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Lifestyles

September 21, 2013

An Xtreme dealership: Car business celebrates grand opening

CLINTON — New businesses continue to pop up all over the city of Clinton and another has joined that list along Lincoln Way.

Larry Thornburg and Pat Delashmutt opened Xtreme Transportation in April, but recently celebrated their grand opening on Sept. 14.

Since their arrival, the pre-owned car dealership has seen a warm welcome from the community and are happy to now be a part of it.

"People here have really embraced us," Thornburg said. "We are very happy with the business so far."

The two moved Xtreme Transportation from its original location in Pleasant Valley, to the old Master Muffler building because of connections with their principle partner and the opportunity for growth they saw in Clinton.

"We thought there was a good market for nice, pre-owned vehicles here, so we decided to come up and give it a try," Thornburg said.

To be sure they were targeting the correct market, Thornburg and Delashmutt needed to do some major remodeling to the old muffler shop before they could move forward with sales.

They replaced the flooring in the office, removed and installed a new store front and cleaned the once functional garage to be used as a gallery floor for the high-quality used cars they sell.

"We have a really big variety of cars here," Thornburg said. "But we're trying to concentrate on vehicles that fall into the $11,995 to $19,995 range that people can buy for around $250 a month."

Affordability and integrity is how Xtreme Transportation likes to run their business, and Thornburg feels that is why his 30 years in the industry have been a possibility.

"Something we really try to push here is that we are very transparent," Thornburg said. "When you come here you're dealing with one person from the beginning all the way to the end."

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