Terry D'Arcy, owner of three Joliet dealerships, gives you tips to shop for a new car.
Terry D'Arcy, who owns three car dealerships in Joliet, says that this time of the year is indeed the best to buy a car. "It is a good time to buy a car the later part of the year, if you intend to keep it," he said. That's because D'Arcy said he has seen a trend in more and more people leasing cars instead of buying them. "There's probably 35 to 40 percent of people who like to trade in three or four years," D'Arcy said. Years ago, D'Arcy said only about 5 to 7 percent of people chose to lease. No matter whether you're going to buy a car or lease a car, here are some tips: DON'T MISS THE LATEST JOLIET NEWS. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER FOR A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TAKE, FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK
Giving back to the community is among the top priorities for D'Arcy.
In the 1850s, the D'Arcy family traveled from Ireland to Joliet to settle in for a new life. In 1895, a D'Arcy, who was an attorney, served as the city attorney for the city of Joliet. Today, even though Terry D'Arcy's business is not in civil service, he regularly gives back to the community. "My (parents) were the kind of people who gave back to the community," D'Arcy said. Today, D'Arcy owns three car dealerships in Joliet - Buick/GMC, Hyundai and VW facilities. He opened his first dealership in Sept. 1991 with an Oldsmobile dealership on Stryker Avenue and Jefferson Street. He started selling cars, though in 1985. "I was an iron worker when I got out of school and I started selling cars by accident," he said. D'Arcy had been laid off …