Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Toyota Matrix and the Pontiac Vibe

Did you know?

It's a little known fact that the Toyota Matrix and the Pontiac Vibe are almost one in the same. The Vibe is all Pontiac style on the outside but on the inside lies Toyota fit-and-finish and either the Toyota Corolla's 1.8L Engine or the Toyota 2.4L Carmy VVT-I engine.

So if you are shopping for a 2009 / 2010 Toyota Matrix here in Gainesville why wouldn't you take a look at the Vibe? It's got a stronger Powertrain Warranty (5 years / 100K Miles) than Toyota's (5 years / 60K Miles) better rebate support from the factory (cheaper price) and you can support an American car builder. Not to mention I have a variety of options when it comes to the 2009 / 2010 Pontiac Vibe right here at Wade Raulerson Pontiac in Gainesville, FL.

Sounds like a no brainer to me? Drope me an e-mail if you would like some pricing: bmorgan@waderaulerson.com (Brett Morgan / General Sales Manager)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson replies personally to a Wade Raulerson customer (by E-mail)!

From: frederick henderson
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 3:36 PM
To: Irvin XXXX
Cc: Chuck Jones; president@whitehouse.gov;

Subject: Re: Satisfaction with GMC and Wade Raulerson

Dear Dr. Gleim: thank you for your email and for your loyalty to our product (gmc denali) as well as your dealership. can assure you that gmc remains a core brand of gm!

best regards. fritz

"Irvin XXXXX"

06/23/2009 12:13 PM
To Fritz Henderson

Chuck Jones , president@whitehouse.gov

Satisfaction with GMC and Wade Raulerson

Dear Mr. Henderson,

This is to express my appreciation of the service department at Wade
Raulerson GMC here in Gainesville, FL (Chuck Jones in Particular), and
my interest in the GMC brand. I bought a GMC Denali SUV in 2006 and
have been extremely pleased with it. I had to bring it in for service
two or three times for various problems, such as the seat adjustment.
Yesterday I brought it in thinking it was the seat motor, when in fact
it was just a dry track.

I'm very glad I purchased my GMC locally here in Gainesville from Wade
Raulerson. I previously purchased a GMC pickup truck from the
dealership and was very pleased with that vehicle as well.

My son-in-law just purchased a new GMC Denali Yukon Hybrid and is very
pleased with it.

A copy of this email to President Obama asks that government oversight
not screw up your organization, e.g., require you to delete the GMC line.

Enjoy your day, and good luck with your bankruptcy organization.

Dr. Irvin XXXXX

New Wade Raulerson Buick, Pontiac, GMC Referral Program Launches --- this Sunday June 28th @ 5:30

Has this been tried before? Dealership takes new approach to selling cars

What do you think of this idea for generating more showroom traffic?

DealersEdge Daily Headlines

DealersEdge has found that there is no much that is truly new in auto retailing, but we had not heard of this approach to selling cars before. Have you?

As the Gainesville Guardian reports, Wade Raulerson Buick, Pontiac, GMC in Gainesville, Florida, wants to hire a group of 50 independent sales representatives to generate sales referrals and earn a per-unit commission for doing so. No specific education or experience is required.

The dealership is running a want ad looking for people who are at least 18-years-old with a driver's license and a phone. The independent reps will provide leads and make referrals to people who are in the market for a car. In return, the reps will be paid $250 for each resulting sale.

There is a short training session. Those who complete the training will earn $100.

The independent reps will not work in the dealership. The will be out in the community trying to generate referrals.

The set up envisions independent reps working part-time to supplement their incomes. In order to be considered “independent” the sales reps are permitted to have other jobs, as long as the other job doesn’t compete with the dealership. They will set their own hours.

The question again: Is this a new idea or have you heard of similar efforts by car dealers?

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Curious as to the next "big" thing coming from GMC?

Ok, so what if I told you the next "big" thing coming from GMC, was actually a smaller SUV than they already offer...something in the crossover segment (better fuel economy but with GM truck-grade quality and rugged good looks!). Wouldn't you say that is something to be excited about? There isn't a whole lot out there in the crossover segment that has much guts (or character) - if you ask me. Well you haven't met the all new 2010 GMC Terrain. If you want to wonder onto the GMC website (www.gmc.com) for some teaser info they are finally getting some details and specifics to dealers and consumers. I am pumped and so is everyone here at Wade Raulerson Buick, Pontiac, GMC!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My brain hurts...but May is over!

And it should...

Tony D (our General Manager here at Wade Raulerson) and myself have been working like dogs. I am up to 17 days straight without a breather and I believe he's had 1 day off in 25 days!

It's paid off ... the guys have done such a tremendous job and I can't thank our loyal customers enough. We delivered 26 cars in 4 days to close the month of May and to actually give ourselves a shot at surviving this mess! We have purchased 30 additional new retail units - some great quality vehicles and it was like a great shot in the arm for our inventory!

I know the news was dominated yesterday by GM's news of bankruptcy and restructuring but we know that we have better days coming. It seems that the news about Pontiac has finally come full circle -- customers are beginning to pay attention to the "value" story that we have been talking about for so long. A lot of vehicle, a great warranty -- at great prices (which will continue).

Did you know the Pontiac Solstice is based off the Lotus Elise chassis? (We have a hardtop version of the Solstice on our lot right now in Gainesville - you really need to see this car; in fact maybe I'll post a picture later).

Did you know that the Pontiac Vibe is a joint venture with Toyota with a stronger warranty (same vehicle as the Matrix but with Pontiac style and GM 5/100K Warranty!)?

Did you the Pontiac G8 will be the last great rear-wheel drive V8 that Pontiac builds? In the same breath as the classic GTO?

Anyway I'd keep blogging on but bottom line is this: Wade Raulerson Buick, Pontiac, GMC is here to stay - we were taking orders on some new deals this morning and we also received a letter from General Motors. Basically it stated that we are a "marquee" GM dealer and that we will be a large part of GM as they continue to move on as a healthier enterprise. God bless us all --- these days have been stressful! Thank you all for your support, love, help and of course your business! We have met some fascinating people these past few days!