Hoffman Auto Group Employees Participate in American Heart Association’s Heart Walk

Maria Garcia, Robert Schinder, Teri Vigue, Frank Pawlowicz, Laura Sears, Steve and Sandy Rovin

Maria Garcia, Robert Schinder, Terri Vigue, Frank Pawlowicz, Laura Sears, Steve and Sandy Rovin

The Hoffman Auto Group “Bravehearts” joined hundreds of other participants for the American Heart Association’s 5K Heart Walk at Rentschler Field on Saturday, October 18. The yearly event helps raise awareness of the importance and value of physical activity for cardiovascular health. Sandy Rovin from the Hoffman Auto group and her husband Steve were happy to help raise money and participate in this worthy cause, stating also “it gave us an opportunity to exercise together!”

Every year the Heart Walk raises funds to support research, advocacy and awareness of heart disease and stroke. The Hoffman Bravehearts team has raised over $800 so far and tax-deductible donations can be made through November 17 by clicking on “Give Now” at this page – Hoffman Bravehearts.

IMG_5806[1]Your donations go a long way! For example, a donation of $25 provides 50 people educational materials that teach how to personally reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. A $50 donation delivers the message of healthy nutrition to elementary school students through lesson plans and activity guides. Your generous donation of $100 provides necessary resources for one hospital to teach patients, caregivers, and health professionals about the risks of stroke – the nation’s No. 4 killer.

Heart disease is the #1 leading cause of death and the #4 cause of stroke impacting the lives of so many people we care about. This is why we get involved … to make a difference.

Maria Garcia, from Hoffman Auto Group, who lost her father to heart disease and experienced her own heart related issues walked “in my father’s memory, to bring awareness to this great cause, and raise funds toward treatments for the disease.” Maria states, “I plan to have a long and healthy life and be around for those that mean the most to me.”

Frank Pawlowicz, Laura Sears, Maria Garcia, and Teri Vigue

Frank Pawlowicz, Laura Sears, Maria Garcia, and Terri Vigue

Last weekend’s Heart Walk was a great experience and I had a wonderful time with the Hoffman family and friends.  Although heart disease has not impacted my family directly I know people who have been affected,” says Laura Sears,  “Everyone of us needs to get healthy for ourselves and the ones we love.  We are only given one life so we need to preserve that life with healthy eating, regular exercise and quality sleep!”

We encourage you to learn the facts, get involved and partner with the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Find out more about the American Heart Association today www.heart.org

 

What’s the Wait Time at the DMV? Find Out!

New DMV Mobile App for Connecticut Drivers

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Want to know how long the wait is at the CT DMV? Now you can find out with the State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles‘ new mobile app.

The new application, CT DMV Mobile app, is meant to give Connecticut drivers more access to the DMV information they need most: DMV branch locations, AAA offices, service listings, and wait times. There’s also info on the app to help prepare teen drivers (and their parents) for taking the learner’s permit test. It’s providing over 60 actual test questions and answers and a prep quiz for parents.

DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said in a press release,“This is another in our steps for making DMV easy to use. Now people can find essential information – offices and locations and wait times – while on the go with their phones or tablets. And for those needing to take the written test, we offer easy access to real test questions so they are prepared.”

The free download can be gotten from iTunesGoogle Play, or the DMV website.

Matthew Hoffman Joined Panel at HBJ Connecticut Family Business Awards 2014


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On Thursday, October 9, 2014, The Connecticut Family Business Awards 2014 celebrated 31 finalists for their outstanding achievements. All of the finalists were nominated as a result of their expansions, growth in the market, and major projects fulfilled. Hoffman Auto Group was proud to be nominated and win in 2013 so it was with great pleasure Matthew Hoffman, Vice President, accepted the invitation to participate in the panel discussion this year. Joining Matthew on the panel were Adam Schwartz of S&S Worldwide and Paul Cordilico from Capitol Transmission & Auto Care, all young leaders of multigenerational companies. The panelists were asked to provide their insights regarding challenges and opportunities they see for the next generation.

Recognizing challenges are opportunities for growth, learning and improvement, Matthew emphasized the importance of having a grasp on the ever-changing landscape of technology, social media and online presence, which impacts businesses at every level. Reflecting back to his early years with Hoffman Auto Group as a service lot attendant, parts truck driver, and sales person, Matthew discussed the value of understanding every role within your company. He worked his way through various positions and is grateful for the exposure to varied roles as it provides opportunity for more meaningful connection with employees as well pioneer changes to continually improve productivity. He went on to discuss the importance of having the right people in the right jobs. By training dedicated employees and providing growth opportunities for their career it improves retention of your highly valued members of the team.

Adam Schwartz emphasized the importance of continually educating yourself. He recommended staying immersed in your industry as well as thinking like an owner as you approach every day. Both Adam and Paul Cordilico acknowledged the importance of humility and seeking a connection with mentors outside of the company. There is value to be gained through solid business expertise coming from a different perspective, providing insights and advice as you continue in your leadership role.

IMG_8758The final topic presented thoughts on philosophies of the new generation. Both Matthew and Adam noted the importance of an aggressive stance in the marketplace and staying abreast of technological and internet advances. The new culture has witnessed a steady increase and reliance on the internet so it is critical to stay ahead of the curve. Matthew Hoffman’s final remarks highlighted a timeless and honorable perspective he first learned from his grandfather, Burton C. Hoffman, and echoed by his father, Jeffrey S. Hoffman, relating to conducting business … It is through “hard work, perseverance, integrity and honesty” as well as a commitment to the community around us that we achieve success.
Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists of the 2014 Connecticut Family Business Awards. To learn more about the finalists and see event photos please visit www.hartfordbusiness.com

 

The New 2015 Audi Q3 SUV is Turning Heads in Connecticut

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Just arrived at Hoffman Audi is the brand new crossover, the 2015 Audi Q3. This beautiful and spirited SUV from Audi is new to the American market, so you won’t find many driving reviews of the new Audi Q3 yet. KBB.com is one of the few who’ve driven the new Q3, and they have this to say: “As with other Audis, the Q3 SUV has a fine balance between tautness and comfort, which makes it enjoyable to drive on both straight highways and curvy canyon roads… steering feel is top-notch, the cabin is hushed, and outward visibility is good.” Our team at Hoffman Audi has also taken the Q3 for a spin and they have plenty of insight to share with you.

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Jonathan Yeshulas, Sales Manager at Hoffman Audi in East Hartford

Perfect as a First Luxury Vehicle for Young Professionals and Families

Jonathan Yeshulas, Sales Manager at Hoffman Audi in East Hartford, says, “This is a small utility vehicle for a young professional or a young family who wants the cargo space. You have front wheel drive and all wheel drive models to choose from. It’s a really smooth ride that’s fuel efficient and very practical. This is a great first luxury car, and people living in Connecticut like the practicality of the vehicle, the ability to get four-wheel drive, the fuel economy, and the cargo ability. If you want to go to New York City or Cape Cod for a road trip, the new Audi Q3 is really functional.”

Loaded with Quality, Standard Features

Yeshulas also likes that the new Q3 has some great standard features, including a panoramic moonroof, 18 inch all season tires, push button start with keyless entry, full leather, and Bluetooth. “It’s equipped very nicely and with a price point below $40,000 in most cases,” he notes, “And these features are all up to Audi quality, which is always a high standard. ”

Other standard features of the Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus include a 2.0L I-4 200hp engine intercooled turbo – for up to 207 lb-ft of torque – and a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Hoffman Audi of New London notes, “You’ll feel right at home while using that power too, with dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, leather-wrapped shift knob, Audi concert radio on a ten-speaker sound system, Bluetooth® wireless audio streaming and connectivity, and much more at your fingertips.”

2015 Audi Q3 interior CTEdmunds is a fan of this configuration’s ability to “deliver lively acceleration and enough low-end muscle for the cargo duties expected of a small SUV.” Its safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, SIDEGUARD curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, and airbag occupancy sensors. You might choose some other safety feature options, like blind-spot monitoring, parking assist, a rearview camera and rear seat side airbags. Of course there’s cruise control and automatic air conditioning, and sporty 18″ aluminum wheels to boot.

The new Audi Q3 is rated at 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. It will be available with either front-wheel drive or Quattro all-wheel drive, and the Audi Drive Select multi-drive mode system is also available. Creature comforts include heated 12-way front seats – great for our Connecticut winters.

2015 Audi Q3 engineCar and Driver says the new Audi Q3 is, “Loosely based on the Volkswagen Tiguan but equipped with more lightweight gear (aluminum hood, liftgate, and suspension pieces) and a coupe-like roofline, the Q3 aims squarely at the BMW X1 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA-class.”

 

 

Plenty of Leg Room and Cargo Space

TopGear likes the interior layout of this new crossover quite well, calling it “smart yet functional and there’s almost as much space as the bigger Q5 (the Q3’s engine is mounted across the engine bay, whereas the Q5’s goes lengthways, leaving more room in the overall layout for human beings).” As far as options, TopGear in their inimitable fashion suggests, “If you must treat yourself, go for the LED interior light pack to turn the cabin into the lobby of a boutique hotel.” Other options you might want to consider include sportier front seats, adjustable performance settings, a navigation system with 7-inch display, a 14-speaker Bose audio system and a power liftgate.

2015 Audi Q3 cargo spaceKBB.com is also a fan of the new Audi Q3’s Fit and Finish: “The Q3 may be considered entry-level, but it’s still an Audi. Thus, it comes with an impressive array of features that look and feel of quality. This is found everywhere from the textured steering-wheel-mounted audio controls to a rear cargo shelf that’s sturdy enough to set shopping bags on…Rear legroom is just enough for adults thanks to the clever sculpting of the front seatbacks, as is cargo room behind the seats.” This crossover offers plenty of room for all your gear: 48 cubic feet of cargo space with the 60/40-split rear seats folded down, and 16.2 cubic feet with all seats upright.

We like how KBB.com sums up why to invest in the new Audi Q3 crossover: “For not much more money than a loaded mainstream compact SUV like the Honda CR-V, you can obtain an entry-level luxury SUV like the Audi Q3. In addition to the image boost an Audi immediately grants, you’ll be treated to a refined ride quality, sophisticated design and premium amenities.”

Starting at $32,500 MSRP and coming in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, Hoffman Audi of New London loves this car too. “Compact in size but huge on luxury, features, and comfort, this crossover offers a look that will pull you in and a feel that will keep you smiling all drive long.”

How to Choose and Maintain Your Tires

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The onset of New England winter may be good reason for considering whether your vehicle is up for an assault of snow and ice or whatever else Mother Nature is preparing. One of the things you want to check is the status of your tires which, of course, is crucial in determining how you may fare on the roads.

We spoke with David Cyr of Hoffman Nissan who reminded us that your tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle during any season, though we usually think about them more in winter.

“With the recent temperature drops, people may be seeing their tire pressure lights go on more now. Tire pressure does drop with the drop in temperature, this is normal. But if it is a recurring problem, it’s a good idea to make sure there are no leaks and that their tires are safe for winter,” advises Cyr.

How Long do Tires Last?

With performance tires, we suggest car owners should re-evaluate, and perhaps replace, them in the 25-30,000 mile range. Over time, all tires will wear out. However, how a particular tire is worn may indicate other issues. We would look to see whether they are worn unevenly, which would mean alignment is off. If the tires are balding, that means they are over-inflated. “Generally all-season tires will go for 30 – 40,000 miles,” says Cyr.

David Cyr, Service Advisor, Hoffman Nissan

How to Extend Tire Life

Generally, tires on vehicles that drive mostly on the highway wear more evenly and last longer than those driven around town. And, while a lower profile tire means better handling, the softer rubber causes it to wear more quickly.

To extend the life of all tires, Cyr recommends these 3 tips:

make sure the tire pressure is correct
rotate tires every 6-7,000 miles
re-align the tires once a year or every 10-12,000 miles

Choosing the Right Tires

The kind of vehicle you are driving may affect how and when you need to replace your tires. “It’s important to remember that if you are driving an AWD vehicle and need to replace the tires, you will need to replace all four at the same time,” says Cyr. Similarly, if you want to switch to low profile tires, which result in better performance and handling, you should not mix tires and should replace all at the same time.

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Because there are so many considerations and because there are so many nuances between cars (all wheel drive v. front wheel, American made v. foreign) the best place to buy new tires is from the dealer who sells that particular car. It’s not just the selection of the correct tires, but the correct installation of those tires that is crucial to guaranteeing that your vehicle is operating at the highest possible safety level.

There are many things to think about when buying new tires: ride quality, noise suppression, fuel economy, load capability and cost. The number one priority depends on the particular car, but, says Cyr, “the one thing for sure is that you get what you pay for. The less expensive tire will result in recognizable reduction of ride quality. The cheaper tires also just don’t last as long.”

Do You Need Snow Tires?

“I recommend snow tires to anyone who has summer performance tires, or if you have touring tires or drive in extreme conditions – like back roads, really hilly roads – it’s a good idea to get snow tires,” recommends Cyr. “Our service department is always competitively priced, so it’s a great idea to have your snow tires mounted by the professionals at Hoffman, who are well trained and provide factory certified service,” Cyr adds. Be sure to do so in October or early November, because we New Englanders know the snow will start to fly by then — if not sooner!

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Snow tire season starts now.

Tires and MPGs

One last thing to remember about New England winters is that, regardless of vehicle maintenance, all drivers will see an approximate 5-8 mpg drop in fuel efficiency from November through April. The drop in air temperature affects the vaporization of gasoline, so oil companies formulate fuel differently for cold weather markets which is less efficient. In addition, the drop in ambient air temperature causes a decrease in tire pressure which, in turn, causes a decline in fuel economy.

But don’t think Mother Nature has the exclusive upper hand. Make sure you have the right tires for your vehicle, and that they have been properly installed. Pay attention to maintaining your tires and inflating them properly, and they’ll help you go the distance.

Think you may need new tires? Get in touch with Hoffman Auto Group’s service department or just give them a call: (888) 435-6618.