By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: February 2016
Tony Khalaf, a familiar face on the pre-owned lot at Don Carlton Honda.
Don Carlton Honda has been in business in 41 years, and the successful automobile dealership is still family-owned by Don and Brenda Carlton. Over the years, the Carltons have established a strong and committed staff with many years of experience in satisfying customers’ needs, whether shopping for new or used vehicles or seeking maintenance, service or repairs.
Sami Khalaf is Don Carlton’s general manager. He has been with the company for 30 years. His brother, Tony Khalaf, is Don Carlton Honda’s used car manager and has been at the dealership 18 years. Prior to that time, he worked for Don Carlton Acura. Tony came to the United States from Lebanon to attend college at the University of Tulsa, where he attained his degree in engineering. He has been Don Carlton Honda’s used car manager for the past eight years.
“I’ve met a lot of really nice people in the automotive industry,” said Tony. “We do our best to present our used car customers with clean, reliable automobiles that have been carefully checked and fully serviced, ensuring that the vehicles we sell are safe and have no issues.” Don Carlton Honda’s certified pre-owned vehicles come with a free vehicle history report (CARFAX®) and a 7-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. Millions of consumers rely on CARFAX Vehicle History Reports TM to help them make better used car buying decisions, as they cover a vehicle’s title, ownership and mileage history, service records, odometer readings, or past registration as a fleet vehicle. A report may also include accident indicators.
Tony buys all the vehicles that go on the pre-owned lot. If a car is taken in on trade, Tony has to approve it for acceptability. Otherwise, it is sold at auction. “We want all our customers to come back with smiles on their faces the next time they’re looking for a pre-owned vehicle,” said Tony. The Don Carlton pre-owned lot has many really nice automobiles and a few economy cars priced under $10,000 that make great first cars for a young driver.
Tony says they have a wonderful finance department that has great relationships with many area banks and credit unions. “Even if your credit is a little tarnished,” said Tony, “we should be able to get you approved.”
Tony is a friendly guy who wants to guide you to the car, truck or SUV that’s right for you. “All our managers have been here for 12 to 18 years,” said Tony. “We like working here, and we all like making our customers happy.” When you’re shopping for a used vehicle, don’t forget to stop by Don Carlton Honda and say “hello” to Tony.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.
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