It's The End of the Road for Used Cars on Western Boulevard
Posted February 16, 1999
RALEIGH — A Raleigh parking lot that thousands of people drive by each day is starting to look more like a used car lot.
Dozens of cars for sale line a section of Western Boulevard. Nearby businesses called it an eyesore.
You need a permit to be a street vendor in Raleigh. You even need a permit to panhandle. You also need a permit to put your car up for sale in a public place.
But that has not stopped two dozen car owners who are turning a dormant parking lot off of Western Boulevard into a used car lot.
"Somebody, I guess, had the idea because it is an abandoned parking lot. Then it's monkey see, monkey do," said one car owner.
It is an easy way for car owners to dodge the dealerships, explore their options and hopefully pick up a buyer on their own.
"You just park your car. You get great exposure right off of Western Boulevard. That's what I've been doing for the last week or so," said one car owner.
Even though people cruise by and check out the sales, many also realize the lot has become an eyesore.
"It's too much trash. It's collecting trash. People just come by looking at a car and drop a beer bottle, cans, paper, everything," said one driver.
WRAL-TV contacted the mall's owner in South Carolina. He mentioned he does have a towing sign up and plans to enforce it.
The mall's owner used to have the lot's towing policy heavily enforced because there was a nightclub across the street.