The Good Guys

Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

  • John Sale
    919 957-0156

    My position here at The Auto Finders is Sales Person.  However Micheal allows me to purchase cars and manage the recondition needs of our inventory.  I have been working here for a year and a half.  What I like most about working here is the job is different every day.  Any given day I can be buying cars, selling cars or getting them ready for sale.  I really like to see the fruits of my labor.  Taking extra time with customers to make sure they fully understand the options available to them and then big smiles when they take delivery!  When not at work I like to play gold, dabble in real estate and dine out.  I came into the auto industry back in 1981.  I worked for the Crown Automotive Group and sold new cars for years.  I then opened my own Pre Owned store in Chapel Hill which I ran for many years.  I thought I had retired but Michael has dragged me back.  I Love it!   

  • Bill Hooten
    919 957-0156

    My job description is to help Michael get this new store up and running.  I have worked with The Auto Finders for 4 months but have know Michael for over 15 years.  What I like most about working for The Auto Finders is the owners and fellow employees.  Everyone is very easy going.  I like the challenge of starting up a new store with different challenges every day!  When I am not working I like to spend my time with my wife, golfing and relaxing.  I came into this industry back in 1978.  I started with a new car store and worked there for several years.  Then I went into wholesaling, from there I found a home form many years at a Pre Owned store in Raleigh. Over the course of my career in this industry I have pretty much have done it all!     

  • Michael Darrow
    (919) 957-1159

    I have always had a passion for cars especially Muscle Cars.  My interest goes back to when I was 16 and bought my first car, a Pontiac Firebird for $900.  Working with customers that need help, education and assistance thru the buying process is what I find the most rewarding.  When not at work I enjoy family, snow skiing, hiking, swimming and yard work.  I found my way into the Automobile industry via banking. I never thought I would sell cars for a living...but now I can't imagine working in any other industry!  

  • Carol Darrow
    Office Manager/ Controller
    (919) 957-0156

    I have worked with The Auto Finders for 20 years.  What i love most about working here is that  we are Family owned and it really is a family atmosphere.  Working with customers and seeing their smiles and satisfaction when they take delivery is a huge reward for me!

    When not at work I like spending time with family.  Lake trips, boating, the beach are some of my favorites!  I came to the auto industry part time helping Michael build this business.  Slowly it emerged into a full time management position. 

  • Mike Manoogian
    (919) 957-0156

    I work in Sales at The Auto Finders.  I have been here for a little over 6 years.  Unlike a lot of dealerships I have the freedom to work in many area's here.  I like to help manage the reconditioning of the inventory when it arrives.  I enjoy working in the finance office, I have a good understanding of social media and like to post ads and work with the folks on more of a one on one basis.  Helping buyers is really the one thing that makes this job rewarding...making friends!  When not at work I like to spend time traveling and spending time with family.  What brought me into the Auto Industry was simply answering an ad in the paper.    

  • Patrick Darrow
    Finance Manager
    (919) 957-0156

    My position here at The Auto Finders is Finance Manager.  I have worked here full time for 2 years.  During college and high school I worked here part time washing cars, posting pictures for the web site, landscaping.  What I like most about working here is that I'm working with family.  I get to meet all different types of people form all different walks of life.  Helping folks thru the finance process and educating them to the different options or finding solutions is really satisfying.  When I am not at work I like hanging with family, watching sports, playing with my puppy and spending time with my new wife!  

  • Scott Horner
    (919) 957-0156

    I'm in Sales with The Auto Finders and have worked here for a little over 8 years.  What I like most about working here is the manner in which we sell cars and treat people.  Its' not a "do anything it takes to sell a car" kind of place.  We have a huge repeat business and working with folks, getting to know them and becoming friends is the most satisfying thing!  When not at work I like hanging out with my family, we love Disney, playing with our new dog, running and working out! What brought me to The Auto Finders is...I was a customer a few times over and asked Michael if I could come to work for him?  

  • Leon Johnson
    (919) 957-0156

    I am the detailer here at The Auto Finders.  I have been working here for 2 years.  I am in charge of getting cars ready for retail.  Most cars don't need much...a good wash, wax and shampoo.  But some trades come in pretty dirty and it takes time to get them to look new again. What I like most about my job is the people I work with and I love that I can make people happy with clean cars.  When I am not at work I like to work on my own cars and spend time with my grand children.  I got into the auto Industry because it is steady work and I'm really good at what I do.  I like seeing what I have done, from dirty to clean!  

  • Steve Lancaster
    (919) 957-0156

    I am the weekend detailer.  Keeping the inventory clean and fresh is my job.  I have been working with The Auto Finders for 21 years.  I met Michael at an auction and realized he was a lot different than most of the other dealers, hard working and honest, so I asked him for a job.

    What I like most about working here is the family I work with.  I also like seeing the results of my efforts.  I can stand back and see how nice the inventory looks after a day of work and that makes me smile! When not at work I like to attend car shows, car clinics, visiting with my mom, keeping my home looking sharp!  I came into the Auto Industry because I have always had a interest in cars.  Especially older cars...My favorite car is the 1980s Ford Fiesta's.     

Just a few of the many non profits The Auto Finders and staff donate their time, talent and treasure to:

Durham Rescue Mission
Wheels for Hope
The Exchange Family Center 
Samaritans Purse
The Exchange Club of Durham
Knights of Columbus
Special Olympics
Migrant Ministries
Catholic Charities
Diaper Bank of NC
Housing for New Hope
Inter Faith Food Shuttle