Hoffman Audi East Hartford’s New Robot Featured on Fox61

MU9A0005Jim Altman, from FoxCT news, visited Hoffman Audi East Hartford on Tuesday, August 26 to see ART in action. Take a look at the Fox61 news story here.

We recently introduced you to our new “employee” named ART (Audi Robotic Telepresence). Our state of the art technology provides instant access to Audi engineers when the occasion arises that needs additional troubleshooting. You can see our recent post about ART here.

10 Easy DIY Projects to Organize Your Car

If you’re like us, between weekend road trips, days at the beach, and the constant traffic of small feet and paws, summer has done a number on our vehicles. Now’s the time to get ‘em back in tip-top shape again!

We’ve scoured the web for the best DIY projects to organize your car, and though there were many, we think these 10 take the cake. Reclaim your car interior (and your sanity!) with these top recommendations.

1. Corral Paperwork in One Fell Swoop

via Elementary Organization blog

via Elementary Organization blog

Free up precious glove compartment, floor, and seat space in favor of an accordian file that holds all of your pertinent car paperwork (think: registration and insurance papers, maps, receipts for automobile services, coupons, etc). Store your folder under your front passenger seat for easy retrieval!

 

 

2. Compartmentalize Your Kids’ Stuff

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via IHeartOrganizing blog

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via IHeartOrganizing blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

We LOVE this compact method for organizing all your “kid things”. Simply use mesh bags to store and visibly organize everything from games to snacks to crafts to first aid items and more. Stow it all in a sturdy basket for safekeeping and accessibility.

3. Repurpose a Dollar Store Shoe Organizer

Shoe Organizer turned Baby Organizer via Decor-ganizeCrafts.com

via Decor-ganizeCrafts.com

We were also amazed by the simple genius of this dollar store shoe organizer.

Use these small shoe organizers, which can be found at your local Dollar Store, for housing baby/toddler essentials like sippy cups, sunscreen, extra diapers, baby wipes, and more.

With everything in arm’s reach, you can put the kibosh on any mishaps before they occur.

 

 

 

Car trash idea via Budget101.com

Car trash idea via Budget101.com

4. Use a cereal canister as a mini trash receptacle

Line a cereal canister with a plastic shopping bag and VOILA! You’ve got makeshift trash bin.

Wrappers and receipts on the floor? Not anymore!

And it’s so easy to just remove the plastic bag and get rid of the trash. Even a kid could do it…..maybe! (probably depending on their mood…)

 

 

 

Reuse coffee creamer canisters as snack containers (via StockPilingMoms.com)

via StockPilingMoms.com

5. Simple Snack Storage

There’s nothing worse than a cranky, hungry kid (or adult, for that matter) when you’re stuck in traffic.

Keep hankerings at bay by storing snacks in your car. Use a leftover CoffeeMate creamer for holding small munchies like Cheerios or Goldfish. The pourable spout makes noshing a breeze. Keep items fresh with the snap of a cap!

 

 

 

via Lookie What I Did blog

via Lookie What I Did blog

6. Fast Food Caddy

For those crazy-busy days (e.g. long days at the office, road trips, shepherding kids to and from sports practices and lessons) that necessitate a down-and-dirty fast food run, this shower caddy-turned-meal holder is fantastic.

You’ll never have to worry about finding that rogue, months-old french fry buried in the seat again!

 

 

via Tater Tots and Jello blog

via Tater Tots and Jello blog

7. Shopping Bag Central

Use empty baby wipe containers to store your surplus shopping bags (because let’s face it, they ALWAYS come in handy).

Just  stick on some cute contact paper and throw it in the glove box for safe keeping!

 

 

via MeMakeyThings.com

via MeMakeyThings.com

8. Organize Your Console

A desk or purse organizer easily doubles as a console command station.

Use this handy organizer to keep your wallet, phone, lip gloss, lotion, brush, and other necessities right where you need them – no fishing necessary!

 

 

via Power Home Solutions blog

via Power Home Solutions blog

9. Harness the Power of Command Hooks

Command hooks – aka one of the greatest organizing inventions known to man – need not be restricted to only home projects.

Use them inside your car to keep your purse, umbrella, and shopping bags in order.

 

 

 

 

 

via Life of a Modern Mom

via Life of a Modern Mom

10. Be Prepared for Emergencies

And last but not least, ward off anything that comes your way by creating your own Car Emergency Kit. All you need to make yours is a clear plastic container and lid (find one at Target, Wal-Mart, etc) and a label maker. Here are some ideas for items to include: flashlight, batteries, duct tape, general First-Aid kit, matches, hat/gloves/socks, jumper cables, tire gauge, Swiss Army knife, hand warmers, blanket, water bottles, kleenex, poncho, glow stick, hand sanitizer, etc).

So what are you waiting for? Start spinning those DIY wheels and you’ll be in organized car heaven before you know it!

Retro Family Road Trip Games…No Electricity Required

family road trip hands It may seem hard to believe but back before the Dawn of Digital, parents kept their kids entertained on long drives to Disney, Yellowstone, Ocean City, and Sesame Place without the assistance of built-in DVD players, cell phones, iPads, video game consoles, and the like. Impossible, you say?

It’s not only possible (after all, our parents and their parents managed well enough), but we highly encourage it as a way to unplug from the constant electronic stimulation in our lives and engage with loved ones.

Why not use your vacation trek as an opportunity to spend some quality time with your family – instead of as isolated icebergs who just happen to all be sharing a vehicle?

Here are 10 ideas to keep your kids occupied en route to your destination – no electricity required.

  1. I Spy: So simple, yet so entertaining. One person picks something from their surroundings and the other people in the car has to guess what that thing is. The person picking the object says to the group “I spy with my little eye something” that’s a certain color (e.g. “I spy something with my little eye something that is blue”). Whoever correctly guesses what the other person spies gets to go next. You can limit the items to what’s in the vehicle or make things a bit harder and play I Spied, selecting items that you’ve already passed.
  2. The Car Next Door: Take turns inventing stories about the people in the car next to yours. Where are they from and where are they going? What do they do for a living? What’s their favorite food? Get really specific, giving them names, hobbies, pets, and so on. Take a vote on whose story is most fascinating.
  3. License Plate Bingo: Every passenger gets a bingo card with different state license plates (check Pinterest for some free templates). Players cross off a square when they pass a state license plate; whoever gets 5 in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally first wins the round.
  4. 20 Questions: One player thinks of a famous person, place, or thing (you can pick a theme for the group if you like, e.g. famous rock stars). Everyone else getsto ask the player 20 questions, which the player can only respond “Yes” or “No” to. Whoever guesses correctly gets to go next.
  5. Hum that Tune: One person hums the tune to a song of their choice, and the rest of the group has to guess what that song is. If you guess the song correctly, the turn passes to you.Globetrotting car holiday vacation
  6. GHOST: Player 1 says a letter out loud, followed by Player 2, Player 3, and so on, alternating letters to spell out a word (for instance, Player 1: C, Player 2: L, Player 3: 0, Player 1: S, Player 2: E). Whoever cannot avoid finishing off the word (Player 2 in the above scenario) gets a “G”, followed by an “H”, and so forth. The player that spells out “GHOST” first loses.
  7. Alphabet Game: Players try to see if they can find letters from highway signs (excluding license plates). Whoever can complete the alphabet first wins.
  8. I’m Going on a Picnic: This alphabet-based memory game starts when the first player says “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” followed by something that begins with the letter “A” (e.g. apples). The second player must repeat what Player 1 said and then add something that begins with a “B”. The game continues through the alphabet with each person repeating everything that has been said in order alphabetically. If someone forgets, they are out. The game ends when the alphabet is completed.
  9. Spot the Car: This is a fun version of a scavenger hunt for families with older kids. Instead of looking for different license plates, see if you can spot different car models. You can find a printable game sheet here.
  10. Journey Journal: Buy cheap journals (or use plain notebooks or create your own journal easily using construction paper, a hole punch, and yarn) and have your kids draw pictures of what they see on the drive toward your destination. You can even bring along some magazines, glue, and scissors, and let them cut and paste pictures into their journals illustrating what they’ve seen along the way (e.g. cars, horses, trees, etc).

So pack your cooler with some yummy snacks, load your luggage, strap your kiddos in, and take this list of fun road games with you. You’ll be in vacation paradise before you know it!

Hoffman Auto Group Sponsored Fidelco’s Ride for Independence

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Photo courtesy of Fidelco.org

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation hosted its 4th annual Ride for Independence on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hoffman Auto Group and many other caring sponsors, vendors, volunteers and Fidelco staff helped to make this day a tremendous success with over 760 people in attendance.

The Ride celebrates the freedom and independence that Fidelco Guide Dogs bring to men and women who are blind across North America.  Retired Air Force SSgt Michael Malarsie and his “wingman”, Xxon, 2014 Hero Dog Award winner, joined the excitement for the day. Learn more about Michael and Xxon’s story HERE.  His story is one of many lives enriched through Fidelco’s charitable mission of hope and independence for men and women who are blind.

10513531_10152593056438746_2070782851119281075_nOn Sunday, riders and their families met at Fidelco in Bloomfield. Attendees were treated to a K-9 demonstration, great music by the southern rock band SHOVELHEAD, creative Caricatures by Christopher Eastwood and so much more. There were adorable puppies, beautiful Fidelco Guide Dogs in training and highly skilled Fidelco dogs for all to see.

Riders enjoyed a scenic escorted route through the beautiful Farmington Valley in the beautiful summer sunshine. Be sure to check our video showing all of the riders as they departed. If you were riding you are in the video!

Hoffman is proud to support Fidelco, an internationally-recognized leader in the guide dog industry.  They have matched over 1,400 clients have with highly trained guide dogs so far.  It takes two years and $45,000 to produce each guide dog. Fidelco provides life-changing canine partners to its blind clients at no cost. Fidelco also provides 24/7 lifetime service to clients with annual follow up visits. Please visit Fidelco and see how you can become involved and help #ShareTheVision.

Thanks again for a great day! Looking forward to an even bigger event next year!

Photo courtesy of Fidelco.org on Facebook

Photo courtesy of Fidelco.org on Facebook


Stop by the Hoffman Auto Group Facebook page to see photos from the event. More photos will be added over the next couple days so check back frequently and feel free to tag and share any you like.

 

Time to Drop the Top, Connecticut!

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Tis the season to soak in the summer sun and enjoy a scenic drive with the top down, the music up, and your sunglasses on!

Today’s Convertibles are Better than Ever

Not your parents’ convertibles, today’s models offer great highway mileage, a variety of hard-top and soft-top options, improved safety, better durability, season-round comfort, and additional luxuries, like sleek iPod interfaces, keyless start systems, and convenient Bluetooth capability.

 

2014 porsche boxsterAccording to Consumer Reports, modern convertibles “come with fewer compromises than the ragtops of yore”. Hardtop models now offer better insulation from the noise and weather, increased interior security, and improved visibility, while soft top options boast better insulation and now come with a durable glass rear window, instead of (once popular) “flimsy, scratch-prone plastic windows”.2015 audi TT convertible

Present-day convertibles are more rigidly constructed and can shift from open to closed (and vice versa) in the space of 25 seconds – so your driving experience isn’t dampened in the event of a rogue summer shower!

Comfort All Year Long

2015 Audi convertibleFord Mustang Convertible CTToday’s convertibles also offer features that make them more attractive for both top-down driving and year-round travel. Edmunds.com reports, “Many convertibles now provide wind deflectors that are placed behind the front seats to help keep turbulence down to a minimum while driving”. What’s more, almost all convertibles come with heated and cooled seats to keep passengers comfortable through the sun-kisseddays of summer and into the cooler months, as well as sun-reflective leather upholstery to prevent interior wear and tear.

Blue, black, grey, white, or red – one of our convertibles will take you where you need to go in style, comfort, and safely. Check out our full inventory list of convertibles and cabriolets – then take a cue from The Cars, and let the good times roll!

See the Cabriolet convertibles at Hoffman Auto

See more convertibles available in CT here