Rockford car salesman retires after 56 years in the business

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- One Rockford car salesman is saying goodbye to his car dealership after deciding to retire after nearly 57 years of selling cars to people all over the Stateline at the Rural Street lot.

Gary Carlson Motors last day of business is Sunday. Carlson says retiring is a bittersweet feeling after meeting many loyal customers and being a part of the business since he was just a kid. Carlson says he wants to be able to spend more time with his family and travel a bit more, but Carlson can't give up selling cars for good. He'll be selling cars a Genrich Auto Sales just at his own pace this time.

"It's been a great experience. I love this town. I love my neighborhood here. I still live in this neighborhood, I just live three blocks from here and I'm not going anywhere. I'm still going to be here, so I'm just going to enjoy Rockford just not have to work so hard that's all,” said the owner of Gary Carlson Motors.

Carlson sold his last car from his dealership Saturday morning. It was a 2013 Toyota pickup truck. He says the first car he ever sold was a Rambler American convertible back in 1962.