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Back, from left, detail technicians Blake Baxter and Michael Hulsey, owners Wendy and Marc Koenigsberger, sales associate Clint Mayeux; front, Koenigsberger children
Bobby, Cole and Zachary
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Ridgeland Autoworld
A one-stop shopping experience for
select pre-owned vehicles
By Nancy Y. Stevens
Clarion-Ledger Auto Writer
As a businessman in the
pre-owned segment of the
car business, Ridgeland Autoworld owner Marc Koenigsberger insists on two things:
the sound quality of his vehicles and his customers’ satisfaction.
As a result, he says, his
Ridgeland dealership continues to experience strong repeat and referral business.
He’s also proud of his Better Business Bureau A+ rating
and’s positive 5-Star
ratings on its “Review Your
Dealer” link, reflecting close
to 100 positive reviews, well
above others rated.
And, as a CARFAX Advantage dealership, his customers
are informed with free comprehensive history reports on
every vehicle.
“It helps build customer
confidence when they can
check the vehicle’s history
and checklist and know that it
comes with a buy-back guarantee,” he said.
CARFAX’s “Voice of the
Consumer” link rates the dealership a “5-Star” based on
numerous customer reviews
compared to other dealerships. (Go to and enter
zip code 39157.)
Positive customer feedback
is “setting us apart from everybody else,” Koenigsberger
said, stressing that his main
goal is happy customers.
“We won’t be beaten on
price, and we believe strongly
in customer service and service after the sale.”
He’s grown his 14-year-old
business by stocking premium
vehicles at significant savings
in a wide range of brands, with
a focus on imports, resulting
in 8,000-plus sales.
If you don’t find what you’re
looking for, the staff goes the
extra mile to locate it, providing a “personal” shopping experience.
Growing up around his father’s and uncles’ new-car
dealerships in Northern California, he developed an early
love for cars, particularly the
coolest pre-owned models. His
own young sons, twins Zachary and Cole, 8, and Bobby, 6,
show signs of inheriting their
dad’s interest.
Koenigsberger, a Mississippian for almost 20 years, also
gained expertise by past work
at a metro-area new-car dealer group and Mid-South Auto
He prefers the pre-owned
end of the business, seeking
out premium vehicles, including those specifically sought
by his customers.
He stocks his Ridgewood
Rd. lot with an extensive inventory of mostly one-owner
cars, trucks and SUVs, from
economical to luxury, in the
most sought-after imports and
“We’re always looking for
the nicest cars, from California to Florida.”
Koenigsberger recognizes
the negative stigma frequently associated with used-car
dealerships, but he and his
staff work to dispel that perception.
One way is through “no-hassle pricing” with the final price
posted -- a policy designed
to lessen the typical shopper
stress. Koenigsberger and his
staff base price on their own
comprehensive evaluations.
As a family-owned and -operated business and with the
advantage of low overhead,
customers can expect to find
great deals.
And, at the dealership, they may choose to begin their shopping by browsing the constantly-updated
inventory of vehicles Koenigsberger locates from numerous
sources throughout the country. Even on-line credit applications are easily accessed
by scanning with your smartphone.
Koenigsberger’s co-owner
and wife, Wendy, a Greenville
native and Delta State graduate, and finance manager Jeffrey Wickwier, a Jackson native and USM graduate with
more than 10 years in the
finance industry, both have
backgrounds in auto financing.
The recent addition of Clint
Mayeux, experienced in both
finance and customer service,
rounds out the team.
Unlike many used-car businesses, Ridgeland Autoworld
has access to the same prime
lenders the new-car franchises use, and also special financing sources. Extended warranties are also available.
The service shop not only
conditions its own vehicles,
but performs detail work
for the general public. Fullservice exterior and interior
detailing and repairs are offered, and even pick-up and
delivery (601-899-8500).
“We’ve worked on cars,
boats, motorcycles and even
Finance and sales manager Jeffrey Wickwier
airplanes,” said Koenigsberger, a collector of quality vintage cars.
He stays in touch with customers, including Facebook @
ridgelandautoworld, and encourages reviews, including
CARFAX’s online “voice of the
consumer” surveys at www.
where he’s maintained a 5-star
rating with well over 100 reviews.
A member of metro-area chambers of commerce,
Ridgeland Autoworld is also
involved in community support. The dealership donates
$100 to a charity of choice of
each customer mentioning
this Clarion-Ledger feature.
Stop in soon for a different
brand of pre-owned shopping.
750 Ridgewood Road
(at Centre Street)
Sales/Service hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday (or after hours)
By appointment