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Now that the 2016 Toyota Tacoma has made its official debut at the North American International Auto Show and we know it’s expected to arrive at Kokomo Toyota sometime this summer, we can start taking a closer look at what to expect from the redesigned pickup. Completely rebuilt inside and out, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma has a lot to offer as the nameplate looks to continue re-energizing the segment after GM re-released the Canyon and Colorado in 2014. Expected to compete for the top spot in the midsize pickup class, there are a lot of exciting new aspects of the next-generation Tacoma, but we were able to hold our excitement to five. (more…)
Honda Trick-or-Treating on Twitter
Trick-or-Treating is a young person’s game, but that’s only because the town would start to talk if a group of 40-year-olds put on costumes and went door-to-door pleading for candy. Let’s be honest, if you could walk around town and have people hand you candy without them thinking you’re as crazy as the character you’re dressed as, you’d probably do that. (more…)
Honda Customer Appreciation Days October 2014
We all are busy, and we all have a lot on our minds. But we also know it’s important to slow down and say thank you once in a while. That’s what Honda Customer Appreciation Days this October 2014 are all about. From Oct. 1-15, when you visit the Kokomo Honda service center, you’ll have the opportunity to score a complimentary trunk organizer, courtesy of Honda. (more…)
2015 Honda Fit Marion IN
As a staple of the subcompact class, the Honda Fit has a fun-loving, yet reliable reputation to uphold. So when Honda took to redesigning the Fit for the 2015 model year, they stayed the course by enhancing the attributes we all know and love about the Honda Fit by improving the look, feel and available commodities available in the hatchback. Certainly improved, but not straying from its successful formula, the 2015 Honda Fit near Marion IN maintains its spot atop the subcompact segment thanks to unparalleled space, fun-loving performance and exceptional affordability. (more…)
On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) representative Dave Shearer presented Kokomo Auto World’s Toyota Sales Manager Troy Stiner with the Patriot Award, an award that recognizes supervisors and bosses nominated by a Guardsman or Reservist employee for support provided directly to the nominator. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Stiner was nominated by Kokomo Auto World salesman and Air Force Reservist Andrew Mercer. During a family emergency directly following a Reservist required weekend, Stiner granted Mercer additional time off to be with his family. The acceptance of this nomination was recognized with a pin, plaque and certificate presented in a ceremony at the dealership.
What is ESGR?
ESGR, a Department of Defense agency, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,800 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.
In my last blog I told you how my husband just “had to have” a 2012 Ford Mustang. Well, I may have left out one small detail. The same day he got the car he had been wanting, so did I. That’s right. I had to confess. The guilt was eating me from the inside. Ok. So that may be a bit dramatic, but regardless the truth will set you free.
When we started having children, I started driving a mini-van. Yes, I’m one of “those” moms that rolls up to basketball & cheerleading practice with kids, bags, snacks and work in tow. Oh, and I’m a proud mini-van mom, too. But now my pride runs deep.
I purchased a 2012 Honda Odyssey and it is nothing short of amazing. From the leather seats, moonroof, Bluetooth, entertainment system, 8-passenger seating and enough cup holders for the entire basketball team, it has a feature for everyone in our family. My
husband likes the leather, heated seats (since it’s almost December & we’ve had to use them more than once); my oldest daughter (10) likes the electronic climate controls in the 2nd row so she doesn’t have to sweat it out when I have the heat blasting; my youngest daughter (6) likes the entertainment system (and we enjoy the headphones that came standard with purchase); and I like EVERYTHING else. The ride is smooth, the side doors and back hatch are electric, the stow feature of the back row means no more removing the back bench seat of a mini-van and the large back up camera makes parallel parking a piece of cake!
Now, I could go on and on about features (like a hard drive that allows you to download your own music to the van, a screen with wallpaper that you can make pictures of your children, pull-up shades on the side windows, etc.), but I don’t want to put you to sleep. Here’s what I will say: If you have stayed away from a mini-van because of the stigma… don’t. The Honda Odyssey looks more like an SUV than any mini-van I have seen to date. U.S. News even named it the “2012 Best Minivan for Families” based on its reliability, safety and resale value. For me, it’s classy, yet functional. It’s large, but not a limo. It’s efficient, and powerful. It’s both comfortable and convenient. Simply put, it is perfection on wheels.
Working at a car dealership has its advantages and disadvantages. No day is ever the same. You get to meet unique individuals and help make their day. You work long hours. You are never “off” because people who know you sell cars want you to fix the problem their car is having. Obviously the good out-weigh the bad or no one would work at a dealership, and we wouldn’t have the loyal customer base that we are so proud of.
One of the advantages I want to focus on, though, is the fact that you get to see all of the new model vehicles when they first roll on to the lot with barely any gas in them and no miles. They haven’t even been cleaned up. One of the disadvantages is exactly the same. How can it be both, you ask? Well, if you’re like me and you like fresh, new, shiny things with gadgets and gizmos that you don’t really “need” but “want” desperately in a vehicle, then the advantage is great. However, the disadvantage is that you’ll either be trading in your vehicle every year or in a constant state of depression at the vehicles you can’t have but long for.
This advantage/disadvantage isn’t just for the employee, though, as I found out last week. Spouses also go through this dilemma. As the marketing manager, I get to demo and drive vehicles home on occasion so I can talk intelligently about them, blog about them, tell people they should purchase them, make my neighbors jealous, etc. So when I drove a 2013 Ford Mustang home a few weeks ago… my husband fell in love. It was “race red” with black, leather interior and 19” machined-aluminum alloy wheels (yeah, I had to look that up)—can you hear the pitter patter of his little heart? However, I have been in this
position for less than six months and purchasing a vehicle—especially a sports car since we have two children—was not at the front of my mind. But the pitter patter in his little heart kept getting louder until the point came where we couldn’t have a normal conversation or hear the television. Needless to say, I am now the proud co-owner of a 2013 race red Ford Mustang, and I can’t act as though I’m disappointed. As my early-‘90s self would have said, “It’s totally awesome, dude!”
Now don’t think that you can’t have one too, if you‘ve been longing for a sports car of your own. Right now, Ford is giving everyone dealer pricing on in-stock vehicles through the end of September!
Recently I was privileged to visit Grissom Reserve Air Force Base and participate in one of two refueling missions that took place for media personnel. So you’re thinking… “What were you doing there? You work at a car dealership.” And, that’s a great question. First, I am truly blessed. Second, I have an amazing employer that allowed me the opportunity to go. Third, the powers that be at Grissom found out that I like to talk, Tweet, Facebook & blog. So, I’m assuming they thought I’d be a pretty good walking advertisement.
A little background for those of you who may not know: Grissom Reserve Air Force Base is the home to the 434th Air Refueling Wing—one of only five Air Force Reserve Command bases in the nation. The Air Force Reserves aren’t the only ones to call Grissom home, though, the Army Reserve and Marine Reserve also share the amazing facilities. Grissom allows media, business personnel and community leaders the opportunity to fly in KC-135 Stratotankers during training operations and actual refueling missions.
On the day I participated, Flight 1 would be doing training operations on a C-5 Galaxy while Flight 2 would refuel two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs. I was assigned to Flight 1, and I could go on and on about the wonderful crew, flight and experience. But, most of it wouldn’t make any sense to you having not gone on the flight itself. Let me just say this: If you ever get the opportunity to participate in one of GARBs refueling missions, do not hesitate! It is something that you can’t fully appreciate on paper or through pictures that someone else has taken.
Instead let me tell you about the best part of the day for me… watching Rob Rupe, 1350 WIOU program director, have the opportunity to go up in the KC-135. Rob has been in and around the Kokomo community his entire life and worked at the radio station for longer than I have been able to walk (and I’m not 4-years-old). However, he had never been on a KC-135 refueling flight until that day. To see his excitement was something I could not get over. He took pictures of wires, tubing, insulation, or anything else that made the plane go up, down and all around. I was focused on where the restroom was and how that was really going to work out. And, while I was trying not to flash everyone getting up from laying in the “boom operators” area, Rob was looking out the window to catch a glimpse of the C-5, putting the headphones on so he could hear the communication from the cockpit or genuinely soaking up every second of the experience. I was humbled and honored to be a part of this flight. Not because of the experience I had, though, but because of the experience I had through Rob.
This week I had the opportunity to partner with the Salvation Army during their Back-To-School Shopping event. You might be thinking, “What does that have to do with Kokomo Auto World?” To which the answer would be, “Everything.”
We have been a part of the Kokomo community for more than 30 years. We pride ourselves on being good partners with local non-profits, schools and other businesses. So when an opportunity to help local children to be more prepared for the start of school, we did not hesitate to help.
Here’s how it worked: I showed up at the Salvation Army Community Center at 8 a.m. I was assigned a wonderful little girl and handed a clipboard with her sizes and an $80 Target gift card. What is great about that is… Target donates all of the gift cards… and there were 28 children! That’s a total of $2,240 toward children in this community (thank you)!
When we loaded the bus to head to Target, I struck up conversation about what type of clothes she might like, if she needed gym shoes, etc. so that when we got to the store we could hit the ground running. Keep in mind that I have two young girls at home, so I am a professional at getting in and out of the store in the shortest amount of time to avoid meltdowns, complaints and boredom. Once in the store, we headed straight for boots… first on her list. After that, we went to necessities (socks & underwear… which got the disapproving brow from her, but the mom in me knew this was important) and then on to clothes. With help from the clearance rack, we were able to get new boots, three new outfits, socks, underwear and a 3-pack of bracelets to match (I know, I know… not essentials, but every girl has to have one good accessory and they were only $2 so we splurged). I don’t think I need to tell you, but I had the best time.
Once we had checked out at the register, the children were given snacks (provided by Target) and then a bus ride back to the Salvation Army while I stayed for another group of children to arrive and the process to start again. My next child went almost exactly like my first one except instead of boots this girl wanted gym shoes. Her wish was my command and we spent every penny on her gift card.
I cannot thank Salvation Army Case Worker Shannon Laudani enough for asking Kokomo Auto World to be a part of this event. It is one that I will look forward to every year now. In addition, and she did not ask me to mention this or even blog about my experience, but the Salvation Army—like most non-profits—is trying to do more with less these days. Any chance you may have to donate food, clothing, time or money to this wonderful organization would be greatly appreciated. They are located at 1101 S. Waugh and you can contact them at 765-456-3846. They have numerous volunteer opportunities and needs that, I am sure, they would love to talk to you about!
It’s that time again. You guessed it. They let me off the lot with another dealership vehicle. And did I have any ridiculous experiences? NO! Can you believe that? What I did have were some amazing experiences in a great vehicle.
For a week I drove a 2012 Toyota Tundra 4WD Crew Max. Now, I should post a picture of myself standing next to this vehicle so you can tell how it dwarfs me in size. Perhaps that’s why I loved it. I could see above everyone else, haul whatever I wanted (which was a TON considering it was county fair week and the dealership had a booth) and didn’t feel like anyone was in the position to mess with me. 🙂
I’ve never driven a truck like this before, and I have to say I’m not the only one who loved it. My girls (10- & 6-years-old) thought that climbing up in the back was nothing short of an amusement park ride (plus they LOVE XM radio—added bonus). They had a ton of room, brought backpacks full of books wherever we went & couldn’t get enough of having a third person back there with them (because it wasn’t a squeeze like in a typical car & no one had to sit on the “hump”). In fact, we took four adults and two children to get ice cream, and we drove because there was so much room in that truck.
Now, you may think, “I don’t need a truck for anything.” But I would challenge you with this: How many times has someone asked you to help them move or haul something and you haven’t been able to do it because you don’t have a truck? Or, have you needed to purchase yards of mulch or furniture and you had to pay for delivery because you couldn’t haul it yourself? So, don’t buy a truck for you… buy it for those who may need your help down the road. Ok, that was just cheesy enough to make me laugh out loud, but I’m serious.
Cons of this truck (remember, I’m a 5’7” woman):
- Needed running boards to help me get in (which can be purchased & installed before you drive it off the lot).