Keep the money in town

Photo: Last Chance Auto Sales is a new business at 807 S. County Line Road in Maple Park. They had their official grand opening on March 31. Many well wishers stopped by to see the business and have refreshments. The people who run Last Chance Auto are Theresa Miller (co-owner), Earl Thorne (owner) and Lisa Johnson (assistant). Photo by John DiDonna

Local resident opens used car business in Maple Park
by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—After a grand opening Saturday, Last Chance Auto Sales, a used car business located in Maple Park, officially opened its doors for business on Monday.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Earl Thorne, owner of Last Chance Auto. “I have another business, but this is something less physical I can do in the coming years.”

Thorn, who has lived in Maple Park for 20 years, realizes how important it is to open a business in the village.

“Maple Park is a small town; I wanted to keep the money here,” Thorne said. “Also, with it being so close to home, if anyone needs to make an appointment, I’m 5 minutes away.”

Last Chance Auto will operate Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and also by appointment.

“For now, we’ll be working on building our inventory,” Thorne said. “But at the same time, we can try to locate any specific cars customers might want.”

Thorne will look for whatever make or model the customer needs, as long as he knows what to look for.

“A customer can tell us what they need, what their budget is, and we’ll try to find it,” Thorne said.

Before opening, Last Chance Auto held a grand opening event to let the community know they were there.

“We’ve had a pretty good turnout,” Thorne said. “A lot of locals and friends stopped by to show us support.”

Last Chance Auto Sales is located at 807 S. County Line Road, Maple Park, next to Casey’s General Store.

“Come in and see us,” Thorne said. “We’re fair, we’re reasonable, we’re honest, and we’ll work with anyone we can to help them find a car.”