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Classic Cars-FOR KIDS!

30 Mar 2012 / Community

Wichita Children’s Home’s 2nd Annual Classic Car show fundraiser and Gala

At Davis-Moore, we LOVE new cars – but we also love CLASSIC cars, especially when those classic cars are raising money for a great, local cause! Join us on Thursday, April 5 for Classic Cars for Kids, a benefit for the Wichita Children’s Home. From 6:00-9:00pm, the Century II Exhibition Hall will host the coolest classic cars in the area! You’ll see all makes and models, and vehicles from various local car clubs and individual classic car collectors. Don’t miss out on your chance to see Wichita’s finest classic cars – all under one roof!

Food and drink are provided with your event ticket, so plan to spend the evening. There will be a variety of silent auction items – the Children’s Home promises to have something for every taste and budget, from technology to dining, jewelry to wine – you name it, they’ve got it! Plus, later in the evening there will be a live auction with some very unique experiences in the Wichita area, and beyond! Do not miss this event, this is the second year for this premier Wichita event and you won’t want to be left out.

The Wichita Children’s Home was founded in 1888 as the city’s first orphanage to “support and care for destitute and homeless children.” The Home is open 24/7 and serves children from birth to 22 years of age. Children are admitted by parents, law enforcement, social workers and, sometimes, they admit themselves. If a parent is in crisis and has no one to care for their child, on a moment’s notice the Home can be a respite.

The Wichita Children’s Home also provides the Street Outreach Services (SOS) focused on helping runaway and homeless children and BRIDGES, a program providing housing, counseling and education for 16 to 22 year olds. The Home also provides a safety zone for infants and toddlers in our Foster Care program. The Home served over 2400 children in 2011 and through the help of our generous community they hope to be able to continue providing quality and needed services to children in Wichita and surrounding communities.

It doesn’t get any better than a FUN event for a GREAT cause, so mark your calendar to join us! Tickets are $100 each, and include access to all the classic vehicles, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and the live and silent auctions. Attire is casually elegant. Get your tickets now by calling 681.6702 or visit the Children’s Home online at www.wch.org

Davis-Moore Auto Group is a proud sponsor of Classic Cars for Kids.

Cooper Elementary Celebrates One Of Its Own, Daniel Dickson, Winning This Weeks Golden Apple Award

29 Mar 2012 / Ask Renee, Community

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This weeks Golden Apple Winner

KAKEland’s Golden Apple Award recognizes Wichita-area teachers who have gone beyond the call of duty for our children.

Weekly winners are featured on KAKEland News every Saturday night at 10:00 pm, and receive a Papa John’s Pizza party for their classroom and $250 cash from Papa Johns, $250 cash from Haddock Computer Center is awarded to the principal of the school to use as they see fit, winning teachers are featured in the Davis Moore ad in the Wichita Eagle, and of course they receive the prestigious Golden Apple award.

Eligible nominees include Pre-K through 12th grade teachers in the Wichita area who inspire and motivate students to great heights in education.

More information on the KAKEland Golden Apple Award, may be found at http://www.kake.com/golden apple.

This week we would like to congratulate Daniel Dickson of Cooper Elementary in being the Golden Apple Award winner this week. Here is a little excerpt from the nomination letter that was sent into KAKEland.

Daniel Dickson works at Cooper Elementary, which is a Title One school with 90% free and reduced lunch students. 65% of the students are English language learners. He uses technology (iPads) to give the students 21st Century education. He loves all of his students. He works an additional two hours everyday in the after school program. He helps the students to increase their reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. He has a passion for educating the students. He also goes to all of the school concerts and productions to support the students. The staff and students love him.

My Top 4 Mazda Picks!

26 Mar 2012 / Ask Renee, Mazda

I recently called Rick Schmeidler who is the New Car Manager at our Mazda store and told him I was considering purchasing a new vehicle. I told Rick that I wanted to know what his best fuel efficient vehicle was. The more I talked to Rick, the sooner I realized that pretty much ALL the Mazda vehicles had strong fuel efficiency and I simply could not narrow down my choices to just one.

I have been the Mini Van/SUV Mom for well over 15 years now and for the first time in my life I am actually considering a sedan. Although it is difficult to wrap my mind around down sizing to a sedan, the reality is I really do not need such a big vehicle any more now that 3 out of my 5 children are driving their own vehicles. So, like many of you, I find myself looking on the Internet, reading reviews, looking at safety features, comparing makes, models, prices, etc. To be on this side of it and to not really have a particular loyalty to any one specific brand (as long as it is a Mazda, Nissan, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, FIat, Lincoln or Chevrolet, of course), then I am very open minded!

So, I decided to write about my findings along the way in hopes that it will give some of you some information that perhaps you did not know. No matter how long I have been in the car business, I still know and understand that it is one of the biggest financial decisions people will make next to a home. I want/need to make sure I choose the right vehicle for me, so doing some extensive research is certainly in my plan of action!

So, here we go…..My top 4 picks at Mazda!

Let’s start with the Skyactiv Mazda 3, a great compact car that gets 40 MPG on the highway using regular old 87 octane unleaded gas. Then we have the all new 2013 Mazda CX-5 with the full Skyactiv suite and it gets 35 MPG highway, the most of any Crossover SUV. Next, we have the subcompact Mazda 2 that gets 35 MPG highway and is just a pure blast to drive. Finally, we have the Mazda 5, a multipurpose 6 passenger minivan/sport wagon that gets a class leading 28 MPG. Of course, all of these cars are Mazdas and the are just plain fun to drive.

So, you can see with all these options and gas already on it’s way to $4, maybe $5 a gallon, it really is hard for me to choose just one. I will keep you posted!

Until next time…

Renee

Safety Seat Checks!

March of every year Davis-Moore celebrates safety with our Safety Sales Event, to not only provide you with a GREAT sale but also to make sure that we keep automotive safety top of mind for everyone in our community. One safety topic we are passionate about and address each year is the safety of children in cars. Saturday, March 24 at Davis-Moore Chevrolet (8200 W Kellogg), we will be hosting Child Safety Seat checks in cooperation with the Safe Kids Kansas Campaign through Via Christi. Volunteers from Safe Kids will be conducting the checks from 10am-1pm, so please come down and check-in with them to make sure that YOUR child is as safe in your vehicle as possible!

Child Safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives-when installed properly. Children restrained in child safety seats have an 80 % lower risk of fatal injury than those children who are unrestrained. You should always buckle your child into an appropriate Safety Seat for their size and you should ALWAYS set a good example by wearing your seat belt, too! It’s a fact that children are more likely to be properly restrained when the driver of their vehicle is also wearing their seat belt!

A few key tips to follow with Child Safety Seats!

Always ensure that every occupant is restrained for every ride, no matter how short the drive may be. Manufacturer’s instructions should always be followed, and infants should ride in rear facing child safety seats until they are two years old. Once a child outgrows a rear-facing car seat, they should move to a forward facing car seat – and the safety seat tether should always be used for optimal protection! Children over 40 pounds should be secured in a booster seat or other appropriate child restraint until adult lap and shoulder seat belts fit correctly-which is approximately 4’9” and 80-100 pounds, (about 8-12 years old). Additionally, with any child safety seat you purchase, ALWAYS return the product registration card to the manufacturer so you’ll be notified of any recalls.

It’s also important to remember that safety seats aren’t the only safety issue when it comes to kids and cars! Be sure to walk all the way around your car before you begin any journey to ensure that there is no one behind it, as back-over accidents are most common at your home, in driveways or in parking lots. Also, never leave children unattended in a vehicle! Especially in the summer, children can get hot very quickly and can suffer from heatstroke or hyperthermia. Children accidentally pressing automatic window buttons while leaning out the window and children climbing into car trunks to “play” are other examples of seemingly innocent activities than can have traumatic results. Make sure and teach children that the car is not a toy, jungle gym or place to play!

If you have child safety seat questions, please come and see us today, go online to www.kansasboosterseat.org or call Safe Kids Kansas at (785) 296-0351. Remember no matter your age to always buckle up and drive safely!

SAFETY SEAT CHECKS

Where: Davis-Moore Chevrolet – 8200 W. Kellogg
When: Saturday, March 24th
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Each car seat check will take 20-30 minutes, so get there early and plan to be there for a bit. We will start the last checks around noon. GM is a proud partner of Safe Kids Buckle Up and the safety checks are done in conjunction with the Safe Kids Campaign through Via Christi.

Chevy Truck Month Is Ending Soon

23 Mar 2012 / Chevrolet

Thankfully March is one of the longer months of the year. But once that calendar flips to April, Truck Month is over. And so is your chance to get 0% APR financing for 72 months on a 2012 Chevy Silverado.

Whether you’re hauling, towing or playing, you need a pickup truck that works as hard as you do. That’s Silverado, the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickup trucks on the road. And Truck Month is the perfect time to take advantage of great offers on the legendary Silverado and our entire full-line of trucks.

Get 0% financing for 72 months on Avalanche, the vehicle so versatile that it can change from an SUV to a pickup truck in less than a minute. We’re also extending cash back and low APR financing on crossovers like Equinox, with a driving range of up to 600 highway miles per tank and Traverse, remarkably spacious with seating for up to eight passengers.

Stop by Davis-Moore Chevrolet during Truck Month for incredible deals on our lineup of powerful and dependable trucks. But hurry, Truck Month ends soon!

Negative Equity Warnings

23 Mar 2012 / Finance

Some car dealers will advertise that when you trade in one vehicle to buy another, they will pay off the balance of your loan – no matter how much you owe. But some people owe more on their car than the car is worth. This means they have “negative equity,” meaning the dealer’s promises to pay off their entire loan may be misleading.

The nation’s consumer protection agency, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), says that people with negative equity should pay special attention to vehicle trade-in offers. That’s because the ad that claims that they will have no further responsibility for any amount of their old loan may be untrue. Dealers may include the negative equity in consumers’ new car loan, which would increase their monthly payments by adding principal and interest.

Here are some tips to help you avoid the snowball effect of negative equity:

• Find out what your current vehicle is worth before you negotiate the purchase of a new car. Check the National Automobile Dealers Association’s (NADA) Guides, Edmunds, and Kelley Blue Book.

• If you have negative equity, either because of your current car loan or a rollover from a previous loan:
Think about postponing your purchase until you’re in a positive equity position. You might consider paying down your loan faster by making additional, principal-only payments.

• Think about selling your car yourself to try getting more for it than its wholesale value.
If you decide to go ahead with a trade-in, ask how the negative equity is being treated in the trade-in.

• Read the contract carefully, making sure that any promises made orally are included. Don’t sign the contract until you understand all the terms, and the amount you will be paying every month.

• Keep the length of your new loan term as short as you can manage. If the negative equity amount is rolled into the new loan, the longer your loan will be, and the longer it will take you to reach positive equity in the vehicle.

For further information on negative equity and to find out where to report problems with dealer advertising and sales and finance contracts, visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt083.shtm