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Perry Ruth
Perry Ruth stands next to a smart car on his sales lot. Mr. Ruth went through a turbulent year in which he thought his business would close, but he is back on the lot with renewed determination.

[Rusty Bradshaw/Independent Newsmedia]

"WE ARE BACK!"

Easy Street Auto Hours of Operation

 

 

Car salesman back from the brink

Easy Street reopens this month

By Rusty Bradshaw
independent newsmedia

 

 

 

 

Perry Ruth saw a lot of things slipping away from him this year — his health, his livelihood, even his life.

But the slide did not turn out as bad as it might have appeared and he is back doing what he has done for 40 years — selling quality used cars. He is also finding out just what an impression he makes on people.

“Customers have been calling wanting to know how I am doing,” he said. Mr. Ruth has been selling cars in the Sun Cities area for more than four years. He started his business in Youngtown and moved to El Mirage when he lost his lease. When it appeared he would lose his lease there, he discovered the current location, 13211 N. 111th Ave., was for sale. He bought the property and has been there since, and doing well.

“Smart cars and Ford Ranger pickups were my bread and butter,” he said. “I sold 212 smart cars in two years.” It was such a booming item they conducted a reunion of buyers in 2017 to which more than 40 brought their vehicles.

But On Jan. 3, it all began to come crashing down when at the office Mr. Ruth suddenly felt hot, sweaty and dizzy and collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital and spend 16 days in a medically induced coma at Banner Boswell Medical Center, 10401 W. Thunderbird Blvd.

“I was right across the street from the new fire station, but it took seven minutes to get an ambulance to my business because the one based there was out on a call,” Mr. Ruth said. When he was taken out of the coma, Mr. Ruth spent a total of 62 days in multiple hospitals, but doctors could never diagnose the problem.

“I didn’t know if I was going to come back so we put out a closed sign at the lot Feb. 10,” Mr. Ruth said. “It got to the point that I decided to get rid of the inventory and permanently close the business.”

But then he complained of stomach pain and an ultra sound was done at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road, and Mr. Ruth was transferred to Del Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd. A doctor there, after looking at the ultra sound results, said he had pancreatitus. During 10 surgeries and the removal of 16 liters of fluid from his body, three cysts were removed from his pancreas.

“I had lost complete control of my arms and legs and lost 110 pounds,” Mr. Ruth said. “I had to learn how to write and walk again.”  It looked like Mr. Ruth was headed for retirement. But on Aug. 26 he received the best news of the year.  “The doctor gave me a clean bill of health,” he said. “I heard that and I decided I was not done with Easy Street Auto Sales.”

It took some work but the inventory of vehicles was restocked and Mr. Ruth reopened his office doors Sept. 4. Granted, there are some limitations.  “I can’t be here all day yet,” he said. The office is open 9 a.m.-noon Monday throught Friday and he is available by appointment during other times.

 “Just like me, people are still getting used to it,” Mr. Ruth said. He was in his bank earlier this month to make a deposit. The teller, who saw him frequently before his health issues, simply said, “Can I help you?

“I asked her if she recognized me, she said she didn’t,” Mr. Ruth explained. “I told her to just look into the bank bag.” She did, and replied, “Oh my God!”

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