Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Weekend

walk to end alzheimers

courtesy of alz.org

Wondering what to do with your weekend? We’ve got a great idea!

Why not get some exercise in with the whole family while you help raise money for an amazing cause? The Alzheimer Association is holding two Walks to End Alzheimer’s this weekend – one on Saturday in New London and another on Sunday in Hartford. Walk to End Alzheimer’s unites the entire community in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease.

When you participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s, you help increase awareness of the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death, and your fundraising dollars benefit Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Don’t feel like walking, but still want to make a difference? You can help out by volunteering at either event or provide long-term help by joining a Walk to End Alzheimer’s planning committee. See details below for more information.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New London

Date: Saturday, September 20
Location: Ocean Beach Park, 98 Neptune Avenue, New London, CT
Phone: 860-828-2828
Email: ctwalkhelp@alz.org
For more event details  click here
To volunteer at this walk click here

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Hartford

Date: Sunday, September 21
Location: Bushnell Park, 99 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-828-2828
Email: ctwalkhelp@alz.org
For more event details click here
To volunteer at this walk click here


Hoffman Auto is a proud sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Hartford and New London events, and we hope you’ll join in the fight too. Let’s walk together to end Alzheimer’s!

Check Out Antique Cars & Support Breast Cancer Research at the CT USA Car Show!

CT USA Car Show 2014

Looking for a fun driving destination that also supports a great cause? Look no further!

Take the whole family out for a Sunday road trip to check out some street rods, antique cars, trucks, show cars, and bikes (or bring your own down, if you’ve got one!) at the Connecticut Street Rod Association’s CT USA Car Show. There will be a 50/50 raffle, as well as many other great giveaways!


Sunday, September 28 from 9 am – 3 pm 9 (come rain or shine!)


Hammonasset State Park, Madison


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and all proceeds generated from the show go to the CT Breast Health Initiative, a non-profit whose mission is to make a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer through education and research.

Donations are $5.00 per person. For more info call: 203-697-9113

Let’s rally for the cure – see you there!

Tailgating Gadgets: Make Your Next Pre-Game Celebration a Touchdown

Football season is officially here, which means lots of you out there are probably gearing up for some tailgating sessions in your very near future. Are we right?

Though the tradition of tailgating at sporting events is nothing new, it has over the years developed into quite a phenomenon – and is now more a part of American culture than ever. Over time, this sports pre-game celebration has morphed into an affair that includes barbecuing, friendship-making, beverage-swigging, game-playing, recipe-exchanging, music-playing, and lots of merrymaking!

To get the art of tailgating just right, (yes, it’s an art according to the American Tailgater’s Association), you need to plan and pack accordingly. Before you hop in the car to watch your favorite team toss the pigskin this season, be sure to pack these awesome tailgating gadgets.

igrill thermometer

Grill to Perfection

It wouldn’t be a tailgate without your favorite grilled delicacies cooked to perfection on the barbecue. The iGrill² is an advanced Bluetooth Smart grilling thermometer that lets you know from your mobile device when your food is ready by connecting to the iDevices® Connected App. It includes two heavy-duty meat probes, measuring between -22°F and 572°F, designed for extreme grilling and smoking. Leave the probe in the meat while it cooks, and the iGrill²  will summon you back from your tailgating activities when it’s ready!


ION Tailgater

Tune In or Sing Your Heart Out

Whether you want to set the stone for your group with some festive music or you want to keep tabs on the game, the ION Tailgator AM/FM Portable Speaker System with 30-pin iPod dock has you covered. Plug in your iPhone or Ipod playlist or tune in your favorite sports radio station.



tailgater hammock

Take a Load Off

Relax in these dual tailgater’s hammocks, which set up on a trailer hitch. The 600-denier polyester hammock chairs have hanging footrests, so tailgaters can kick back and recline in comfort. What’s more, they store easily for portability and transportation.




Backpack-Cooler-ChairKeep Everything Conveniently Accessible

This multi-functional backpack cooler chair is the perfect addition to your next tailgating event. The chair features a cooler that attaches to the left armrest and has high-density closed cell foam insulation that will keep either 24 12-oz drinks or 35 lbs worth of food cold for hours. It also includes a side table  that folds out from the right armrest and has an integrated cup holder and a two-tiered under mounted canvas shelf that provides convenient storage for reading material and snacks. The chair and cooler can be conveinently transported as a backpack.


blacktop 360Barbecue on the Go

Get on your way to barbecuing bliss with the Blacktop 360 Premium Party Hub Grill. It’s got everything you need to get your grill on; cook burgers, hot dogs, and fries all in one place with this combination deep fryer, grill, griddle, and warming plate set-up. Featuring a cutting board, 452 square inches of porcelain-coated cooking space, and 24,000 BTU’s total cooking power!


go plateEat While You Play

We know you don’t want to miss out on a moment of tailgating fun. The handy go-plate lets you enjoy your food and drink, while keeping one hand free to play some corn hole. Just slide the plate over your can, bottle, or plastic cup, load up your plate, and you’re good to go!



hitchnview03Bring the Game to You

For those times you want to tailgate but don’t have tickets to the game, you need the Hitch’N’View. Weighing in at just 14 lbs for convenient transportation, it securely attaches to your vehicle for your game-viewing pleasure. Watching your favorite team has never been easier – they’re practically within arm’s reach!





We hope this gives you some ideas for how to kick this seasons’ tailgating up a notch! As always, Hoffman Auto Group reminds you to drive safely and responsibly. That means never drink and drive!




Advice from the Body Shop: What to do in a Collision


via Au Pair in America

We know thinking about a trip to the auto body shop is pretty much the furthest thing from anyone’s notion of a “good time”. It’s generally the result of an unexpected road run-in with a car, an animal, or something weather-related.

Although we know it’s impossible to ever fully prepare yourself for situations like these, we do have some pain-free pointers for getting your vehicle from “collision” to “corrected” as quickly as possible.

At the Scene of the Accident

  1. Get to Safety: turn on your hazards, get to a safe spot (if possible), and exercise caution when exiting your vehicle.
  2. Call for Help: call 911 if anyone is injured, and administer first aid to injured persons if possible.
  3. Capture All Available Information: this includes…


note the name/address/phone number/driver’s license #/state/expiration date/DOB

*also note if glasses or contacts are indicated on the DL & whether the driver appears to be wearing either


note the make/model/year/color/license plate #/state/expiration & name/phone/address of registered owner

*also note the condition & damage


note the other driver’s insurance company/phone number/address/policy #/expiration

*also note the insurance agent’s name & contact info


- note the names and contact information of any passengers or witnesses to the accident

* if no one comes forward as a witness, ask anyone in the area if they saw the accident


- note the time, weather/road conditions, location

* sketch the position/direction of the vehicles, intersection, road signs, etc


- take pictures of the scene (as well as photos of license plate, insurance, driver’s license, and registration), location, vehicles, damage, and people involved

* take video/audio if possible

After the Accident

  1. Report the accident: report the accident to your insurance company and file an accident report with the local police and/or DMV as necessary.
  2. Review your insurance policy: check your policy to review coverage details. Tim Scribner, East Hartford Body Shop Manager, recommends paying the additional $3 a month for rental coverage on your policy. It’s a cheap, worthwhile investment that will save you from added stress when you’re in a bind.
  3. Choose the best body shop: understand that the body shop you choose does NOT have to be the one your insurance company recommended. It’s against CT state law for the insurance company to tell you where to take your car – you have the right of choice. Select a quality auto body shop that can get your vehicle back into shape quickly and correctly to protect your investment.

How to Select the Best Body Shop

With so much new and sophisticated technology in cars now, like Parking Assist, GPS, and Bluetooth streaming, it’s extra important to ensure that they’re re-calibrated and functioning properly after a collision. Be weary of manufacturers of replacements parts – though they may claim the replacement part will work just fine, the reality is oftentimes it’s NOT the right repair. OEM parts are the only way to ensure the sensors in new car technology will perform as good as new after an accident.

At Hoffman Auto Body:

1. We use certified replacement parts. At Hoffman, we’re manufacturer-certified for auto body repair from Audi, Porsche, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Ford. Unlike the average “Joe’s Auto Body”, we use the OEM’s parts – which means you’ll get the right repair when you come to us. Other repair shops might, for instance, improperly replace an Audi sensor, shutting it off temporarily. But not far down the road you could wind up with an air bag that doesn’t deploy next time you need it.

Not so with Hoffman. Your first trip will be your last trip – we’ll fix the problem with the right parts from the get-go.

2. Our trained team and technology are second to none. At Hoffman, we are heavily invested in keeping current with rapidly evolving technology and staying one step ahead. Says Scribner, “Our team took 70 training classes last year – it’s an investment you need to make to stay on top of how technology changes. I don’t think anyone trains as hard as we do.”

That includes investing in the ability to repair damage to aluminum – an ability most other shops. Scribner adds, “Aluminum is going to be used more and more. You can’t repair it in a shop that does regular sheet metal – you need to separate parts and tools, otherwise the cross-contamination causes parts to corrode. We built a half million dollar stall to keep aluminum parts separate.”

3. We strive to make your auto body work as hassle-free, quick, and painless as possible. In addition to performing fast, top-quality work on your car, we try to remove as much pain from the equation as possible. That includes free towing within a 15-mile radius (with minimum body shop service purchase) and convenient access to replacement cars with on-site Enterprise rental at both of our body shops.

“We know people aren’t always happy when they come to us and they’re often feeling stressed,” says says Scribner. “It’s like an unexpected trip I had to make to the ER recently…it’s those less-than-ideal situations that demand more compassion and this is what Hoffman strives to do. We’re here to help the customer and it feels good to do so.” West Simsbury Body Shop Manager Jim Kronick agrees, “We do everything in our power to protect your investment.”

4. We work with all the major car insurance companies. Whether you’ve got Geico, Allstate, USAA, or Progressive – we can work with them to support your claim. No matter who’s covering the repair, we help you make sure it’s done well and with the right quality parts.

Remember to think of Hoffman Auto Body when you’re in a car jam. We’ll get you back on the road safely, quickly, and always with the best quality and service around.



Breaking News: We’re Going Green – In More Ways than One!


via hmsmithidecontemporaryscience.com


Hoffman Auto Group has two pieces of “green” news we’re excited to share with you today!

Paving the (Green) Way With Solar Energy

We’re thrilled to announced that Hoffman Auto Group will be the first auto dealer in the area to “go green” with solar energy. We are partnering with Greenskies of Middletown to install solar panels at four of our dealerships in Avon and East Hartford, and are committed to reducing energy consumption for a more sustainable tomorrow.

The installations will take place at Hoffman Honda and Hoffman Toyota in Simsbury, and Hoffman Porsche and Hoffman Used Car Superstore in East Hartford.  The project will necessitate the installation of 1,137 panels across the 4 dealerships – an estimated solar output of 450,820 kWh per year.  We also plan to install solar panels at our remaining dealership locations after the initial roll out phase.

The solar panels will provide the energy needed to run both campuses during operating hours, and will be fed back into the grids where they can be used within the community when the dealerships are closed. The anticipated environmental savings from this switch to green energy is equal to 65 homes per year, 540,984 lbs. of CO2 offset per year, and 9,660 trees saved per year!

We’re currently in the engineering and permitting phase; construction is slated for fall and we expect to be supplying solar energy by the end of the year. Upon completion, Hoffman intends to stream live solar monitoring on the TV’s in its customer lounges to illustrate in real-time how much solar energy is being produced throughout each day (as well as over the lifetime of the project).

Hoffman Auto Group endeavors to give back to the community wherever possible and believes that the use of solar power and reducing our carbon footprint is another way to improve the environment in which we live.

We’ll keep you posted on our solar energy progress in the coming months!

Supporting Science Education at CT Science Center’s Green Gala

We’re also proud to announce that we are a gold sponsor for the CT Science Center’s annual Green Gala event – Connecticut’s marquee “green” fundraiser for science education – on Saturday, September 27. Come on out and celebrate 5 Sense-ational years of innovation and inspiration at the CT Science Center with us!

Use all of your senses as you enjoy three floors of tapas dining, amazing cocktails, a wireless silent auction, dancing and more! Don’t forget to tell your friends and family about this great event for a great cause.


Green Gala Details

Saturday, September 27

7:30 – 11:30 pm

CT Science Center

250 Columbus Blvd

Hartford, CT 06103

Ticket Pricing: $175 (Patron), $275 (Benefactor: includes President’s Champagne Reception)


To RSVP for this not-to-be-missed event, contact Maureen Lord at 860-520-2154. We’ll see you there!