Edgecomb’s Imported Auto to Close after Forty Years of Service


By: Crystal Groff

Edgecomb’s has always been a family business.

Edgecomb’s Imported Auto to Close after Forty Years of Service

CHARLOTTESVILLE (September 2, 2020)— Edgecomb’s Imported Auto announced today it will be closing its doors for good. The company has provided automotive service and sales to the area for more than forty years, starting at a gas station on Pantops Mountain and ultimately settling at its current location, 2005 Avon Ct. in Charlottesville. The final day for the business will be at the end of September, 2020.

All inventory of used cars, including a fleet of loaner cars, will be for sale at greatly reduced prices. No new appointments for service will be taken except warranty work, and no Virginia State Inspections will take place after September 11. Customers who have repairs scheduled, as well as those with service contracts or credits, are being notified via phone call and/or email. Any cars remaining for sale after September 11 will be available for viewing and test-driving by appointment. The last date to purchase cars is undetermined at this time.

Edgecomb’s was started in 1979 by Gary and Betsy Edgecomb, with the goal of setting a new standard for auto repair and sales. Betsy says, “We tried to bring honesty and fairness to a business where those qualities were hard to find. We understood that people needed clear explanations of repair issues, and a place where they could buy a reliable used car that they knew we would stand behind.” The business flourished at its current location on Avon Street Extended, where Gary and Betsy’s daughter Sheri managed the business for more than two decades – in fact, everyone in the family has worked at “the shop” at one time or another. Long associated with Volvo and other reputable makes, and actively involved in numerous community events and charitable causes, Edgecomb’s leaves a decades-long legacy in Charlottesville.

Edgecomb’s has always been a family business, and as for so many others, 2020 has been a difficult year. With travel and commuting at a minimum due to the Covid-19 pandemic, revenue has simply not kept up with expenses. Combined with changes in the industry that favor much larger operations, it became clear that, like all good things, Edgecomb’s Imported Auto was destined to end. For additional information, managers Tim Edgecomb and Crystal Groff can be reached at 434-295-1570 or 434-979-1344. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Edgecomb’s was started in 1979 by Gary and Betsy Edgecomb.