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And your Strive 2 Drive 2016 winner is…

Dick Hannah Dealerships Car Giveaway
From left to right: Deb Gill, KPTV Fox 12, Noah Puckett, Strive 2 Drive 2016 winner, & Jennifer Hannah, VP of Dick Hannah Dealerships.

We are excited to announce that this year’s Strive 2 Drive winner is Noah Puckett, a 18 year old senior from Union High School! The 2015-2016 Strive 2 Drive academic initiative came to a close on Sunday, July 24th 2016 at its annual drawing event at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations to Noah on not only winning his choice of one of eight brand new cars but also for an outstanding academic year!

Strive 2 Drive recognizes both GPA increases from the first to second semester as well as overall GPA successes.  At the end of the school year, contest winners are selected at a drawing event at Portland International Raceway www.portlandraceway.com.  The program is open to all students that have met the qualifications and there is no cost to participate.  Details, contest rules and answers to general questions are located at  www.DickHannah.com/Strive2Drive.

Check out KPTV 12’s Deb Gill interview Noah right after his name was drawn as the winner.

Mighty Pacific Receives the 2015 Mighty Franchise of the Year Award

Mighty Pacific Group

Dick Hannah Dealerships’ Auto Parts Distributor, Mighty Pacific, has won the 2015 Mighty Franchise of the Year Award from Mighty Auto Parts. Gary Schuler, Corey Akins, Reuben Wagner and Dave Blair from Mighty Pacific were recognized at Mighty Auto Parts’ 2016 National Sales Meeting in Coronado, California for leading their franchise to an outstanding performance last year. This was Might Pacific’s 3rd nomination in their first 5 years of existence, something that has never happened in Mighty of America’s 53-year history.

Mighty Auto Parts is an auto parts distributor with 119 franchises in the United States that serve auto dealers, quick lubes, independent service repair shops, and more across the country. Mighty Pacific is the local Mighty Auto Parts franchise owned by Vice Presidents’ of Dick Hannah Dealerships, Jason and Jennifer Hannah, and based out of Vancouver, Washington.

“Congratulations to you and your Mighty Pacific team for winning the 2015 Mighty Franchise of the Year
Award. Our slate of five Franchise of the Year nominees from Mighty’s universe of over 100 franchises
was extremely strong this year, so this Award is particularly noteworthy. Mighty enjoyed its third
successive record sales year in 2015. Mighty Pacific’s results were spectacular with a 27.64% sales
increase. In addition, the Mighty Pacific team set a sterling example of successful Mighty franchise
integration into a car dealership operation, , the highly respected Hannah Motor Company.
All of us at Mighty are proud of our association with you and are thrilled that Mighty Pacific has earned this important recognition,” Ken Voekler, President and CEO of Mighty Auto Parts.

Dick Hannah Dealerships Believes In Green

Environment Friendly Auto Dealership

Partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation in 2007, Dick Hannah Dealerships plants a tree for every vehicle sold. We are happy to say that so far we’ve planted over 134,000 trees! Just one example of Dick Hannah Dealerships’ dedication to keeping the Pacific Northwest green!

Dick Hannah Dealerships sets the standard for environmental best practices for automotive dealerships. Our internal Green Task Force partners with Waste Connections, Inc. and Clark Public Utilities to evaluate and implement waste reduction strategies and energy saving techniques.

Want more information about our green initiatives?
Go to: Dickhannah.com/community/

 

See our Green Task Force at work in our newest and greenest video yet!

Community Event – Beaches Summertime Cruisin’ 2016

Beaches Summertime Cruisin

Dick Hannah Dealerships is once again joining Beaches Restaurant and Bar for the Beaches Summertime Cruisin’ car show beginning June 1st, 2016 and continuing every Wednesday throughout the summer until September 28th, 2016. For more information on the event go to www.BeachesRestaurantandBar.com.  A summer staple, the Beaches Summertime Cruisin’ is a car show, party and charity event rolled into one delivering Vancouver and Portland area residents a chance to have fun for a good cause as well as enjoy the classic Beaches Restaurant atmosphere and of course, lots and lots of classic cars!

Over the last five years, Dick Hannah Dealerships has helped to raise over $2,000,000 for children’s charities in the Portland/Vancouver area. Overall donations are made from the people in the community who come to this event every year and continue to make the event grow as an estimated 2000-4000 people are expected to attend weekly this summer.

•$5 per show ride with one passenger. Each additional
passenger is $9.
•$9 general public entry; Kids 12 & under free.
•Gates open at 3:00pm for Show Rides
•General Public & Bar opens at 4:00pm; Drags & BBQ start at 5:00pm

All proceeds from this event go to local charities that benefit kids.

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Dick Hannah Dealerships Food Drive to Help Share’s Annual Hunger Appeal June 6 to 17

Community Cares for Share logo

The need of local families and individuals continues to grow. Share’s Hunger Response Programs—Backpack, Hot Meals and Summer Meals—need your help to continue to provide nourishment each day for the hungry in our community.

You can help by bringing in donations of non-perishable food, which can be dropped off in the blue barrels marked with the Share logo at any Dick Hannah Dealerships’ location in the Vancouver Auto Mall.

Last year, we were able to help raise over 15K pounds of food. Help us raise 20,000 pounds this year!
Learn more at: sharevancouver.org

Dick Hannah Dealerships Helps Raise $742,000 for Children’s Cancer Association

CCA Telethon Believe in Nice

On February 12th, 2016, Pamela Foat was named the winner of Dick Hannah Dealerships’ “Keys to our Heart” car raffle benefiting the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). Foat has her choice of one of eight new 2016 car models from Dick Hannah Dealerships.

Dick Hannah Dealerships partnered with the CCA, 105.1 the Buzz (www.1051thebuzz.com), and Fox 12 Oregon  (www.kptv.com) for the CCA’s Valentine’s Day for CCA telethon to raise money for children diagnosed with cancer. This event promotes awareness and support to the Children’s Cancer Association’s (www.joyrx.org) award-winning programs and resources that bring joy and hope to seriously ill children.

All 3,500 tickets for the “Keys to our Heart” car raffle were sold raising $87,500 for sick children, teens and their families.  Dick Hannah Dealerships’ employees volunteered to staff the phone bank to help the CCA with incoming phone donations during the live broadcast event at Fox 12 Oregon on February 11th, 2016.

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What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

For those who want to save money, purchasing a used car can be a great option. There are a variety of options that can accommodate nearly any budget. However, used cars often come in varying conditions, which makes the buying process rather tricky. No one wants to drive off the lot with a lemon. For that reason, it’s important that you begin your used car search by answering a few key questions.

Should I buy from a dealer or a private party?

Buying a Used Car

While you can sometimes find a steal when purchasing from a private party, we recommend purchasing from a dealer whenever possible. This is because a dealer is typically more trustworthy than an individual. It’s true that you might pay less when purchasing from a private party, but you risk receiving fraudulent information about the condition of the car.

A dealer has their reputation to worry about, which means they’re much more inclined to be honest with you. In addition, they have financing options, which can be great for those with poor credit. You can also purchase an extended warranty, and you generally don’t have to deal with registration. Also, you can usually trade in your existing car and put that money towards the car you’re looking to purchase.

Finally, high-quality dealerships offer warranties with all their used vehicles, unlike private party sellers who generally don’t have the power to transfer a warranty to you. This warranty often includes a no-questions-asked return policy on all vehicles, giving the purchaser between three and five days to make sure they’re comfortable with their purchase.

How can I find a trusted dealership?

Trusted Car Dealership

The quickest, easiest way to know you’re working with a trusted dealership is to look at online reviews. For example, when you search Dick Hannah Dealerships, you’ll see 4.5 star ratings (or better) for all of our locations. You can also ask any dealership you’re considering doing business with for references to get an idea of previous customer experiences.

Another great method would be to do your research on several reputable companies like Google, Cars.com, Edmunds, and DealerRater. These websites specialize in giving accurate ratings and reviews for dealerships in your areas.

Checking other business sources like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) can tell you a lot about a business as well. This will show you their philanthropic efforts, how they give back to the community, and other valuable information. Resources like the BBB are a good indicator of customer friendliness and if the dealership aligns itself with your values or not.

How should I prepare to visit a dealer?

Purchasing a Used Car

The quality of salesmen can be hit and miss with dealerships. Some car salesmen are paid on commission, which increases the chance that they’ll use sales tactics to get you to purchase a car, even if you don’t have all your questions asked first. Others are just poorly trained, leaving you feeling confused and wary during your visit.

The best dealerships want you to leave the lot with a car you love, but they don’t know exactly what you’re looking for if you don’t take the time to prepare ahead of time. If you’re worried about a biased or low quality salesman, try using dealerships like Dick Hannah Honda, who don’t pay their salesmen on commission. We focus on training high quality sales teams that know how to match cars to people. This will be very valuable to you, since more than 60 percent of shoppers purchase a different car than they originally intended, thanks to the knowledge they gained from their salesman.

You can also prepare for your dealership visit by doing your research. Look into the kinds of cars and features you might enjoy owning, and come with that list in tow. You’ll also want to arrive with a price point to follow as well as a general idea of how you’ll finance your purchase. You should come with a list of questions to ask as well.

After you’ve done your research, looked at your finances, and compiled a list of questions, there are a few things you should gather to bring with you when car shopping:

  • Get quotes on insurance if you don’t already have a policy and bring your current ID cards if you do.
  • If you’re planning to trade in your car, bring all keys, manuals, registration, and title to the dealer. You can’t trade a car without the title.
  • Have an acceptable form of payment on hand. Most credit and debit cards have a limit on the daily transaction amount you can make, so personal checks are best.

 

What questions should I ask when looking at a car?

The secret to buying a car that you’ll love is found in asking the right questions. Here are some sample questions you might use.

  • Do you have a clean Carfax history on hand? (This is a record of any damages, maintenance, and repairs that have been performed on the car.)
  • Has it ever been in an accident?
  • Do all the electrical components work? Automatic windows, door locks, windshield wipers, radio, etc.
  • What extra features does it have?
  • Are there any special fees attached when purchasing this vehicle?

 

What are my financing options?

Your specific financing options vary largely based on your current credit history. Creditors will look at things like your payment history, current debt to income ratio, length of credit history, and any negative marks. Dealerships offer financing if your credit isn’t great, but this will likely come with a higher interest rate.

How can I get the best financing?

There’s one important thing to remember when purchasing a car – the longer the length of the loan, the more you’ll pay. The best way to get great financing is by purchasing a car you can afford. Buying a used car is a great start to this endeavor, since it can lower the length of your loan and your monthly payments. It’s also a good idea to look at shortening the span of your loan, which will ultimately save you money on interest payments.

What should I look for when test-driving a car?

There are two main things you should watch for when test-driving a car. These include any issues or concerning damages to the car’s function and how you feel when driving it. As you drive, listen for strange sounds, feel for awkward jumps, and recognize when the vehicle isn’t running smoothly. Make sure all electrical components work and that gauges are accurate. It’s also a good idea to visit a mechanic during the test drive for a 50-point inspection on the vehicle. If the mechanic turns up some major issues, you may be able to ask for a price reduction.

Next, think about how you feel when you’re driving the car. Does it have the features you love? Could you see yourself driving it a year from now? Are the seats comfortable? You want to be completely happy with your purchase, and assessing your feelings while driving is key.

How do I know if the asking price is fair?

Always evaluate the asking price to make sure it’s a fair deal. Most dealerships post their used cars for sale on their websites, so start there. Narrow down your choices to a few different cars, and then use tools like Kelley Blue Book, NADA guide, and Edmunds.com to determine if the asking price matches the condition of the car.

Then, compare the price to similar cars in your area. Every geographical area has a pricing culture on cars, and you can learn a lot by looking around. If you find any proof that the car is overpriced, bring evidence to knock down the asking price. If the car seems under priced, be wary of purchasing it. There could be more wrong with it than the dealer listed.

When examining an asking price, be wary of cars that have recalls. It’s actually illegal for a dealership to sell a car with a safety recall. They can sell the car after the safety issue has been fixed, but it will consequently increase the price of the vehicle. Dick Hannah, and other high quality dealerships, have firm policies not to sell any vehicles with open recalls, even if the issues have been fixed. We don’t want to raise prices or be responsible for any injuries.

Start Your Research with Dick Hannah Dealerships

At Dick Hannah Dealerships, we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Whether you visit one of our many locations or visit our website, you can see detailed listings, find useful information, and talk with a trusted dealer who wants you to leave the lot with the perfect car. Feel free to contact us today and happy shopping!

Dick Hannah Volkswagen Honored as Top Dealership

Dick Hannah Volkswagen has been recognized as one of the top VW dealers in the world – Top 2 in United States

 

Dick Hannah, President of Dick Hannah Dealerships, & Ludger Fretzen, Volkswagen of America.

From Left to Right- Dick Hannah, President of Dick Hannah Dealerships, & Ludger Fretzen, Volkswagen of America.
Photo courtesy of: Kurt Ring Lebe – Photojournalist

Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (VW AG) recognized Dick Hannah Volkswagen as one of the top 50 Volkswagen dealers in the world. Over 10,000 dealers sell the Volkswagen brand world wide, and of those 10,000 dealers only two dealers in the United States were announced as being in the top 50 by VW AG. In December of 2015 Dick Hannah, president of Dick Hannah Dealerships, flew to Wolfsburg, Germany to receive this award.

Any time you visit Dick Hannah Volkswagen you can rest assured that you are working with one of the top Volkswagen dealerships in the world. This is the highest honor awarded from Volkswagen and Dick Hannah Dealerships is very proud to accept it. To browse our inventory or schedule a service appointment please visit Dick Hannah Volkswagen.

And the 2015 Best in Business award goes to… Dick Hannah Dealerships!

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Dick Hannah Dealerships Awarded Vancouver Business Journal’s 2015 Best in Business

Winner of the Vancouver Business Journal's 2015 Best in Business award

Dick Hannah Dealerships has been awarded a 2015 Best in Business Fleet Dealer honor by the Vancouver Business Journal. The list of winners was determined by Vancouver Business Journal readers who cast nearly 3000 votes for the companies that they prefer to do business with.

“It’s an honor to be recognized with a Best in Business award by our friends and colleagues in SW Washington. We take pride in the way we do business and are pleased to have the reputation as a trusted company to do business with.” says Kent VanArnam, Dick Hannah Dealerships Director of Marketing.

Family owned since 1949, Dick Hannah Dealerships is dedicated to providing excellent customer service, maintaining a positive and productive work environment, and conducting business in a way that promotes the highest principles of integrity and ethical behavior. Dick Hannah Dealerships feature franchise auto dealers selling both new cars and used cars through their Acura, Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen Dealerships. As one of the largest privately owned auto dealer groups in the state of Washington, Dick Hannah Dealerships is also setting the standard for environmental best practices for automobile dealerships. Teaming up with the National Arbor Day Foundation, Dick Hannah Dealerships plants a tree with every car they sell. So far over 125,000 trees have been planted. Learn more about how our business helps the community here.

For more information please contact:
Kent VanArnam
Director of Marketing
360.944.3244
kentv@dickhannah.com
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Helpful Tips For Safe Winter Driving

Chaining up in the snow

When you live in an area in which winter means rainy, snowy and icy roads, you need to take extra measures to make sure that you and your family arrive safely. Please take a moment to read these safe driving tips and learn other techniques for helping to make your winter driving safer.


Stay off the road if possible.
The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t.

  • If possible, delay travel until the snow plows and salt/sand trucks have had a chance to clear the roads
  • If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared for the winter season and that you know how to handle slippery road conditions

 

Practice makes perfect. The more comfortable you are maintaining and regaining control of your vehicle, the better winter driver you’ll be. If you’re nervous about driving in snow, consider spending some time practicing.

  • Practice in a large, empty parking lot (preferably without light poles!) during daylight hours
  • Pay attention to how your car responds on an icy or slick surface. If you begin to skid, remove your foot from the gas and turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid to counter the motion
  • Practice until you’re comfortable regaining control of your car and know how your vehicle handles in snowy conditions

 

Drive Safely.

  • When driving this winter, avoid abrupt maneuvers and accelerate, brake and steer smoothly
  • Be mindful of the distance between your vehicle and those ahead; don’t follow too closely. Adding space between you and others provides more reaction time and room to stop. A well-known “rule” for dry conditions is to follow at least two seconds behind at 30 mph and four seconds at 60 mph. You should double these times in wet conditions and triple them when driving in snow.
  • Avoid distractions and be predictable by signaling well ahead of any turns or lane changes as other motorists may not be driving as cautiously as you

 

Anti-lock Brakes, Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Systems – Things you should know:

Driving In the Rain
  • While ABS brakes will help keep your vehicle from skidding, they don’t provide more traction.
  • If you have ABS, don’t pump the brakes if you feel your vehicle skid; instead, apply steady pressure to the brake pedal. You will feel the brakes pulse – this is normal and a sign that the system is doing its job.
  • Traction control helps prevent wheel spin in wet or wintry conditions by reducing the engine’s power and/or applying the brakes. Like ABS, traction control doesn’t improve traction.
  • Vehicle stability systems sense when a vehicle strays from its intended course (by monitoring steering and braking input) and can selectively brake any of the four wheels and/or reduce engine power to help keep your vehicle from sliding

 
All-Wheel and Four-Wheel Drive. Having all-wheel or four-wheel drive does not make you invincible – even these vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

  • Having AWD/FWD can make winter driving easier by greatly enhancing the ability to accelerate in slippery conditions, but these systems provide no advantage when stopping or turning

 

Most of All, Remain Vigilant! Keep in mind that driving in rain, snow, sleet and ice is very treacherous. Whether a vehicle has AWD/FWD, ABS, traction control or a vehicle stability system, no technology, regardless of how sophisticated, can overcome the laws of physics or the effects of careless driving. Even if you maintain control of your vehicle, not everyone else will. So stay alert and don’t get lulled into a false sense of security. Allow extra time to reach your destination and do everything slowly and gently. Rapid movements can lead to skids and loss of vehicle control. And of course, it is always recommended that you invest in some high quality winter tires for your vehicle. Contact our winter tires department for an affordable price quote.

 

Winter driving tips courtesy of our friends at Allstate Insurance.
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Chaining up in the snow

When you live in an area in which winter means rainy, snowy and icy roads, you need to take extra measures to make sure that you and your family arrive safely. Please take a moment to read these safe driving tips and learn other techniques for helping to make your winter driving safer.


Stay off the road if possible.
The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t.

  • If possible, delay travel until the snow plows and salt/sand trucks have had a chance to clear the roads
  • If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared for the winter season and that you know how to handle slippery road conditions

 

Practice makes perfect. The more comfortable you are maintaining and regaining control of your vehicle, the better winter driver you’ll be. If you’re nervous about driving in snow, consider spending some time practicing.

  • Practice in a large, empty parking lot (preferably without light poles!) during daylight hours
  • Pay attention to how your car responds on an icy or slick surface. If you begin to skid, remove your foot from the gas and turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid to counter the motion
  • Practice until you’re comfortable regaining control of your car and know how your vehicle handles in snowy conditions

 

Drive Safely.

  • When driving this winter, avoid abrupt maneuvers and accelerate, brake and steer smoothly
  • Be mindful of the distance between your vehicle and those ahead; don’t follow too closely. Adding space between you and others provides more reaction time and room to stop. A well-known “rule” for dry conditions is to follow at least two seconds behind at 30 mph and four seconds at 60 mph. You should double these times in wet conditions and triple them when driving in snow.
  • Avoid distractions and be predictable by signaling well ahead of any turns or lane changes as other motorists may not be driving as cautiously as you

 

Anti-lock Brakes, Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Systems – Things you should know:

Driving In the Rain
  • While ABS brakes will help keep your vehicle from skidding, they don’t provide more traction.
  • If you have ABS, don’t pump the brakes if you feel your vehicle skid; instead, apply steady pressure to the brake pedal. You will feel the brakes pulse – this is normal and a sign that the system is doing its job.
  • Traction control helps prevent wheel spin in wet or wintry conditions by reducing the engine’s power and/or applying the brakes. Like ABS, traction control doesn’t improve traction.
  • Vehicle stability systems sense when a vehicle strays from its intended course (by monitoring steering and braking input) and can selectively brake any of the four wheels and/or reduce engine power to help keep your vehicle from sliding

 
All-Wheel and Four-Wheel Drive. Having all-wheel or four-wheel drive does not make you invincible – even these vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

  • Having AWD/FWD can make winter driving easier by greatly enhancing the ability to accelerate in slippery conditions, but these systems provide no advantage when stopping or turning

 

Most of All, Remain Vigilant! Keep in mind that driving in rain, snow, sleet and ice is very treacherous. Whether a vehicle has AWD/FWD, ABS, traction control or a vehicle stability system, no technology, regardless of how sophisticated, can overcome the laws of physics or the effects of careless driving. Even if you maintain control of your vehicle, not everyone else will. So stay alert and don’t get lulled into a false sense of security. Allow extra time to reach your destination and do everything slowly and gently. Rapid movements can lead to skids and loss of vehicle control. And of course, it is always recommended that you invest in some high quality winter tires for your vehicle. Contact our winter tires department for an affordable price quote.

 

Winter driving tips courtesy of our friends at Allstate Insurance.