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Westside Auto Sales
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer 
Published in the October 19, 2017 edition

In the market for a good used vehicle? Then look no further than Westside Auto Sales, conveniently located at 2895 Ocean Boulevard in Coos Bay. For 23 years, Polaris Simones has owned Westside Auto Sales, and you’ll find him there six days a week, still very much involved in its operation.

“I worked for other car lots during my career, and then in 1993 I opened up one of my own,” said Polaris. “Each day I’m at the lot overseeing operations, keeping the best cars available for sale, and making sure they’re serviced and ready for their new owners. We only have one employee, so it’s a very small operation that I’m happy to be very involved with.”

I asked Polaris what the best part of his day was at Westside Auto Sales. “I like what I do,” he replied simply. “I like meeting the people who are shopping for a car, the thrill of the adventure of maybe selling a car (or not). Every day is new and different, and it’s never boring!”

Polaris Simones has owned and operated Westside Auto Sales for 23 years. Stop by and see his inventory!

But there must be challenges in owning your own car dealership, and Polaris said he’s not an exception in that case. “It’s difficult sometimes to find nice cars with low mileage that are sellable,” he said. “I spend a lot of time looking for vehicles that I think are going to make somebody happy. I don’t do a lot of online buying, and I buy cars one at a time to try and get the best deal for my money, and for my customers, too. Some of these cars I buy from individuals, and I have a new car dealership that I make buys from, and then there’s always a chance to find a great deal at an auction.”

With today’s economy, many people are looking to save thousands of dollars by buying used vehicles rather than new. “Yes, we stay really busy here,” said Polaris. “But that’s due in a large part to the fact that we get a lot of repeat customers. It’s the people that have bought a car here in the past that come back for another one. I guess we must be doing something right.”

I asked Polaris what he sees for the future of the Southern Oregon Coast. “I think it’s going to really grow in the next five years,” he replied. “I’m seeing more industry and companies coming here and I think the future is bright for our area. And I love it here…the climate, the people, the slower pace of life…I just wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”

The South Coast Shopper has been running ads for Westside Auto Sales for a long time, in fact, they’re one of our longest-running advertisers. According to Polaris, “I bought my first ad with the Shopper in the early 1980’s, from Luke Parrish, who at that time was walking around town selling ads for his new paper. I’m still advertising with them, because if something isn’t broken, then don’t fix it.”

Westside Auto Sales is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, and from 11am to 4pm on Saturday. Their phone number is 541-267-6384.

Polaris finished with, “I like doing what I do, and it’s something I’ll continue to do and enjoy…serving the people of the Southern Oregon Coast. It’s a community I’m proud to be a part of.”

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