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I’m celebrating 21 years at Meadowland of Carmel, and 50+ years in sales! Thank you to all my wonderful customers through the years. I couldn’t have done it without you.
I started my SteveAtMeadowland.com blog in 2009. Here is an index of older blog entries. Look for new ones coming soon.
I have been at Meadowland of Carmel for 21 years, and have been Certified for both Chrysler and G.M. During that period of time, I estimate that I have sold over 2,500 cars, one at a time!
My customers have enjoyed coming back to me as I put their needs first. I recognize that buying a new(er) vehicle is a stressful process, and that everyone buys at a different pace.
Visit with me when you are considering your next vehicle purchase. I would love to add you to my “car family”
When I’m not busy selling cars, I enjoy playing tenor sax in my band, “Class Action”. Find us on FaceBook. I also enjoy bicycling, hiking, and maintaining this blog!
Let’s not forget rooting for the best all-time baseball team: The New York Yankees!
Robert Nakano, Craig Luckfield, Charles and Carol Taylor,Mark Ayala, Denise Georgiadis, Fred Arvonio, Peter Rubino, Mike and Ann Fitzsimmons, Jackie and Anthony Azadia, Dawn Papandrea-Khan, John Mahoney, Anthony Hazzard, Jim Oconner, Paul Schwartz, Kenneth Levy, Peter Jensen,Lindsy Moccio, Harrsison Moccio, Denise Sadowski, Paul Sadowski, Kathy Somme, Greg Newman, James Decuffa, Joe Manzo, Patsy Leone, Bruce Swanson, Rick Nelson, Judy & Mike McDermott, Scott Hawkins,Michael Comiskey,Joseph Louis,Brian Osborn,Joseph Tresca,Chris Corte,John Greco,Patricia Autieri,Tracey Straub,Steven Vacco, Debbie & Lou Ferretti, Roy & Elizabeth Cairns, Gayle Spina, Nicole & Bob Sears, Ron Hicks, Michael Kinstel, Bill & Mary Williams,Keith Conklin, Donna & Greg Bolner, Mary Chason-Krause, Michael Kraus, Michael Haase, Steven and Kathleen Logalbo.
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU!
My Awesome Car Family Buys Great Cars In Carmel NY. Here are some excellent folks who have found the best deals on new cars, used pick up trucks, 2017 Ram 1500’s and so much more…
It’s always a pleasure welcoming friends, both old and new:
Kevin McGannon,Michele Lavopa, Henry Christ, Carmine Priolo,Tamanika Hammond,Nikki Diorio, Rich Miller,Emilio Pardo,Ellen Lewit,Lesley Conley, Steven and Roberta Velichko, Dennis Strnatko,Tara Boyd,Frank Chieffalo, Andy Laureti, Marisol and Mike Melendez,Gene Branson, Peter Corsino, and Jamie Williams, Lori Daly, Denise Villani, Jonathan Garcia, Scott Hackert, Ed Grabowski, Rich Conforti.
Also, thank you all who referred your friends and family to me. It’s much appreciated.
Congratulations to you all, and thank you all for your business!
“I’ve been selling at Meadowland for over 20 years and have been Salesman of the Month and Salesman of the Year over 42 times. Do you think I might know how to make YOU happy?”
Specializing in long term relationship satisfaction, If you call me today, I promise to make you happy with your new or used car purchase!
Thank you to my friend Phil Garner for forwarding me the following. For those of us who love auto history, these picures are truly amazing.
Below is every Chevrolet convertible model since 1912!
The collection belongs to Albaugh in Ankeny, Iowa.
The personal collection of 110+ Chevy convertibles from 1912-1975 and Corvette Convertibles from 1953-1975
That is a Chevy Convertible from every year of manufacture, except 1939. The reason? Chevy didn’t make a convertible in 1939!
and ended it’s convertible line 1975 (except Vettes). I wonder if us mortal humans could ever view these works of art!
(NOTE: I’ll try to get the pictures back online as soon as possible.)
On-the-lot vehicles that are ready to buy when you are. If you are a small business owner, what does mean for you?
Enrollment is free, and there is no obligation . Call me at the dealership for free sign up.
Once you’re a member you’ll be entitled to an array of exclusive benefits.
Free Alternate Transportation Contract with the purchase of any new vehicle.+
Free Shuttle Service
Get a free ride back to your office or jobsite.
Dedicated Account Manager
You’ll have a single point of contact who understands your business needs.
Extended Service Hours
Longer hours mean your vehicle will be ready faster.
Upfitter & Bailment Pools
We’ll make the introductions and connect you to specialists you can trust.
Commercial Vehicles in Stock
BusinessLink dealers service all makes and models.
The following people very recently purchased a vehicle from me, and I want to say THANK YOU to all !
Grace Egan, Scott Deangelis, Phyliss and Greg Conlin, Joanne and Anthony Glover, Bill Muscio, Jennifer Heyd, Tom Filecco, Russ LeClair, Janeen and Tom Cunningham, Christina Muccielo, Dana Sunderlin, Sara Latterner, Elaine Barberesi, Jennifer Manzoeilli, Meghan Deutermann, Chris Lanza, Doris Schukin, Kathy Somme, and Tom Capalbo.
Enjoy your new vehicles, folks, and thank you for your business!
I saw this article, and I thought I would pass it on. The information is terrific.
Car Salesman Confidential: Don’t Parachute Your Trade-In
Written by: Mark McDonald on April 27 2012 4:00 AM
One of the most widely accepted bits of advice you’ll find presented in practically every consumer magazine as Wisdom From Upon High is a bad idea.
The advice is this: First, negotiate your best price on the car you’re thinking of buying. Then, and only then, should you tell your salesperson you’re planning to trade, and ask for an appraisal of your car. The thinking behind this seems to be that if you tell the salesperson up front that you’re trading in your car, he will somehow be able to use one of his Jedi mind tricks and talk you into paying too much for his car and accepting too little for your trade. Gosh, I wish I knew one of those mind tricks! I’d be rich.
There are two problems with this advice: One, it doesn’t work. and two, it requires you, the customer, to lie.
Now the reason customers hate car salespeople is that we lie, right? And we like to “play games.” So what do all the experts tell you to do when dealing with car salespeople? Lie and play games.
They even tell you how to lie, giving you the exact phraseology. “If asked whether you’re trading in your vehicle by the salesman,” the magazines say, “tell him you haven’t decided yet.”
Of course, you already have decided. You know you’re planning to trade. But revealing this information too early in the process will hurt you, according to the experts. So you lie.
Well, guess what? I know you’re planning to trade, too. Every salesperson on the planet knows what the words “I haven’t decided yet” mean. They mean you’re planning to negotiate your best price first and then drop the trade-in on us later. We’re not stupid. And we read the same books and magazines you do.
In fact, this is such a well-known customer tactic that there’s even a phrase for it in the car business. It’s called “parachuting the trade.”
But here’s the truth. You might call this one of Mark’s Maxims.
Mark’s Maxim No. 1: Tell the Salesman About the Trade
The only thing “parachuting the trade,” or holding back the fact that you’re trading, does is increase the amount of time it will take you to make a car deal. And one of the biggest complaints consumers have about buying a new car is how long it takes. So why prolong it?
Second, parachuting will cause your salesperson to distrust you, because you’ve shown a willingness to lie. With human nature being what it is — and yes, salespeople are human beings, too — knowing that they’ve been lied to makes it easier for any salesperson to rationalize lying to you.
And third, it actually hurts you in the long run, because it eliminates your bargaining power when it comes to the trade-in. The fact is, this tactic adds absolutely nothing to the value of your trade. The actual cash value of your trade-in is what it is, whether you introduce it at the end of the process or at the beginning.
Now, you’re probably wondering, how can it hurt me? Easy. Think of a car deal as a pie. There’s only so much profit available in every car deal. You can think of the total available profit as the size of the pie. Now, you can slice that pie up a zillion ways. As a customer, you can take half of it, or two thirds of it, or only a tiny slice. But if you take all of that pie right up front when negotiating the purchase price, that means there’s less pie left over when it comes time to talk about your trade. That means you’re likely to get less for your trade-in, not more, because the dealership will be trying to get back some of the profit they’ve already given up.
The best way to handle a trade-in is to tell your salesman up front that you would like to trade your current car in, but don’t have to. It all depends on what you get for it. Your main concern is, and should always be, the overall deal: the payments, the interest rate, etc., not just the trade-in value. Never focus solely on only one aspect of the deal, but take everything into account. Hey, that sounds like another maxim!
Mark’s Maxim No. 2: Always Focus on the Overall Deal — Don’t Get Hung up on Only One Aspect
If you take the honest, direct approach, most salespeople will appreciate it and work even harder for you, which is what you want. And if you can get the salesperson working for you instead of against you, you have a better chance of getting the best deal possible on the car you want.
I recently found this article in Motor Trend, and I felt it was important to give this information to my customers. It was written by Mark McDonald, who has written a number of articles on buying cars.
Hopefully, you will find it helpful when it’s time for you to shop for a car.
Imagine this. You’re a car salesman. And you’ve been working with Bill and Nancy, a nice retired couple who are finding it harder and harder to get in and out of their low slung Buick Lucerne. Over the past two hours, you’ve performed a “walkaround” on several vehicles, test driven two of them, and gotten an appraisal on their trade-in. You’ve educated them on their choices, presented them with numbers, discussed their trade-in value and how it was arrived at, answered all their questions, addressed all their concerns . . . but Bill says he still needs to go home and “think about it.”
Okay, fine. You shake hands, and Bill and Nancy go home to think about it. The next day you make a follow-up call and Bill says something along the lines of: “You know, Mark, I’ve been talking to a fellow I know who sells cars occasionally–”
“Sells cars occasionally?” you ask, getting a queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. “You mean he’s a broker, or a retired salesman?”
Bill laughs. “Oh, no, no, it’s just something he does on the side, you know, more or less as a hobby. Anyway, I’ve been talking to him and he says my trade-in is worth a lot more than that.”
“Oh? How much more?” you ask.
“Well, my friend says it’s worth at least $26,000.”
“$26,000, huh? Wow. You mean we were off by $5000, according to your friend?”
“Well, Bill, I’d be pretty surprised if our Used Car Manager missed the mark by five grand on your trade. I mean, he doesn’t do this as an occasional thing, or a hobby. It’s his profession. But let’s take a look at Kelley Blue Book and see what they say.”
So while you have Bill on the phone, you pull up Kelley Blue Book and select “What’s My Current Car Worth?” Five minutes later, after you’ve entered all the correct information — the year, the make, the model, the equipment, the miles, etc. — Kelley gives you a range of $19,000 for Fair Condition, all the way up to 22K for Excellent. Your Used Car Manager has ACV’ed Bill’s trade at $20,500 — right in line with what Kelley says.
But Bill’s “expert” friend says the car is worth 26. On a hunch, you look up retail value. According to Kelley, Dealer Retail is $26,000. Bill’s friend the occasional-car-salesman-turned-expert told him full retail value.
Needless to say, this completely screws any chance you have of making a car deal with Bill, because now he has an inflated notion of what his car is worth. And even though you’ve just told Bill what KBB says, at the end of the day who’s he going to believe? The lying car salesman . . . or his trusted and well meaning buddy, the occasional car salesman?
The world is full of people who think they’re experts in car sales.
Most of them, in my opinion, know nothing. Absolutely nothing. Or, they know just enough to be dangerous. Many of them have a desire to be perceived as experts by their friends, and some of them live for the opportunity to prove they know more than a real car salesman.
But no one, no matter how smart they think they are, can tell you what the value of your trade-in is unless they’ve seen it, inspected it, driven it, talked to the owner about its history, and looked up the value in at least two reputable sources, like Black Book, NADA, or Mannheim Auction. Anyone who tells you they know the value of your trade-in is without going through this process is a fool — and they’re setting you up for major disappointment.
Whenever people have a serious decision to make , it’s only human nature to seek out the advice of a trusted friend. However, there are dangers to this. The first danger is, unless that person is truly an expert in whatever the subject is, chances are the advice they give you won’t be very good.
Just because a person has written insurance on cars doesn’t make them an expert on car values. Just because they work in a bank dealing with car loans everyday doesn’t make them an expert on car values, either. And just because they fix cars for a living doesn’t make them an expert on car values — any more than the fact I work at a car dealership makes me an expert on car insurance, what kind of interest rate you’ll get, or how to replace an EGR valve.
Second, if you call up a friend and ask them what they think of a deal you’re considering, their answer is going to be “No” every single time. Every time, with no exceptions. The friend you call — whether it’s your dad, your wife, a neighbor, a psychic you know, or your priest or rabbi — will always, always, ALWAYS say “No.” They never, never, EVER say “Yeah, go ahead, I think you should do it. Sounds like a great deal!”
The answer is obvious. Say a friend calls you and asks for your advice. “Hey, I’m sitting here at the dealership thinking about buying one of those new SR-75 Blackbirds. They’re giving me yadda yadda for my trade and they’re asking me yadda yadda bing for their’s. The total is $30,000. Whaddya think?”
Are you going to be responsible for a friend’s $30,000 mistake?
No way. It’s much easier — and much safer — to say “No.” That way, if your friend buys, and it later turns out he got screwed, you can say “I told you so.” But if you say “Yes” and it later turns out to be a bad decision, guess who gets blamed? Yeah, that’s right. You.
Finally, unless the individual you’re relying on for advice has been there with you every step of the way, and gone through the same process you’ve gone through — the internet research, the walkarounds, the test drives, the appraisal, the presentation of numbers — they have no basis for offering an opinion. Why? Because they know none of the facts. The last time they went shopping for a car may have been six years ago. They didn’t talk to the man doing the appraisal, who pointed out the fact you need four new tires. They don’t know about the little fender bender you were in two years ago that’s on the CarFax. In fact, the person you ask for advice may not even know the asking price of the car you’re trying to buy, what kind of options it has, or the manufacturer’s incentives. In short, there is simply no way for them to know what you know after spending three weeks car shopping.
So if you’re going to seek advice, first, pick someone who truly knows cars and get that person involved from the beginning. Second, recognize that even the experts — the professionals who do this for a living every day — can’t know all the answers without first finding out all the facts.
So why would you expect your neighbor the occasional car salesman to know any more than you, or them?
It’s come to my attention that our very knowledgeable Chrysler Trainer(s) have been using my blog to show their training class attendees how it’s done!
Although I am flattered, the truth is you really have to love it, like I do, in order for it to work, even a little. Don’t believe me? Check out my archive articles.
I actually had this blog before there were blogs! Since 1999, I’ve had an on-line presence first as a website ( I paid someone $50 per month to maintain), then as a news-letter, and now as a blog.
Does it sell cars? Yes and no. What kind of answer is that? By itself, probably not. When I add it to the other things I do to keep in touch with new and old customers, yes, it’s very effective.
If you think the blog will be a magic bullet, forget it. Don’t waste your time.
You have any thoughts you want to share, place your comments below. Keep it nice, or I won’t publish it!
Bret Backus, Erika McQuade, Kristine Kershaw, Phil Garner, Mike Vasquez, Chris Marino, Besa Ukaj, David Johnson, Anthony Varrone, John and Emily Woodall, Gary Pecora, Chris Hamilton, Jerome Fryer, Harvey Katzin, & David Johnson.
Congratulations to you all, and thank you all for your vehicle purchase!
To all of our family, friends and associates:
It’s getting late, and I thought I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday, and a Healthy New Year.
Remember to be thankful for the little things and the big ones will take care of themselves. Peace to you all.
Here are the posts that I have written about Meadowland of Carmel participating in the helping of local charities and community projects.
The results are in! This is our biggest year ever, as over 5,000 lbs of dog food (that’s 3 tons!) are in the process of being delivered to the Putnam Humane Society. Michele Dugan, Director, said: “that should be enough to feed the pets for most of 2014”. That’s truly amazing. This is in addition to the TOYS FOR TOTS and Green Chimney’s contributions.
Here Is The Tally:
122 Toys & 171 bags of pet food. This comes out to: $10,500 + $12,500 contributions, 109 Free Oil Changes ($4,500) for a total of $27,500!!
Below are a few pictures of how much that looks like. It should be noted that one delivery was already made!
Above middle picture is Eric Gross, reporter, interviewing Michele Dugan, Director of Putnam Humane Society.
Thank you all our friends and customers for your generous support. Our Toys-For-Tots program was better than expected. Close to $30,000 donated, and over 500 toys contributed for the kids.
The money will be shared by (local)Toys-For Tots, Green Chimneys, and local humane societies in Carmel and Torrington, Connecticut. It’s a good feeling to work for a company that gives generously to the community.
Dugan and her office manager Colleen Zaccaro along with kennel manager Amour Duplessis were asked to stop by the auto dealership on Route 6 in Carmel last week by Barbara Volz, president of the auto dealers, to talk about trading in an old vehicle owned by the Humane Society for a newer one.
Dugan said the old van had “seen better days. We needed another vehicle but simply couldn’t afford it.”
Volz explained last Christmas, Meadowland made several contributions to area non-for-profits: “The Humane Society was so grateful—amazingly so.”
Ken Volz learned that the society needed a van and Barbara Volz said: “Each of our managers received a bonus during the holidays. We asked that they consider giving back a small portion which the company would match dollar for dollar. Our employees care for their fellow man as well and the van was purchased and refurbished with $20,000. We are all so pleased to help our neighbors.”
Dugan couldn’t believe what she was hearing: “This is the most wonderful gift. We appreciate all the support received from our entire community. This caught me off guard,” she said as tears streamed down her cheeks.
Dugan thanked the the Volz family for “realizing our need since the old van was terribly dilapidated. The shelter is so lucky to have people like this support us. It’s gratifying to see that people really appreciate what we do for the animals in our community.”
The Putnam Humane Society located on Old Route 6 in Carmel behind the Putnam Plaza Shopping Center was New York State’s first no-kill shelter when the organization was founded nearly 50 years ago.
A variety of dogs and cats are available for adoption. Visitors are always welcome seven days a week during regular business hours.
Putnam Humane Society can be reached by calling 845-225-7777.
A photo originally appeared by Eric Gross showing Ken Volz and his mom, Barbara, hand a set of keys belonging to a work van to Michele Dugan and her staff last week while managers of Meadowland of Carmel look on with pride. The picture was posted on another website which I linked to. But now, that site is no longer up.
The Volz Auto Group continues to be involved with the community.
Our next event that we have joined is the WALK TO END ALZHEIMERS. On behalf of the Volz Auto Group Community Committee; Anthony, Danielle and Jennifer, would like to invite you to join our first walk ever, as the VOLZ AUTO GROUP TEAM.
The walk is on Sunday October 14, 2012 in Carmel. We welcome both you and your family members/friends to join us in this cause. Since my family lost our mom two years ago to this terrible disease, I will personally be involved.
The Committee Is:
Jennifer Austin (Giustino)
We know it’s long way off, so mark your calendars now, and make a committment, and make a difference.
As we have done in the past, the Volz Auto Group plans on giving back to the community during the holiday season.
Below Are The Details:
We will give a $250 discount on any new or used car or a free oil change in exchange for a toy(value of over $30) or a similar value donation for one of the following for the Putnam humane society.
- Purina Pro Plan Dry Shredded Chicken Blend for dogs
- Purina Pro Plan Dry Chicken & Rice For Cats
- Friskies Canned Cat Food (no fish please)
- Kitty Litter
The following items are always much needed, but are not included in this program:
- Dog Treats
We also will be donating $50 to be split between Putnam Humane Society, and Green Chimneys in Brewster for every car delivered during our program.
The toys will be split between toys for tots and local orphanages.
Even if you don’t plan on purchasing a vehicle here, please feel free to stop in with a gift. It will be greatly appreciated!
This special program runs from November 15th to December 15th.
Contact me and I will be glad to help!
The 2011 Meadowland Charity Car Wash Was A Complete Success!
Kristina Verde, and her crew, collected $400.00 for the St. Judes’s Childrens Hospital. It was really gratifying to see our youth work hard for such a worthy cause.
All hands were on deck, including Laurie and Joe Verde (Mom and Dad- and kids), and Grandma and Grandpa Devito. Special kudos to Anthony Hazzard who washed a few cars too!
Volz Auto Group has proudly served the upper New York area for 40 years and is pleased to announce that they will once again be contributing to the Toys-for-Tots program.
In addition, from November 15 to December 15, 2010 all five Volz dealerships (Meadowland of Carmel, Bill Volz Westchester, Brewster Ford, Torrington Ford and Wilson Nissan) will be accepting toy donations from their customers. Last year over 1,000 toys were donated, thanks to our customers!
And as a thank you, any Volz customer who participates, will get a free oil change and a $250 discount toward any vehicle in stock. To be eligible for the $250, you simply bring in a toy ($20+ value).
Also, $50 will be contributed for each vehicle sold during that period. We expect this be even bigger than last year. We hope you will join us. Mark your calendar: This program ends on 17th of December.
This year, the proceeds will go to the Toys-For-Tots, Green Chimneys and the animal shelters in Putnam County, and Torrington, Ct.
We were also delighted by the hundreds people who came into the dealership, and helped fill up our Ram pick- up truck with toys.
Meadowland is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual St. Jude car wash on Sunday October 2, 2011. It is being organized Kristina Verde, who is the daughter of Meadowland lead service tech, Joe Verde!
We had a phenomenal turn out last year and we are hoping for the same this year. Every cent of the proceeds will go to St. Judes Children’s Hospital. We hope to see you there, we all had a good time last year, and this year is going to be even better!
Come On Down to Meadowland and Get Your Car Washed
And at the same time, give to a great cause. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and will end early afternoon.
BTW: Meadowland of Carmel is located at 1952 Rt. Six, Carmel, N.Y. 10512, just 10 minutes west of Danbury, Ct.
Meadowland Sales and Service Hours
Meadowland Car Dealership
More of Steve’s archived posts about Meadowland of Carmel New York
What Snow Storm!
Meadowland of Carmel donates $3,000 to Toys for Tots
Businessman Fits Children and Bus With Pajamas
Our new waiting room!
Meadowland on eBay!
Meadowland of Carmel- Moving forward
At Meadowland, we like to think we are unique in many ways. Not only have we been here for 40 years (!), but we have many employees who are enjoying long-term employment here as well.
It really is a good sign when you see the same faces each time you come into Meadowland. I am certain that this is a record that is probably unmatched by any dealership in the tri-state area. We feel that happy employees and happy customers go hand-in-hand ! Wouldn’t you agree?
So who are we? The following is a list of us ! ( 5years or more)
The Volz Family, 40 years, same location (wow)!
January 13, 2011
Our cleared lot at Meadowland after a snow storm
When it comes to snow, Meadowland is always up on our game. The lots are plowed and ready for our happy customers! We are currently working on cleaning the snow around the cars which should be completed very shortly. Being a 5 Star Chrysler Dealership means that we are there for our customers which include having a snow-cleared lot. Sales, Service, Parts and Body shop employees are working hard to shovel out the cars.
From LoHud: 12.23.10
Meadowland of Carmel raised $3,000 and collected hundreds of toys that were presented to Bill Lewis, coordinator for Toys for Tots across the Hudson Valley.
The presentation was made at the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown, Lewis’s regional headquarters for the Marine Corps League’s annual toy and donation drive.
Anthony Hazzard, the dealership’s director of social networking (pictured below), said the fundraising come from a variety of sources, including a Facebook page for which each new “Friend” or customer testimonial would prompt a $10 donation.
In this era of corporate greed, and corrupt politicians it’s really heart-warming and encouraging to hear about something positive for a change. The following excerpt, from the Wall Street Journal, is about one of our Meadowland customers, David Kucera, and his mission to help kids in need.
Providing children in need with a cozy pair of pajamas and a new book is the singular simple mission of the Pajama Program.
Now in its 10th year, the charity works to provide books and bedclothes to children—infants to teenagers—who live in shelters and group homes. The organization partners with 2,000 such places nationwide.
Mariano Rivera, future Baseball Hall of Fame reliever for the New York Yankees, purchased a 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 from Meadowland Of Carmel! Kenn Volz delivered it to Yankee Stadium himself!
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the 2010 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger its top safety rating, Chrysler said today.
Hello friends and relatives. If anyone you know might be in the market for a Minivan, please have them email or call me on my cell 914-671-5580. I have been with Meadowland of Carmel, N.Y a long time, and have never seen anything quite like this.
Due to a combination of factors the prices on new Chrysler and Dodge minivans are as low as I have ever seen. Basically almost $10,000 off MSRP and 0% for 4 years, plus a lifetime warranty. These deals were so good, my boss bought 50 extra vans and then bought three personally for our stores. I thought maybe he went off the deep end, but now I realize he probably didn’t buy enough! Please visit our website for more details:
We can deliver them to anywhere in the northeast, so if you or your friends do not live near NY we can deliver. This is not the type of note I usually post. No strings attached. These deals are unreal. This ends on 2/28/2009
I hope you are all doing well, and remember: Buy American.
For on road and off road excitement, nothing beats a Jeep. When I have a break from selling them, which doesn’t come often, I enjoy writing about them! Here are some past Jeep articles from the car blog.
Buy Jeep Cherokee
We have the 2017 Jeep Cherokee in stock. All options, all colors. Call Steve for the best price and to test drive one now.
Here is an article from back in 2013. The Jeep Cherokee has been one of the strongest models in the world for years!
It won’t be long before the all new 2014 JEEP CHEROKEE arrives at Meadowland of Carmel, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Here’s a preview pic to whet your appetite:
Even though the name comes with a rich heritage, it bears no resemblence to it’s predecessors.
The first Cherokee was produced in 1974 and ended in 2001. It was replaced in 2002 with the Jeep Liberty, which ended production in 2012. Available in 4 Wheel or 2 Wheel drive, the latest Cherokee is going to be around a long time.
If you are interested, contact me at the dealership, and I will be glad to give you the details.
Here is an overview of the 4 trim levels:
2014 Cherokee Sport
•2.4L MultiAir2® I4 engine & nine-speed automatic transmission with electric range select
•Jeep® Active Drive I 4×4 system with rear axle disconnect+ (Std on 4×4 models)
•Selec-Terrain® traction control system (Std. on 4×4 models)
•Uconnect® system with Bluetooth® & five-inch touchscreen display
•60 / 40 split 2nd-row reclining seat with forward / reverse sliding feature for added comfort
•Jeep Cargo Management System
2014 Cherokee Latitude
Includes everything on Sport, Plus:
•17-inch aluminum wheels
•Body color mirrors & door handles
•Bright chrome day light opening with silver painted roof rails
•Deep tint privacy glass
•Halogen projector fog lamps
•Fold-flat front passenger seat with in-seat storage
•Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
•Ambient LED interior lighting
2014 Cherokee Trailhawk
Includes everything on Latitude, Plus:
•Trail Rated® capability with Jeep® Active Drive Lock 4×4 system and locking rear axle
•1-inch lift w/ off-road suspension / skid plates
•17-inch off-road alum. wheels / all-terrain tires
•Uconnect® system with Bluetooth® and 8.4-inch touchscreen display
•Accent color tow hooks, mirrors, grille surrounds, badging, off-road fascia appliques, and roof rails
•Premium cloth seats w/ leather-trimmed bolster
•Cargo net & all-weather floor mats
2014 Cherokee Limited
Includes Everything on Latitude, Plus:
•18-inch polished aluminum wheels with all-season tires
•Leather-trimmed seats (front heated)
•7-inch color instrument cluster with thin film transistor liquid crystal display technology
•Uconnect® system with Bluetooth® and 8.4-inch touchscreen display
•Passive entry with Keyless Enter ‘n Go™
•ParkView® Back Up Camera
It’s the only vehicle in it’s class that is designed to really to off-roading, and among it’s many other attributes has the largest interior space, by far. It’s competitors include: The Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 , Toyota 4Runner.
If you want more info, please visit the Jeep site at: http://www.jeep.com/en/index-b.html
This blog post features a customer of mine, Aaron Kershaw, and his 1991 Jeep Wrangler.
It is a very unique story of a man who is truly passionate about his Wrangler.
This 1991 Jeep Wrangler 4.0 started life as a blue jeep with a factory 1.5 lift, driven by a woman for its first 10 years of life.
I acquired it from a friend who mistakenly drove it on it on a lake in Putnam County and it sank. This lake was frozen at the time and he didn’t realize the road ended, lol! So four hours later it was pulled out and he drained it, and went about getting it running again.
Fast forward a few years and it was sitting, looking sad, rusting, a home for spiders and mice. I needed to have it. In my own life 1991, was a year of dedication and service; I spent the better part of that year either serving in Iraq, or floating in the Mediterranean ocean with 24 MEU ( Marine Expeditionary Unit) waiting for trouble.
15 years later I felt the need to build a project that would help me deal with my own experiences and centered around the year 1991. A squad member (platoon- mate) had a 1979 (Wrangler) CJ, that I drove often between deployments. It was that CJ, with the chain link (ala cheech-chong) steering wheel and only a Bikini top that I fell in love with: an Icon and American Hero, JEEPS.
I paid $1500 initially and went about making it road worthy, then new paint and fenders, hood, windshield, door, glass, weather-stripping, rear lights, and a lot more. A couple years later I added a 4 inch lift-kit. I had already cleaned and painted the frame the year prior having foreseen a rusted frame.
With my 3 year-old, my wife and a friend, I set about doing a frame off clean up and rebuild. I completed it within 3 months and was rolling again on an all new suspension, new brake-lines, gas-lines, fuel pump, and steering components, NO old screws/bolts/nuts went on. Only all new Stainless hardware.
As the years go on I have more plans, but with 4 children I am fortunate to have such a toy. I look forward to owning a 4dr JK so I can have the whole gang fall as hard as I did for this American Dream – True Hero – Jeep.
Editors note: If you would like to see more pix, please visit:
RAM Truck Archived Posts
Out of all the pickup trucks that I see, Ram Trucks have the highest owner loyalty, and the also retain the highest value. Here are some archived posts that I have written about Ram Truck through the years.
RAM 1500 Diesel For Sale
Just announced on Allpar.com !
Ram 1500 Diesel finally official Posted on February 14th, 2013 •
Today, Ram officially announced that they will build a Ram 1500 with the VM 3.0 diesel engine; while VM is owned by Fiat, the company has long supplied Chrysler with diesel engines for vehicles sold outside of North America. The 3.0 liter V6 is a state of the art diesel which passes both American and European emissions tests, has strong power, low maintenance requirements, and good economy.
This is the same diesel engine used in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will reduce training and inventory costs when compared with the also laudable Cummins V6 diesel (a completely different engine than the Cummins straight-six which will continue in the Ram Heavy Duty models). The diesel will, not surprisingly, be hooked up to the eight-speed automatic. It is possible that the delay in launching the Ram 1500 Diesel was due partly to the desire to start it off with the right automatic; the eight-speed’s wide range and high number of gears will keep the diesel in its sweet spot and counter the relatively low operating range of most diesel engines.
Allpar predicted that the VM engine had been approved for the Ram 1500 on June 4, 2012, then again on October 5, 2012, and October 23, 2012. The timing (diesel Ram 1500 in late 2013) appeared on April 1, 2012. Ram actually showed a 1500 diesel option in its ordering system in December 2010. The Ram 1500 diesel is scheduled to start production in July, which would make it available in dealerships between August and September, assuming no delays.
Dodge’s lightest-duty full-size pickups have been available with diesel engines before; in 1978, Dodge started using a four-liter Mitsubishi 6DR5 diesel, also found in the Toyota Land Cruiser, in pickups and Power Wagons.
Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2013/02/ram-1500-diesel-finally-official
Text copyright © Allpar, LLC, publishers of the massive Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and other Mopar site allpar.com
The 2010 Ram Heavy Duty absolutely nailed the award in terms of our criteria, from the attractive exterior styling, to the plush and quiet cabins, to the tough and capable powertrains,” said Angus MacKenzie, editor in chief of Motor Trend, in a statement.
The 2010 Ram Heavy Duty is available in five trim models and sports suspension and brake improvements that are designed to help in carrying heavy loads. The truck starts at $28,165 for a regular cab model, $36,865 for crew cab models and $36,865 for Mega Cab models. It is slated to arrive in dealerships before the end of the year.
We just received our first one,and you really need to see this winner in person. Call me for an appointment.
Keeping up with the innovations and variety of GMC Trucks, SUV’s and Cross Overs is a full time job. These are some of the posts I’ve published about GMC over the past several years.
The ALL-NEW 2011 GMC TERRAIN
2010 Grand Caravan & Town & Country
The all-new Dodge Grand Caravan & Town & Country. It is designed with technologies that revolutionize, and reinvented to hold your family with the greatest of care. Stability control, standard front and side curtain airbags, dual DVD, satellite TV,uCONNECT ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, including Navigation & DVD, Swivel & Go seating. From the company that invented the Minivan.
2010 GMC Acadia
Acadia is designed with one goal in mind: to create a professional grade crossover. It features refined styling, impressive fuel economy, advanced amenities, and confidence inspiring safety features. According to Edmunds.com “2008 GMC Acadia ranks as one of the best family-oriented crossovers available”.
Welcome New Employee
Stephen Benson has just joined Meadowland, and has been assigned to our prep/detail department. He also has been helping to get our photos on our website. His parents, Chris and Ellen Benson, have been long-time Meadowland of Carmel customers. Continued good luck, Stephen!
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
“HAILEY’S TOWING SERVICE”
- 24 HOUR SERVICE: Classic & Antique Transportation Services
- Local and long distance Motorcycle & Machinery Towing
Phones: 845-225-6272- 914-755-5388
Bobby- Carmel, New York
Over 39 years in the same location and owned by the same family management team.
I’ve been here for 21 years! They know how to make people happy!
Call Steve at: 845-225-8468
or cell: 914-671-5580
Did you know:
In addition to a 3 year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, standard on every new PONTIAC /GMC, is a 100,000 mile/5 year transferable power train warranty with no deductible…
You also get 100,000 miles/5 years of roadside assistance, including courtesy transportation…
OnStar offers vehicle diagnostics, hands free calling, turn by turn directions, automatic crash response, and a live advisor just a button push away…
And now, payment protection up to 9 months if you lose your job due to economic conditions, and vehicle value protection when you trade your vehicle in… call or email me for details… Total confidence from PONTIAC/GMC!
Subject: must read Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:17:31
This one needs to be forwarded to as many people as possible as a reminder of who is actually taking care of business at home, considering the recent news and events regarding the Big 3, and what’s at stake for current, and future jobs for millions of people, and the risk of losing technological advances, knowledge, and experience of our manufacturing capabilities.
LET EVERYONE KNOW for the record:
Ford, Chrysler and GM’s contributions after 9/11 ‘CNN Headline News’ did a short news listing regarding Ford and GM’s & Chrysler’s contributions to the relief and recovery efforts in New York and Washington .
The findings are as follows…
1. Ford- $10 million to American Red Cross matching employee contributions of the same number plus 10 Excursions to NY Fire Dept. The company also offered ER response team services and office space to displaced government employees.
2. GM- $10 million to American Red Cross matching employee contributions of the same number and a fleet of vans, suv’s, and trucks.
3. Daimler Chrysler- $10 million to support of the children and victims of the Sept. 11 attack.
4. Harley Davidson motorcycles- $1 million and 30 new motorcycles to the New York Police Dept.
5. Volkswagen-Employees and management created a Sept 11 Foundation, funded initial with $2 million, for the assistance of the children and victims of the WTC.
6. Hyundai- $300,000 to the American Red Cross.
9. Daewoo- Nothing.
11. Honda- Nothing despite boasting of second best sales month ever in August 2001
12. Isuzu- Nothing.
15. Porsche-Nothing. Press release with condolences via the Porsche website.
16. Subaru- Nothing.
17. Suzuki- Nothing.
18. Toyota-Nothing despite claims of high sales in July and August 2001.Condolences posted on the website.
Whenever the time may be for you to purchase a new, or used vehicle, keep this information in mind. You might want to give more consideration to a car manufactured by an American-owned and / or American based company.
Apart from Hyundai and Volkswagen, the foreign car companies contributed nothing at all to the citizens of the United States .. It’s OK for these companies to take money out of this country, but it is apparently not acceptable to return some in a time of crisis. I believe we should not forget things like this. Say thank you in a way that gets their attention.. BUY YOUR NEXT VEHICLE FROM GM, FORD OR CHRYSLER