25 Years in the Business

Alan Gamblin 25 year award2016 marked Alan Gamblin’s 25th year as a Chevrolet and Buick dealer. Alan starting working at Gamblin Motors in 1969 and spent his formative years at the Gamblin dealership washing cars and making sure the original Gamblin location on Griffin looked its very best. Every now and again his hard work would pay off in the form of moving one of the shiny new Corvettes for sale. After high school, Alan went off to college and returned home in 1978 with his new wife, Jeri, and an eagerness to learn all of the different aspects of the car business. For the next 13 years, Alan moved through the ranks of the dealership. He began as a salesman and eventually graduated to sales manager. He continued to learn and study the important roles of the varying departments including finance, parts, service, and the body shop. In 1985 Alan became a full partner in the dealership. During his time as a partner, Alan took the primary role of building and managing the main Gamblin location on Hwy 410. He officially took the dealership reins from his father, Art Gamblin, and purchased the business in 1991. This past November Alan was honored by General Motors for his 25 years as a Chevrolet and Buick dealer.

Since Alan became the managing dealer and owner in 1991, Gamblin Motors has continued to expand and grow under his guidance. The community of Enumclaw’s rugged and beautiful terrain called for a location focused on tough working vehicles. To better service hometown customers, Gamblin Motors opened one of General Motor’s few GM approved truck showrooms in the United States. The Gamblin Truck Center opened its doors in 2000. In addition to the construction of an additional dealership location, Alan also completed a significant remodel to the main store in 2012. These two award winning dealerships are a testament to the hard work and effort put in by the Gamblin family with Alan at the helm. Alan’s knowledge of the car industry is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has twice been named President of the Northwest Chevrolet Dealer’s advertising association and served on a national Chevrolet advertising committee. He is currently the Washington State Auto Dealer’s Vice President and will be named president of the association this coming May. Alan hopes to pass his training and success on to the next generation of Gamblins. Just like Alan, Tyson and Andrew Gamblin began washing cars and sweeping floors as young boys. With the completion of their college degrees, both have come home to learn the business and continue the Gamblin legacy of honest and professional service.

Community Coat Drive

When the leaves begin to fall, it’s time to open up the coat closets. It is important to Gamblin Motors that everyone in our community has a nice warm coat to combat the chilly weather. Each fall we host a community coat drive and invite our employees, customers, and community members to go through their closets and donate their gently used coats, clothing, shoes, and socks. This is our fourth year of giving, and we are proud to have collected almost 100 coats for donation to the Enumclaw Clothing Bank.

The Enumclaw Clothing Bank is a non-profit organization that offers donated clothing items free of charge to community members in need. This wonderful organization provides necessities for many Enumclaw families who need a little extra help. A clean set of clothing provides both safety from the winter cold and confidence to face the day in comfort. We thank all those who donated. We thank Works-Sports and Outdoors for hosting one of our donation trucks. If you were unable to donate during the clothing drive, the Enumclaw Clothing Bank is located at JJ Smith School and is open for drop off and pick up on Tuesdays.resized_20161121_150833

2017 Buick Encore Gets Latest Tech

Buick recently introduced the new 2017 Encore, strengthening the appeal of America’s most popular small SUV with more refined styling and new connectivity technology – including available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

A new front-end appearance and a new premium interior highlight the visual refinements, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported by a next-generation IntelliLink system featuring an 8-inch-diagonal color touch screen. Customers will find push-button start, keyless unlock via the exterior door handles and an 8-inch color touchscreen highlight the Encore’s roster of new standard features.

“The 2017 Encore boasts purposeful updates offering a new level of sophistication to this small SUV,” said Alan Gamblin. “It has been well received since its introduction in 2013 and we fully expect its popularity to continue to grow among our customers.”

2017 Buick Encore

2017 Buick Encore

The 2017 Encore goes on sale this fall, initially offered in five trim levels: Encore (1SB), Encore Sport Touring (1SH), Encore Convenience (1SD), Encore Leather (1SL) and Encore Premium (1SN). Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available.

A Great Partnership

2016 Costco PricingChevrolet and Buick are pleased to announce a national GM Supplier Pricing promotion with Costco. If you are a Costco member, you can take advantage of this great offer. All members receive GM Supplier Pricing and a Costco Cash Card for purchasing an eligible vehicle. Purchase or lease a 2015 or 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Cruze, Volt, or Buick Enclave, Encore, LaCrosse, Regal, or Verano at GM Supplier Pricing. Once your purchase is complete, submit a redemption form and Costco Auto Program will call you to complete a quick survey. Once your survey is complete, you will receive a Costco Cash Card. Gold Star and Business members will be eligible for the $300 Costco Gift Card and Executive Members will be eligible for the $700 Costco Gift Card. This deal ends January 4, 2016, so schedule your test drive today.


GM Expands Scope of Military Discount Program

Militrary DiscountGenerous discounts expanded to include more than 23 million veterans. Beginning Nov. 3, 2015 through Jan. 4, 2016, more than 23 million veteran U.S. military personnel and their spouses can join active duty, reserved and retired service personnel in receiving the GM Military Discount at an eligible Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models.

Generous discounts expanded to include more than 23 million veterans. Beginning Nov. 3, 2015 through Jan. 4, 2016, more than 23 million veteran U.S. military personnel and their spouses can join active duty, reserved and retired service personnel in receiving the GM Military Discount at an eligible Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models.

“As current and former members of our armed forces celebrate Veterans Day and the holidays with their families, we want to show our appreciation for their service,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. sales and service. “Working with key partners like Building for America’s Bravest, Hiring Our Heroes, and the Achilles Freedom Team, we hope to do even more to continue GM’s 100-year legacy of commitment to the brave men and women of the U.S. military.”

First offered in 2008, the GM Military Discount features pricing below the suggested retail price for eligible vehicles. Typically, the program is available only to active-duty, reserves, retirees and veterans and spouses within a year of discharge. The expanded program extends the discount to regardless of separation date.

To learn more, visit gmmilitarydiscount.com or ChevySalutes.com.

GM military support

The GM Military Discount is one way GM continues to support the U.S. military. Forged when its factories were transformed into the Arsenal of Democracy during World War II, GM’s commitment to hiring and helping veterans is stronger than ever.

  • In 2015, GM was recognized by I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Military Times and the State of Michigan for strong support of its more than 5,000 employees who are veterans
  • As a national supporter of Hiring Our Heroes, GM has helped organize more than 900 job fairs where partner companies have hired more than 500,000 veterans since 2012.
  • Through ongoing support of the Achilles Freedom Team and Building for America’s Bravest, GM helps the most seriously wounded veterans recover.

Seattle International Auto Show


The Seattle International Auto Show did not disappoint this year. The show was held at Century Link Field over four days in the beginning of October. Over 400 vehicles were on display, and the latest 2016 models were in the spotlight. 75 vehicles were also available for a test drive. From cars and trucks, to SUVs and electric vehicles, there was something for everyone to see. Kids were even able to test drive small electric cars on a track. Future teen drivers could take a chance at Toyota’s Teen Drive365, a virtual reality behind the wheel. It was an event for the whole family. Everyone enjoyed checking out the multi-million dollar display of the latest luxury and exotic vehicles from Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Ferrari, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Smart, Tesla and Volvo. Don’t miss this event next year.

Chevrolet Adds Theft Alarm Notifications

OnStar Theft Alarm Notification

OnStar Theft Alarm Notification

Chevrolet recently announced Theft Alarm Notification, an enhancement to the existing Stolen Vehicle Assistance service allowing OnStar subscribers to receive a real-time alert when the vehicle’s alarm sounds. The service will be available to later this summer.

The Theft Alarm Notification feature is another enhancement to OnStar’s existing security features, which include Remote Ignition Block and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. With Theft Alarm Notification, OnStar subscribers can opt in to receive an alert through text, email or phone if a theft attempt triggers their vehicle’s alarm system and the alarm sounds.

This feature will offer customers the peace of mind that in the unfortunate situation of a stolen vehicle, they can be quickly alerted and have the support of OnStar. From security features to navigation, connectivity and diagnostics, our customers appreciate the many benefits of OnStar’s services.

If a properly equipped Chevrolet is stolen, OnStar advisors will work with local authorities and use GPS technology to pinpoint the vehicle’s location. In certain models, if the conditions are safe, advisors can send a signal to slow down the vehicle, aiding police officers in its recovery and preventing a potential high-speed chase.

Theft Alarm Notification leverages the features of the Theft Protection Package available on Chevrolet’s full-size Tahoe and Suburban LT and LTZ SUVs, which feature glass breakage sensors, interior motion sensors and an inclination/tilt sensor. Each sound an alarm if the vehicle is lifted off the ground, a break-in is attempted, or if motion is detected within the vehicle when the alarm is armed.

The Theft Alarm Notification feature is included within OnStar’s Stolen Vehicle Assistance service and is available to subscribers with the Security or Guidance package and a compatible vehicle. Most 2014 model year and newer Chevrolet vehicles are equipped to offer Theft Alarm Notification.


Buick Introduces Apple CarPlay Capability

Apple CarPlay is standard in the 2016 model year Buick Regal and LaCrosse, providing a smarter, simpler way to use an iPhone while on the go. Buick is committed to providing the simplest connected driving experience possible to customers.

Apple CarPlay is standard in the 2016 model year Buick Regal and LaCrosse, providing a smarter, simpler way to use an iPhone while on the go. Buick is committed to providing the simplest connected driving experience possible to customers.

As the world becomes increasingly connected, Buick remains at the forefront of new applications and connectivity that provide customers with a seamless, integrated driving experience. That legacy advances with new Apple CarPlay capability for smartphones offered in all 2016 Regal and LaCrosse models.

The technology connects a smartphone through Buick’s IntelliLink system, integrating applications such as navigation, hands-free text messaging, contact lists and entertainment apps for news or music onto the eight-inch-diagonal IntelliLink radio display. Later in the model year, Android Auto capability will also be offered with IntelliLink.

Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features customers want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner. This allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay-supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay. Apple CarPlay is compatible with iOS 7.1 or higher.

Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is available at g.co/androidauto. Android Auto requires a phone running an Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher.

Using both applications is simple. A “Projection” icon on the IntelliLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate CarPlay or Android Auto when a compatible phone is connected via USB.

A majority of the smartphone applications with the respective systems are controlled via voice commands through a steering wheel button, which ensures drivers keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Apple and Google’s privacy statements and terms of use apply. Data plan rates may also apply.


Chevrolet Introduces Colorado Duramax Diesel

2016 Chevrolet Colorado 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel

2016 Chevrolet Colorado 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel

The fastest-selling truck in the market now offers an available turbo-diesel engine. The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel takes midsize truck capability and efficiency to unprecedented levels.

With 369 lb-ft of torque (500 Nm) generated by its all-new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel, the Colorado’s maximum trailering capacity rises to 7,700 pounds (3,492 kg) on 2WD models, with estimated fuel economy projected to top the already segment-leading efficiency of the gas models.cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (4)

“The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel offers drivers capability, efficiency and control in a fun to drive package, allowing more possibilities when exploring on and off the road,” said Tyson Gamblin of Gamblin Motors “Our customers will also appreciate that it is the cleanest diesel truck engine ever produced by GM.”

The new Colorado diesel goes on sale this fall, offered in LT and Z71 Crew Cab models, with 2WD or 4WD. It is priced $3,730 more than a comparably equipped 3.6L V-6 model.

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Features included with or exclusive to Colorado diesel models:

  • Smart diesel exhaust brake system that enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear on steep grades.
  • Standard Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission matched with a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber (CPVA) in the torque converter, which reduces powertrain noise and vibration.
  • The Z82 trailering package is standard and includes a hitch receiver and seven-pin connector.
  • An all-new integrated trailer brake controller is standard and exclusive on diesel models.
  • The G80 automatic locking rear differential is standard.
  • A 3.42 rear axle ratio is standard.
  • A new, electronically controlled two-speed transfer case is included on 4WD models.
  • Maximum trailering rating of 7,700 pounds (3,492 kg) for 2WD models and 7,600 pounds (3,447 kg) for 4WD.
  • GVWRs of 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) for 2WD and 6,200 pounds (2,812 kg) for 4WD.

Enumclaw Rotary Street Fair

Street FairThe Enumclaw Rotary Street Fair has been a local tradition for many years.  If you grew up in Enumclaw you can remember heading down to Cole Street in the summer and enjoying all the festivities.  The Enumclaw Rotary Street Fair has something for everyone.  Take advantage of live music, artisan craft vendors, delicious food, auto and motorcycle shows, a community CrossFit workout, and lots of fun family activities.  Enjoy browsing the sale items from the businesses in Enumclaw.  There will be over 120 vendors, The kids will love the Kid Zone activities and carnival rides.  Everyone can participate in the 5K Run/Walk or Children’s 1K.  This flat and fast 5k course is great for kids in strollers to competitive racers, and everyone in between!  For more information about the 5K run/walk visit: http://www.enumclawstreetfair.com/id17.html.

We love to be one of the vendors at the Street Fair.  It is a great opportunity for us to share the latest Chevrolet and Buick models.  Take the time to get up close with these cars in a no-pressure setting.  We’d love to show what Chevy, the most awarded car company, has to offer.

This great event is sponosered by Enumclaw Rotary.  Rotary is the first service club founded in the United States in 1905. The Enumclaw Chapter of Rotary International works tirelessly throughout the year to benefit the citizens in Enumclaw.  The Enumclaw Rotary was charted on April 5, 1969.

Enumclaw Rotary has contributed to local improvements such as Rotary Centennial Park and supports:

Rotary First Harvest, where perishable foods are acquired in large quantities, sorted and given to local food banks;
The Enumclaw Senior Center, serving meals at special functions, organizing “honey do” teams to do yard work, change light bulbs, clean gutters, rake yards, and do whatever is needed by seniors who cannot help themselves;
Enumclaw Public Library;
KCSARC (King County Sexual Assault Relief Center);
POM (Plateau Outreach Ministries), especially their “adopt a family” program during the winter holidays;
Its annual Duck Race raises funds every year to benefit Enumclaw Regional Hospital;
The scholarship program for area High School Seniors is particularly important and these selected students are each named “Student of the Month” and are featured guest speakers.

To learn more about The Enumclaw Rotary Street Fair visit: http://www.enumclawstreetfair.com/index.html