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.

Keeping it local

People talk about buying locally and supporting their local community all the time. Are we only talking about the local farmers and fishermen? What about the small business owners, i.e. local bakery that a young couple has started up? Or the small town coffee shop trying to compete with the big fish franchise? Don’t they deserve to be supported locally and thrive?  Help make our local communities an even better place to raise our families, grow old, and improve our home values?

The answer, I feel, is unequivocally yes! The mom and pop restaurant that has always served comfort food (even before the large chains moved in, renamed it “rustic”, then charge you $29.95 a plate) should be the place to go for mac n cheese and country fried steak!

Just like with the local car dealership. Why would anyone waste their time and gas (at just under $4/gallon), to drive to a dealership 4 hours away just to save $200?  Think of the miles you add to your new car driving back from that dealership that saved you $200. (Translation: that much closer to your warranty expiring.)

AutoPark Honda of Cary is proud to say we have been the Highest Volume Dealer in the Triangle for 10 Years now.  We want to earn your business! The higher the volume of cars we sell, allows for more savings passed along to you, our customers. Doesn’t it just make sense to buy locally in your own backyard dealership? 

So keep it local.

Buy local.

(Oh, yeah, same goes for supporting local farmers, coffee shops, and restaurants, too!)

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.

Winds of March

Here in Cary, North Carolina, March did not roar in like a lion. It came in with clouds and really cold temperatures. That doesn’t seem like a lion’s roar as much as a hyena laughing.

But here at AutoPark Honda of Cary, our first day of March roared in like a lion. The showroom was bursting with people and noise. It was very carnivalistic. (I love blogging because you can create words.) And cars were being sold left and right. It seemed like people thought it was the end of the month, at the end of the year of a model being discontinued and the prices were slashed!

This is what car dealerships like…hustle and bustle, people, noise, energy…and don’t forget the smell of popcorn. We have that popping all day long at AutoPark Honda of Cary!

The winds of March may not have ushered in like a lion weather-wise, but it sure did roar in at AutoPark Honda of Cary. Looks like it will roar out going into April too.

Recognize!

What makes a car noteworthy? Is it the reliability? Styling? Fan base? Manufacturer? Country of origin? Price? Notoriety? Tradition? Awards?

If all of these are or some of these are your reasons for buying a Honda Accord, let me remind you of another reason…recognition. The proof is in the pudding, so let me give you some pudding.

Car and Driver-2013 10 Best  NHTSA 5-Star- Overall Rating”  Edmunds.com- A Top Recommended sedan under $25,000  ALG- 2013 Residual  Value Award-Midsize Car”  KBB.com-2013 Best Resale Value Awards: Best Mid-Size Car”  Polk-The Accord is the most durable, longest lasting car in its class.”  KBB.com-2013 10 Best Family Cars IIHS-2013 Top Safety Pick+”  Cars.com/USA Today-Midsize Sedan Showdown Winner”  (What? You were thinking chocolate or vanilla? Ha! Ha! Ha! or as this generation likes to say, “LOL”.)

But we all know that the recognition is all fine and dandy…but we, at AutoPark Honda of Cary,  just want to earn your business and put you into a car full of pudding. (Oh, and check us out on Facebook. Now, you won’t be able to click on the image below to get to our Facebook page. I just thought it would be cute to have the image on this post. Cheeky I know. Sooooo…old school that I am, I will add our link. (Yes, you will have to do some work, i.e. copy and paste the link in your web browser to get you to our Facebook page.) We want to get 10,000 LIKES, grassroots style (ya now, old school style), so please go to: https://www.facebook.com/AutoparkHonda and LIKE our page!

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Thanks for stopping by and reading our blog. Our Facebook page is just as fun! Ha! Ha! Ha! (I mean LOL!)

Perfect Gift

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So Valentine’s Day is fastly approaching…have you gotten your Sweetie a gift yet? No, no, no. I’m not going to suggest you get your loved one a car. I mean, if you are thinking  about that, then you have been considering a car purchase already. And it’s actually a great idea, but hey…it’s Valentine’s Day and most people want something romantic. But I can tell you, getting a brand new, or new to you, car for a gift on any special occasion is the most fabulous thing ever! And very romantic…think about it…

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.

 

Tradition(s) or Superstition(s)

The battle of light and darkness. The war between good and evil. Two Super Bowl titans come together in an epic combat to fight for the right to be called Champion.

Doesn’t that sound great? Are you ready for some excitement? No! No! No! I’ve got it…ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? I am. No matter if you celebrate in the traditional manner of stripping off your shirt and painting your belly with your favorite team’s colors…to the superstition of making sure you have plenty of hot wings, meatballs, pizza, chips, and beer–yeah, I said, “BEER” for your family and friends as you gather to watch the big game…the Super Bowl is always a great time to celebrate, eat, have fun with family and friends, eat, cheer, eat, act silly…Did I mention eat?

Tradition is defined as, “…transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation…a long established custom passed down…” Superstition is the “…unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain actions/outcomes…” i.e. your favorite team winning the Super Bowl because you lick your nose while shaking your groove thang!

Like the longstanding tradition of the Super Bowl, Hondas have a long-standing tradition in dependability and reliability, so you don’t  have to worry over superstitions.

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Who do you want to win Super Bowl XLVII? I’ll cross my fingers for ya!

My First Honda

Many, many, many, many moons ago, I wanted a 1987 Honda Prelude. I thought it was the coolest car…EVER! Did I get the Prelude…NO! Hold on! Hold on! Hold on! Some of you may not know what the Honda Prelude was, and some of you may know more than anyone could ever want to know, but it was my dream car! So my parents got me a Honda Accord. Nice car, but I was a Junior in high school (natch! now you know my age) and I wanted a cool car. Not something reliable. My compromise was something cool and reliable, i.e. a Honda Prelude.

Let me just say that it is true, it doesn’t matter what color or model you get at the dealership…once my parents were buying me a brand new 1987 Honda Accord off the show room floor, I sped around the parking lot like the spoiled brat you all probably think I was/am. And I loved that car for 8 months!

You see, I probably was a bit of a brat back then. But no matter, I worked really hard to save up enough money to have my parents match my savings and finally get me…wait for it….wait for it….a 1988 Honda Prelude! (Yes, my family is the customer car dealerships love to do business with.) So I ended up with a black on black, sunroof with a wind visor, luggage rack on the trunk, since the spoiler wasn’t out until the 1989 model, and the silver strip on the bottom of the door panels that said “Prelude.”  Ahhhhhhh…the memories. But more importantly, can you envision my sweet ride? She was a beaut. And that was the year I got my personal license plate that I still have to this day on my SUV. Sorry, I can’t give out that information…I don’t want to be hounded for autographs. Ha! Ha! Ha!

But seriously, I kept my Honda Prelude for 188,000 miles, and only traded her in for a 2004 Honda Accord because I needed a larger vehicle. I can honestly say that my 1988 Honda Prelude was ,and still is my favorite car. Was it because I worked hard for it? Was it because it was cool? Was it because it was a Honda? You tell me.

The Buzzzzz Is…

Bzzzzzz! Electric! Alive! That’s the energy you feel when you walk through the AutoPark Honda of Cary doors. Like the busy bees in a hive, our sales professionals are flying around the showroom working hard for you. As our customer, you are the Queen and we strive to get you into the right Honda that will accommodate your driving wants and financial needs.   

Perhaps you may have heard or seen our commercials about no games and no gimmicks–hassle free buying is what we like to do at AutoPark Honda here in Cary. So if you want an easy car buying experience, come see us at AutoPark Honda today.

All you have to do is let our Honda specialists know what model, color, and trim level you want in your new Honda. Then choose from our HUGE selection of vehicles to get the one you can see: parked in your driveway, garage, carpool line picking up your children, coming out of your favorite store…you get the picture.

So call or come by AutoPark of Honda in Cary—where you get the actual cell phone number of the General Manager, Danny Williams! Now that’s service with no games or gimmicks. Where else would you get this? Only at AutoPark Honda of Cary.