It’s a Luigi!

I was very fortunate to meet a man named Luigi Galeazi, who just happens to be one of the finance managers for AutoPark Honda of Cary, 3 years ago. He has a son that I taught as a 2-year-old pre-school teacher. I just happened to love this little boy very much because he is bright, articulate, and has the most amazing cognitive ability of any two I had every had the pleasure of teaching.

What has this got to do with cars? Nothing. And everything. You see, Luigi helped to get me a job selling cars. I never thought I could do it, you have probably felt that same way. I can’t sell cars. Yes you can. Because we all sell our selves every day…and what we do. We just don’t realize it. I mean I had to sell my expertise to parents when they toured my class while they made the decision to enroll their child in my class or someone else’s. Was the trust  factor there? Yes, because I had a waiting list for my class that was over a year and a half long, but I digress.

Luigi gave me a referral that got me a job selling cars. And I sold cars for about 8 months, when I was recognized for my customer care. Then I was given the opportunity to work solely with customers in their satisfaction with their experience at our dealership. And I can tell you that this job is just as frustrating, rewarding, and fulfilling as my teaching position.

So thank you, Luigi Galeazi for the chance…a chance that has lead me somewhere I never thought I would ever be. Do I miss working with kids? Absolutely. Do I miss selling cars? Sure. But I absolutely love what I do now. And I am sure this is what teaching all those 2 year olds prepared me to do.

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The photo above is a .jpg you see everywhere now. It’s amazing how much apart of our lives Facebook and other social media is. Key word being “social” you know what I mean? So I am going to go on a personal rant. And since this is a blog, I am entitled.

I believe in getting what you pay for, being treated with respect, and treating others with respect. So when it comes to getting what you want, say in a purchase…what happened to the good old-fashioned way of picking up a phone and asking for the manager? Or writing a letter to the manager? We have gotten bratty in this digital age of fast emails (hey! that’s an idea…emailing a manager) and high-speed internet access.

Soooooo, if we use social media for fun and to catch up with family and friends…why do people want to use it as an avenue to get what they want by slamming the business they made a purchase from or received a service they weren’t happy about on Facebook and any other social media site? Whew! That took a lot of air, and is a run on sentence! Once again, allowable since this is a blog and not an English paper due Sophomore year at your favorite College or University.

Anyway, Facebook is NOT the place to go off and get your way. Even though it works. Sometimes. But someone has to put a stop to it. Otherwise, review sites will go out of business. Not. My point is, social media is for socializing…not complaining. Therefore, I ask…if you have a problem, don’t use social media to get your way. Contact the management team of the business you have a problem with or write a review.

Not all businesses are out to get you. There are plenty of businesses out there (us) that will work to find a resolution for you that is fair. So I am making a declaration now…I’m keeping our social media page what it is supposed to be: social media. If you have a gripe, contact management.  Because our social media page, and the people that participate on our social media page don’t deserve to read about your unhappiness. That’s what review pages are about.

Let me clarify: I will delete any complaints targeted at our dealership. Because as many people that you want to read your complaint, to cause us to suffer or buckle down and get your way…there are more people that contact us to let us know they don’t appreciate your comments and want them deleted. And I am only to happy to comply.

Thank you for reading and understanding that our social media is just that.

YOU Are YOUR Best Car Buying Guide

Is there really such a thing as the best way to buy a car or the right way to buy a car? No, there really isn’t. The only right way to buy a car is the way YOU feel is best. Am I right? Or am I right? Because you are different from everyone else out there buying a brand new car. How can there be a science to buying a car when we are all different with different personalities…and don’t get me started on the person assisting you with your car purchase. That adds a whole new dimension to the  process

You may not care what you get when buying your new car, as long as it’s the best price OTD and the negotiations happen the way you envision from reading all the guides, articles, and books on car buying. But there is no science to this. Maybe a little math.

So take the equation: shopper + car + price = happy customer. How can you honestly configure a way to make this equation work perfectly every time? You can’t. I’m not saying it’s impossible…wait…maybe I am. But we are emotionally made up human beings. Otherwise, we would all drive the same car, in the same trim, with the same color. That’s not going to happen because I want to stand out from you. Ha! Ha! Ha! And we aren’t Vulcans.

Car buying guide at it’s best:

  • Do your homework on what you need for your driving lifestyle.
  • Then…and only then…go and test drive and get a feel for the car you want.
  • Lastly, the math…add it all up just like Mama always said, if you have the money for it, you buy it. If not…get what you can afford. You remember the saying about hamburger and filet…

So trust YOURSELF when buying YOUR next car…not someone else. Because it’s YOUR car, YOU drive it, and YOU pay for it. And if all else fails…go in with YOUR best price. Because YOUR best price isn’t the same as my best price or ayone elses. Therefore,  the dealer’s best price doesn’t matter, it’s YOUR price that counts.

Wings or Balls

Personally, I like balls myself. Sausage balls that is. Everyone thinks of chicken wings, aka hot wings, as a snack when they watch the Super Bowl, or football period. Not I. Every year when the most highly anticipated game of the season rolls around I make sausage balls at my SB party. Why? Because they taste good! And they are easier to eat…don’t forget less messy!

Also, I won’t contribute to the chicken wing shortage that has been talked about for the last 2 weeks. In case you didn’t know, yes. Stop. Shortage. Stop. On chicken wings. Stop. Yes, I know. Stop. I said chicken wings. Stop.

And did you hear? To top it all off, a couple of guys stole $65,000 worth of chicken wings! Now, I did some digging, notice I said some, not a lot, as in very little, and I read that the shortage doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get your favorite little hors d’oeuvres. You will just pay $65,000 for them due to the “shortage” of this most coveted Super Bowl party necessity. (You do realize I am being metaphorical when I say $65,000 for wings…just my way of exaggerating.)

But it is the beginning of a new year…and carrots. Stop. Celery. Stop. Are pretty tasty little treats on the grub table. STOP.

 

Honda Accord & Honda Fit “10 Best Cars” Award

Car and Driver magazine has named the 2012 Honda Accord 4-cylinder and the 2012 Honda Fit as two winners of its prestigious and highly competitive, annual “10 Best Cars” award.

What’s extra special about this honor is it’s the Accord ‘s 26th and the Fit’s 6th consecutive year in winning!

““The Car and Driver ‘10 Best Cars’ awards document a proud history of great cars in America over the last 30 years,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Honda is honored to again have two of our vehicles included among the best of the best.”

Here at AutoPark Honda we have both models on the lot and they’re ready to be taken out for a test drive. So if you’re interested in taking one or both of these vehicles out, stop by the dealership, we’d be happy to help!

Find out why Car and Driver says the Honda Fit is “Small outside. Bursting with genius inside.” and the Honda Accord is “Old-school Honda Goodness”.

2100 AutoPark Boulevard
Cary,  NC  27511

919-439-7982