Jill Merriam Key Hyundai Blog

You Can’t Manage What you Don’t Measure & Other Car Buying Advice

You can’t manage what you can’t measure.  Isn’t that the truth?  From the beginning of time, we’ve been measuring.  We measured our harvests and the amount of water and sun they get. 

 We measure how many calories we eat and how much we exercise.  In fact, I recently learned that Weight Watchers was founded in 1962 and is still going strong.  Why is it going strong?  Well, the obvious answer is probably that people are always struggling to lose weight and Weight Watchers fits into that.  The less obvious answer is because Weight Watchers are experts at measurement and accountability.  They’ve created a system of measurement that is really easy to follow.  They’ve broken down food into points.  Those points are determined only through fat, calories and fiber.  So, you can be in the grocery store or any restaurant and be able to figure out the points of the food that you are going to eat. 

 I find that so many people dislike buying a car.  I think the primary reason is that they are afraid they are going to get ripped off.  But, if you figure out your budget beforehand (measurement) than it’s much easier to manage the car buying process.  As the owner of Key Hyundai, Ct’s Hyundai dealer, I’ve given this advice out many times.  Your first order of business when buying a car should be figuring out your budget and your finances.   

 The reality is that people like structure and like to be held accountable.  I see it everyday in our business.  If we set goals and hold people accountable to their goals, success follows and people are happy.  In the absence of this structure, chaos ensues.  This follows true in every aspect of our lives.

 For more car buying tips, visit us on the web at http://www.keycars.com or email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com.  I am Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Milford, Ct and Dealer for the People.

Put Your Oxygen Mask on Now!

Put your oxygen mask on now!

I am naturally a caretaker.  It is built into my DNA.  I think a lot of women are caretakers too.  I think its particular pronounced when you are a working mom.  You end up doing your job at work and more than your fair share at home.  My mind is wired to think of others long before I think of myself.  Taking care of others is a great thing to do.  But, unless you are a Buddhist with a mind trained to expect nothing in return, being a caretaker is sure to cause you to have feelings of not being cared for yourself.  If you are like me, you feel guilty when you take care of yourself. 

 I think it’s time to create a revolution and stop that line of thinking.  Sometimes we have to stop analyzing and just start doing.  The old airline analogy is a great one; you have to put on your oxygen mask yourself before you assist others.  What are you doing today to take care of yourself?  I am going to make sure I leave work by 4:00pm and go for a long walk in the woods.  I left my house at 6:30am and it’s reasonable to think I can leave at 4:00pm to take care of myself before I go home to take care of my kids. 

 If one of the things that you wish to do to take care of yourself is to drive a nicer, newer vehicle, please reach out to me.  I would be happy to offer you advice and counsel on buying a new car, whether you buy one from Key Hyundai or not.  I know that car buying can be a daunting experience.  I want to take that fear out of it for you.

 Remember, in order to help those around you, you need to help yourself.  Make sure you get outside today and enjoy this terrific Indian Summer New England day.  A few minutes of preventative care will provide hours of benefit. 

 My name is Jill Merriam, and I am a Dealer for the People.  My goal is to help people get into the nicer newer car of their dreams by demystifying the car buying experience.  To learn more information about Key Hyundai of Manchester or Key Hyundai of Milford, visit http://www.keycars.com

Water, Food and Rest. Cars and Humans aren’t that Different

I had a really scary episode this weekend after taking a class at the gym.  The class was called Peak Performance Training and it was hard workout.  After the class, I was driving home and started getting tunnel vision.  I am 41 and healthy so I’m not used to my body giving out on me.  After about 15 minutes of it getting worse and worse, I asked my husband, Rob, to call our friend, Rich who is an Emergency Room doctor.  Rich, being the amazingly caring guy that he is, came right over.  He said I hadn’t eaten enough and I was dehydrated.  The blood was pooling in my legs causing vasovagal reaction.  He had me lie down with my feet above my head and drink, drink, drink.  I eventually came out of it.  But, it kicked my butt.  I was absolutely exhausted from the experience.  I spent most of my weekend recovering.  The body’s ability to protect itself is incredible.  At the same time, I am amazed at how just too little food, water and rest and too much exercise came really close to creating a medical emergency.  Very strange! 

 That episode made me think about how we care for our cars.  Most cars, including Hyundais, will keep on ticking with little or no maintenance for a period of time.  But, one day when you least expect it, something will give out and then the problems will cascade.  Cars are like humans; an ounce of prevention goes a long way.  I encourage you to follow your owner’s guide and do your automotive maintenance regularly on your car.  Get your oil changed, your fluids changed and rotate your tires.  Regardless of make or model, Key Hyundai can service your vehicle.  Visit http://www.hartfordhyundaiservice.com/ for more information on Key Hyundai’s service department.

P.S.  Oh, one more thing, make sure you drink eight glasses of water a day. 

P.P. S. If you ever need automotive advice, email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com

Pediatric Cancer Stinks and Hyundai’s Commitment to Bring it to its Knees

Do the words pediatric and cancer really deserve to be put together?  I mean, really, is it fair at all?  I wonder why some kids get cancer and others don’t.  I guess if I knew the answer to that, I would be a cancer researcher working on a cure. Hyundai supports pediatric cancer research through the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program.  I am one of those people who can only support something when I know it to be based in truth down deep in my core.  Hyundai Hope on Wheels gives direct research grants to pediatric oncologists to help them find a cure for cancer.  These aren’t some glass office, high brow researchers.  These are feet on the street, real hardcore caring people.

 When you buy a new Hyundai, Hyundai makes a direct donation to Hyundai Hope on Wheels on your behalf.  Hyundai is the only automotive manufacturer dedicated to one charitable cause.  Since its inception, Hyundai Hope on Wheels has donated over $20 million to pediatric cancer research.  It’s just another reason why buying a Hyundai is the smart choice.  For more information on buying a new Hyundai, visit http://www.keycars.com

  Hyundai Hope on Wheels recently made two Connecticut based grants.  I was blessed to be present at the ceremonies to both the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  I met Andrea Orsey, the pediatric oncologist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center who received a $35,000 Hope on Wheels grant to fund research into the effects of exercise on kids with chemotherapy.  How cool is that?  This research is so important because not only do we need to find a cure, but we need to find a way to support kids and families who already have cancer and who are going through chemotherapy.  We need to make sure their care gives them the best possible outcome, not just in terms of being cancer free but also giving them the best opportunity to have their bodies survive the rigors of chemotherapy.  At the end of the day, each and every child should have an opportunity to be the best they can be – free of medical problems, free of social problems and free to explore and grow.  Although I don’t know the answer and I’m not nearly educated to know enough about cancer research, I do know that I’m humbled to be part of Hyundai Hope on Wheels in even a small way.  If you ever see me driving around town in my white 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Hope on Wheels car, with children’s handprints all over it, make sure you give me a “honk” hello!