Families benefit from Hoffman Auto Group’s continued support of Community Renewal Team

The holidays are meant to be a time of joyful reflection and loving connection with friends and family. However, there are families that face challenging financial times that don’t disappear when the festivities begin. The Hoffman Auto Group has supported the Community Renewal Team (CRT) for about 30 years and continues to help spread cheer by partnering with them to provide over 200 local families every year with baskets full of delicious food to prepare a holiday meal. “We believe in the importance of strengthening our community by supporting local charities which provide services to families and children in need, ” said I. Bradley Hoffman, co-chairman of Hoffman Auto Group. He continues, “the Hoffman family finds great joy and fulfillment in continuing the tradition of presenting the CRT with gift baskets for families to enjoy over the holiday season.” Jeffrey S. Hoffman, co-chairman of Hoffman Auto Group and member of the CRT Board of Trustees commented, “day in and day out CRT helps people in the Hartford community in so many ways (food, education, housing, health).  It gives us great pleasure to be able to help families through our partnership with CRT.”

Photo courtesy of Community Renewal Team

Photo courtesy of Community Renewal Team

CRT was established in 1963 to provide members of the community help with child care, home heating assistance, affordable preschool, financial fitness, job skills and even a matched savings program. Part of the wrap-around service includes helping clients meet basic needs, including food assistance. In over 50 years of dedication to the community, the CRT has become the largest nonprofit human agency in Connecticut.

Photo courtesy of Community Renewal Team.   I. Bradley Hoffman, Jonathan T. Hoffman, Lena Rodriguez, Matthew S. Hoffman and Jeffrey S. Hoffman.

 I. Bradley Hoffman, Jonathan T. Hoffman, Lena Rodriguez, Matthew S. Hoffman and Jeffrey S. Hoffman. (Photo courtesy of Community Renewal Team.)


The Hoffmans and the employees of Hoffman Auto Group encourage you to become involved in your local community and consider supporting CRT throughout the year. There are a variety of opportunities for businesses and individuals to ‘pay it forward.’ When you become involved with CRT through volunteer opportunities; corporate, community and educational partnerships; as well as, sponsorships and individual donations; you have a tremendous impact in the lives of people within the community. Over 130,000 people benefit from the programs and services of the CRT every year. For more details about CRT, visit www.crtct.org

Hoffman Auto Group sponsoring blood drive for the American Red Cross, Monday, January 26.

The blood drive will take place on Monday, January 26 between 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. in the Audi East Hartford Showroom, 700 Connecticut Blvd, East Hartford, CT.

To participate, please call (860) 290-6182 or email Kathy Halpner (kathy.halpner@hoffmanauto.com) and schedule a convenient time. Thank you in advance for your support of the American Red Cross!

Your donation saves lives … just ask Bailey.

Bailey was 6 months old when she began showing signs of fatigue and pale color. Following a trip to the pediatrician, emergency trip to the hospital, and ambulance ride then to another hospital, it was learned that she was severely anemic. Bailey spent 3 days in the hospital, … [read more]received 4 blood transfusions, and left with a diagnosis of Diamond-Blackfan Anemia. DBA is a type of bone marrow failure syndrome where the body does not make its own red blood cells.


The next 9 months, Bailey received blood transfusions of packed red blood cells every 3-4 weeks to keep her alive. She takes chronic steroids now to stimulate her bone marrow to make its own red blood cells, but requires blood transfusions if and when her steroid treatment is not working. Bailey is a spunky, sweet, and energized 5-year-old now! She would not be here without blood donors!

Cast Your Vote for Hoffman Auto Group as Best of Hartford

It is that time of year again when Hartford Magazine is seeking your input for who you believe deserves the “Best of Hartford” title for 2015. Hoffman Auto Group has won this honor for the last nine years and we appreciate your votes again this year. Voting begins on January 1, 2015 and ends March 15, 2015.

BOHM 2015


Let your voice be heard! You can let readers know the best place to grab a bite to eat, get your hair done, shop for clothes and so much more.  The categories are comprehensive, and we want to make sure to call your attention to the “Retail (Auto Dealer)” and “Service (Auto Repair and Detailing)” sections to vote for Hoffman.

Thank you in advance for your votes and we look forward to serving you in 2015!

Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

cell phone mount

The iOttie phone mount, www.iottie.com

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for the car enthusiast on your list, here are some great ones!

This cell phone dashboard mount from iOttie is a winner with reviewers. Sticks to your dashboard or windshield, with a big, strong suction cup. They say it can be removed or mounted with just one touch – pretty simple.

Since Connecticut is a hands-free cellphone state, you must make sure you have the right device for your device! This is a great gift for your CT driver, one they’ll appreciate long after the busy holiday season is over. See details here.

CT drivers

see www.etsy.com for this great decal

If your driver loves our great state of Connecticut, you can cruise over to Etsy and pick up one of these fun car decals. Help them declare their love of CT, wherever they go.

Decals like this make a great stocking stuffer, especially for a young driver going off to college. There are lots of cute styles on Etsy to choose from, too.


Or, if you have a brand new driver, give them a personalized CT license plate necklace to mark their accomplishment this year.

CT license plate giftCT custom license plate cufflinksGot a guy on your list with a great CT license plate he’s super proud of? The same artist does custom cuff links!


CT car gift gear clock

Gear clock from www.uncommongoods.com

Perfect for the man cave or the office, for any car lover: this gear clock from uncommongoods.com is a gift we just love. The parts are re-purposed from an engine timing gear and chains. A car lover’s perfect gift.

Enjoy your holiday shopping, and drive safely along the way!

How to Decide: Buying a New Car, or Leasing?

A while back, DrivenCT posted information on whether to buy or lease a new car. Since it’s the year end, we thought it would be a good time to reiterate some of the information from that post.

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’ll quickly notice how much lower monthly lease payments are compared to getting financing for a new vehicle purchase. What makes leasing so much less money each month? Leases are financing a much shorter timeframe: just how much you’re going to use the car during the period of the lease. With a new car purchase, you’re financing the cost of the car over a longer time period.

financing a new car Fran Marinaro

Fran Marinaro

Should you lease, or is buying the car a better decision for you? First ask yourself this: do you have a down payment available, or would you rather not have to save for a down payment? How long will you keep the car, and how far do you drive each year? These are some of the questions you have to ask yourself when deciding whether you should buy a new car, or lease it.

We caught up with Fran Marinaro, Business Manager at Hoffman Ford, Hoffman Lincoln, and the Hoffman Used Car Superstore. He’s an expert in vehicle purchase decisions. Fran says, “Roughly 20% of buyers opt for a lease, but many are just used to purchasing their car. They sometimes don’t realize the dynamics of a lease are pretty much the same as financing for a purchase. But a lot of people just like to see their name on the title.”

Fran makes an excellent point on the down payment issue as well. He tells us, ” I was recently able to save a Lincoln customer over $140/month with a leasing option over a financing payment, which would amount to about $7,200 over three years. They could put that money aside and use it as a down payment to purchase the car at the end of the lease if they wanted. It can turn into a really smart used vehicle purchasing decision. It’s all what you’re comfortable with, whether you are open to the idea of leasing.”

When to Get a New Car Loan

new car financing auto loan CT Hoffman Auto When you finance your new car purchase, your lender holds the car’s title until the loan is paid off. After that time, the car is yours to keep, sell, or trade in towards another vehicle purchase.

If you’re going to keep your car for more than 5 years, if you drive a lot of miles or it’s unpredictable how many you drive each year, you should choose buying the vehicle.

When to Consider a New Car Lease

new car lease CT Hoffman Auto financing

People like that with leasing there is no down payment. Leasing is a good option if you like to always drive the newest model vehicles and you’re certain of how many miles you’ll drive each year.

At the end of the vehicle lease, you can choose between returning the car to the dealership or buying the vehicle at its resale (“residual”) value. (And you can follow Fran’s advice about saving up the difference in the financing payment versus the leasing payment over the course of the lease, and then applying it to your purchase….).

The question you have to ask yourself is really whether you want to invest in a vehicle you’ll have for a long time and, eventually, have no car payment when it’s paid off. If you’re okay with having a car payment each month, don’t put tons of miles on your car, and like driving the latest new car models, choosing to lease the vehicle probably makes the most sense.