By Crystal Burns
Darryl Marcle remembers calling the local Shop & Swap radio program as a kid. Without his dad’s permission, he placed his father’s riding lawn mover for sale.
“There was just something about selling that I always liked,” Marcle said with a smile, sitting in his new office in the former A&A Tire on Highway 45 Bypass.
Marcle, owner of Darryl’s Trenton Auto Sales, celebrated his 20th anniversary and held a grand re-opening in his new location Thursday afternoon.
To get the building ready, Greg Lumley of Lumley Home Improvement gutted and re-designed the interior and installed new floors and lighting, put on a new roof, painted the exterior, and made the facility more energy efficient. Milburn Hall provided tech support, and Dale Sowell and Sowell Boys Paving re-paved the lot.
Marcle said he had outgrown his former home next door where he had been for nearly 20 years. He started his used car business in Trenton next door to Pizza Hut in 1997. He stayed there eight months.
A native of Bradford, Marcle sold new cars at Argyle and Ronnie Graves’ dealership in Milan for about seven years before setting out on his own. He moved his family to Trenton in 1999. His sons, Colton and Colby, Gibson County High School alumni, joined him in business after graduation although they worked for him throughout their teenage years.
“I wanted them to go to college,” Marcle admitted.
He said owning a business is tough enough, but there is enormous pressure in the car business. His nephew, Brandon Reynolds, has been working with him since the late 90s and runs Marcle’s lot, CNC, in Humboldt. Brett Hopper also works at CNC, and Chad Rainey is in Trenton.
Marcle originally planned for one son to help Reynolds in Humboldt and another to stay in Trenton, but both boys enjoy being with their dad.
Marcle is glad to have them.
“It’s probably one of the best set-ups you can have,” he said. “You get to see them grow and be a part of how they grow.”
Marcle has taught his sons to live by the Golden Rule.
“If you can earn people’s respect and treat them like you would want to be treated, then you get a lot of repeat customers and referrals,” he said. “I believe we’ve been able to maintain because we try to do business the right way.”
Hopper and Rainey are just like family, too, Marcle said.
Between Darryl’s Trenton and Humboldt locations, he keeps about 100-120 units. Most of the inventory is new car trades, and Marcle tries to keep a variety of vehicles with a lot of pickups and SUVs. Autos include warranties, and Marcle said he has financing to fit everyone’s needs.
For more information, contact Darryl’s Trenton Auto Sales at 731-855-7555, view the website at darrylstrentonauto.com, or visit the new location at 2007 Hwy. 45 Bypass S. in Trenton.