHY ARE THESE VEHICLES SELLING SO FAST???
While other dealers HOLD OUT for $1000 and $2000++ profits on EVERY car, and WAIT for a that one, unsuspecting customer, we are HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY to make a SMALL profit so you WALK AWAY FEELING like a WINNER!!!
THE HIGHWAY 9 AUTO SALES PROMISE
(A WIN- WIN APPROACH)
I will disclose ALL known issues small and large BEFORE you find them and before you come for the test drive. It's what separates Highway 9 from everyone else. While other dealers leave it to you to figure out what the vehicle needs, we put ourselves in your shoes and DISCLOSE to you the good, bad, ugly about the vehicle so that there is 100% honesty in the transaction. We believe that NOT telling you information we know about something we know is as bad as lying. We disclose EVERYTHING up front, BEFORE YOU EVER ASK!! This way you know what you're getting and there are NO surprises, just satisfaction!!!
Did you know.....
Highway 9 Auto Sales is a debt free business. We are able to offer the very best prices because we have no loans, and we do not pay interest or have the type of financial burden that other dealers have. While most dealers have to charge an EXTRA $500 - $1000 PER VEHICLE just to pay interest and other extra expenses, we do not have that burden, and we don't pass it to you! When we recently put up our new detail center/office, we paid cash. We offer vehicles in the price ranges we do because we believe that it is a help to people to have a nice car, yet not be in debt forever or have a huge monthly payment. By keeping our overhead low, we are able to offer far above average vehicles at far below average prices on vehicles that look great and get you to where you want to go, without having to stress about breakdowns or high payments!!
Also, did you know.....
Highway 9 Auto Sales is also on eBay. We have been selling vehicles on eBay since 1999. Our feedback rating is 100% (trust me, it takes UNBELIEVABLE effort to achieve this from a customer service level), and this includes over 80 vehicle sales worldwide to customers who have never even touched the car. (Yes, we shipped a Cadillac to Sweden, and a Toyota pickup to Haiti!).
Our ebay ID is mc1011. Check it out!! It's just another reason to give us a chance to provide you with a quality vehicle at a great price.
Recent Testimonials (THANK YOU CUSTOMERS FOR YOUR FEEDBACK!)
I bought two vehicles from Mark this year and both are great! My first was a truck...I needed a truck for odd jobs and hauling stuff and everywhere I looked the dealers wanted way too much for rusted out old trucks and newer trucks were out of my price range...until someone told me about Mark and usnine.com. I started looking everyday for what I needed and before long I found a great truck at a great price! Friends and family can't believe I got such a reliable vehicle for such a low price! My second vehicle was a minivan for my 77 year old Dad. His old dodge minivan was ready for the junkyard and I started watching the website for a replacement vehicle. In short order I found one that looked brand new but was bargain priced so low that I couldn't pass it up. My Dad loves it...he's so excited! The best deal about buying these two vehicles is that I can trust Mark...I walk away knowing I got a good deal...no surprises! And I'm always treated first class! Thanks Mark!
Just bought a car from Mark for my daughter to drive to school and it was a great experience. I was driving from a couple hours away, so I wanted to make sure the car was a fit before I made the drive. Mark answered all my questions and even took a test drive with me on the cell phone and described how it drove. We agreed on a price pending confirmation of his description and when I drove up, the car was exactly what he described. This was one of the least expensive cars I have ever purchased and I have never been treated better by a dealer. I'll be checking with Mark every time I'm looking for a car in the future. Thanks for everything!
Jim Ogborn - Bennington NE
This is a bit late, but that's good... in a way. Just over a year ago I bought a Pontiac Montana van for my family. It's been a super reliable auto, and I'm now going to buy at LEAST one, and maybe two MORE vehicles from Mark. Its easy to love a car while it's new to you... This van I've had long enough to really get to KNOW it, and I'm still glad I bought it. That's the test of time, and I'm coming back for more. That alone ought to tell you all you need to know. What others have written above are true, so I won't repeat the superlatives here. I will just say, they are fact, not hype. It's hard to go wrong with Mark. He is what he says, and others say. He says what he thinks, and means what he says. What more can I say? He is what he is... A breath of refreshing air after going to some of the other dealers... (Something I don't do anymore!) I just call Mark up, (It's first name basis, and he has a tremendous memory for people!) And I tell him what I need. He finds it for me, at a price I not only can live with, but a price that always surprises me. Thanks Mark, keep on being MARK!
Couldn't be happier! Very honest seller!
via ebay for $2300 Toyota truck shipped to Anaheim, California
My extended family has bought seven cars from Mark in the last year or two. He has made purchasing a used car no just an easy experience, but exciting and rewarding. He was straight up about the cars and actually sold them to us at lower prices than I would have ever expected. I can't say enough about his integrity and willingness to actually help people instead of just selling them a car.
Brad Kukuk - Sioux City, IA
Best service I ever had. I truly felt helped. There was no talk of financing and absolutely no pressure. I greatly enjoyed my experience and recommend you to EVERYONE. If you live in Sioux City, it's very worth the half-hour drive.
Amber V - Sioux City, IA
Dear Mark and Melanie Charlson,
I am writting to thank-you for all your help, I am not a mechanical man and I was looking for a vehicle that I could believe in and that would have a high value to dollar ratio. You were good enough to look for a range of vehicles for me and found me a beautiful; just as described, Nissan Maxima GXE it was priced at, or just below, it's value and it has lots of life left in it.
Thanks so much for all your help in getting us set up with our daughter’s 2001 Buick LeSabre. Having been through the “buying a kid car” routine 4 times it is hard to find a good car for a decent price. I was so glad that I stumbled on to your website while looking through Craigslist. Here is the part that will bring me back to Highway 9, a 5 hour drive from Corydon Iowa……everything about this car, good and bad, you told me upfront before we came out to look. You told us all the history of the car and all the items that you worked on and the ones that needed done. Honesty and integrity, two character traits today that are hard to find in dealing for cars. Anyone reading this can rest assured that everything that is written in these many testimonials are what they experienced in dealing with Mark Charlson. If you are looking for a car, just call and talk to Mark on the phone and you will see what all of us mean. I will make that drive again!
Two years ago we had such a wonderful experience buying Cora’s first car that we promised to return. Today we’re happy to report how pleased we are with our second purchase! Emma’s Impala is a perfect fit for her, and we as parents love the way you worked with our 16-year-old as she handed you her own hard-earned cash. We’ll be talking again soon when our son comes of age (and next time you’ll be challenged with finding us a truck)!
Mark, Beth, & Emma
Dear Mark , I would like to send a heartfelt THANKS ! for your hospitality and kindness in purchasing of our car. During a traumatic health scare , we decided to get out from under a car payment , we could no longer afford as Dave had to retire due to health. After we had sold our vehicle , we called you with a strict budget and an idea of what we needed for a vehicle . By the time we arrived at your lot you had searched your inventory and picked out the best deals for us, Thankfully one of them is our car today !! You were very honest and gave us all the facts on each vehicle , without all the rant we were getting in town ! , then you stepped away and let us SHOP! .... Thank you so much , we made our choice and are very happy ! !.
Sincerely , Alicia and Dave Johnson - Sioux City, IA
Thanks much for helping me find a great car for my son. My son and I spent a lot of time shopping for cars for him, and his daughter, to safely get him to work and home. We needed a safe and reliable vehicle. When got to your location late on a Saturday night and you didn't rush us or push us to close a sale so that you could close and go home for the evening. My son picked out the car that he wanted and you worked with us on the pricing and payment options and made this a very pleasant experience.
He is very proud of the vehicle he selected and it is still running great for him.
I would not hesitate recommending US Nine Auto Sales to anybody looking for a good used vehicle.
I would like to express my gratitude for such a great car buying experience. The condition of the car was exactly as promised and we absolutely love the car!Bottom line for us is that we only buy from people we can trust, preferring local business and face to face interactions. Finding the right used car locally has been very difficult. The descriptions on your website and the photos really helped us to make the decision to take the drive to your location to see the vehicle in person and we were not disappointed. I would not hesitate recommending US Nine Auto Sales to my family and friends.
Just a quick thank you. Each time I’ve purchased cars from you, you’ve told me to let me know if I wasn’t happy, that you would do anything you could to fix the situation. I bought a car from you (because my teenagers fell in love with it -- ) and it turned out not to work for me and my family. I called you, you said to come on in later the same day and you would take care of me. You did. You treated me like a queen, and I am so happy with the car we brought home to replace the other one. Thanks for being a great guy and running a straight-forward, customer-centered business. We’re lucky to have you in the community!
Julie Kleinschmit - Bow Valley, NE
Hope you are doing well! I wanted to send you a testimonial. I very much appreciate you, your wonderful wife, and how you do business. If you are ever plan to come up to Sioux Falls please let me know, I would love to have you guys for dinner!
Hi Mark, Just wanted to thank you again for selling me the Chevy Cobalt you picked up in Sioux City. Both my fiancee and I have put quite a few miles on it and we're both very happy with it. Will look you up again next time we need a car.
Yours, Ryan Loeslie - Merna, Nebraska
Mark - just wanted to send out a TREMENDOUS THANK YOU! You are absolutely the 1st place I will go for our next used car purchase! My son is super excited about his 08 Impala and I know we wouldn't have this quality of a car with the price you gave us anywhere else. YOU ROCK! Thanks again for the easy process and awesome deal. Sarah Surber, Laurel NE
Mark, We would like to thank you for the Yukon Denali. My husband and I have watched your site for probably six months if not more. Finally, we decided to give you a call and we drove about 2 hours to come look at the vehicle. When we arrived you were very pleasant to talk to and you didn’t harass us one bit into buying the Yukon. That was awesome! You sold us a great vehicle at a great price. Your honesty is greatly appreciated. We will definitely come back. Thanks for the great experience!
The Jordan Family
My Yukon arrived in Sauk Rapids, MN by Semi last Friday at 9PM. I couldn’t be happier with the vehicle. In fact, my friends, and family can’t believe how good of deal I got from you. I have never bought a vehicle without test driving, but this has been a great experience, and I will be buying from you again. Please feel free to use me as a reference for any MN customers.
Jared Crimando - Sauk Rapids, MN
Hey Mark thank you very much for what you did for me and my family you just don’t know how much we appreciate it you made us feel like wow still in shock.
Your attitude was awesome your very respectful I give a 100% on your ways. If I ever buy another car or if I know if someone is looking for a car truck etc.i would send them your way
I know you would treat them the same way you treated me .
Your more than just a car dealer you’re a awesome guy it felt like I knew you for a long time like a friend I was so comfortable going over and looking at your cars ,from all of the car lots that I’ve been to you’re the only lot that I got treated with respect.
Again thank you and I will be back to purchase a few more cars
From the Ortega Family
Sioux city Iowa
Originally from los Angeles California
We are very pleased with our purchase from you. The pick-up is beautiful and runs fantastic and thank you also for the car advice in general. Your business fills a much needed niche for people like my husband and I who want to own nice vehicles but do not believe in taking out huge loans to do so. Good Job! You can bet we will do business with you again!!
Mike and Sara Price - Sioux City, IA
"The most friendly family oriented business ever experienced, great car, thanks."
Via eBay on $3500 Cadillac purchase to Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
Best experience I've ever had at a car lot. Excellent customer service! Made me feel comfortable and confident that this was the right place for me. I would recommend anyone here if there looking for a reliable vehicle at very low prices. My family and I will def be coming back to Highway 9 for our next vehicle. Thanks a lot.
Dan Wenzel - Sioux City, IA
Hi Mark. Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was doing business with you on the truck I bought. I am extremely happy with the whole transaction. I will refer you to everyone I know. Glad to see your son had a use for my old suv! lol
Ryan Wilmes - Moville, IA
Hi Mark, I just wanted to say thank you again for my awesome car! I absolutely love it and its perfect! I am so glad I stopped that day to look around, you are a great guy and I recommend you to everyone!
Crystal Hahn - Emerson, NE
Just wanted to say thanks for a great "car-buying" experience. Paul's car broke down unexpectedly and we only had a little cash to replace it with. The Chevy Beretta was exactly what we needed at a price would could aford. I brought extra cash expecting to pay some sort of extra fees and still find it hard to believe that the price listed on the website was the exact price we paid and not a penny more. I would not hesitate to refer everyone I know to you when they are in need of a car and you will be our first call when we are looking for our next vehicle. Thanks!
Paul and Mariah Fustos - Sioux City, IA
Brian Howe - Sioux City, IA
Thank you for the amazing car! It runs like a dream and is super sweet!! I've had no problems with it, I took it to Creighton Friday then to Orchard Saturday not a single problem!!
Katie Pallas - Laurel, Nebraska
The car was better than described. Super honest seller. Couldn't be happier.
I just want to say that the car is fantastic. We can't thank you enough. You were spot on.
George Altamura - Napa, California - Bought $11,000 Car on eBay
Thank you so much for taking so much time in showing us the vehicles and explaining in detail about each one. I know we have only owned it for a few hours, but feel it is a great vehicle. Again, thank you for taking so much time, I know we were a little fussy, but you found the right vehicle for us.
Terry and Cheryle Nelson - Ponca, NE
First time in Ponca, NE for a 2007 Camry!!!!!!!!!!
I spent 4 years at Creighton university as a postgrad student and my buddy from a small town always told me that “In the country, we call it as it is”. Well, Mark symbolizes those values. I drove for 2 hours from Omaha to pick up a car, got lost 3 times because of construction, but after the deal was done, it was all worth it. Mark and his brother (note from Mark - this is actually my banker from Ponca, Chris) made sure everything was ready by the time I got there and it was EXACTLY as they said over the phone. I could write an entire dissertation about my experience, but I would just say this: As an immigrant to this country, I can say that I have met nice folks from Rural Nebraska whom you want to do business with. Thank you very much and wish you the best.
John Etaka, Omaha, NE (via orig. Cameroon)
We bought 4 vehicles within 1 week. We are so pleased with the quality of service and vehicles are great. We will be repeat customers!
2002 Jeep Liberty, 1996 Honda Accord, 2003 Dodge Dakota, 2002 Mazda 626
Bob, Lisa, Emily, Robert and Alicia Tejral -Crofton, Nebraska
Thank you Mark for the blessing. Last night I tried to get Jeep Cherokee but called 10 mins to late. I started to cry and pray to God because I was frustrated with not finding a vehicle suitable for my family and I. Now I am able to finish clinicals without worrying that my mom does not have a ride. You have helped me to get 2 steps closer to my goal. Peace Love and Blessings to you and your family.
Shanqua Finney - Sioux City, IA and Rural Georgia
I want to thank Mark at Highway 9 Auto Sales in Ponca Neb. Mark was so kind to me. I had so many questions about the 04 Black Ford Escape that he had on craigslist. The pictures were beautiful. Well, I took it home and just love it. Thank you so much Mark.
Sergeant Bluff, IA
Nice guy. Pleasure to do business with.
eBay Buyer- Rural Arkansas - $3600 Purchase sight unseen
We are so glad that we made the almost 3-hour trip to your dealership outside of Ponca, NE. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience of purchasing a "new" car from you for our daughter. It is a great vehicle! We will be sure to recommend "Highway 9 Auto Sales" to our friends and family. Thanks! Wes & Ann Schwader, Burke, SD
I recently purchased a vehicle from Mark, it was priced very well, he stayed open late since I had to travel so far and it was great doing business with him! I would recommend anyone looking for a gently used vehicle to contact him as soon as possible! It was really worth the drive. Thank you again Mark, it was great doing business with you! Robin D.
Robin - Hot Springs, South Dakota
Mark, it was nice meeting you, and the Jeep is working out great. Good luck to you. Will keep you in mind for any used vehicles.
Cary - Mitchell, SD
Just wanted to let everyone know what an awesome guy Mark is at Highway 9 Auto Sales...I purchased a vehicle in Aug 2012 from him and it turned out not to be so reliable...BUT after contacting Mark about the situation he was a stand up guy and made it right with me and my son...even though it was sold "as is" Mark went above and beyond the "normal" car dealership experience to make it a great one for us...thanks SO MUCH again Mark for what you did!!!
Laveille Reifenrath - Emerson, NE
I was recently back over Christmas and needing to find a replacement vehicle quickly to replace one with a blown engine. After seeing Mark's post on craigslist I made a call and within a 5 hr period (most of which was spent driving to Ponca) I found a wonderful used vehicle at an outstanding price. Mark was extremely friendly and helpful. Mark quickly got me the title for the vehicle sent to my home in Colorado. I was extremely pleased with my experience working with Mark and wouldn't hesitate to recommend anyone looking for a used car to him. Thanks again Mark!
Sioux Falls & Denver, Colorado
12-23-2012 (drove here from ALABAMA!)
Gracias por la transaccion reciente de la venta de su Carro, 2003 Mercury Gran Marquis, fue una excelente compra para mi y les recomiendo a todos los hispanos, y en general que compren con Mark Charlson su proximo vehiculo, tiene muy buenos precios y buen trato.
Dios les bendiga y Adelante.
Le doy 5 estrellas en todo.
Thanks for the recent transaction of the sale of his car, 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis, was an excellent purchase for me and I recommend to all Hispanics, and in general with Mark Charlson buy your next vehicle, has very good prices and good treatment . God bless and Go.
I give it 5 stars in all
Mark, Thanks for the great deal on the truck! I really missed having my hunting vehicle and Angela appreciates that me and the boys won’t be needing her vehicle for our adventures any longer. I really appreciate that you provided an honest assessment of the vehicles that we were looking at and that both of them were exactly what you described over the phone.
Then I went to the County Treasurer last week to pay the taxes and license the 2006 F150 that I bought from you and the treasurer was disputing what I paid for it. Even with the bill of sale she questioned me. She asked how you could sell so cheap and if it was salvaged. I told her it was not a salvage and to call you if she had any questions on pricing. She reluctantly proceeded with giving me my plates and registration, but warned me that the State of South Dakota might send me a letter requesting more in taxes.
Be careful, because you might end up giving used car salesmen a GOOD name!
Elk Point, SD
Thanks for a great experience yesterday. We made it home to Blue Hill with absolutely no problem in an awesome car.
We were so pleased to find the car we bought just as posted on Craigs List. Thank you so much for holding the car with our deposit.
We would highly recommend you to any of our friends and will absolutely keep you in mind the next time we are looking for a car.
Jamie and Teresa Hodson
Wanted to send you a thank you for helping me get a great van. My kids love the DVD player and the power doors... it is in great shape just like you listed. I know I will keep your card for our next vehicle... it's a long drive but you get what you are looking for.
(about 5 hours from our dealership)
Paul and Ruth Ploof - Ashland Nebraska
Mark i just wanted to thank you for having exactly what i was looking for at a great price. It was well worth the drive from Lincoln and we will be doing business again. You're a great guy and my daughter turns 16 next summer so ill be calling you in June.
Shawn Wilson - Lincoln, NE
Simple, Painless, and a real class act. That is how i would describe my dealings with you and Highway 9 Auto Sales. It is very refreshing working with someone who seems to take pride in what they do.
Trevor has enjoyed his car very much. Just wanted to send you a note thanking you and I WILL BUY AGAIN FROM YOU! I will also tell everyone I know to at least look over your inventory before going elswhere.
Sgt. Bluff IA
Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how happy we are with the vehicle. We drove up from Omaha and found the vehicle to be exactly how you represented it on the website and in our phone call. It was definately worth the trip.
Jerry Smolinski - Omaha, NE
My brother bought a Camry from Mark and was very happy with his car buying experience. He told Mark that if the car was what he told him he would take the car... he drove to Ponca and bought the car and was very pleased with the car for the price he paid.
I was quite impressed with that and checked Mark's website and saw a car we were looking for for our son. I called Mark and he told me everything about the car, good or bad. We drove 6 1/2 hours from central MN and the car was exactly as Mark said it was...we bought the car :) (it was a 1999 Toyota Avalon).
Mark and Melanie are very easy to visit with and they will treat you more than fair.
We will be looking for a car ourselves soon and will be giving Mark a call!!
Thanks Mark and Melanie!
Thank you very much man, you were awesome to work with.
Garrett - Ponca, NE
fantastic...Mark was super honest/helpful..definitely one of the good guys...
(Via eBay on 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo that we sold on eBay and shipped to Chicago)
Dear Mark, I bought a 2007 Chevy Cobalt from you and it ran great and got great gas mileage. I would definitely buy another!
Jason Loecker - Crofton, Nebraska
...For my first time buying a car from a car lot, I would have to say that it was a great atmosphere , I thought you were telling me the truth and honesty means alot to me, and the car spoke for itself, was very clean and a fair price. I called about the car in the late after noon and he responded to my call quickly wich was nice and when I said I was coming he said he would hold it for me till I got there wich was cool since I lived in Kingsley Ia. so I will recomend any one I know looking for a vehicle to check out Highway 9 auto sales in Ponca Nebraska.
Thanks A LOT
Bill Fletcher, Kingsley IA
You did a fantastic job in making Brylie's 1st car a special experience. ...I am thankful we came to you for a car. You made it easier to purchase a vehicle and not walk away feeling skeptical. We have been telling everyone about you....again thank you for taking care her, she loves her car!
Julie from Sergeant Bluff, IA
I just wanted to Thank you again for your help. My experience with you and your buisness couldn't have gone any smoother. You made the whole process easy and relaxing. This was only the 2nd car I have ever purchased and it felt like buying it from a family member. You were honest and was nothing like the sale's man persona. It was clear to see that you cared about my needs and not just getting me into a car. I will definitely buy more cars from you in the future.
Megan Barge - Wakefield, NE
We just wanted to say thank you so much for our 1998 Buick Lesabre.
We really are enjoying this car and feel that we couldn't have gotten a better car or price.
After spending hours the day before looking elsewhere it was nice to find what we wanted for a great price.
Love the car. We will totally recommend you to anyone we know that is looking for a good vehicle.
Vic and Jamie
Mission Hill, South Dakota
In June of this year, my brother Ryan and I packedwhat we could of our belongings into my '95 Achieva and prepared to driveacross the U.S. from our home in South Dakota to a new one on the west coast.We spent a week in Omaha, catching up with our younger brother, Andrew, and thenprepared to drive from there to California in one long, uninterrupted trip,switching turns in the driver's seat so that we could drive 1700 miles withoutstopping.
Two hours later we were stranded on the side of the road; at some point, theAchieva had started to hiss at us and billow hot air through the heater vent.Then it made a sound like a dog being kicked and stopped moving altogether.With nowhere to go and almost no money to get there, the two of us wound upspending the better part of the next day stuck in a cornfield town in centralNebraska, waiting for Andrew to come pick us up and take us back toOmaha. The town mechanics tried to explain to me what had happened. All I couldmake out was that something integral had melted, and that the engine hadbasically been reduced to slag. It's not important. What matters is that I wasstuck, and I was half-terrified that I wouldn't be able to scrounge up the money I'd need to buy a car that could make itto California. The mechanics gave me $100 to take the car for salvage. Back inOmaha, I contemplated buying a bus ticket while Ryan browsed Craigslist.
After several hours, the two of us noticed a pattern. Oneseller on Craigslist, Highway 9 Auto Sales, seemed like it was selling cars that were consistently better than the others in my price range. I called my dad, (thecar guy), and my stepdad, (the other car guy), and they agreed that everything about the cars looked solid and worth buying. We found one that looked like itwould serve us well for the trip, and I called Mark that day and spoke with himfor the first time.
From the get-go, Mark was willing to go out of his way to accomodate us. Theonly transport we had available was Andrew's truck, and he didn't get homefrom work until 8pm; Mark told us that he was willing to remain up until 11pmwhile we made the drive from Omaha to Ponca because he was confident that oncewe dropped by, we'd find a car we wanted to buy. I don't know much about carsand wanted to have my dad weigh in on the purchase; Mark was willing to talkwith him. Most importantly, I didn't want to deal with the normal bullshit thatI'm used to getting from used car dealers; Mark was, from the first phoneconversation, completely candid about everything that was wrong with any car thatwe discussed.
So we made the drive that night. I met Mark at his house off the backroads ofNebraska. When I got there, he showed us his lineup of cars. When one caught myeye and I told him so, he frowned thoughtfully and then told me that if I waslooking for a car that would make it out to California, he wouldn't put hismoney on that one; it would be good for in-state driving, but he wasn't sure itwould make a long, non-stop trip of a thousand miles or more. He pointed me toanother, slightly more expensive car (Aha!! The catch!!) which he thought would make the trip, and then promptly toldme he'd sell it to me for the same price he was willing to sell the first onefor. (Wait... what?? There was supposed to be a catch. What happened??)
Things went on like that for a few moments as he pointed out each of hisvehicles, catalogued their strengths and their weaknesses (and their prices,which did vary, though he was willing to work out a possible payment plan if Ichose one that was more expensive than what I had with me) and weighed in onwhether or not each one would be able to make the long trek across the country.It was actually unneeded; within five minutes I'd already decided on a Saturnthat he'd pointed out. When I told him so, he let me and Ryan take it fora drive. I bought it a half-hour later.
I'm writing this from California. The car made the trip, even loaded with luggage. Moreover, it's stillrunning wonderfully now that it's here. Mark explained in detail what I'd needto watch for on my car and, so far, I've had almost no problems with it that hedidn't anticipate and disclose to me up front. The few that I have had are thekind that he could not have known unless he'd taken the car for a cross-countrydrive himself.
When he explained his business model to me, it made sense; he's workedit so he gets first shot at cars that would otherwise go to auction. He vetsthem to make sure that they're top quality for their age, then sells them atlow prices, with the aim of maximizing his number of sales instead ofmaximizing the price on each one. In order to sell cars as rapidly as possible,he offers the two things that none of his competitors will give; completecandor and very low prices. And he can afford to do it because he knows thatthe cars he's selling are great. If he turns over as many cars as I think hedoes, it's a very, very successful approach to making money on used cars.
To finish, then, I'll be blunt; if my car breaks down at some point within thenext two or three years, I will purchase a ticket from California to Nebraskaso that I can deal with Mark again. I'm not being sentimental; I've done themath, and it's actually cheaper for me to fly to Nebraska, buy a car from him,and drive back to California than it would be for me to buy a comparable carfrom a used car dealer here in California. Do business with him, and you'll geta damn good car for as little as half the price you'd pay for it at any otherdealer.
Thanks again, Mark.
August 16, 2012
We made it home! Thank you for selling us the pickup. It was an excellent buy and I'm sure it will do everything you said it would. It was well worth the 4 hour drive. It's nice to know their are honest people out there like you and your family.
Christy and Matt Ellis - Shelton, NE
Before making any decisions, I urge anyone looking for a good quality vehicle, at a great price, to visit Highway 9 Auto Sales. You wont be disappointed.
Thank you Mark and Melanie.
We love our truck and look forward to our next purchase.
Jim and Jake Hamilton
Grand Island NE
(Via Ebay on 2000 Toyota Landcruiser Bought and Shipped to Maryland)
DEALING WITH U IS THE BEST I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED IN MY YEARS OF EBAYING.THANK YOU
(he was an eBay member since 2005)
My name is Kayla Bruntz and recently I purchased a vehicle from Mark, Highway 9 Auto Sales. I would like to acknowledge the business I received from Mark Charlson. As looking for a vehicle, a used vehicle can be overwhelming and a bit of headache. And based on my my not so well experiences, stressed me out all the more. My dilemma was short lived after just a short conversation with Mark over the phone. There was just something that told me this experience would be like the others. He made the whole process of purchasing a vehicle go smoothly. My instincts were right. Because my opinion has not changed merely only made me respect the man all the more. He went above and beyond exceeding all my expectations and MORE. He managed to give me a MORE than fair price, and also paid for an overheating issue with the vehicle AFTER the vehicle was paid for. Which in most cases a dealer absolutely does not have to go out of his way for. Because all used vehicles sales "Are as is".
Thanks, Mark again!
Kayla - Sioux City, IA
I drove a hour and a half to see this truck and it was worth it. It was priced under market value, and was in great mechanical shape.
I will be doing business again. Thanks Mark, very happy with my purchase and your service. Jason Tellinghuisen
Sioux Falls S.D.
Mark, we want to thank you and your family for taking time on Sunday afternoon, to get my widowed and not well, sister in a car without costing us the farm !! LOL !! We greatly appreciate your attention and compassion, your honesty and attentiveness. She is back in Norfolk and loving the car. We all can not say enough good about you !! Look forward to seeing you all again, even if no one needs a car !! God Bless!
Russ & Joyce Swanson Walthill, NE Marilyn (Lynne) Ehlers - Norfolk NE
Hey Mark it's Austin Schmidt. I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful service and great overall experience. You made my first ever car purchase into a memorable and unforgettable one. I was beginning to become discouraged when dealership after dealership provided nothing but disappointment. I appreciate your friendly and honest salesmen ship. It honestly didn't feel like a car sale but instead three guys just talking about cars. I will recommend you to any friends that are looking for cars or are looking to sell cars.
Thanks again - Austin Schmidt - Dakota City, NE
Thank You Mark
We were at are witts ends before we found your site you had several cars on the lot to choose from and you took the time to talk to us about each of the cars that we looked at and let us test drive each of them you told us about the good and bad about each car then you let us choose the one that best fit our needs.
Jack Starks - Concord NE
Hey thanks a lot for your time, courtesy, patience, and the truck.
I've always been leery and screwed over when buying a vehicle. Not anymore! You've got a customer for life. It was a great ride back to Omaha! If there's anything I can do for you, let me know.
Wanted to thank you again, you went above and beyond on getting me a great vehicle at an unbelievable price, well worth the 220 miles to drive to you. Truck runs excellent, this beast got me over 18 mpg on the trip back. I know our next vehicle will definitely be from you, I have yet to find another honest, trustworthy dealer.
Dave Ruggiero. Huron, South Dakota
Highway 9 Auto Sales is the BEST PLACE for purchasing used cars. We had one week to purchase a second car for our family. After visiting several lots in Omaha and test driving a few we resorted to Craig’s List . We came in contact with Mark Charlson with Highway 9 Auto Sales. The first car didn’t work for us but then Mark emailed us with a second choice. We drove to Ponca Nebraska which was a 2 hr drive for us but the results of that drive we were the proud owners of 2002 Ford Taurus in excellent condition. We are very grateful for the customer service, honesty and hospitality. We will definitely refer Mark to all our friends and family. It was a pleasure doing business with Highway 9 Auto Sales.
Kevin & Julie Minino
We started looking for cars and saw and drove lots of different ones. By Gods will, we were given Highway 9's web site for a 2005 Ford Focus. We e-mailed Mark that we were interested and he responded right away. We even set up an appointment to see it on a Sunday. What other car deal would do that?? Highway 9 did!! My daughter and I drove to Ponca, (beautiful area) met with Mark, talked and test drove the car. Being a single mom, and having no experience at buying a new car, Mark was very helpful and was very reassuring that he would not steer us wrong (no pun intended). The car was in good shape and drove well. We decided to purchase the car. We drove home and made the arrangements to pick it up in Sioux City, which saved us time and gas. He had his mechanic look at it again and found that that alternator could be changed and Mark did, no charge to us. We are very pleased with the car and it drives and looks great. My daughter is enjoying having the freedom and loves her first car! I am grateful at the great service, great price, and have no doubt that we will call Mark again for future car purchases. Thanks again for great service!
Lissa - Sioux Center, IA
**** best seller I have met. Item was perfectly described, would buy again
(via eBay - customer drove here from Rochester, Minnesota and drove home a 1987 Toyota Motorhome)
Hi,Mark I just wanted to thanks you for the great deal on my car.It runs great and was just what I was looking for.I don't usually like to buy thru car dealers but you turned out to be more of a friend than a dealer.I really appreciate your honesty and giving me your best deal right off the bat without all of the normal wheeling and dealing you have to go thru with dealers.Coming to meet me at my location and the time that was convenient for me was also a big help for me.I will definitely recommend you to my family friends and co workers and will contact you on my next vehicle purchase.Thanks again for the great deal and being a friend.
Best Regards Paul.
I am so very pleased at the way the entire purchase experience went for me with you and your dealership . I was very skeptical about purchasing an older used vehicle as I've not made that type of purchase for a very long time , over 15 years I'd say if I had to guess.
I was appreciative of the call back to me giving me the chance to purchase first after just speaking to me over the phone and receiving no $$upfront from me , allowing me the time to have a chance to get out 2 1/2 hrs away from home to see and test drive the vehicle.
After arriving and seeing the vehicle and hearing it run , right away I was impressed and pleased with how accurate and exact the description of vehicle was , as was advertised. NO LIE IT RAN LIKE NEW!!! Needless to say my test drive was brief and the entire transaction took less than a half hour, not counting my drive time that is. But was well worth the drive considering the great deal I got on a very well taken care of and decent used truck.
I would consider you again if I'm ever in need of a used vehicle again. And will recommend your service to anybody !!! Thanks again Mark for the great experience. And GREAT DEAL!!!
Sincerely John (from Omaha)
Honest home improvements
Thank you for working with me through some emails and phone calls to find a car for our granddaughter. I felt like a pest at times but you hung right in there until we found the right car. Our granddaughter lives in Des Moines and we met them half way to deliver the Olds Alero on Monday evening. I can't explain how excited she was over the car! She loves it!! She just graduated and is heading to college in the Fall and needed this transportation. She's worked really hard to pay for it and we helped her with new tires, oil change, and a couple more keys. So she is set and we hope that it runs a long time. Thanks again for you knowledge and your honesty. You have our endorsement and you'll be our choice next time we need a used car!
Jo Jones - Dakota Dunes, SD
6-15-2012 Via eBay
Good seller who backs up his vehicles with his word. Exceptionally helpful A++++. Via Buyer from Chicago area who drove home a $1800 vehicle.
I just wanted to thank you for the VW Jetta that you sold me! It is a beautiful car and everything you said it was going to be! I want to thank you for your honesty and for always looking out for your customers! I couldn't believe it when we had settled on a price over the phone and I showed up to buy the car and you told me you didn't have as much money in the car as you thought you would, so you gave me an extra $350 dollars off of what I considered an already great deal! No car dealership ever does that for their customers....you are a great man of your word who cares more for the people buying the car than for the money you are making from it! You are more into blessing others rather than trying to bless yourself...and that is what life is all about! Thanks again and God Bless Mark! (Casey from rural Ponca, NE)
Our experience at Highway 9 was very pleasant and I couldn't have asked to be treated any better. The two hour drive for my new car was totally worth it. Not only did I feel like I was treated as a new friend and respected, we got a smokin deal. Would love to do business again in the future. Thanks again. (Mom and Son from Tripp, South Dakota)
Mark, thank you for making the used car-buying experience delightful for our daughter and for making us feel so welcome and at ease while we selected her vehicle. She absolutely LOVES the 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo that we purchased yesterday, and we were thrilled to find such an exceptional quality vehicle for such an AWESOME price! You gave us excellent information regarding the car's history and vehicle maintenance information - without us asking you first! We live 2 1/2 hours away from you, but the drive was absolutely worth it because we know that you give every vehicle your gold stamp of approval before selling it. Thank you, again for such a great experience. We will definitely recommend you to our family and friends who are looking for great used vehicles in the future!
Mt. Vernon, SD
Mark- thank you for making my car buying experience so easy. I was nervous about buying my first car, but your honest and sincere approach made me feel at ease. I love how you went beyond making a sale by inviting my family and me to enjoy your grill out, recommending some simple improvements to the car and your truthful assessment of the vehicle.
Thanks again, Kate (who came down from Sioux Falls with her parents and who will be using the vehicle she bought for er first year of college this year).
Allisyn here! I want to thank you so much for searching far and wide for weeks to find a great car in my price range for my daughter. She LOVES it! We will be back!
Allisyn - Sioux City
Thank you for going out of your way to meet me in Sioux City, IA to pick up the 2001 Taurus for my daughter. After putting on new brakes and some new tires its like a brand new car! She is totally loving it!! Also thanks for checking in with us to make sure we made it home safely........ Thanks for everything!
Will keep you in mind when we need another used vehicle!
Lenore (Central Minnesota)
P/S Jack was great too! =) You should keep him!
Mark always handles each and every sale being up front, honest, and pricing quality used vehicles at a great price. I found my girlfriend's car of over two months now from Mark for the lowest price around and its been every bit of what I hoped for in a used car. I just purchased a 1989 Chevy truck from Mark at a great price and I must say I'm every bit as satisfied with it as the last purchase. I'll definitely be coming to Mark first when looking for a good vehicle. Thanks again Mark and keep up the great deals. Jamie Naughton Norfolk, NE
5-10-2012 via eBay
Seemless transaction from 1500 miles away. I would definitely recommend. (Rancho Cucamonga, California buyer on a Lexus SUV- and yes, he drove it home!)
Being my first time buying a car, I have nothing but praise for Highway 9 Auto Sales. I had my extended family grilling me, trying to 'help' me by "watching out" for car dealers and their lack of honesty. I originally made an agreement with Mark to sell my vehicle in order to go buy another. After telling him what the car was and how far away it was, he not only offered me one of his cars as a trade, but to help look for another that wasn't even apart of his inventory. He knew I could get a better car than what I was looking at. Through patience, honesty and a 12+ hour day on my end, we finally came to an agreement, and I went with the car he offered me. The car was being worked on all day and Mark was their drilling the mechanics to hurry, but to not miss a detail. That's exactly what happened. It was near 10pm when all was said and done with the car and we were still able to meet and trade titles. He was straight up with me about the car, and their wasn't a detail missing in what he told me. Honesty isn't just the slogan here, it is the way he does business........
Thanks for all you've done. God Bless you.
John Anderson- Orange City, Iowa
Mark, thanks again for the Chevy Venture. It rides,drives and looks nice.Right price and loved doing business with you,even tho I couldn't get you to lower the price, lol. Will keep you name,number, and website handy. Thanks again well worth the 3 hour drive. Steve and Lisa Goodman Whittemore, Iowa
Mark and Melanie,
First off, thank you both so much for the promptness and friendliness when I called to inquire about the 15 passenger van. I had called when you were in a meeting and you returned my call within minutes. My wife owns and operates a home daycare buisness in Pierre, SD and really needed an affordable van to transport the children to the park/Ymca etc. When you shop locally, you just cannot find what you are looking for at a reasonable price. You were honest, and informed me of everything over the phone so i was not shocked when I got there. When I pulled up to your buisness, the van was JUST as expected! I live 292 miles/ 5 hours away, so I was really needing an honest salesman to inform me about the van! When I did the paperwork, Melanie was excellent and very pleasant to work with. I can trust you and I appreciate everything since I live so far away and I WILL be back for my next automotive need!
I recommend your buisness to anyone! "No huss, no fuss, no bs......just honest us!"
Thanks again and PLEASE keep in touch!
Jerid and Jeanine Maskovich
Pierre, South Dakota
Thanks for being a great guy to work with....it's refreshing to work with good people who are honest, open and who you can trust.
And, ps, your wife is great, as well. :)
Sandi (SIOUX CENTER, IOWA)
My experience with Mark was far from a dealership and exactly like a friendly person to person sale. Instead of haggling down over inflated prices Mark gives you the bottom line fair deal on good used vehicles. Even after the sale Mark has no problem with helping out on additional parts and services if your looking to improve your already excellent vehicle purchase. Thanks again Mark.
Via eBay 2-14-2012
Excellent ebay seller,great communition,nice vehicle,answers all questions
This Was Texted to me after we met them to deliver the van in Sioux City. They came from the Harlan, Iowa area, which is about 2 hours away.....
"Hi, this is Aamie, and I just wanted to tell you thank you and for the great deal. I love my van and its running great! :)"
You see, everyone WINS at Highway 9 Auto Sales!!!
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