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  • Buying and Selling

    Smoothing the transition into new wheels

    By Nina Russin

    Photo courtesy of Tempe Dodge

    Photo courtesy of Tempe Dodge

    Back in the day September was the official start of the new car model year and with it, the beginning of car-buying season. Late in the summer the automakers would host full model previews that every journalist with a press card in his or her fedora attended. Dealerships covered their windows with paper to block the public’s view until voila! The new models debuted.

    Today the automakers introduce new car models year-round, and a shopper is as likely to sign on the dotted line in June as in January. The beginning of auto show season at the end of September is the last remnant of the good old days described above.

    What has not changed is the anxiety many car shoppers experience as they begin the journey into a new set of wheels. This doesn’t necessarily start at the dealership. Car owners are as nervous about selling their existing car as they are about shopping for a new one. Read the rest of this entry »

  • 2014 Toyota Tundra Takes Arizona Veterans Home

    100 Cars for Good helps philanthropic organizations deliver more

    By Nina Russin

    Toyota Tundra Takes Veterans to new Homes

    Toyota Tundra Takes Veterans to new Homes

    For the past three years, Toyota has donated 100 cars to philanthropic organizations ranging from educational outreach to soup kitchens to help them better fulfill their missions. Recipients of the vehicles are selected during an online contest each November, during which members of the general public are invited to vote for the organizations they believe are most worthy of Toyota’s support.

    This year, two Arizona organizations received Toyota vehicles as part of the program: U.S. Vets-Phoenix and Mt. Graham Safe House Crisis in Safford. U.S. Vets will be using its new Tundra to move returning veterans into new homes and distribute water to the homeless during the hot Phoenix, Arizona summer.

    John Scott, executive director of U.S. Vets, commented: “Since we received the truck, I have already received four calls from veterans that needed assistance moving their belongings.ˇThe Toyota Tundra will definitely continue to see a lot of use as we continue on with our mission of ending veteran homelessness.”

    Other winners of the 2014 100 Cars for Good program include One Simple Wish of Trenton, New Jersey, an organization that helps foster children avoid homelessness through adoption, an Alabama-based organization that teaches coaches disabled children in watersports and an animal rescue group in rural Wyoming. To see the full list of this year’s winners, visit the organization web site.
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