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Star Auto Sales

Tim and Minka Imeri of Mattoon have opened Star Auto Sales at 301 N. Logan St. Picture is Tim Imeri on Tuesday at Star Auto Sales.

MATTOON -- Entrepreneurs Tim and Minka Imeri of Mattoon have opened Star Auto Sales at 301 N. Logan St., along Richmond Avenue.

Tim Imeri said they are focused on offering great service for their customers and the lowest prices possible on all of their inventory of used automobiles.

"We want to make sure to give people great deals and affordable vehicles," Imeri said, adding that they know customers research auto prices online before making purchases.

Imeri said many of their customers are families in need of minivans, sport utility vehicles, or other third-row automobiles to accommodate their children. In addition, he said they cater to many customers who need inexpensive automobiles to use as work vehicles or as starter cars for their teenage children. He said their inventory also includes pickup trucks, which sell quickly, and reasonably priced luxury cars.

All of the vehicles sold by Star Auto Sales are checked out "bumper to bumper" by a mechanic to make sure they are road worthy before they are put on sale, Imeri said.

If customers want specific types of vehicles that are not on the lot, Imeri said he can do research and help them find these vehicles. Imeri added that he does a lot of online marketing for Star Auto Sales, which has drawn customers from as far away as Champaign, Peoria and the St. Louis area  Imeri said Star Auto Sales offers financing and a layaway program, plus trade-ins for used vehicles.

Imeri said he appreciates that Star Auto Sales is located at a busy intersection near an area that is the scene of new commercial development, including the opening of Denny's and Planet Fitness. Imeri said he and his wife are glad to be able to open a business in their community.

"We plan to be here a long time. I was raised in Mattoon almost my whole life. I love this community," Imeri said.

Star Auto Sales is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday each week. More information is available by calling Star Auto Sales at 217-234-1217 or 217-254-1377, emailing, or going online to



Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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