Amazing Race to Benefit 1,000 Kids

Watch this week’s Motormouth Podcast and find out about an amazing challenge for a worthy cause. Maverick’s AMAZING Race is a fund-raising event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Amarillo & Canyon, Texas. This scavenger-hunt-like race is patterned after the TV show “The Amazing Race,” and features teams of two competing in mental and physical challenges at popular locations throughout a 5-mile radius of downtown Amarillo. Don’t wait! The deadline to register is May 1st. Simply text Maverick to 51555 and you’re in! Ready, set, go!

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Amarillo & Canyon, Texas.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Amarillo & Canyon, Texas.

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast for all the latest news and events for the Street Auto Group; Street Toyota, Street Volkswagen and Street Select.

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‘Election-style campaigns for dealers’ or ‘Making Dealers Great Again?’

Check out our weekly Motormouth Podcast as we simulcast with AutoAlert’sFuzeNews and discuss everything from nap pods to election-style campaigns for automotive dealers!

Time Magazine's Dealer of the Year, Kitty Van Bortel talks with Joey Little of AutoAlert.
Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year, Kitty Van Bortel talks with Joey Little of AutoAlert.

‘Election-style campaigns for dealers’ or ‘Making Dealers Great Again?’  Social Media strategist Joey Little addresses election-style campaigns for dealers.

Street Auto Group’s Motormouth Podcast was honored to interview “@SocialLittleMan” Joey Little of AutoAlert at the NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas recently.

“Joey has demonstrated an outstanding knowledge of social media as it relates to us the automotive industry” says Brad Paschal, E-Commerce Director for the Street Auto Group in Amarillo, Texas.  “Joey is so creative.  His unique ideas are original and real” says Brad.

Joey is the Director of Digital & Social Engagement at AutoAlert, LLC.  MotoFuze, LLC recently combined forces with industry leader, AutoAlert.  AutoAlert is a company that offers retailers a single login platform that integrates all the tools they need to run their online social media, marketing and campaigning strategies in a revolutionary way.  Little is tasked with ensuring AutoAlert’s and MotoFuze’s continued growth and success in assisting automotive dealers sell more cars.

Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo offer a Texas size selection with small town customer service. We are located at 8707 Pilgrim Drive in Amarillo and easy to get to from anywhere in the Amarillo or Texas Panhandle area. Please call (806) 350-8999.

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes:https://goo.gl/MGYDlM  Check out Joey Little on FuzeNews and follow his weekly social media blog: @SocialLittleMan

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@SocialLittleMan

NADA; 25,014 People Can’t Be Wrong

The Street Auto Group of Amarillo was one of more than 25,000 new-car and truck dealers and their managers, as well as dealers from over 30 countries, auto industry executives and exhibitor staff who attended the 2016 NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas recently. Check out the fun on our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast.

“NADA is a great opportunity for dealers to learn about the latest products and technologies that can help their customers” says Mike Good, General Manager of Street Toyota. “We’re all learning a lot!”

Flo Lopez & Chip Perry
Flo Lopez & Chip Perry

“There’s no bigger event where dealers can connect, one-on-one” says Chip Perry, CEO of TrueCar, Inc.

This year’s NADA Convention featured keynote speakers; comedian Jeff Foxworthy and NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning.

NADA was founded in 1917 to help dealerships all over the World. NADA will celebrate its 100-year anniversary during the 2017 NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans, which will run from Jan. 26-29.

Learn more about the Street Auto Group; Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo on our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes.

Capture all your bad singing Tacoma adventures with a standard GoPro mount!

Now you can capture all your epic Tacoma adventures!  Watch the GoPro Show here!

Micah Barfield, Sean Boyles, Sarah Bond, Chris Villegas and Flo Lopez
Micah Barfield, Sean Boyles, Sarah Bond, Chris Villegas and Flo Lopez

With a standard GoPro mount in the all-new 2016 Tacoma from Toyota USA, you can document every bad note that your Carpool Karaoke can belt out!

Check out the fun in our epic video adventure on the streets of Amarillo, Texas and let our Street Soprano Singers know what song you’d like them to ruin next!

Test drive the exciting 2016 Tacoma for yourself here at Street Toyota. You’ll find that you can drive one home for a song! Visit us at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas or visit us online at http://www.streettoyota.com/ to learn more.

#KaraokeCarpool

You don’t have to be a secret agent to get the best deal!

You don't have to be a secret agent to get the best deal on your next car, truck or SUV!
You don’t have to be a secret agent to get the best deal on your next car, truck or SUV!

Check out our secret agent spoof from one of our favorite TV shows!

Q:) Do you remember who Maxwell Smart worked for?

Watch our video and Check out the fun!

Street Toyota of Amarillo creates under-the-hood ‘Video Selfies’ for their customers

Armando Martinez checks in Jordan Thornton for an oil change
Armando Martinez checks in Jordan Thornton for an oil change

AMARILLO, TX – Street Toyota in Amarillo Street Toyota is using state-of-the art video technology to provide their customers a mini-mechanical lesson on their own vehicle. “It’s a customer experience like no other” says Jason Reed, Service Manager for Street Toyota. “The moment you pull in to our service drive, our advisers asses your needs on iPads to speed up the process for you.” Reed says.

Street Toyota technicians take videos of cars in the shop and show their customers what repairs, if any, are needed. “The process is quick and easy” says Mike Good, General Manager. “Technicians inspect vehicles with their iPods, press the record button and show the customer what they found. There’s no editing or compressing files” says Good. “Customers receive the video in an email and text message.”

Customer’s video messages are color coded; Green means the car is in great shape and no work is required. Yellow warns of a repair that will be needed down the road, like worn brakes or cracks in a control arm bushing, and a red-coded video shows a repair that needs immediate attention.

Shops can monitor when a customer watches a video, how much of it is viewed, how many times it’s been watched and if they sent it to anyone else. Customers are invited to call the shop, or they can ask the store to contact them to approve any additional work that might be recommended.

“Customers are watching their personalized videos, calling back and ordering the work with confidence” says Reed. “People are just blown away by the transparency and our very honest presentation of what’s recommended.”

If a technician determines that a customer’s vehicle needs multiple repairs, but the customer only elects to do some of the work immediately, the service advisor can immediately schedule a follow-up message. The original video message can be resent a week, month or even a year later to remind the customer of the needed repairs.

“The response from our customers has been great” says Good. “We embrace any technology that improves our customer’s experience.”

Street Toyota uses “Click & Send” video technology from Quik Video, LLC. “Street Toyota has increased their service efficiency” says Jack Gardner of Quik Video. “They made sure we trained all of their service staff to save time and money for their customers.” Check out Quick Video’s website at http://qkvideo.com/ for more information.

Street Toyota is a high-volume store in Amarillo, with a population 196,000. For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas. To speak with a representative, visit http://www.streettoyota.com/ or call the dealership at (806) 355-9846.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com http://www.streettoyota.com/

Check out this video of a customer’s “Video Selfie.”

Should I put nitrogen in my tires?

David Walker and John Luciano have a blast
David Walker and John Luciano have a blast

Motormouths John ‘Lucky’ Luciano and David Walker take the challenge; Nitrogen vs. Nitrous Oxide! You’ll get a bang out of today’s video podcast! Consult your physician if you experience laughter for two hours or more.

What’s all the fuss about replacing the air in your tires with nitrogen? Listen in as John and David explain that what you put in your tires matters! Also, take a sneak peek at the new Supra from Toyota and the exciting Dune and Denim Beetles from Volkswagen!

Subscribe to our Motormouth Podcast using your favorite podcast app: 1) Search for ‘Motormouth’ 2) Click on the red, Motormouth podcast 3) Listen and enjoy (it’s like aromatherapy for your ears without the hot wax)!

Check out the fun: https://www.facebook.com/streetautomotivegroup/videos/1646348818947543/

The Lighter Side of Volkswagen’s Troubles

Motormouths: John Luciano and Flo
Motormouths: John Luciano and Flo

As a member of the Dealer Council for Volkswagen Group of America, I got to see, firsthand, the exciting and innovate designs to be unveiled this year.

Even the high-tech building that houses Volkswagen’s U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Virginia is an amazing feat of architectural wonder. Thoughtful design is incorporated into each of its 185,000 square feet. A central, interconnecting staircase between the second and sixth floors is a sight to behold.

Naturally, the Council also discussed the continued challenges that face Volkswagen; both for our customers and dealers.

One of the most interesting things I discovered at this meeting was something that wasn’t on the agenda; Humor and playful communication.

While tackling some of the most important (and serious) issues within your organization, remember to strengthen your relationships with everyone involved by triggering some positive feelings. We simply think better the less stress we have.

When we laugh with one another, that positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong cushion against stress.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin

A study published in the Harvard Business Review discusses how followers mirror their leaders. According to this study in behavioral neuroscience, human brains contain mirror neurons. A subset of these mirror neurons is to detect other people’s smiles and laughter, prompting smiles and laughter in return.

A leader or coworker who is self-controlled and humorless will rarely engage those neurons in his team, but a boss who laughs and sets an easygoing tone puts those neurons to work, triggering spontaneous laughter and binding his team together in the process.

Check out some of the fun in action: https://www.facebook.com/StreetVolkswagen/videos/1182656061746084/ 

What will you do to make your coworkers or staff smile today? Sometimes business can be seriously fun! – Lucky

Super Bowl 50 Sports Podcaster; “Is that a football or a baseball?”

 

Flo at SB50
Flo at SB50

The Denver Broncos are on top of the NFL once again and our roving reporter, Flo was right there to capture it all!  Well, sort of… Check out the highlights and lowlights of this historic 50/50; Flo turns 50 and the Super Bowl too.  If only he knew the difference between a football and baseball!

I had a great time with my daughter in Santa Clara, California this weekend.  We’re not the biggest sports fans, however, the Super Bowl brings out the best in all of  us!  We had fun making a quick, parody-type video podcast from the most technologically advanced stadium in the league; Levi’s Stadium. Simply amazing!

While in Santa Clara, we enjoyed a visit to The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.  This Museum is the ‘Hall of Fame’ for nerds like us!   Some of our favorite exhibits included rare or one-of-a-kind objects such as a Cray-1 supercomputer as well as a Cray-2, Cray-3.  My daughter found it amusing that Cray (always the fashion plate) allowed customers to personalize their Cray from a variety of upholstery color choices on the iconic C-shaped seating around the base of each supercomputer.  $30 million gave you choices back then!  We discovered that underneath Cray’s unique seating design was the supercomputer’s cooling units.  The CHM does an excellent job in preserving and presenting the stories and artifacts of the information age.  It was great father and daughter time too.  I was able to say “Hey, I used to use one of those” as I pointed out relics like cassette tapes and floppy discs!

Check out the fun on our video podcast:  https://www.facebook.com/streettoyota/videos/10153320623770848/ Leave us a comment and tell me some of the interesting things you’ve done with your son or daughter too!

’50 Shades of Queso’; Super Bowl Tailgate Party at Street Volkswagen

Micah Barfield, John Luciano and Nick Fischer
Check out the ’50 Shades of Queso’ recipe for your tailgate party

Our Super Bowl Tailgate Party is heating up at Street Volkswagen in Amarillo, Texas! Tonight, the party continues at Beerology! Join us at the Don Harrington Discovery Center, Friday, February 5th from 7pm to 10pm: 1200 Streit Drive, Amarillo, Texas 79106.  Call (806) 355-9547 for more information.

“Try your hand at throwing footballs through hoops after enjoying some of our prime, German beers” says John Luciano!

Street Toyota is a high-volume store in Amarillo, with a population 196,000.  For more information visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas. To speak with a representative, visit http://www.streettoyota.com/ or call the dealership at (806) 355-9846.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846, internet@street-toyota.com http://www.streettoyota.com/

TrueCar; This one’s for the ‘Chipper’

Jeanine Clement
Jeanine Clement, Finance Director of Street Volkswagen

It was pleasure to speak with Chip Perry at Digital Dealer 20 in Orlando recently.  Perry, the new CEO of TrueCar, helped build AutoTrader into a billion dollar shopping site.

Being an automotive fanatic, I was intrigued by Perry’s automotive collection.  I had questions about the restoration of his 1948 Volkswagen Beetle… Perry, however, was truly interested to hear from dealers on how he can make TrueCar better.  It was refreshing to hear how deeply committed he is in rebuilding the trust of auto dealers. “It’s going to start with connecting with dealers again, one-on-one” Perry says. With Perry’s reputation for success and the fact that he has a Beetle in his garage; you’ve got to give the guy a chance!

We know, buying a car can be stressful. That’s one of the reasons the Street Auto Group has partnered with TrueCar. When you come to Street Volkswagen and Street Toyota you’ll discover a transparent, anxiety-free and fun experience!

Find out what makes the Street Auto Group different in our Motormouth Video Podcast. This episode features Kerri Wise, Vice President of Dealer Engagement and Communications at TrueCar, an automotive website for car buyers.

Today’s Tune in to our podcast and subscribe: 1) Open your Podcast app (it’s purple on the iPhone) 2) Search for the “Street2Street” Podcast 3) Select an episode 4) Listen (along with your favorite beverage) and enjoy! Let us know what you think! We appreciate all the great feedback! Click here to listen in! – John Luciano

https://www.facebook.com/StreetVolkswagen/videos/1176384765706547/

“Put down that chocolate or I’ll punch you in the gut!”

Karina Acevedo
Karina Acevedo

The first rule of Nick’s Fight Club is “You don’t talk about Nick’s Fight Club!”

Put that Halloween candy down!  “Our Street Auto Group employees have teamed up with a local gym here in Amarillo” says semi-pro UFC Fighter, Karina Acevedo.  “Cooperating with a gym in your area is a great way to get your employees engaged and in shape!  Of course you might use my approach, which is to say, ‘If you don’t join, I’ll kick your butt!'”

Here in Amarillo, Nick’s Fight Club combines a great aerobic workout that will build your stamina and have you looking lean and mean for the New Year.  For more information, call the Club at (806) 322-1574.

Tactical Pens; Write your next page of protection!

Flo
Flo

Tactical Pens are used by plenty of survivalists, for good reason. Extending their usefulness beyond writing, many tactical pens double as glass breakers and self defense tools for emergencies. Design details on tactical pens include aggressively knurled sections and ridges for grip, at least one pointed end, and refills that can write under the harshest conditions; like when my boss gives me a deadline… Yesterday! – Flo

National Puzzle Day

Tonja Reagin, Controller; Loses control!
Tonja Reagin, Controller; Loses control!

“It’s not puzzling” says Tonja Reagin, Controller for Street Toyota. “Let us put all the car buying pieces together for you; Selection, Financing and Service!”

Today is National Puzzle Day and we honor puzzles of all size, shape and form! Crossword puzzles are by far the most common. Sudoku, a number puzzle, is the most recent puzzle rage. 

“Nothing relaxes me more than curling up with a mug of hot chocolate and my Sudoku puzzle book!”

Whatever your interest, challenge yourself to try your hand at doing a puzzle today!

What’s your favorite type of puzzle?

Happy Pop Art Day!

Vanessa Martinez; A work of art
Vanessa Martinez; A work of art

Happy Pop Art Day!  Today creatives around the World celebrate the anniversary of Jackson Pollock‘s birth. Pollock’s art is classified as abstract expressionism. Pollock is highly regarded among his contemporaries, serving as a “model of a painter who successfully fused art and life.”

Show your creative side today and paint a can of Campbell soup or something! Not the artistic type? That’s okay too. Come visit Street Toyota and check out our works of art such as the refreshed design of the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma! Vanessa will help put you in a portrait with the car of your dreams… You don’t even need a lot of Monet!

By the way, who’s your favorite artist?

Click here and ‘Like’ our Facebook post for a chance to win your favorite can of Campbell’s Soup! (LOL)

Look who’s left holding the bag!

Certificate Brown Bag Club PNG

Congratulations to Joe Street, the newest inductee to the elusive, reclusive, elusive but never obtrusive or abusive; Brown Bag Club. “I’ve received some great honors, however, this Brown Bag Club… It’s a very special honor” says Mr. Street.

Would you like to be entered to win a coveted Brown Bag for yourself? Simply ‘Like’ this post, ‘Like’ our page and then SHARE this to be entered to win!

Watch the ceremony here!

Have you seen our Hello Kitty?

Nick Fischer and Nick Jr.
Nick Fischer and Nick Jr.

“Reward if Found” say all the posters throughout Amarillo as the ‘manhunt’ for Hello Kitty intensifies.

Hello Kitty has been the unofficial mascot of the Street Volkswagen’s Business Development Center.  “I brough in ‘HK’ as a morale booster” says BDC representative, Sarah Bond.  “Now, everyone’s morale is down because we can’t find our poor, little Kitty.”

“At this moment, Nick Fischer remains a person of interest” says investigator, Enrique Ledesma III. “We’ve been trying to interrogate him, however, it’s hard to take someone seriously with that silly, maniacal smirk!”

Check out Nick’s mug shot here: https://goo.gl/sl5Ffz

Flo Lopez

How Jalali Got His Groove Back

Jamid Jalali, Finance Director at Street Toyota
Jamid Jalali, Finance Director at Street Toyota

Deals that will make you move!

“Nothing gets me going like end-of-the month savings at Street Toyota” says Hamid Jalali, Finance Director. “Come on down and watch us boogie for you too!”

Come visit Street Toyota in Amarillo Texas for all your automotive needs… And some dance tips too! – Flo Lopez

Street Toyota, 4500 South Soncy Road

Amarillo, Texas 79119 (806) 355-9846.

Click here to see the fun!

What dance would you like to see Hamid perform next?

 

Pandora; The Secrets Are Out of the Box

Cristina Neal and Flo Lopez
Cristina Neal and Flo Lopez

You’ve probably wondered how many people have clicked on the “Upgrade to Pandora One” button to rid themselves of those annoying commercials that interrupt their free, I’m-too-cheap-to pay music… Or maybe it’s just me… Being too cheap, I mean.

Well, John Karpinski, the Regional Vice President of Tier 3 Automotive for Pandora, the online music service finally let the secrets out of the box.

Check out our informative Motormouth Video Blog with John Luciano,Brad Paschal, Cristina Neal and myself from the convention room floor of Digital Dealer 20 in Orlando, Florida.

Karpinski also answers other interesting questions such as:

  • “How does Pandora customize my station?”
  • “How can I make my station better?”
  • “What’s the difference between selecting ‘thumb up’ or ‘thumb down?’
  • “What else can I do with my ‘Clapper?'”

Tune in to discover the nitty-gritty for yourself!  Please leave me a comment and let me know if you found our blog informative! – Flo

Click here for the highlights

https://www.facebook.com/streettoyota/videos/10153296084680848/