Talking About: Cars in Cary

Story and graphics by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – You can’t spell Cary without C-A-R. And for lovers of the automobile great and small, there’s a lot to talk about in Cary this summer. Let’s start by squaring away the difference between Cary Auto Park and Cary Automall.

Automall vs. Auto Park

Like many perhaps, I was confused – or rather, conflated – Cary’s Auto Park and Automall on Highway 64. They are in fact two separate businesses, competitors if you will, living side by side.

Auto Park is a Leith Automotive development off 64 at Autopark Blvd. It has Honda, Acura, Smart, VW, Jaguar, Chrysler, Jeep, Mercedes, Land Rover and Porsche.

Cary Automall is a Hendrick Automotive Group development. It is split into two areas.

The main entrance is Mackenan Drive off 64. That section has Kia, Buick GMC, Chevrolet, Dodge and Fiat.

Off Old Raleigh Road just behind the main development, Hendrick also has Cadallic, Saab, Hummer and Spyker.

Also on Old Raleigh Road, but unaffiliated with Automall or Auto Park is Johnson Hyundai and Suburu.

Cary Autopark / Automall Map

We’ve created a one-of-a-kind CaryCitizen Auto Park/Automall map, available no where else, to help you navigate your way to the dealerships on 64.

New Toyota Dealership

While other regions are losing dealerships, we’re getting more automotive badges and brands.

The new Toyota dealership on Laura Duncan and NC 64 is open. They also sell Scions.


And, as previously mentioned, Fiat has its first NC dealership in the space formerly occupied by Saturn in Cary Automall.

Other Car Dealerships in Cary

The other big dealership development in Cary is at Crossroads where US 1 and I-40 cross.

It’s a little bit more spread out the Autoparkmall, but it’s where you’ll find Ford, Mercury, Lincoln and Mazda.


The local Volvo dealership is on Maynard near the corner of High House. Nissan is in Apex on NC 55 at the intersection of 64.

31 Badges and Brands

That’s a total of 31 car new car dealerships right here in the greater Cary metroplex.

Car-heaven for car-lovers. Plenty to talk about.


2 replies
  1. Hal Goodtree
    Hal Goodtree says:

    Thanks Mark. They still have Hummer messaging out there, and indeed have 10 used Hummers for sale right now. But the brand was sold to a Chinese company and it looks like distribution channels are still in the works.

  2. MarkA
    MarkA says:

    Actually, the Hendrick location off of Old Raleigh Road only has Cadillac, Saab and Spyker now. The Hummer showroom has been remodeled as the Saab and Spyker showroom. (Per GM’s closing down of the Hummer brand.)

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