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How to Travel With Your Dog

April 24, 2014

Don’t leave your furry companion at home this weekend, I’m not talking about your husband!

I have some tips for traveling with your dog.

Tip #1. Safety first! Animals should be just as secured and safe as your human passengers! Perhaps you didn’t know this but you can buy seat belts for your dog! They range in sizes, so you don’t have to worry about your small dog.

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Tip #2. If you’re going on a long road trip, remember that dogs get just as bored as humans. Make sure to pack toys and treats for them. If you can, try to find a spill-proof water bowl so you don’t make a mess in your car.

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Tip #3. Dogs car get car sick just like anyone else. Make some stops to ensure that your dog can walk around and get some fresh air. Also, if you do leave your car, make sure to never leave your dog alone when it’s incredibly hot or freezing cold.

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Those are my quick tips on how to travel with your dog!

Happy traveling!

Car fun

9 of the Most Outrageous Cars

April 11, 2014

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Thinking about changing the exterior of your car? Well I have come up with some great ideas for you! Try making your car the shape of your favorite animal; such as a whale, shark, or cheetah! If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then airbrush your favorite historical figure on your car. My personal favorite idea is changing your car’s interior and exterior into your favorite piece of fruit!

There are so many creative and talented people, and I hope they continue to create more interesting and outrageous cars!

What would you turn your car into?
Car Culture, Car Reviews

My Top Cars for Summer Adventures

March 28, 2014
I might be jumping the gun on this, but I can’t stop thinking about summer! Picnics, hiking, swimming, tanning and road trips are just a few of my favorite summer activities. And summer activities and cars are meant to be together, just like French fries dipped in a chocolate milkshake (What? Tell me you do that too!) So to help you get excited for summer, I’ve come up with my top three cars for summer fun!

1. 2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster

Can’t you see yourself driving around town in this hot sports car!? The Nissan 370Z Roadster is meant for the adventurer that seeks luxury!

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2. 2014 Toyota Prius C

It’s time for some fun road trips this summer, and the 2014 Toyota Prius C can take you anywhere you want to go! Don’t worry about spending too much money on gas when you get 53 city/46 hwy mpg!

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3. 2015 Chevy Colorado

Need to haul your things for a campout? This 2015 Chevy Colorado is for the active person inside all of us!

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What is your favorite summer vehicle?
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Pep Talk

December 28, 2010

Giving my girls a little pep talk!

It’s almost the new year! And seeing that it is one of the most popular purchase times for car buyers, I thought a pep talk was in order. Think about your sweet sixteen! Quite a milestone in your life, huh? After completing and passing that driver’s test … and being handed the keys to your freedom.  I want you to remember the way you felt during that time in your life. You should have that feeling every time you make such an important buying decision. It’s not about entitlement – it’s about empowerment. Feeling empowered to make the best decision for you and your family. Feeling empowered to ENJOY this experience, not dread it. Most of all, feeling empowered that you are purchasing a new car with confidence, independence and excitement. You’re buying an automobile! It should be fun! So … in case you need some back-up while you’re looking for a new car, here are some tips for you first time car buyers out there. And if you’re thinking about buying or leasing a car and need a one-on-one pep talk, come on in …I can be very motivating to ensure you have a great experience. I do coach girls basketball, after all! 🙂
Dealership Events, Money Matters

Where did you buy your car and why?

February 15, 2010
All right, back to the basics today. I’ve got a couple of simple questions that may give me some insight into making the car buying experience great for every person that walks in our door. So tell me: 1. Where did you buy your last car? 2. Why did you decide to buy there? and 3. What was the experience like? Don’t be afraid to share your real thoughts and concerns. If it was great, tell me about it. If it was not great, tell me about it. I wanna know why people choose a certain dealership or buyer … is it based solely on price, selection, location, reputation or experience? Or, is it a combination of it all?
Dealership Events, Money Matters

What do women who work in a car dealership think? Part II

January 8, 2010
Morgan Hotze, Hyundai Business Coordinator

Morgan Hotze, Hyundai Business Coordinator

As promised, here is round two on my search to gain some insight inside the dealership. I have gone around to the 6 McCarthy locations asking some questions to women employees in hopes of getting some insight about women and dealerships. Here’s what these women had to say. Q. Do you think you have any disadvantages being a woman in the car business? Gretchen Jammiggeh, Sales Associate at McCarthy Chevrolet: “I have to be the best at what I do to compete with my male counterparts. My product knowledge, listening skills, and customer service skills allow me to listen to the customers concerns, wants and needs and land them on the proper vehicle.” Mimi Srivisay, Used Car Assistant Manager: “Not any different from a male associate – just maybe a change of face and personality.” Susie Self, Service Manager at McCarthy Blue Springs Nissan: “I have no negative comments or feelings towards being a women in the car dealership.” Jammiggeh: “Sometimes it hurts you because they assume you don’t know the product as well as a man. And we know that’s just not true!” Q. Do you help more men or women? Srivisay : “Probably help more men.” Jammiggeh: “I would love to say that I help more women. But, I help more men customers. There just seems to be more men that shop for cars.” Self: “I focus entirely on my customers.” Q. What are women looking for when they buy a car? Jammiggeh: “Safety, security and reliability. And they want the best value for their money.” Srivisay: “Women are broader-minded … thinking about space for family and options suitable on a car.” Q. Have you had any interesting stories about being a woman in the car business? Jammiggeh: “Yes, I had a male customer come in looking for a salesman. He wanted to look at a truck. I told him that I could help him with that. You could see that he was resistant. But after looking at the trucks and answering all of his questions and concerns, he purchased the truck from me. He also expressed to me how impressed he was of my knowledge of trucks. He did not expect it from a woman.” Q. Would you recommend working in the car business to other women? Jammiggeh: “I love my job! I find it exciting and very challenging. But, it does require a lot of time and dedication to it. So, if you have a family, it sometimes can be hard to create a balance between family and career … but I manage.” Self: “I have a lot of energy – a big personality – I wouldn’t be able to work in an office. I need to be in the public, with people. My customers always have a big smile on their face when they leave.” So guys and gals … do you agree of disagree with what these female employees are saying? If you havn’t seen it yet, check out the first part of my interviews with McCarthy’s women employees.
Heather Benedict, Sales Associate at McCarthy Hyundai in Olathe

Heather Benedict, Sales Associate at McCarthy Hyundai in Olathe

Dealership Events, Money Matters

What do women who work in a dealership think? Part I

December 28, 2009
I’ve gone around to the 6 McCarthy locations asking female employees to answer some simple questions. I wanted to interview these women, in hopes of getting a better understanding (beside my own) of working in the male-dominated work environment of a car dealership. I wanted to gain some insight to the advantages and disadvantages these women face day in and day out. I have asked women of all different job descriptions and titles and with job longevity. I think these women have a unique perspective on the car business … as do the men working beside them! So let’s hear what they have to say! Q.  Do you think women prefer a female salesperson? Gretchen Jammiggeh, Sales Associate at McCarthy Chevrolet: “Yes, because women feel that I can relate and identify with them. And that makes them feel more comfortable with the car buying experience.” Versa Larrick, receptionist for McCarthy Auto Group: “No, I think women feel more comfortable dealing with men – women intimidate other women; especially when talking about vehicles.” Mimi Srivisay, Used Car Assistant Manager: “Probably feel more comfortable with a woman associate because they may not feel as pressured.” Q.  Do you think women and men want the same out of the car-buying experience? Jammiggeh: “Women car buyers motives are a little different. They are more concerned with their families needs; safety, security and reliability. They are the same when it comes to brands.” Srivisay: “Women focus on appearance of the car, options … versatility of car .. whereas men focus on muscle/power and options of a car.” Larrick: “More direct … want to be dealt with here and now … men as well as women, want to be told the truth.” Q. Being a woman, do you think you have any advantages or special skills when dealing with female customers? Jammiggeh: “As a woman, a unique skill that I use is to be a very good listener. And I have a great knowledge when it comes to products, features and benefits.” Srivisay: “Organizational skills, team effort and strong work ethic…” Larrick: “Must be more knowledgeable about everything, but softer and with a sense of humor.” So, ladies (and gentlemen, of course) … do you agree or disagree with what these women have said? Also, if you haven’t’t seen it yet – check out what the rest of KC said about how women are treated in the dealership. Next round of Q & A’s will be coming up … Stay Tuned! IMG_0313-645x483
Dealership Events

Would you rather buy a car from a man or a woman?

December 21, 2009
Tell me this … Do you prefer buying from a woman or man? Same gender as you or not? Or, if it really doesn’t matter … tell me why. This topic is very important to me … it’s basically the heart of my project. It’s about building a relationship with people; it’s about breaking down any barriers people face when at the dealership; and it’s about making car-buying fun and exciting! According to “Road & Travel Magazine” 39% of women would rather deal with other women in the car showroom, whereas only 10% of men prefer to buy cars from other men … but do you agree? When I was out around Kansas City, I asked women this same question. The majority of women didn’t prefer one way or the other. Just as long as the salesperson was honest and informative. So, I really wanna know. Here’s a thought for you — do you prefer a male or female when going to the doctor, or to your accountant, or perhaps your hairdresser? What’s so different about choosing a salesperson? Tell me what you think!
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Welcome to Lauren Wants To Know

November 15, 2009
Welcome to my site! My name is Lauren McCarthy and I want to know about you and your car! I want to know all the reasons behind buying that vehicle. Why you chose the dealership you did, the salesperson you did and the vehicle you did. I want to know what you think about buying a car, the dealership experience, the service work. I want to know it all! As a woman working in the car business, I want to get real answers from real people, especially women. Now, I’m not leaving the men out. I would just like, for once, the attention to be directed toward women. I’ve heard it before and I’ve seen it before … I want women to feel just as comfortable walking into one of my stores. Check out this video which explains a bit more about my mission. [youtube][/youtube] So I’m out on the streets and all over the internet, gathering your feedback. I plan to turn around and apply these insights directly inside the McCarthy Auto Group, where I’m a proud employee!