Jill Merriam Key Hyundai Blog

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #28-Hope on Wheels Event

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone I talk about something very near and dear to my heart, pediatric cancer awarness. For about fourteen years now Hyundai has sponsored and  donated millions of dollars to pediatric cancer awarness.

 I am so proud to announce that Hyundai is sponsoring the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and is donating money to a young researcher.  On September 9th you can check out the handprint ceremony and the donation and I really encourage everyone who can attend to come.  I will keep updates on the event on my website.

If you have any questions about the event please feel free to contact directly at jillcares@keycars.com or visit my personal website.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #27- Key Hyundai of Manchester’s Great Employees

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone, Jill Merriam talks about an email she recieved about one of the employees at her Key Hyundai of Manchester store. The email was about Key Hyundai of Manchester’s service manager, Chris Then. Chris Then has been with Key Hyundai of Manchester since Jill opened the doors. Jill knows that one of the most important assets to any company is great employees and Chris does an amazing job.

Jill thought it was important to share this email becuase it was so nice and recognized how great of a job Chris does. So thanks Chris for everything you do at Key Hyundai of Manchester and keep up the great work.

Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, is available to take your questions directly at jillcares@keycars.com or you can visit her own website.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #26 – Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN5ghZhYS8I]  In this episode of the Dirty Trick Free Zone, Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Milford and Key Hyundai of Manchester talks about how to get through life without sweating the small stuff.  As a car dealer, her days are filled with small issues that could drive anyone crazy.  But, Jill learned the hard way to not sweat the small stuff.  About four years ago, Jill’s then 2 1/2 year old son was sick with a life threatening illness called Guillain Barre Syndrome.  He was treated at Connecticut Childrens Medical Center in Hartford, CT with great success.  He is now a vibrant six year old.  That lesson left a lasting impression on Jill.  She has taken that “don’t sweat the small stuff” attitude back into her daily life at Key Hyundai of Manchester.  Jill knows that problems are going to arise.  It’s how you react to those problems and the solutions that you come up with that make a difference.  If you stumbled upon this post because you want information on Guillain Barre Syndrome and kids, feel free to email Jill Merriam at jillcares@keycars.com  She’d be happy to share her experience with you.   For more information of Key Hyundai of Milford, located at 566 Bridgeport Ave, Milford, CT  06460 or 203-877-6820, go to http://keycars.com

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #25 First time car buyer tips

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone, I talk about first time car buyer tips.  I thought this was such an important topic because I get asked all the time ” I never bought a car before, what do I do?” For this reason I thought it would be a great idea to make a video series on tips I have for those buying a car for their first time.

The first tip I have for someone buying a car for the first time is to know your budget. Knowing how much you can afford is a crucial componet to making a good decision on your first car. Using financial calculators can be really helpful and this is where you should start. After figuring out what payment you can afford start your research.

If you have any questions about buying a car please feel free to email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com. For more tips on buying a car and to read my car buyer’s bill of rights check us out on the web at http://keycars.com

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #24- Should you get an extended warranty?

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone I talk about extended warranties. People ask me all the time, ” What is up with extended warranties? Are they a scam?” Well I’m here today to tell you they are not a scam but not everyone sees the value in purchasing the extended warranty.

Before you purchase an extended warranty you need to ask yourself if you see the value in it.  In this video I read from an article  which had some pretty interesting facts about how long people drive thier cars for. I recommend extended warranties for those who drive their cars a lot of miles because it really can help if anything goes wrong down the road.

For more information on extended warranties feel free to email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com or visit me on the web at http://jillforthepeople.com. my name is Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, and I am the dealer for the people.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #23- How to make the car buying process faster

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone, I talk about how to make the car buying process faster. Being involved in the car industry for so long I often hear of many who have purchased cars saying that the process is just way too long.

One of the reasons that the process takes, what seems like such a long time, is because you are usually taking out a loan for a significant amount of money. Think about everything in life that people usually get loans for like a house, and how long that process can take. One of the ways to take some of the time off this is to make sure you have your financial house in order. Like knowing and understanding your credit score and even seeing if you can get pre-approved. When you know where you stand you are not only making the process quicker but you are in control. If you do this you will make the car buying process smoother and faster.

For more tips on how to make the car buying process faster visit me on the web at http://keycars.com or email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com.

My name is Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, and I am the dealer for the people.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #22- Take time to relax

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone, I talk about taking time to relax. I own two businesses, have two young children, I am dedicated to running, biking and swimming and I belong to a book club. I have always enjoyed taking a lot on, it is just another characteristic that makes up my type A personality.

Many people ask me how do you do so much and not get stressed out? The truth is that sometimes everything may seem overwhelming and of course sometimes I do get stressed out but I have one secret that I think is worth sharing that helps me take stress out of my life.  So what is my secret? Taking time away from technology. I find that to take time out for myself I need to be completely unplugged. One of my favorite things to do to get rid of stress is to go for a run without music. This does take some getting used to but it is so relaxing. 

So here is my challenge to you- unplugg for an hour a day and if an hour seems to long start of small with just a few mins a day and work up to an hour.  I would love to hear about how you take time to take stress out of your life so email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com

My name is Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, and I am the dealer for the people.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #21- How to make car buying fun

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone I talk about how to make car buying fun. When most people think of car buying  fun is not usually one of the first words to come to mind. Many often think it is a long and aggravating process. So I decided I should share some tips on how to make car buying fun because buying a car is a major purchase and there is no reason those two words can’t go together.

 Usually you would have to spend much of your weekend driving around to different dealers to choose a model you like, see each dealers invetory and choose what options you want. Now, with the internet, the balance of power has shifted to the conusmer and with the power in your hands you can make this process really enjoyable.  So my tip is to do your research before you buy and make it a fun experience. Visit the internet, shop around in your own home and see what cars are out there that you think would work for you.  I also recommend checking out different dealer sites and make sure they are up to date.

Buying a car is a big purchase and I am dedicated to making it fun. If you have any questions or would like more tips on buying a car email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com or visit my site.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #20- My Childhood Hobbies

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone I talk about childhood hobbies. Often people ask me what I like to do outside of work and I have to say some of my favorite things are hanging out with my family and I also love to run, bike and swim. My hobbies now are much different from when I was a kid.

 Recently I have had getting to know you sessions with the empolyees at my Key Hyundai of Milford store and one of the questions I asked was what their hobbies were and inpaticular what their childhood hobbies were. It was fun looking into the past and remembering what was fun to you. The employees thought it was hilarious when I shared my childhood hobby with them because I was huge into building gum wrapper chains.   I actually had almost a 30 foot chain and I am pretty sure I still have it somewhere. What made building gum wrapper chains so fun was that my friends did it too and we would often trade our wrappers with eachother.

What were your childhood hobbies? What were the hobbies that kept you entertained for hours when you were a kid? I would love to know so email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com and let me know. My name is Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, and I am the dealer for the people.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #19- 5 Tips to Running a Business

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone I talk about 5 tips to running a business.  I think it is so important to plan out your days in order to move your business forward everyday so I came up with these five tips to running a business.

My first tip is to plan a big rock everyday. A big rock is something big you can accomplish that day to make your business move forward. My next tip is to always put yourself in the customers shoes. Next I think it is so important to pay attention to your employees. Your employees are such a big asset to any business  so you should take time out to listen to them. My next tip is huge and that is to never stop learning.  You should try to learn everyday and you can do this in so many ways, attending seminars, reading books or even joining an industry group. My last tip to running a business is to always take time out to plan. Planning is very important and to go into everyday with at least a few things planned everyday, you should be in good shape for a successful day.

I would love to hear any tips you have to running a business, so email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com. My name is Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, and I am the dealer for the people.