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March 19, 2008

Carnival of Female Friendly Dealers, Part Two

Askpatty_logo_2 by Ask Patty Staff
Wouldn't it be great if you could walk into a dealership as a woman and have a pleasurable buying experience? We certainly think so! And because it's so important to Ask Patty, we make sure there are dealerships all across the country that are certified as "female friendly"! These Certified Female Friendly dealerships have undergone special training to create a safe and comfortable environment where women feel welcome. Ask Patty trained and certified dealers are also held to a high level of customer satisfaction to help make a woman's experience of purchasing and maintaining her vehicle a pleasant one.  You can use the AskPatty dealer search on to easily find one in your area. Let's meet some of our newly certified dealers around the country!

Mccullough_metro McCullough Metro Motors
In 2007 McCullough Metro Motors took over the automotive group formerly named John Koons III Automotive.  Under the leadership of father and son, Pat and Kevin McCullough, a family oriented dealership was created that provides exceptional customer service and embraces the values and principles of yesteryear.  With the help of their dedicated staff, such as their General Manager, Carl Gendece from St. Louis, Missouri, who has worked in automobile dealerships and related businesses for the past 35 years and prides himself on his detail to his customers' experience, and their spokesman, James "JB" Brown from CBS Sports, they're not happy until their customers are happy. 

MedinaMedina Mitsubishi Suzuki
Medina, Ohio, is located northwest of Akron; the dealership's business philosophy is to provide a pleasurable buying experience for customers. At Medina Mitsubishi they strive to always exceed the expectations of every customer. The dealership's commitment to customer satisfaction allows Medina Imports to excel as a professional leader in automotive sales and service. Their ability to sustain a superior reputation is vital to the success and growth of the organization. For this reason the most important continuing objective is to provide unequaled service.  The collective strength of their customer satisfaction team is derived from the individual effort and dedication of every employee.

Newjersey New Jersey State Auto Auction
Open since 1994, the New Jersey State Auto Auction has been helping the general public find and buy quality pre-owned cars, truck, vans and SUV's below Kelley Blue Book value.

We take great pride in our customer service, as well as constantly updating our inventory and offering customers a huge selection of quality pre-owned vehicles at wholesale prices with clean titles.The New Jersey State Auto Auction offers free CARFAX vehicle history reports.  All vehicles are CARFAX Certified with clean titles including the CARFAX buyback guarantee.  We also offer auto loan financing, online auction bidding, auto insurance, extended warranty plans and we have a full vehicle service department.  We are the largest car auction in the tri-state metro area, serving New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and DC.  We are ranked number one in customer service for all public auto auctions in the Northeast Region.

Newsome Newsome Automotive
With over 26 years of local community involvement and Award Winning Sales and Service Departments, will embrace the Ask Patty concept. Newsome Automotive/ Imports of Florence owes this distinction to their high level of customer service and outstanding reputation of total customer satisfaction. Their partnership with Ask Patty represents an increased commitment to the female car buyer to provide a safe and comfortable buying experience. Newsome Automotive/ Imports of Florence is owned by Sonic Automotive, Inc. A Publicly Held Fortune 300 Company and member of the Russell 2000 Index. Sonic Automotive is one of largest automotive retailers in the United States, and operates 195 dealership franchises, representing 38 different brands of cars and light trucks at 156 locations and 40 collision repair centers in 15 states.

Palmetto Palmetto Jaguar
In 1969, the Eubank family founded Palmetto Ford Lincoln Mercury and has been providing outstanding service to Charleston and the Low Country for over 35 years.  In 1995 Palmetto Jaguar was established as an addition to the Eubank family dealership. The Palmetto Car and Truck Group is a family of four dealerships in the West Ashley, Mount Pleasant and Summerville areas of South Carolina, offering award-winning automotive sales and service.

Since 1969, the dealership has received over 50 significant awards including: Ford Top 100 Dealers, Distinguish Quality Care and a nomination for Time Magazine's Dealer of the Year award. Eubanks Family dealership philosophy is simple; to identify and satisfy customer's needs in a caring and friendly atmosphere while establishing long-term relationships built on understanding and trust. Burnam Eubank, dealer principle of Palmetto Jaguar is a current member of the AskPatty expert advisory panel and provides online automotive advice through the AskPatty website.

Radley Karen Radley Acura, Radley Automotive
As a group of dealerships headed by a woman, they have fought hard to win and maintain the respect of the manufacturers represented by each location. As a result, the manufacturers have often cited Karen Radley's reputation, and mode of doing business, as a model for other dealers to emulate. Buying or servicing your vehicle at a Radley facility provides special advantages including knowing that you will be doing business with a dealership that is owned and operated by a former regulator for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles - which means you can count on them to always conduct business based on the highest of ethical standards.  In addition, as a member of the J.D. Power Superdealer Roundtable, they continuously strive to serve as an example to all dealers by operating in a manner that makes their clients glad they decided to do business with a Radley Dealership. You don't have to look any further than a Radley Dealership for the best value and treatment in the industry. 

Schaeffer Schaeffer BMW
Schaeffer BMW is a family owned and operated dealership that has been in business since 1984, and is one of only 30 dealers recognized as a BMW Center of Excellence by BMW of North America in 2006. Milton and Anne Schaeffer, founders of Schaeffer BMW, have made a tradition of helping the community for over 20 years by supporting programs benefiting athletics, medical research for children, cultural enrichment, the arts, and education.

Valencia_acura Valencia Acura
Cheri Fleming and her husband, Don, have been proud owners of Valencia Acura since 1997.  It was a true challenge when they took on the bottom-ranked Acura dealership in the country, however under the Flemings' leadership much has changed since then. Fleming's personal philosophy of "It's not just a dealership, it's a friendship" has transformed Valencia Acura to an extraordinary level of success.

Dedication to creating a highly personal, rich car buying experience combined with an unbounded community dedication has made Valencia Acura a top independent Acura dealership in the country today. The many accolades and awards collected by both Cheri and Don Fleming over the past 12 years are a reflection of their passion and commitment to both community and dealership quality.

Victory Victory Pontiac GMC Trucks
The first and only dealership in Alabama to be a certified female friendly dealer, Victory Pontiac-GMC has been in the business of selling quality new and pre-owned vehicles for over 30 years. Previously located in Montevallo, AL, the business was purchased by Clayton-Bailey Automotive in 2002 and a new state-of-the-art facility was built in Calera. Located just off of I-65, Victory is easily accessible from the entire greater Birmingham area, as well as Clanton, Prattville, and Montgomery.

Victory Pontiac GMC is the leading Digital Automobile Dealership in Birmingham and in the State of Alabama, utilizing the latest technology to market and sell automobiles. Day-to-day operations of Victory are overseen by Warren Bailey, president. Mr. Bailey began his career as a CPA and then moved on to a career with what used to be Parisian Department stores, serving in positions such as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Victory is a family business. Mr. Bailey's two children work in the business and there are several other families that have multiple members working at the dealership. Because of the emphasis of family, the dealership has welcoming attitude and a genuine friendly approach to doing business.

The list of our newest certified dealers is so big, we can only include half of them here, so if a dealer near you is not in this list, then check the first installment that we posted last week.

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