The Otto Business: 50 Years … Thousands Of Cars

There is a photo of Otto Belovich as a 10-year-old boy, standing in front of a used car lot in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His family had recently arrived in the country from Austria. The cars in the background were pure coincidence – at least so he...

Local Car Broker: It’s Like “High Stakes Gambling”

Traverse City-based car broker, Wally Szunko, knows automobiles. He’s bought and sold thousands of them over his 22-year career. “I buy cars. Then I sell them – mostly to dealers but sometimes to friends,” Szunko said. That sounds simple enough. However, there is much more to...

TC’s Longtime Auto Repair Pros Talk

Maybe you’ve been going faithfully to the same car repair shop for 20 years, or maybe you’re in the market for a new one. Either way, you probably don’t think much about car repairs until you absolutely need them. Fortunately, Traverse City is home to several...

Alfa Romeo Zooms Into Traverse City

That throaty roar can mean only one thing: Alfa’s coming. One of the iconic and best-loved imports of the last century – the famed sports car brand Alfa Romeo – is on its way to Traverse City. Fox Grand Traverse on U.S. 31 South is one...

Classic Cars Help Fuel Local Auto Economy

Classic Cars Help Fuel Local Auto EconomyBy Beth MilliganWhile the U.S. economy continues to recover from the crippling effects of the 2007-2009 global recession, 2013 has been an economic bright spot for at least one industry: the automotive market.National automakers saw new car sales jump...

Traverse City’s Top Five Drives

Ford Escape?Over the past few years, Traverse City has been "Truck Town" and "Kia Country." The king of the new car sales hill - at least in the third quarter - was the sport utility/crossover Ford Escape, which locals purchased at a rate nearly 20...

BATA’s Future Hangs in Balance

REGION - For a number of people in the Grand Traverse region, November 8 is D-Day. Voters will decide who will fills the seats on city councils and commissions, school boards and, in Traverse City, the mayor's chair.But there is something big on the ballots...

Used Car Shortage? Believe It.

REGION - The hottest car on the market these days? A used one.Not only are used cars hanging onto their value these days, many are worth more than they were a year ago - and some are even worth more than their new counterparts.According to...

Marathon Automotive Expands

TRAVERSE CITY - Marathon Automotive is putting the finishing touches on a month-long expansion project at its location on South Airport Road. Owner Ross Schofield says he spent some $200,000 on new state-of-the-art equipment, plus acquired a neighboring building and land.Schofield founded Marathon Automotive in...