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The Evolution of Car Commercials

June 10, 2014
Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 2.30.48 PM Remember when car commercials used to be all about a shiny, fast car taking a picturesque drive in the mountains or by the beach? It seems like nowadays you rarely see those type of car commercials…in fact, some commercials hardly feature a car in them at all! As car buyers have the chance to research everything they need to know about the car online, get reviews from other buyers, and potentially skip over commercials, I think advertisers are realizing they need to keep their commercials entertaining if they are going to keep people watching. And I’m all for it! Here are a few car commercials I have loved from the past year or two. If you’re a music fan like I am, you’ll love this Toyota Corolla commercial from this year. It’s so fun to see how the car, fashion and music have changed together over the decades. And I do think it’s true โ€” the Toyota Corolla is just an old standby that people will always rely on! This commercial for the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is just so sweet. It makes me think of my own dad…and that always gets me teary! It also reminds me of the Olympic commercial that was about moms looking out for their kids. The emotional ones always get me! So here’s another one that plays on the emotions…but if you’ve ever had a dog, you just won’t be able to help it! Like I said at the beginning of this post, some car commercials hardly show the car at all, and this is one of those. This 2014 Chevy commercial compares a Chevy to the loyal, best friend your dog is throughout your life. Awww. Now I just have to stay away from “Marley and Me.” ๐Ÿ™‚ There are so many other great commercials out there, but these are just a few that popped into my mind. Which car commercials are you loving lately?
Good Works, Local Events

McCarthy + Mavericks = Magic!

September 24, 2013
In case you didn’t catch my Facebook post yesterday morning, I have some super cool news to announce on behalf of McCarthy Auto!
McCarthy Blue Springs Hyundai (from Blue Springs, MO) will be the exclusive Automotive Dealership Sponsor with the Missouri Mavericks Hockey Team for the 2013/2014 season!
Pretty cool, eh? We sure do love our Mavs, so sponsoring them is an added bonus! You can find out all the cool team information at Make sure you check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚ And one last question for you… How do you prepare a hockey rink for the 2013-2014 hockey season? With GoPros and paint cans, of course. Check out this sweet video of the preparation of the Missouri Mavericks Hockey arena! It’sย extra cool, because they filmed the time lapse of the event โ€” a process that took 18 hours, beginning bright and early at 7 a.m. on August 30, 2013. The season officially begins November 2 at 7:05 p.m.! Go Mavericks!
Auto News, Behind the Wheel

Safety UP, deaths DOWN

April 6, 2011
Driving along, I often wonder about that split second before an accident occurs … ย does your life really flash before you? does the shock draw a blank? What about your vehicle; what’s it thinking? With all the recent safety features and specs, it’s a fact – cars are safer to drive these days. According to the United States Transportation Department, deaths resulting from highway accidents are lower. Thank goodness! Some positive news! Not only do vehicles provide better safety equipment; drivers are wearing their seat belts more often and staying off the road after alcohol consumption. Smart move, I’d say! ย Read more about Highway deaths fall to lowest level since 1949, a report The Today Show posted recently. Vehicles on the rode today offer far more advanced technology; to keep us safe. Standard features like ‘front and rear crumple zones’ and ‘energy-absorbing steering column’ to absorb some of the impact when in an accident. Other features like ‘traction control’ and ‘electronic stability control’ which help prevent the accident from occurring. And ‘on-star automatic crash response & emergency services’ if in fact you are in an accident and need immediate assistance. It’s nice to know your car is thinking of you … and your safety!
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? ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh … I almost forgot! Thru September 30th, we will throw in $250 in groceries ON US!
Auto News, Behind the Wheel

Important safety features

September 8, 2010
Safety first! When purchasing a vehicle for you and your family, safety is a major concern. What are some of the standard safety features in the brands that McCarthy carries? Here’s a short list for you: Chevrolet
  • Six airbags – dual front & side impact airbags
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes – to keep you from sliding out of control
  • On-Star – if your airbags go off, emergency response is contacted immediately
  • Front & Rear crush zones – to absorb energy from the impact
  • Energy-absorbing steering column and laminated windshield safety glass
  • Electronic Stability Control – keep you on the intended path when in trouble
  • 5 years of Roadside Assistance – no need for AAA
  • Six airbags – two in front, two curtain, and two side
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • XM Navigation Traffic – let you know of any blocked or congested roads
  • VDC – Vehicle Dynamic Control – can’t do a donut in the parking lot
  • Crumple Zone – absorbs energy from front & rear to reduce impact in cabin
  • Active Headrests – headrest will move with head to reduce whip lash
  • ABS – Anti-lock Brake System – helps control steering while stopping
Always remember to buckle up!
Dealership Events, Uncategorized

Local Man Wins New Hyundai

August 27, 2010
Check this out! A current McCarthy Hyundai customer wins National contest. Tom Wallace, from Merriam, Kansas filled out an entry form back in February at the Kansas City Auto Show. Along with 85,000 other entries from 37 auto shows nationwide, Tom was the chosen one! This 57-year-old man came home from vacation to a package informing him of his winnings. He didn’t believe it! A car enthusiast, Tom claims he has never won anything before. Tom’s first trip will be to Minnesota to visit his son and daughter and two grandchildren … in his brand new 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Grand Touring, all black over saddle. It was a pleasure meeting Tom, Friday. Congratulations to you!