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What did we learn from Suze Orman?

March 23, 2011
[youtube][/youtube] Tuesday, March 22nd at the Overland Park Convention Center, myself and 700 other women and men gathered around someone known as THE FINANCIAL GURU! Suze Orman is a two-time, Emmy Award-winning television host, #1 New York TImes bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today. That’s quite a long list of things! Seeing that a focus of my blog is educating women on the car-buying process, getting advice from a financial “expert” sounded appropriate. At this luncheon, Orman focused on creating and living the NEW American Dream! With all of life’s uncertainties these days, it’s important to ‘follow a path that is right for you, to make choices that are realistic for you and your family’.
Behind the Wheel, Money Matters

Who drives Hybrids?

January 24, 2011

To Hybrid or Not to Hybrid?

To Hybrid or Not to Hybrid? That is the question. When you’re in search-mode for a new vehicle , fuel-efficiency and the environment come into factor (for most.) A lot of consumers are worried about their carbon footprint and maintaining a “green image.” For a lot of people, researching the option of a Hybrid is fairly common. I asked my father his opinion on Hybrid models, how many are driving them, whether they are projected to grow,etc. Just like any other vehicle, they fit a specific niche. Roughly 6% of car owners drive Hybrid. It serves a purpose … just like most cars do. Currently, he drives an AWD Hybrid Escalade. Oxymoron, you may think? However, he’s maintaining a certain lifestyle without sacrificing convenience or the environment. For the family man, lugging around grandchildren while pulling a boat, it’s a perfect fit. He is able to pile us all in; making only one trip to dinner at grandma’s. Oh and fulfilling his “Go Green” duties. So, if you’re in search of or  interested in a Hybrid … consider your lifestyle. As always, if you have any specific questions, please let me know!
Behind the Wheel, Money Matters

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

October 18, 2010
Chevrolets Mission is “to design, build and sell the best vehicles in the world”. Attempting to achieve that goal, Chevy created the Cruze; to become the best-selling compact in the segment. So, tell me what you think about the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze?

Brings midsize presence and amenities to the compact market, with small car fuel economy

Eco Model-estimated 40 MPG highway

stylish interior, heated seats, Bluetooth, map-navigation, USB, Remote Start, 9-speaker Audio System

more passenger and trunk room than Civic, Corolla and Focus

10 standard airbags, OnStar, StabiliTrak, ABS, Tire Pressure Monitoring Sytem, Power Child Security Locks

Come check it out for yourself!
Dealership Events, Money Matters

Hail Sale at McCarthy Blue Springs

September 28, 2010
Kansas City is known for it’s crazy, sporadic weather. Last week, Blue Springs, Missouri experienced quite a storm. Bad news for a dealer may be good news for our customers. The insurance claims have been made, while the damage is being managed. [youtube][/youtube] Our misfortune may be good news for you. Go see for yourself!
Dealership Events, Money Matters

NEW locally-owned business partners

September 22, 2010
[youtube][/youtube] Today’s the day! It’s the beginning of an ongoing relationship between the McCarthy Auto Group and Price Chopper. What does that mean for you? If you’re a current customer of Price Chopper, you have already passed the test! Flash us your Chopper Shopper Card and receive EXCLUSIVE VENDOR PRICING on all new McCarthy vehicles: Hyundai, Nissan and Chevrolet. No haggling! How about that? 🙂 Oh … I almost forgot! Thru September 30th, we will throw in $250 in groceries ON US!
Money Matters, Under the Hood

Tires, tires and more tires …

September 17, 2010

Me and the Goodwrench guy!

Well, I definitely learned something new today. In regards to tires, there’s a lot to know about ’em. Different sizes, widths, height, all-terrain and off-road, all season vs. winter tires; just to name a few. Each tire manufacturer supplies a variance of tires for each car manufacturer (GM, Hyundai, Nissan). Each vehicle make and model therefore, offers an array of tires. Depending on trim level (base model to luxury package), it will reflect the type of tire on that car. So, what type of tire do you need? I asked my Service Manager what all the hoopla was about tires! Here’s a list of things to think about:
  1. What size do you need? Here’s a tip: It’s stated inside the drivers side door 🙂
  2. What kind of driving you do – winter, off-roading, highway
  3. Most of the time “all season” tires are recommended!
  4. Tire lifetime (how long they last) – 30,000 miles up to 80,000 miles
  5. Price
Here’s a list of some of the tire manufacturers we house in store:
  • Goodyear
  • Firestone
  • Bridgestone
  • Handkook
  • Michelin
So, there’s more to tires than being black and rolling! If there’s anything here you want to know more about, shoot me a note and I’ll find out for you!

Helping my close friend, Emily pick out some tires!

Dealership Events, Money Matters

Tips for first time car buyers

August 18, 2010
1st time baby! You’re ‘Sweet 16’ is just around the corner and it’s time to start the official car search? Or, heading off to college and you need a car? Now, before you log onto every automobile website out there, you need to have a sit-down with the parental units. Legally, the minimum age to purchase a vehicle (alone on loan) is 18, so you WILL need a cosigner if you’re under 18. There are a lot of things that need to be considered. You need to create a little budget sheet outlining your potential costs of ownership.  You need to figure out ‘how much’ you can afford for a new car. Whether it’s a monthly payment you need to stay under or simply a cash amount. You need to know your limit and remember to never ‘live beyond your means’!
  • How will you be paying for the car? Cash or Finance?
  • How much cash do you have to put down?
  • Insurance quotes?
In regard to choosing the right vehicle:
  • What’s your price range? Monthly payment?
  • What options do you need?
  • Any deal breakers?
  • Consider warranty coverage & extended service plans
Buying a car should be fun, so have fun! But try to stay calm and remember this is probably your first financial investment. Be smart and have fun! First time buyers, what questions do you have for me?
Dealership Events, Money Matters

What should I bring when I buy a car?

July 23, 2010
One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about buying a car is the time it takes. From choosing a vehicle, negotiating, paperwork and finance … who know’s how long you will be at the dealership. Everyone’s time is precious – yours, mine, ours. You want to make a good decision in a timely manner. I get it! To help cut down on the time it takes at the dealership, here’s a list of things to bring to the dealership:
  1. Driver’s license
  2. Insurance information
  3. Registration for your trade-in vehicle
  4. Title for your trade-in vehicle
  5. Payoff information for yout trade-in vehicle
  6. Proof of income — pay stub
  7. Check book for cash down
  8. Smiling face — because you’re buying a new car!
Remember this: Buying a car is a huge financial investment. So, it’s going to take some time. But the most important thing is to find the RIGHT vehicle for you and have you leaving the store happy!
Dealership Events, Money Matters

Top three sellers at each McCarthy dealership

June 28, 2010
I wanted to know which vehicle we sell the most of each month at our stores. So I asked the General Managers of each store what our top seller was for last month … and here’s what I found: [youtube][/youtube] At our Chevy stores in Overland Park and Olathe, the top car has been our top seller for many months. It has been a Consumers Best Buy for the past three years. At our Nissan stores in Blue Springs and Olathe, the top vehicle represents the phrase ‘bang for the buck’. It is the best buy for the money. At our Blue Springs and Olathe Hyundai stores, the top car takes pride in its 10yr – 100,000mile warranty along with it’s 35 miles per gallon average on the highway. Check out my walkaround of the top Hyundai seller for more juicy details. I can’t wait to see which vehicle tops the charts this month. Rumor has it, the top three may stay the same! Have you recently purchased one of these top sellers? How do you like it?
Dealership Events, Money Matters

When looking for a car should you call or just come on in?

June 14, 2010
Just Give Us A Call!!!

Just Give Us A Call!!!

Most dealers and salespeople would say, “Come on in and we will take care of you!” And that is what we want you to do, however time is valuable and no one wants to waste it. In order to know if you should come in or call first when looking for a certain car, you’ll need to understand a little about how our new and used car inventory works. Pre-owned inventory All of our pre-owned inventory is loaded onto a system that spits it out to all the websites we use to display our vehicles such as,, The vehicles listed on these sites are for sale, but they may still be in transit to our dealerships. So if you found a vehicle online and want to test drive, I would advise you to call first to make sure this vehicle has hit our lot. Otherwise, you can purchase the car at any time — first come, first serve. As you know, pre-owned vehicles are one of a kind and they go fast! New car inventory Some people prefer to lock down a new car purchase beforehand. And it’s smart because the demand of certain vehicles like the Equinox, Santa Fe and Murano sometimes outweigh the supply. If you’re in the market for a new car, you should just come on in, get in the car of your choice and test drive! Luckily, you do have the option to specialize order a vehicle of your dreams if it’s not on the lot! You are always welcome to come in to the store to look around — especially if you are not sure what vehicle you are looking for. We want to make sure you find the vehicle you want and need! Have you ever gotten to the dealership in search of one specific vehicle and have it not be there? I know I’ve heard it before. Save yourself some time and give us a ring beforehand!
inventory, inventory, inventory

inventory, inventory, inventory