Need automotive service or repair work, but service centers are closed on Sundays?
The Sullivan Automotive Group starting today is offering Sunday automotive service hours, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is the first new vehicle dealership in the Wabash Valley to offer the extended service.
And as a kickoff to the service, the dealership is offering a $4.95 oil change and tire rotation on Sundays in February, said Richard D. Cox, president of Sullivan Automotive Group.
“I remember as a kid, both my parents worked,” Cox said. “My father worked at a stamping plant in Chicago for Ford and my mother worked outside the home during the day as well.
“Back then, service departments were only open Monday through Friday and back then, Saturday hours were something special when dealerships had them. My parents had to take a day off work to get their cars into the service department,” Cox said.
“We are opening on Sunday for customer convenience. Many people are still working on Saturdays or are running around with their kids and don’t have time to get their cars in. This gives another window of opportunity to get their vehicle into a new car dealership with a certified service area and certified technicians,” Cox said.
Sullivan Automotive also has added a new 3,000-square-foot enclosed service drive. The large two-bay drive allows customers to pull inside and meet with technicians at a service desk.
A 2012 survey from AutoMD.com, a car repair rating site, found that 78 percent of more than 4,000 people polled are keeping their vehicles for more than 10 years before buying a new car.
Also, the average age of the cars and trucks on U.S. roads hit a record 10.8 years as of July, 2011, according to the Polk research firm, which studied state vehicle registrations. That’s up from 10.6 years in 2010. In 1995, the average age of a car on U.S. roads was 8.4 years, according to Polk.
“Our service business was up 13 percent last year and is continuing to grow because people are servicing their cars, which allows them to last longer, and cars are built to last longer,” Cox said.
“The reason we built this [service drive] and are open on Sundays is for customer service,” said Cox, adding the Sullivan Automotive Group is the only dealership in the Wabash Valley that sells seven manufacturers in one facility — Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram trucks.
In addition to Sunday service, the dealership is in its second year of sponsoring organizations by donating $50 for every vehicle sold each Friday and $1 per oil change and tire rotation from its service center, said Joe Mascari, general manager of Sullivan Automotive Group.
Last year, when the program was only done on the first Friday of each month, almost $1,600 was donated to a cancer foundation at the Sullivan Community Hospital, a fund that helps pay for mammograms and other breast cancer prevention programs, Mascari said.
The dealership also sells T-shirts for $10 with the entire proceeds donated to the organizations, Mascari said. This year, he said, the Friday sales will benefit the Sullivan Community Hospital; Brown Baggers, which feed 132 Sullivan County children on weekends; Shop with A Cop; Toys for Tots; and the Wally King Foundation.
Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at (812) 231-4204 or email@example.com.
Need automotive service or repair work, but service centers are closed on Sundays?
EYE ON THE PIE: Necessary truth: Reality not built on press releases
John Quill made his annual spring appearance last week and may stick around for another few weeks.
CHAMBER: Multi-generational workforce topic of seminar
Did you know that by 2015 nearly one-third of the workforce will be 50 or older? Did you know eight to 10 baby boomers expect to continue working at least part-time? Did you know millenials are the fastest growing part of society and constitute 25 percent of the workforce?
Stone Soup Creative brings business to Terre Haute
Award-winning graphic design agency Stone Soup Creative has brought its design, branding and marketing experience to Terre Haute.
Avoid the stress of Social Security fraud
April is Stress Awareness Month, but one thing that should never cause you stress is doing business with Social Security.
- BUSINESS BRIEFS: April 13, 2014
Old National Bank on ‘Most Ethical’ list
The Ethisphere Institute has recognized Old National Bank as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company.
Newsmakers: April 13, 2014
Each year, employees of the state of Indiana participate in the State Employees’ Community Campaign, during which employees are asked to donate to a charity of their choice through payroll deductions.
ASK SCORE: Profitability requires power management
Small business owners are always on the lookout for ways to improve the efficiency of their processes and tasks.
On the move: April 13, 2014
Michelle D. Mentzer
Gregory K. Luken
Purdue, IU churning out more patents, startups
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fort Collins, Provo, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are household names in tech circles—cities known for birthing startup companies with well-paying jobs.
Social Security: Helping Americans with disabilities
The World Health Organization hosted the first World Health Assembly in 1948, and, beginning in 1950, every year the world comes together to observe World Health Day on April 7. Each year, World Health Day focuses on a particular subject of interest to global health. At Social Security, we focus on people’s health every day.
Business Cents: Bad managers equal bad employees, loss of productivity
There are many factors that impact and affect the performance of a company, but have you ever considered how bad managers actually affect employees and your company?
Rose return on investment 7th on PayScale list
A Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology education is a worthy investment, ranking seventh nationally, with a 20-year net return of $736,200, according to PayScale, Inc’s 2014 College Return on Investment Report.
Tip-A-Cop Wednesday in Terre Haute
Indiana State Police along with county and local law enforcement officers and Special Olympics Indiana team up with six Texas Roadhouse restaurants to benefit more than 11,000 Hoosier athletes with intellectual disabilities.
- Newsmaker: April 6, 2014
- On the Move: April 6, 2014
Get ahead of your personal paper chase
Forget everything you’ve read about the “paperless” office. Though our computers, PDAs and smart phones have digitized many aspects of daily life, paper is still very much with us.
- Briefly: April 6, 2014
Steady, not spectacular: U.S. jobs up 192K in March
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Today’s government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.
UPDATE: Casey’s investing $30M in new distribution center
Casey’s General Stores will locate a new distribution center in Vigo County, creating up to 185 new jobs by 2019.
UAP Clinic appoints new CEO
Union Associated Physicians Clinic announces the appointment of Ed Carne as chief executive officer. Carne started today, March 31.
EYE on the pie: Ideologies: Allegiance diverges at every level of government
Who should be in charge? Governments or private entities? If government, should it be the feds, the states or the locals? What level of government, if any, should control transportation, education, health care, libraries and almost anything else you can imagine?
Holiday, museum round out month for Young Leaders
Happy spring from Terre Haute Young Leaders. I hope last week’s snow is the last we see for a long time. Despite the climate and what seems to be a never-ending flu season, Young Leaders had a very productive March.
Locate important docs before severe weather
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security advises Hoosiers to locate important documents before disaster strikes. Having access to these documents can expedite the recovery process.
Wabash Valley College to host job fair April 16
Wabash Valley College is hosting a job fair from noon to 6 p.m. April 16 in the Spencer Sports Center in Mt. Carmel, Ill.
SOCIAL SECURITY: Dusting off your financial plan
Spring is officially here. Before you get started with your spring cleaning, perhaps another matter deserves some dusting off — that long-term financial plan.
SCORE: ‘Dancing near the revenue line’ management
Time is a precious commodity for every entrepreneur. With all the responsibilities of managing and growing a small business, the hours and the days can easily slip by, sometimes leaving one to wonder just how much got accomplished.
ISU to host conference about careers in tech fields
High school and college students can learn about technology and engineering-related careers during a conference at Indiana State University.
On the move: March 30, 2014
Diane C. Smith was recently promoted to commercial loan operations manager and officer at First Financial Bank. She works from the Main Office Banking Center at 1 First Financial Plaza in downtown Terre Haute.
Old National Bank noted for ethics
The Ethisphere Institute recognized Old National Bank as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company. Ethisphere is an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance.
- More Business Headlines
- EYE ON THE PIE: Necessary truth: Reality not built on press releases