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STADIUM SEAT FREE WITH EVERY CLUB MEMBERSHIP PURCHASE

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

While Supplies last Starting Tuesday December 11th 2012  get this deluxe stadium seat free with every purchase of a Lifetime Preventative Maintenance Plan.

 

Who Was Your Favorite Teacher?

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

My favorite teacher from Van Buren High School (home of the Pointers) was Mrs. Blalock.  She was my world history teacher.  Whatever we were studying, she would dress up like that…. When we studied Asia, she’d dress like that.  Germany, France, Italy… it didn’t matter.  Mrs. Blalock brought drama to History and made it come alive.

 

Teacher of the Month, Charlotte Pounders with Chris from The Tavern Sports Grill and me.  The flowers she’s holding are from Floral Express.

I’ve always appreciated teachers like Mrs. Blalock.  They invest in our children and don’t get near the appreciation or help they deserve.  I guess that’s why I’ve been helping the PTA in two local schools for the past couple of years by giving back to them 2% of the labor sales of the parents and grandparents of the students from these schools.  And this year, we helped to create a Teacher of the Month program at Chenal Elementary.

 

 

I’ve brought some other local businesses that I trust to provide some gifts to each month’s Teacher.  It’s our way of showing appreciation and affirming the job they do.

Teachers are constantly giving to our children and I’m happy to have found a way to give back to them.

 

Mike Davidson  |  Parkway Automotive

The Auto Guy

P.S.  The next time you have the opportunity, say “Thank You!” to a teacher.  It’ll bring a smile to their face and will make a BIG difference in their day.

 

 

Consumer Report Condemns Extended Warranty Purchases

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Extended car warranties – don’t be a pushover

Most people don’t buy a new car without hearing the dealership finance manager warn about “how foolish it would be” not to protect your investment from unexpected repairs as you put on the miles. What comes next is a persistent sales pitch for a solution to your new fears: an extended warranty. “You could save the amount of the plan cost with just one covered repair!” says a brochure for Ford’s Extended Service Plan.

But extended warranties sell costly “peace of mind” for repair nightmares that probably won’t occur, according to a survey of more than 8,000 readers in December 2007 by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. We have long advised that extended warranties are a poor deal for almost every product. Now we have the first data showing that this advice applies to most new cars, as well.

To raise public awareness on the issue, Consumer Reports is launching a national advertising campaign this week targeting the car-buying public.

Sixty-five percent of the survey respondents said they spent significantly more for a new-car
warranty than they got back in repair cost savings. On average, dealers collected around $800 on each extended warranty they sold.

Respondents cited warranty costs of $1,000 on average that provided benefits of $700; an average $300 loss. Some 42 percent of extended warranties were not used, and only about a third of all respondents used their plan to cover a serious problem. About one in five respondents (22%) said they had a net savings. Seventy-five percent did not buy extended warranties at all.

Extended warranties were, however, a better deal for those who bought more troublesome cars
scoring lower in Consumer Reports’ reliability Ratings, such as those from Mercedes-Benz. Still, only 38 percent of Mercedes-Benz owners said they saved money. The average loss was $100. Lexus and Toyota owners lost the most money: $600 on average for Lexus and $550 for Toyota. Owners of Pontiacs and Jeeps broke even because on average they had covered repairs that equaled the warranty cost.

Our advice
•Don’t feel pressured to buy an extended warranty at the same time as buying a new car. Instead, shop about six months before the vehicle’s factory warranty runs out.
•Ask for and have a trusted mechanic review sample contracts before buying.
•Bargain hard, sales commissions can be large.

Read the complete report “Extended warranties: A high-priced gamble” to learn more about:
•How extended warranties work
•What the average by brand is for money lost
•Frequency of warranty use by brand
•Who should buy a warranty
•How to get a fair deal

ASE TECHNICIAN WEEKENDS OFF!

Friday, June 8th, 2012

If you are ready for a change and would love:
Every weekend off,,,

Work in an air conditioned shop…

Be able to make more money…

Work with a team that will support you as a technician…

Then this may be the job of your dreams

You are the most important person in this company because without you our business stops! That is why we have built our entire system to enable you to repair more cars in less time. (That leads to more money in your pocket).

I could go on and on … but instead just pick up your phone and call our 24/7 recorded message. You will not talk to a person but you will hear from me and I will explain to you everything you need to know to decide for yourself if this is the place you want to work.
This may be the most important call you will ever make.

Call now 1-877-422-6889

I look forward to working with you
Mike Davidson
Owner Parkway Automotive
Little Rock Arkansas

PARKWAY IS HIRING

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

We have a unique opportunity for an Automotive Mechanic. We are an independent shop located in West Little Rock. Just a few items to mention- we only hire people with high ethics. We own factory scan tools for the big three, Shop is air conditioned with computers at the bay. In addition to being able to diagnose and repair today’s modern vehicles you also need to be able to type- If you can’t type please do not apply for this Job. We are progressive in our operation. We do not need a Master Tech but ok to apply. A full job description is available. Contact Mike Davidson 501-821-6111 miked@parkwayautomotive.net

Mechanic Opening at Parkway Automotive Little Rock 501-821-6111

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

We have a unique opportunity for an Automotive Mechanic. We are located in West Little Rock. Just a few items to mention- we only hire people with high ethics. We own factory scan tools for the big three, Shop is air conditioned with computers at the bay. In addition to being able to diagnose and repair today’s modern vehicles you also need to be able to type- If you can’t type please do not apply for this Job. We are progressive in our operation. We do not need a Master Tech but ok to apply. A full job description is available.
• Location: West Little Rock
• Compensation: Flat rate + bonus + comp. matched 401k+uniforms+great work enviroment

SPRING A/C SYSTEM CHECK SPECIAL

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Is your vehicle’s air conditioning not performing as well as it should be? If so, you should take advantage of our limited time Air Conditioning Performance Inspection special:
Inspect A/C Hoses
System Performance Temperature at Vents
Clean Outside of Condensor and Read System Pressures.
Bonus Inspection – Also includes inspection of: Radiator Hoses, Wiper Blades, Radiator Fluid , Battery Cables, Drive Belts, Tires, Brake Fluid, Engine Oil, Transmission Fluid, Air Filter , P/S Fluid , Throttle Body ,Lights and report if any fluids were low.

$26.26 Air Conditioning System Inspection
Offer expires: 04/13/2012
* Some restrictions apply

Take advantage of this limited time air conditioning special available for most vehicles. call 821-6111 0r visit our home page  www.parkwayautomotive.net  to schedule online.

Thank you for being a valued customer. Please give us a call if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance whatsoever.

Parkway Automotive
(501) 821-6111

Buying A Hybrid? Really- Read this first!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

From Dustin Scott Shop Foreman at Parkway Automotive.
I just wanted to give an example in writing, on hybrid vehicles, for further discussion. For example, the 2012 Camry Hybrid gets 39 miles to the gallon at highway speeds, and the 2012 Chevy Cruze with ECO engine, that I used in my previous example, gets 42 miles per gallon at cruise/Cruze. This makes the Cruz appear to be superior to the Hybrid, but there is the city driving specs that would seem more in favor of the Hybrid: Camry Hybrid 44 mpg//Chevrolet Cruz 28 mpg. Now we’re talking about a much greater difference in numbers where the Hybrid appears to reign supreme!

I’d like to offer my fact based opinion on the aforementioned statistics. For those that live in the city and never do any highway driving this example will not apply. Not many people live in the city, when compared to the total number of people working in the city. For people not in the city, I would venture a guess that 70-80% of the time people spend driving to work each morning is spent uninterrupted by stop-lights or stop and go traffic. Even at a reduced speed of 35 Mph or so, the Cruze would not be considered getting city mileage. City mileage is obtained in frequent stop and go situations. So, driving the Cruz, if 10 miles were driven at 42 miles per gallon until the city made stop and go necessary for the next 2 miles at 28mpg through town to your destination and times that again to make the journey back. Let us compare this mileage example to a Cruz vs. Camry Hybrid.

Chevrolet Cruz: 20 miles @ 42mpg and 4 miles @ 28mpg x 20 days per month = 400 highway miles and 80 city miles. The Cruz consumed fuel equal to 9.5 gallons at cruise and 2.9 gallons during city conditions for a total of 12.4 gallons for the month to and from a destination in town.

Camry Hybrid 20 miles @ 39mpg and 4 miles @ 44mpg x20 days per month = 400 highway miles and 80 city miles. The Hybrid consumed fuel equal to 10.3 gallons at cruise and 1.8 gallons during city conditions for a total of 12.1 gallons for the month to and from a destination in town.

The Hybrid vehicle maintains all of the normal operating costs of the typical gasoline engine but also adds a new normal maintenance item. The battery is huge, expensive and damaging to the environment. Lithium Ion batteries of this magnitude have a great impact during not only disposal, but creation as well. The expected lifespan of the high voltage hybrid battery is about 5 years or so. When the battery fails, the cost can easily be $4,000 dollars. At a difference of 0.3 gallons of fuel, at $3.50 gallon, per month from the proposed example above, it would cost an additional $1.05 per month in fuel. It could also be hypothesized that it would take 3,810 months to save $4,000 dollars in fuel to pay for the battery required to save that much fuel. Furthermore that is 317 years!

So, if one were to be mindful only of cost of operation and environmental impact, then the Chevrolet Cruz comes out on top.

Also, please challenge the numbers, I would be happy if someone could correct my math and tell me I could save $4,000 dollars, in fuel savings, 100 years sooner.

Marriage-A Profound Mystery

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

“As God made man in His own image, so He made earthly marriage in the image of His own eternal marriage with His people” from John Pipers book This Momentary Marriage

Driving Is A Privilege Not A Right

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I really hesitated to post this video. It should only be viewed by those who drive and should be viewed with discretion. Only adults should watch it first and then decide if your young drivers should see it. It brings to reality what can happen when we are being distracted while driving. (I started driving with both hands on the wheel again). Check out this video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Er74jxFW8&feature=youtube_gdata_player