Back To School Auto Tips

 

 

2018 Honda Odyssey

 

For some, back to school is already here and for others, the day of unzipped backpacks and rushed mornings is looming on the horizon. As exciting as going back to school is and as much as we all try to stick to a semblance of a routine, life happens; and our cars are the first to pay for it. Whether you’re rushing to school, or heading to practice most can agree the school year is split between the commute in the classroom.

In order to best prepare for the year ahead we have compiled a quick list of tips in order to get you and your car ready for the school year.

Clean Your Vehicle

Even though it’s not very glamorous or exciting, it’s important to clean out your vehicle before taking the kids to school. Once the dismissal bell rings on the first day of school, your kids will emerge with backpacks full of papers, snack wrappers, and other items that may end up stashed in your vehicle.
In addition to picking up all the trash, get out a shop or hand-held vacuum and clean the floorboards and upholstery. You and your kids will feel good starting the school year with a clean slate. If you start with a tidy van or car, maybe you can keep it that way for a day or two.

Refill Fluids

When was the last time you had your vehicle’s oil changed? If it’s been a while, go ahead and let us change the oil before school starts. While it’s in the shop, ask the technicians to check your car’s other fluids including windshield wiper solution, coolant, and brake fluid. Replenishing these fluids keeps your car in good shape to deliver optimal performance for school drop off and pick up. The night before school begins, don’t forget to fill up on gas.

Stockpile Snacks

Few things dampen the after-school grumpies like a healthy snack. When you prepare your car for the back-to-school routine, create a snack stash. Be sure to store the treats in a container so they don’t get squished. Because many kids leave school feeling rather hungry, it’s best to stock your car with high-protein snacks such as beef jerky and peanut butter crackers. Other healthy options include dried fruit, applesauce in squeezable pouches, and trail mix. Avoid chocolate and any other snacks that tend to melt and create a mess in your vehicle.

Get Organized

Take advantage of trays, pouches, and organizers that fit neatly into the small spaces of your car. By arranging in specific places the items that need to stay in the car, you’ll have an easier time finding these necessities. Make sure you have an adequate supply of essential items on hand including tissues, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, pens, pencils, chapstick, and loose change.

Get a Survival Kit

It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Make sure you have a set of jumper cables, a first aid kit, and a roadside triangle reflector. Also be prepared based on the season, during the winter make sure you’re ready with cold clothing gear and in the summer stash a battery operated fan in the back.

There you have it, our five tips to get you ready to brave the year. We can’t promise everything will go perfectly, but we can promise if you follow these you will at least be prepared for whatever challenge life throws at you today.

Neil Huffman hires first ever Director of Operations

The Neil Huffman Automotive Group is proud to announce the hiring of John D. Hill as the company’s first ever Director of Operations. In this position, Hill will oversee dealership activity including new and pre-owned sales, service, parts and collision center.

Before joining the Neil Huffman Automotive Group, Hill held multiple executive positions in the
retail automotive field. He has served on the Board of Directors of GLADA (Greater Louisville
Automobile Dealers Association) and was Chairman from 2008 to 2009. He also served on the
Board of Directors of KADA (Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association) from 2008 to 2010.

“I’m so excited about joining the Neil Huffman team. In today’s world of consolidation, it’s nice
to know the Huffman family is part of the Kentuckiana community; you can tell they deeply care
about our community, in addition to our over 300 associates who take care of our customers
every day. It’s going to be fun!” said Hill.

“John brings decades of exceptional automotive experience and we are excited to have him as
a part of the Huffman family and look forward to growth under his leadership,” said Shane
Huffman, Neil Huffman Automotive Group Managing Partner.

 

Married for 37 years to Jean, with two grown children (John and Whitney) and three
grandchildren (Andrew, Noah and Lydia), Hill enjoys scuba diving, traveling and spending time
with family.

Neil Huffman #SubaruLovestoCare

NEIL HUFFMAN SUBARU SHOWCASES ITS COMMITMENT TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS THROUGH SUPPORT OF THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

Louisville, KY July 25, 2017 – In an effort to make a positive impact on the health and wellness of our local community, Neil Huffman Subaru supported The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of a larger Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) initiative in June called Subaru Loves to Care.

Neil Huffman Subaru Sales Manager Terry Isaac and LLS Representative Daly Muller at Norton Children’s Hospital

Throughout June, team members from Neil Huffman Subaru supported their local community’s health and wellness by partnering with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Neil Huffman Subaru asked customers to share personal messages of hope with those fighting cancers at Norton Children’s Hospital and provided a co-branded bracelet to customers in an effort to raise awareness. Neil Huffman Subaru also donated blankets and arts & crafts kits to cancer patients at Norton Children’s Hospital. Tens of messages of hope were delivered to patients at Norton Children’s along with blankets for adults and arts & crafts kits for children undergoing treatment.

The Subaru Loves to Care initiative reflects SOA’s corporate goals to improve the health and wellness and the lives of those in the local communities where we live and work. Throughout the month, both SOA and local retailers across the country have shown their commitment to the health and wellness in a variety of ways – all part of the larger Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment effort dedicated to making a positive impact on the world.

•Follow Subaru on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/subaruofamerica

•Join the dialog: http://www.twitter.com/subaru_usa #SubaruLovestoCare

2017 Memorial Day Hike, Bike, & Paddle

Neil Huffman Subaru, a part of the Louisville, KY based Neil Huffman Auto Group, was delighted to be a presenting sponsor for the seventh year in a row for the Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s biannual Hike, Bike and Paddle.  This year’s Memorial Day edition saw over 10,000 participants take over Waterfront Park — and our Huffman team (pictured below) distributed eager participants with cooling towels to stave off the rising late May temperatures.

Sales Manager, Terry Isaac and his daughter Ashley handing out towels to eager attendees!

 

In celebration of the theme of the Healthy Hometown event Neil Huffman Subaru sponsored a giveaway for a bike and a kayak — the winners of the drawings were Tangila Jefferson and Howard Evans.  We hope our winners enjoy their adventures on the trails and on the water!

From left: Howard Evans (bike winner), Tangila Jefferson (kayak winner), Terry Issac (Neil Huffman Subaru Sales Manager), Ashley Isaac

 

The Healthy Hometown event offered Louisvillians  with the opportunity to hike, kayak a portion of the Ohio River, and a  group bike ride in downtown Louisville. The event also gave attendees with the opportunity to try out heart healthy activities such as Tai Chi, yoga, and a hip hop dance class!

Hike, Bike, & Paddle attendees busting a move!

Neil Huffman Subaru will be a part of the Hike, Bike and Paddle on Labor Day — we hope to see you there!

 

Tips on Trading in Your Car

If you are in the market for a new or pre-owned car and want to trade in you current vehicle make sure that you are getting top dollar on your trade before you officially hand over the keys. In order to make sure you are totally prepared here are some tips from the trade on your trade.

Do your research.

Check dealerships in your area to learn more about their trade in process. Read reviews about the dealerships to see which dealership you feel will value your trade as well as you as a person.

But don’t research too much.

In a world full of information at just the click of your mouse, it’s easy to get carried away with research. If you have ever had a headache that was diagnosed as a brain tumor thanks to the symptom calculator of WebMD, you know exactly what I mean.

The same concept applies when trading in your vehicle. It’s important to have a thorough understanding of your car’s general worth but trust that the person appraising your car literally does this for a living and has an accurate gauge of the value of your car.  We do a lot of research ourselves so no need to exhaust yourself combing every website. We monitor over 20,000 pre-owned websites within a 500-mile radius in order to stay up to snuff on fair prices for vehicles in our region all thanks to our Huffman Value Pricing.

Be able to answer the following questions.

Is your odometer operational and accurate?

Is your car paid off in full or is there a lien on the title, if so by who? How much?

How is the car titled?

Are there any mechanical or cosmetic defects?

Knowing the history of your vehicle is essential when trading in your car! The more you know the easier it is to get top value for your trade!

Get all of your documentation together.

Bring in the title to your car as well as any service records that you may have. If you didn’t keep a record of all of the service done contact the service department of where you had your car serviced and see if they can print off any records they may have on your vehicle. If you purchased your car as a pre-owned vehicle and have service records from the previous owner make sure you have them on hand. When it comes to trading in your car there is no such thing as too much information!

You don’t have to buy from the dealership where you trade your car in.

It’s a common misconception that if you trade in your car at a dealership you have to purchase from them in order to get top dollar for your trade. While we can’t speak for everyone, that is definitely not true for us. Even if you don’t buy from us we would love to buy your trade.

Check to see if you can fill out an online appraisal form.

Once you have all of you information together check and have selected the dealership where you intend to trade. Check and see if they have an online appraisal form. By filling out a form online you are able to get the value of your trade without having to drive to the dealership and have to wait for someone. Those who prefer to do things in person, feel free to stop by. Or if you are in our service department you can have your car appraised while you wait.

Click here to value your trade with us online!

Be honest!

Honesty is the best policy. Be up front with any issues that you have or are currently experiencing with your vehicle. We recondition all of our vehicles so they are safe and ready for the road. If you let us know what is going on it means that we can resolve the issue so that the next person who purchases the vehicle doesn’t have any unwanted surprises!

Still have questions about your trade feel free to contact any of our dealerships and any member of our sales staff will be more than happy to assist you!

2016 Subaru Share the Love Event

80 lives saved in 48 days, that is the power of the Subaru True Love Event.

About the Subaru Share the Love Event

The Subaru Share the Love Event is a national sales event that runs annually. This year, the event ran from November 16, 2016 through January 3, 2017. During this time period when a customer purchased or leased a new Subaru they could allocate a charity of their choice to receive a $250 donation.

Subaru of America chose selected national charities:  ASPCA, Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Park Foundation. Dealerships were also able to select a local charity, better known as a, “hometown charity,” that directly supports efforts in their local community.

2016 is the first year that there was no cap on the amount that Subaru of America would donate on behalf of a retail store.

The Subaru Share the Love Event at Neil Huffman Subaru

This year, like several years prior, Neil Huffman Subaru chose the Shamrock Pet Foundation as our hometown charity.

Over the 48 day period we were able to raise $12,011.50 for the Shamrock Pet Foundation thanks solely to our customers who chose to purchase or lease a new Subaru during that time period.

While the monetary support from Subaru of America is astounding, totaling nearly $30,000 to the Shamrock Pet Foundation over the past three years, the support we get from our customers amazes us the most.

“We have customers that wait to purchase a vehicle during this event,” says Leilani Conde, Neil Huffman Subaru Sales and Leasing Specialist and 2016 Salesperson of the year.

 

About the Shamrock Pet Foundation

According to Mary Casey, who serves as the spokesperson for the Shamrock Pet Foundation, every $150 they receive saves the life of an animal who might otherwise not have had a chance at finding a forever home.

The Shamrock Pet Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end pet overpopulation through education, spay/neuter and adoption.

 

Neil Huffman Subaru 2016 Subaru Share the Love Event Check Presentation

 

Want to get in on the action for 2017? Stay connected with us via social media and we will post updates about the 2017 Subaru True Love Event as they come in.

Why You Should Get Your Car Serviced at a Dealership

Routine maintenance is a necessary evil. Often times many of us find ourselves waiting until well past service is due on our cars just to avoid the daunting task. So there you are, 1,200 miles past an oil change and you are determined to get it over with. You’re racking your brain trying to figure out how to do this daunting task without getting a headache. All of the sudden, you remember driving past one of those quick oil change places on your way to work and you think to yourself, “Heck! I don’t even have to get out of my car there! AND it’s going to be cheaper than going back to the dealership. Sounds like a win.”  WRONG.

Now, this is not to down on establishments that are dedicated to doing quick oil changes, but there are a lot of myths out there about why you shouldn’t go back to your dealership to get routine maintenance done. In this post, Dave Grover, our Service Manager at Neil Huffman Honda debunks those myths and explains why you should.

Q: What is the number one misconception that people have about getting their car serviced at a dealership?

DG: The most common misconception is definitely the price. Most people think that dealerships charge more than quick lane establishments.

Q: Is it more expensive to have service done in a dealership?

DG: No, not at all. For routine maintenance it is actually cheaper. Here [Neil Huffman Honda] our full-synthetic oil change is $39.95 on most makes and models and that includes a complimentary multi-point inspection.

Q: So routine maintenance isn’t more expensive, when might it be more expensive to get a vehicle serviced at a dealership?

DG: The parts are definitely what raise the price on certain services.

Q: Why is that?

DG: When you take your car to a dealership you are getting brand-specific parts and your technicians are using tools specific to the manufacturer of your car. At other places you can get the same part but it will be a generic part and won’t last as long. Also, most generic parts don’t come with any sort of warranty.

Q: Since there are specific tools for certain manufacturers, do technicians have to go through any special training?

DG: Yes. Technicians (mechanics) who work at dealerships are more than likely factory trained, which means they were trained by the manufacturer to work on that specific brand. For example, all our [Neil Huffman Honda] technicians are factory-trained. They went through training to specifically work on all Honda cars.

Q: Going back to a dealership where you bought a new car is a no brainer. What about if you purchased a pre-owned vehicle of a different brand? Is there still any benefit to taking it back to the dealership?

DG: First off, you’re familiar with the dealership so it’s not like walking into a brand new building where you have no idea what is going on. But all in all, it depends. Here [Neil Huffman Auto Group] all of our cars with two years of complimentary maintenance. So bringing your car back to us for routine maintenance does have its benefits. But, if there are any issues that aren’t routine, such as electrical issues, a dealership wouldn’t be able to help much due to the lack of diagnostic equipment.

Q: If you discover any issues the car may be having that you guys won’t be able to resolve can you point customers in the right direction?

DG: Absolutely. We want to make sure that every customer is driving a well maintained vehicle regardless of whether or not we did the work.

Q: In closing, are there any other benefits to going to a dealership that you didn’t get to mention?

DG: I’m just going to take this opportunity to throw in a shameless plug. We have online scheduling, a shuttle service, coffee, and arguably the best popcorn in southern Indiana.

 

We’re glad that we could debunk these myths and we look forward to seeing you in our service department. Still a skeptic? Give us a chance to prove you wrong.

 

To schedule a service appointment at any of our dealerships just click on the dealership where you would like a service appointment.

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110% Price Protection Guarantee

We know that buying a car is one of the biggest purchase you will ever make, which is why we want to ensure that you are getting the best price around. If you have seen any of our local television advertisements you know that we back all of of our deals a 110% Price Protection Guarantee, but what does that mean exactly?

By definition, our 110% Price Protection Guarantee reads:

“If you find a lower advertised price at another Acura, Buick, Chevy, GMC, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, or Volkswagen dealer on your new vehicle purchased from Neil Huffman Auto Group within three (3) days of your purchase, we will refund you 110% of the difference. Must provide proof of a lower advertised price on the same year, make, model and color of vehicle, dated within three (3) days of purchase. “

But, let’s dissect this further.

Which vehicles are backed by the 110% Price Protection Guarantee?

Any vehicle that is new to you is covered! Whether your car is pre-owned or brand-new if you find a lower advertised within three days of purchasing the vehicle we will refund you 110% of the difference.

What prices will you honor?

The price must come from another Acura, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, or Volkswagen dealer. A

What proof is necessary?

You must provide a public advertisement in which the price is listed. The advertisement must be within three days of your purchase in order to qualify.

What information does the advertisement need to contain?

The advertised price must be applicable for a car of the same year, make, model, and color, and a date showing that the advertisement was published within three days of your purchase date.

I have found a lower advertised price that meets the criteria. How do I get my refund?

Bring the advertisement to the dealership where you purchased your vehicle and speak with a member of our sales staff and they will take it from there!

 

There you have it! Thanks to the 110% Price Protection Guarantee, you can be 110% confident in your purchase.

 

To find out more about us or to view a full list of our new and pre-owned inventory visit: www.neilhuffman.com

 

We’ll Pay Bridge Tolls for Customers!

Dear Neil Huffman Customers,

You are awesome, and we truly appreciate your business. For that reason, your toll is on us! We will pay your bridge tolls when you cross the Lincoln, Lewis & Clark or Kennedy bridges to get to any of our dealerships in Louisville, Indiana, or even Frankfort, KY. The reimbursement is for both sales and service department customers.

We came up with this campaign in order to combat the negative impacts the toll bridges might have on Southern Indiana local businesses. We appreciate the efficiency that the bridges have created, but we didn’t want the tolls to dispel anyone from visiting us. -Shane Huffman, co-owner and managing partner of Neil Huffman Auto Group.

We currently operate eight dealerships in Kentucky and Indiana representing the Acura, Chevy-Buick-GMC, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru and Volkswagen brands. Our Auto Group is owned and operated by the Huffman family and has been a part of the Kentuckiana community since 1969. For more information about the Neil Huffman toll reimbursements, please visit http://www.neilhuffman.com/tolls.

 

*Reimbursement of tolls paid via rebate. Visit neilhuffman.com/tolls for complete details.

 

2017 Louisville Auto Show in Review

Thirty cars, five brands, three days. The 2017 Louisville Auto Show has officially come to a close but we are more excited than ever for all our dealerships. With five dealerships under the Neil Huffman Automotive Group name in the Louisville area, each offering their own unique flavor, there is a great deal to be excited about.

Acura

Don’t let the flash of the Acura NSX fool you. The NSX only needs 3.1 seconds to go from zero to sixty and possess 573hp. Too beautiful to sit in the garage Acura built the NSX features all wheel drive so that you’re prepared to handle all conditions, not just the track.

Honda

Honda has a large following of brand loyalists with the Civic being a fan favorite. The 2017 Civic marries impressive fuel economy with class leading acceleration. Newly redesigned in 2016 the Civic is stylish and maintains its street credibility.

Mazda

The MX-5 Miata is made out of aluminum which help keeps the weight down allowing the car to take curves and turns in a way that make driving a thrill. A classic among sport car fanatics the 2017 MX-5 Miata-RF is a Top10 Best Winner.

Subaru

Top crash test ratings, stellar outward visibility, and standard all wheel drive make the 2017 Subaru Legacy a reliable vehicle for the unreliable winter weather.

Volkswagen

The distinct silhouette of the Beetle is one of the most recognizable in the industry. The 2017 Beetle received 5 out of 5 stars from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.)

Missed us at the Louisville Auto Show? All of these models are available at our dealerships.

See you next year!