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Pee Dee Auto Sales celebrating 30th anniversary all year with donations

May 13, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Pee Dee Auto Sales is 30 this year and has decided against a big celebration with cake and balloons.

Instead, the dealership is making a donation each month this anniversary year to a different nonprofit organization serving the area. Pee Dee Auto Sales also is encouraging friends, family and customers to join them in making a donation to these charities.

Manager Rodney Moody said they would like the whole community to get involved and support these charities.

In April, a donation was made to the Florence Area Humane Society. This month two nonprofits are benefiting from Pee Dee Auto Sales’ generosity. The Ronald McDonald House and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia will be the recipients.

Next month the donation will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We wanted to do something really special for the Pee Dee area, which has done so much for us by supporting our business,” Moody said. “So we decided to donate to charities for our 30th year anniversary.”

Moody said Pee Dee Auto Sales opened in March 1989 with only about 10 cars on the lot. Today, he said they usually have between 200 and 250 cars on the lot for sale.

“I have been in the business since I was 18 years old,” he said.

He said his father was in the business for approximately 35 years before opening Pee Dee Auto Sales.

Right after high school graduation, Moody started the business with his father, Earl Moody, who died in 2004; his mother, Mary Lou Moody, who continues to work several days a week; and his brother-in-law Tony Odom, co-manager. Rodney Moody said his sister joined them about eight years ago.

Pee Dee Auto Sales employs approximately 20 people; most have been with the company for more than 10 years, some more than 20 years, Moody said.

Moody said the company was started on Palmetto Street across from the airport 30 years ago on roughly a half-acre of land. It expanded to an estimated four acres and its current building at the same location approximately 18 years ago.

“Our main goal is to sell automobiles and give good customer service before and after the sale,” Moody said. “We want to sell people automobiles where they will have confidence and trust in us.”

He said then they will send their friends and family to Pee Dee Auto Sales and become repeat customers.

“We feel like we offer a great service to the Pee Dee community with being able to help people have reliable transportation to go to work, church, grocery store and take kids to school or wherever they need to go,” he said. “We like to treat people like we like to be treated.”