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March 12, 2008

Carnival of New Female Friendly Dealers, Part One

Askpatty_logo 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!

Arnell_auto_group_2 Arnell Automotive
Arnell Auto Group is one of the largest retail automobile groups in Northwest Indiana, minutes from Portage, serving valued customers for two generations with the full range of vehicles from Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep as well as pre-owned cars. Conveniently located along the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Michigan, Arnell Auto Group is only 30 minutes from Chicago on I-94 at Exit 22A.  And we're 30 minutes or less from almost anywhere in the region: Hobart, Merrillville, Schererville, East Chicago, Gary, Miller, Lake Station, Westville, Wanatah, Michigan City, LaPorte, New Buffalo MI, Rolling Prairie, Whiting, Griffith, Hammond, Munster, Dyer, St. John, Hebron, Kouts, Cedar Lake, Lowell and Chicago, Illinois, as well as the nearby communities of Chesterton, Burns Harbor, Portage and Valparaiso.  Arnell Auto Group also sells and delivers nation-wide (and world-wide for that matter) with low-cost door-to-door delivery at  For automobile service, the dealership is home to an award winning Chrysler 5 Star Service Department and a top rated Chevrolet Service Center.

Beshoff Beshoff MotorCars
Beshoff MotorCars is one of the few family-owned Mercedes-Benz Centers in the dynamic, culturally rich area of San Jose, California. This state-of-the-art, Italian-museum inspired facility was built by Ray Beshoff, of San Jose's sister city of Dublin, Ireland. Located amidst one of the country's most dynamic economies, Beshoff knows that literally thousands of successful female executives in the Bay Area are in a position to buy or lease a luxury automobile, but that even in 2008, visiting a car dealership remains for most women a journey outside their comfort zone, due to decades-old stereotypes.

The staff of Beshoff MotorCars differentiates themselves by their personal commitment to their clients, employees, and community by hosting community events and recognizing members of many of the culturally diverse communities in San Jose.  Beshoff MotorCars is determined to provide exceptional personal service and the best experience in buying or servicing a Mercedes-Benz.

Checker Checkered Flag

Checkered Flag Motor Car Corporation is a family owned and operated group that has been serving Virginia Beach and the greater Hampton Roads Region since 1964. Checkered Flag has been a charitable supporter for groups such as the United Way, Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters, DePaul Hospital, the City of Virginia Beach, Neptune Festival, Beach Events, and they are the sole sponsor of the Checkered Flag 8K held around the Shamrock Marathon. There are many more organizations ranging from Girl Scouts to Little League to Military Events which benefit from the community spirit of Checkered Flag as well.  The company mission statement is: we are winners serving winners, providing a comfortable and supportive business environment, proudly committed to our tradition of excellence. Exceeding the expectations of every customer is the goal of each employee.

Congressional_mazda Congressional Motors Mazda and Volkswagen
Throughout long history, the name Congressional Motors has been synonymous with honesty, integrity and excellence in all areas of business. Their customers are valuable to them and treated with respect and professionalism at all times. Congressional Motors first opened for business in 1954 as Congressional Oldsmobile on South Washington Street in Rockville, Maryland. The company was purchased by Neil Whalen in 1962 and has been a Rockville landmark ever since. Congressional Motors has been at their present location, 801 Rockville Pike, since 1980. In March of 1988, they acquired Volkswagen and Mazda and consolidated the three brands in 1994.

Congressional_volkswagenIn 2002 Oldsmobile was terminated and since then, Congressional Motors have concentrated all their efforts on representing Volkswagen and Mazda. From 1962 to the present, Congressional Motors has been family owned and operated.   In 2004 Sue Whalen Seboda, Neil Whalen's daughter, became the Dealer Principal and President. She has been focused on growing the business through exceptional customer service and creating an outstanding environment for the employees to work and grow.  As an influential woman in the automotive industry and dealer principle at Congressional Motors; Sue is also a current member of the AskPatty expert advisory panel and provides online automotive advice through the AskPatty website.

Davesmith Dave Smith Pontiac-Buick-GMC
Dave Smith Pontiac Buick GMC is located in beautiful Sturgis, Michigan, a short drive from Kalamazoo.  The dealership has served the community for over 38 years and was recently purchased by Gayla Perry a seasoned professional of the automotive industry and long-time local Sturgis resident. Perry is active in the local community and volunteers her time and resources to various organizations and charities including: Breast Cancer Jeep, Relay for Life, Rally for a Cure/Susan G. Koman Foundation, Sturgis Area Women's Expo, Holy Angels Christian School, and Elks Lodge. Perry also hosts several events at the dealership benefiting the community for instance the DNA Lifeprint Child Safety Event w/ John Walsh, Women's Night Gala, Custom Car Show and Customer Appreciation Nights/Free Fall Inspections.

Dvidmcdavid David McDavid's of Texas
It's about tradition and values...and, it's about family ties. That's what the McDavid Automotive Family is all about. For over 67 years, the McDavid Automotive Family has built their business one family at a time and one car sale at a time. The company was originally named for its founder and former CEO, David McDavid, who started his first car dealership in 1962 at age 19. Now, with seven stores that span across the state, the David McDavid Automotive Group prides itself on providing quality new and pre-owned vehicles to the great residents of Texas. Additionally, McDavid offers its customers convenience and quality through their service, collision and parts centers.  With the McDavid Automotive Family, it's more than just selling cars, it's about relationships.

Paramus_honda DCH Paramus Honda
DCH Paramus Honda is part of the DCH Auto group, which is the largest auto group in New Jersey with additional stores in New York, Connecticut and California.
Paramus Honda was the first dealership that DCH created, back in 1977.  Still today, as the flagship dealership for the group, the store is one of the top ten volume Honda dealerships nationally (out of approximately 1100).

Paramus Honda is consistently an annual recipient of the Honda Presidents Award, for quality service, customer satisfaction and superior dealership operations (that only the top 15% of all Honda dealers are awarded).  The dealership is also regularly awarded the J.D. Powers Award for customer satisfaction.

Elmhurst_toyota_scion Elmhurst Toyota Scion
At triple the size of their previous Toyota dealership, the extra space makes Elmhurst the Midwest's largest Toyota dealer. Plus, Elmhurst can now provide one of the most impressive arrays of conveniences and amenities you've ever experienced at a car dealership. Elmhurst's goal is to provide you with the absolute best buying and ownership experience in the automotive business.Family owned for over 40 years, Elmhurst Toyota offers a full selection of new Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs. Elmhurst Toyota offers the best service and highest-quality vehicles of any Toyota dealership in Chicago. Elmhurst Toyota Scion is a multi year winner of Toyota's prestigious "President's Award". Between Brian Corrigan, Service Manager, Dan Briggs, Parts and Service Director, and Curt Aigner, Parts Manager, there is over 63 years of combined Toyota experience.

Island_honda Island Honda
Island Honda is one of Kitagawa Motors, Inc.'s family-owned and operated dealerships, with over 30 years experience in the automotive industry.  Here, customers are neighbors and friends and our dealership is committed to providing exceptional service through both the sale of new Honda vehicles and pristine factory-certified used Hondas, as well as through our parts, maintenance and repair departments.  The dealership is proud to be the first Ask Patty Female Friendly Certified Dealer in the state of Hawaii, and offers several industry firsts such as: offering customers airline frequent flyer miles.
It values involvement in community affiliations, and building lasting, positive relationships.  A member since 2001, Island Honda is part of Maui Executive Association, a professional association designed to generate Maui business leads. As a community partner, Island Honda contributes regularly to a variety of community causes, through a variety of advertising sponsorships and donations of goods and services throughout the year. They have a particular interest in cultural events and programs which benefit the children of Maui.

Lovering_volvo Lovering Volvo
Rich and Linda Lovering are the owners of three New Hampshire Lovering Volvo locations in Nashua, Concord and Meredith. Linda Lovering grew up in the car business, and Rich had a long-standing relationship with Volvo Cars of North America.

They opened their first store in Concord in 1996, followed by the Nashua location in 1998, and most recently the beautiful "ground-up" 2005 facility in Meredith. The three locations allow convenient accessibility to at least one location for all New Hampshire residents, as well as the neighboring New England states. The dealership has earned Volvo's prestigious "President's Club" award; recognizing top performing retailers whose hard work and dedication provide their customers an outstanding ownership experience.Linda Lovering is active in the local community, serving on a variety of nonprofit boards, including: The Better Business Bureau of New Hampshire, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Partnership for a Drug Free New Hampshire, The Nashua Pastoral Care Center and past member of Rotary International.As an influential woman in the automotive industry and dealer principle at Lovering Volvo; Linda is also a current member of the AskPatty expert advisory panel and provides online automotive advice through the AskPatty website.

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 back next week for the second installment.

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