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.

Check out our weekly Motormouth Video Podcast on iTunes:https://goo.gl/MGYDlM  and follow us @MotormouthShow

‘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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Larry Gatlin to perform a benefit concert at West Texas A&M University

Canyon, TX, March 26, 2016 (Newswire) –Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Larry Gatlin will be performing in an intimate dinner concert to benefit the establishment of his wife’s new music scholarship at West Texas A&M.  “Janis Moss Gatlin grew up in Odessa and was once a student here at WTAMU” says Dr. Darrell Bledsoe, senior lecturer at the University.  “This scholarship will help our students in the new music industry program here at the WTAMU School of Music Bledsoe says.

This special event, entitled ‘An Evening of Dinner and Song with Larry Gatlin,’ will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5th at Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on the WTAMU Campus.  A meet-and-greet with this world-renowned artist will be prefaced before dinner at 6:30 pm. Gatlin’s country-pop performance of his well-known repertoire will highlight the evening.

David Walker, Dr. Darrell Bledsoe and John Luciano
David Walker, Dr. Darrell Bledsoe and John Luciano

“Gatlin started singing as a young man at his church in Seminole, Texas” explained Bledsoe, recently on the weekly Motormouth Podcast, show sponsored by Street Toyota and Street Volkswagen of Amarillo, Texas.  “He sang on his local radio station too” says Bledsoe.  Gatlin is best know for his musical hits with his group Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers.  Gatlin joined the Imperials, a gospel group while at the University of Houston.  “That’s when he met up with Dottie West and things started to skyrocket for him” says Bledsoe.  Gatlin secured a solo deal with Monument Records in 1973.  A prolific season of albums and Top-20 hits soon followed.  The Gatlin Brother’s song All the Gold in California was released under the Columbia label.

Broken Lady, released in 1975 was Gatlin’s second big hit on the Hot Country Songs chart at number 5. This song won him a Grammy award in 1976 for Best Country Song and has also been recorded by Dottie West.

To purchase concert tickets, RSVP by April 1, 2016 by calling (806) 651-2840 or emailing mlittle@wtamu.edu. For additional information, contact the marketing department at Street Auto Group at (806) 355-9846 or (806) 350-8999.

“We’re honored to help Dr. Bledsoe in promoting this great cause” says Mike Good, General Manager of Street Toyota.  “We’ve been a long-time supporter of the University and we’re so excited to have a hand in spreading the word about Larry Gatlin coming to town.”

‘Like,’ Share and Comment on Street Toyota’s Facebook post for a chance to win a pair of tickets before Monday, March 28th!

Street Toyota is the largest, high-volume dealership in the West-Texas Panhandle region.  For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas or online at http://www.streettoyota.com/ Call (806) 355-9846 for more information.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 12 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 West-Texas 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/

Let the Car Catchers capture the car of your dreams!

Unleash the power of Car Catcher to capture the car of your dreams! Street Volkswagen in Amarillo, Texas announces their high-tech website tool to help you locate the exact car, truck or SUV that you’ve always wanted. “We’ll find whatever you’re looking for” says General Manager, John ‘Lucky’ Luciano. “You won’t even need your elephant gun.” Check out all the details of this world-class, Jurassic-sized program in our most recent ‘Motormouth Video Podcast.’

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!

Hot Rods for Kids; 32 Years of the Make-A-Wish Car Show in Amarillo

Barry Henson and the Muppet; John Luciano
Barry Henson and the Muppet; John Luciano

John Luciano, host of the weekly automotive podcast, Motormouth, spoke with executive sponsor, Barry Henson of Ken’s Kar Kolors about the continued success of the Make-A-Wish Car Show in Amarillo, Texas.

“This is our 32nd year of helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation here in Amarillo” says Henson.  “We’re expecting over 300 cars in this year’s show and collect over $70,000 for this great organization.”

“The Make-A-Wish Car Show has been a West Texas Panhandle tradition” says Luciano.  “It started over thirty years ago with an old school car group; the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs, getting together every Saturday morning to talk about their love of cars.”

“This show is so much more than cars” says Alba Austin, Development Office for Make-A-Wish North Texas. “This show has helped hundreds of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives” she says.

The Make-A-Wish Car Show will be held at the Amarillo Civic Center March 5 – 6, 2016, Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Admission is only $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 – 18.

For more information about the car show, call or visit Barry Henson of Ken’s Kar Kolors Auto Body: 3931 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX 79110.  Phone: (806) 358-9900.  Call or visit the title sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Car Show;Laid Out Kustoms, for all the details.  Contact Mike Crisp, Juan Delgado and Willie Hayden at 401 N Tyler Street, Amarillo,  TX 79107, phone: (806) 206-8646. Visit their website at: http://www.laidoutkustoms.com/

Visit the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs website for more information on West Texas Panhandle car clubs: http://panhandlecouncilofcarclubs.com/

You can see a preview of some of the custom cars that will be featured at this year’s Make-A-Wish Car Show on the Motormouth Video Podcast.

The Make-A-Wish story begins with a brave, seven-year old named Chris.  Diagnosed with leukemia, Chris yearned to be a police officer.  “I want to catch bad guys” Chris said.

“We met Chris with a patrol car and motorcycle and flew him to our headquarters on a helicopter” said retired U.S. Customs Agent and Co-founder of Make-A-Wish, Tommy Austin.  “We had an official uniform made for his size and presented him with official motorcycle officer’s wings” said Austin.

Today, the legacy of Chris Greicius continues; every 38 minutes Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the U.S.  Street Toyota knows that a wish experience can be a game-changer for a child.  This is the belief that guides everything that Make-A-Wish does.

It’s this inspiration that excites us about our partnership with Make-A-Wish North Texas to send one of our hometown heroes to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Street Toyota will match, dollar-for-dollar, every donation made with our cashier toward this Make-A-Wish dream.  So take an extra moment in our parts or service department to make a donation to keep officer Greicius’ legacy alive.

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/

Meet some of our friendly Service Department staff here at Street Toyota of Amarillo

Meet some of our friendly Service Department staff here at Street Toyota of Amarillo
Meet some of our friendly Service Department staff here at Street Toyota of Amarillo

Meet some of our friendly Service Department staff here at Street Toyota of Amarillo; Alex Montes, Armando Martinez, Chance Salter, Cody Bradford, Edward Jordan, Javon Anderson, John Tait, Joshua Fore, Judy Grant, Kim McClure, Lionel Wilson, Stehen Garret, Trey Ellis and Zak Kosechata!

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/

I’m looking for nice people at Street Volkswagen in Amarillo

The Street Volkswagen Team
The Street Volkswagen Team

Business is growing and I need more friendly people!

Come join our winning team at Street Volkswagen in Amarillo, Texas.  I’m looking for the perfect person to assist our fast-paced, growing Sales Department as an automotive Internet Sales Specialist.

Internet Sales Specialist help our customers find the vehicle that’s right for them! If you like meeting people and have good customer service skills, give us a call to set up a time to come talk with us at our brand new, state-of-the art facility on Soncy Road, near 45th.

Qualified Applicants must have:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Good grammar and spelling ability
  • An aptitude for making outbound telephone calls

As an Internet Sales Specialist you will:

  • Determine vehicle requirements by working with customers
  • Answers inquiries by clarifying desired information; researching, locating, and providing information
  • Resolves customer concerns by clarifying issues; researching and exploring answers and alternative solutions; implementing solutions; escalating unresolved problems
  • Explain features and benefits of a wide variety of vehicles based on customer’s needs and wants
  • Maintains a customer database by entering detailed information on customer activities
  • Participates in educational opportunities such as vehicle training
  • Have fun by helping our Volkswagen customers have a world-class experience

If you think you might be a good fit for this position, please call Jeanine Clement or Shane Giese today to set up a time to come talk with us at our brand new, state-of-the art facility on Soncy Road: (806) 350-8999. Please email me your updated resume to: john_luciano@streetvw.com and let me know you saw this job mentioned on LinkedIn.

Street Volkswagen

8707 Pilgrim Drive

Amarillo, TX 79119

(806) 350-8999

We’re located just South of 45th on Soncy Road, about a block South of Academy Sports… Look for the high-tech, glass building and blue VW logo!

Lucky

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!