Third Annual Corvette Show

From the classic generations to Stingrays, we love Corvettes at Gamblin Motors.  To see some of these models in person, join us on Saturday, September 9 for our third annual Corvette show. We are teaming up with the Tacoma Corvette Club to bring an array of Corvette models to the Plateau community.

Come down to our main store (1047 Roosevelt Ave E, Enumclaw) to view these beauties and vote for the People’s Choice award winners. We will open at 10:00 a.m. for the public to begin viewing and voting.  Voting closes at noon, but the Corvettes will remain on display until 2:00.  While we are counting the ballots, enjoy music, giveaways, and a great lunch.  Awards will be handed out at 1:30.

Interested in bringing home one of the trophies? Enter your Corvette through the Tacoma Corvette Club for a $20 entry free. We hope to see you Saturday.

2017 EHS Photo Contest Winner

Over the past few years, Gamblin Motors has sponsored a photo contest for Enumclaw High School students. The students are given a month to send us their very best photos. These photos are uploaded to our Facebook page. Our Facebook followers are asked to vote for the favorite photo. Students encourage their friends and family to vote for their photo. At the end of the contest, the photo with the most likes wins. The winner receives $250.

As the photos started rolling in, we were blown away by the quality of photo entries we received. All of these entries were truly amazing. This year we received more than twenty eight photos from Enumclaw High School students. Ethan Decker, a tenth grader, won the photo contest this year.

Thank you to all the students who participated, and thank you to all our friends for voting for these amazing photos. We look forward to hosting another photo contest again next year. Be on the look out for our contest in May.

Meet the New President

Alan Gamblin was named 2017/2018 President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) at the organization’s annual convention last month. WASADA is an organization that develops and promotes legislation to help dealer franchises, eliminate regular increases in the cost of doing business in Washington, and trying to protect costs for consumers. They also support dealers in their commitment to operate their dealerships in a fair and honest manner. Gamblin Motors has been involved with WASADA for years.

“When I succeeded my father as the Chevrolet dealer in Enumclaw, he told me to get involved and support the Washington State Auto Dealers Association because they do so much for our business,” Alan said. “Over the years whenever I’ve been asked by the Association to help, I’ve remembered my father’s counsel and done it. As the new WSADA President, my goal is to help connect more dealers with their elected officials in Olympia, especially the many new legislators. It is important that local and state officials understand our business so they can make informed decisions when it comes to regulation and taxation that affect our customers, community, and business.”

One of WASADA’s purposes is to help our elected officials understand the role auto dealers play in their communities around the state. Founded in 1920, the Association’s 294 dealer members serve 70 cities and towns across Washington and are responsible for annual sales volume totaling $15 billion. Together, they employ over 21,000 people with a combined payroll of more than $1.08 billion. An average dealership creates 69 local jobs, each paying on average over $54,000 per year plus benefits. Their dealership sales total 14.2% of the state’s retail sales, generating hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue for state and local governments through sales, corporate, and payroll tax revenue.

“It is also important to help the new generation coming into our industry,” he continued. “My father, like many former dealers before me, served in World War II when cars and business were not as complex. I’ve watched the automobile industry dramatically change over the last four decades, and it’s important to help the rising generation continue to be successful.”

 

Mom’s Favorite New Car

What’s that car you keep seeing at school pick-up? It’s the Buick Enclave, and mom’s favorite new car. The Enclave’s three row design has the ease of a minivan in the body of a mid-size SUV. But don’t let the mom approved sticker fool you, this SUV knows how to perform making it fun for all to drive.

 The Enclave is a mid-size luxury SUV with a spacious interior to fit the whole family. Knowing that you will be carrying precious cargo, the Buick Enclave is engineered with safety in mind. The Enclave has a government 5-star Overall Vehicle score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With an industry-first front center airbag, Buick has made safety its priority in this family vehicle. Additional safety features include Side Blind Zone and Rear Cross-Traffic alert technology to help drivers avoid collisions. Putting safety first does not mean sacrificing luxury with the Enclave.

 The Buick Enclave includes all the bells and whistles busy families need for a comfortable ride. The standard power liftgate means packing groceries or unpacking sports equipment is just a click of a button away to reveal the roomy rear cargo space. Second row captain’s chairs and a third row bench means easy in and out for the whole crew. The second row seats flip, fold and slide easily for multiple third row access points. With a quick full or partial fold of the third row bench, the rear cargo space opens up for bigger hauling needs and adventures. All of the Buick Enclave’s many configurations are aimed at providing comfort and ease for all passengers. There is a reason you keeping seeing the Enclave at soccer practice. It is the ultimate family vehicle. Click to see current deals and offers to bring your Enclave home today! http://www.gamblinmotors.com/

Protecting Your Precious Cargo

The best way to keep you child safe while driving is to have them properly secured in a CSS (car safety seat). Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for children over one year. To help keep our children safe, doctors and government agencies have set important guidelines for all parents to follow.

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) agree a rear-facing safety seat is the best seat for a young child. The AAP recommends a rear facing seat until at least two years of age or until the seat’s limits have been reached. Once a child outgrows the limits of their rear-facing infant seat, the infant or toddler should continue to ride in a rear-facing convertible seat for as long as possible. Most convertible car seats allow a rear-facing position for up to 35 pounds, and it is recommended that until your child hits the limits for the seat, they should be in a rear-facing position. In other words, keep your child rear-facing as long your seat allows. This shift from one year of rear-face to two years or more of rear-face positioning is due to current research showing better neck and spinal cord support in the rear-facing position. A physician representative for the AAP explains, ““A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body. For larger children, a forward-facing seat with a harness is safer than a booster, and a belt-positioning booster seat provides better protection than a seat belt alone until the seat belt fits correctly.” As a child’s height and weight in accordance to age differs from child to child, it is important to know the limits for your CSS and follow accordingly.

Once your child has outgrown the limits for their rear-facing convertible seat, it is time to face them forward. The height and weight limits increase for a convertible seat once they are placed in the forward-facing position.  According to the AAP “There is a safety advantage for young children to remain in CSSs with a harness for as long as possible before transitioning to booster seats.” The NHTSA agrees that keeping your child in a forward-facing car seat with a five point harness is the safest mode of travel until the seat’s height and weight limits have been reached. Once a child has reached the limits for a forward-facing car seat, it is time for a booster seat. The booster seat, like the infant and convertible seat, should still be placed in the back seat of the vehicle. Booster seats aid in keeping the seat belt in the proper position for a younger child. A child is not ready for a seat belt until it properly fits without the aid of a booster. A seatbelt without booster assistance typically fits a child correctly once they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between the ages of 8 and 12. The NHTSA advises that “for a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.”

 To learn more about these recommendations click the following links: http://bit.ly/1ObXw7J, http://bit.ly/1WFdZZi, http://bit.ly/2rRurOZ.

2017 EHS Photo Contest

Over the past few years, Gamblin Motors has sponsored a photo contest for EHS students. The students are given two weeks to send us their very best photos. These photos are uploaded to our Facebook page. Our Facebook followers are asked to vote for the favorite photo. Students encourage their friends and family to vote for their photo. At the end of the contest, the photo with the most likes and comments wins. The winner receives $250. Participants need to be a current student of Enumclaw High School, and they are allowed to submit up to five photos.

Our 2017 contest kicks off this next week. Students can send us their photos beginning May 23. They will be uploaded to our Facebook page the next day. The contest runs from June 23-June 5. The Winner will be announced on June 6. Get ready to vote for your favorite photo.

Here are the instructions for interested EHS students:


Contest Instructions

-Save Photo with your name using this format: First_Last _Grade

-Email Photo to corigamblin@gmail.com Your photo will be uploaded to Gamblin Motor’s Facebook page the next day.

-Spread the word to get the most likes for your photo on Gamblin Motor’s Facebook page.

-The photo with the most likes wins $250 cash.

Helpful Hints

  1. Like Art Gamblin Motors on FB
  2. Get your photo in soon. (If your photo is one of the first posted, it will be up the longest.)
  3. Spread the word on your FB page.
  4. Repost our photo contest posts on your wall.
  5. Have friends and family also post your contest photo on their wall.

The more people who see your photo the more votes you will get.

2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year

Introducing Motor Trend’s 2017 Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt is being hailed as a game changer in the industry. Chevrolet has been experimenting with electric vehicles since the 1960’s. With the new Chevrolet Bolt, they have hit their stride and are shaking up the electric car market. According to one judge, the Bolt is simply “twice the car for half the price of a BMW i3.” Motor Trend and Car and Driver are both putting Tesla on notice as this new Chevrolet has set the standard of performance but is coming in at a reasonable price. It is not just a top of the market electric car; it is a remarkable car, period. Motor Trend asserts that “perhaps the most impressive thing about the Bolt EV is there are no caveats, no ‘for an electric car’ qualifiers needed in any discussion. It is, simply, a world-class small car.” What happens when you have a long-range electric vehicle in a world-class package? You get the Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV runs an EPA=certified range of 238 miles. This long-range charge is set to cover a commute, errands, quick getaway, or any other unexpected tasks that pop up in your day. The Bolt EV’s tall hatchback design lends a comfortable experience for all passengers and does not fail to provide entertainment for those along for the ride with its seven device capable 4G LTE onboard Wi-Fi hot spot. Don’t worry drivers, you won’t be left out. Motor Trend judges report the Bolt is “fast, fun, and genuinely entertaining to drive.”

How much will the car of year cost you? This is where the Chevrolet Bolt EV truly shines. Coming in well below other electric vehicles on the market, the Bolt starts at $37,495 in LT trim, but with available tax credits, consumers can drive this vehicle home for under $30,000. This affordable, cutting edge technology housed in a world class vehicle is revolutionary for the industry. As Car and Driver affirms, the Bolt is “the most important vehicle for battery-electric technology to date.” To see the Motor Trend Car of the Year for yourself, come in for a test drive today http://bit.ly/2rdnvLC.

2018 Buick Enclave

New and versatile comes the 2018 Buick Enclave.  This Enclave will include more third row space, improved towing, more safety technology, useful interior features, and intuitive technology.  “Every detail of the all-new Enclave is designed to feel premium, well-crafted and integrated,” said Helen Emsley, executive director of Global Buick and GMC Design.

New proportions and bodylines accentuate the redesigned front end grille. This new body was built for safety.  There are 17 radar, camera, and ultrasonic sensors that come standard and allows you to customize your safety alerts.   It can tow up to 5,000 pounds and comes with a standard 3.6 L V-6 engine.  It is estimated to have 302 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Trying to top the benchmark for quietness, the 2018 is engineered to further minimize unwanted interior noise.  QuietTuning and active noise cancellation help reduce, block, and absorb noise.  “For Enclave customers, who are often driving family and friends, the ability to easily carry a conversations with passengers in all three rows is essential to their daily driving experiences,” said Dean Perelli, chief engineer for the Buick Enclave.

The Enclave has lots of cargo solutions for large and small loads. There is seating for seven. Second and third row seats fold flat to create a nearly-flat load floor. The Enclave boasts more interior space than an Acura MDX, Audi Q7, and the Infiniti QX60.

Standard on the 2018 Enclave includes keyless entry and push-button start, a hands free power programmable liftgate, tri-zone climate control, universal home remote, and six USB ports.  It will come equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.  An 8-inch diagonal infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Adroid Auto is standard.

You can expect to see the 2018 Enclave on our showroom in the fall of 2017.

Mr. Gamblin Goes to Olympia

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Dealer Day in our state’s capitol. As Vice President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association, Alan Gamblin oversaw the day’s events in Olympia. Dealer Day is an opportunity for car dealers to meet with their local representatives and discuss legislation affecting their consumers and the industry at large. This event opens important lines of communication between representatives and their local business owners and constituents. Washington car dealers help local communities thrive by providing 20,980 family wage jobs resulting in a combined payroll of over $1.3 billion dollars. Gamblin Motors participates in Dealer Day to help relay the hopes and concerns of these workers and their communities.

During this year’s event, Alan, Jeri, and Tyson Gamblin personally met with the Washington Republican Caucus leader, Representative Dan Kristiansen, and the greater Plateau’s district representatives, Senator Phil Fortunato and House Representatives Drew Stokesbary and Morgan Irwin.  These constructive sessions allow dealers and representatives to discuss progressive legislation aimed at strengthening local businesses and protecting consumers from increased costs. Gamblin Motors believes these meetings are critical in helping our workforce and local communities. We look forward to working with our local representatives in making the Plateau a safe and prosperous place to call home.

FFA Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction

We love hearing about great community events. This month we were contacted by the Enumclaw FFA Chapter; they asked us to help sponsor a great event. We were happy to provide a donation to help with its annual fundraiser. The local FFA Chapter held its annual Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction. The event had a great meal, live music, and a silent auction. The money raised is used to help support the FFA members and to help pay for their involvement in leadership events.

The National FFA Organization is committed to helping students have personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, but is not just for those interested in farming. Over the years the FFA has expanded its members to students who are interested in careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, and business owners. The FFA mission statement states, “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.”

 

Watch our Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss this great event next year.