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Key Hyundai Connecticut $10 Oil Change Facebook Contest

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Like Key Hyundai on FB, tag us in your photo, and win $10/oil change for a year!

Key Hyundai of Manchester and Milford is kicking off the summer season by having Key Hyundai Facebook fans hit the road this beautiful Memorial Day Weekend, then tag and tell us all about it!

How can you win $10/oil change FOR A YEAR from Key Hyundai?

It’s easy. If you don’t already “LIKE” Key Hyundai on Facebook, do so now.

It’s a great way to get Hyundai news, fun Connecticut info, and exclusive Facebook fan coupons, contests, service tech-tips and connect with the real me, Jill Merriam, and some of our savvy Key Hyundai staff.

This holiday weekend, drive safely.

And whatever your Memorial Day plans are and where ever you go, take a photo of your Key Hyundai vehicle on your weekend getaway, upload onto Facebook, tag Key Hyundai in the photo and you could win $10 oil changes FOR THE YEAR.

Facebook Memorial Day Contest begins FRIDAY at 5:00 pm. The first 5 ( … or maybe 10…) photos posted and tagged win $10 oil changes for a year.

Any car from Key Hyundai will do, doesn’t have to be the 40 MPG Hyundai (but bet you wish it was!). Whether you’re from Fairfield or Bridgeport, New Haven or Derby, and all our good friends off the coast in Enfield, East Hartford, or Vernon and Manchester, share your drive time this first official weekend of summer. Parades, memorial services, games, picnics. Even work – take a photo of your car and share!

1. Like Key Hyundai of Facebook

2. Take a photo of your Key Hyundai car this weekend

3. Upload your photo onto Facebook

4. Tag Key Hyundai in the photo to win $10/oil changes for a year!

Fan us on Facebook, then upload a photo of your Key Hyundai car on staycation, vacation or at work (we’ll be working!). If you’re eating cheeseburgers at Shady Glen, at a soccer tournament in Portland, beachside in Fairfield, or playing bocce and grilling in your own backyard, upload a photo of your car from Key Hyundai and tell us what and where you are.

Tag Key Hyundai in the photo (you must tag Key Hyundai to be eligible) and you can win $10/oil change for the year! That’s 10 bucks to have your oil changed for a 12 months! Only a limited number of Facebook fans will win (5 or 10, we’re still deciding!).

So hit the road this weekend, drive safely, have a great sunshiney holiday, and tell us what you’re doing and where you are! Remember, doesn’t have to be the Jersey Shore or Cape Cod. It can be the movies, mall, park or neighborhood! Near or far, we want to see the travels of our Key Hyundai customers.

Above all, please drive awake, alert, sober, and distraction free (put down your cell!) this weekend and every time you get behind the wheel. Key Hyundai cares!

The Most Important Thing to Know When Buying a Car

Want some car-buying advice? Dirty-free-trick-zone, honest-to-goodness, take this pearl of wisdom and use it before you sit down to buy a car advice? Whether buying from Key Hyundai or any car dealership in Connecticut, there’s one thing you must know before walking in the door. Here you go: KNOW YOUR CREDIT SCORE.


Looking for MPG, Car Buyers find Hyundai a Sweet Ride in Connecticut

Key Hyundai gas mileage Hartford Hyundai

Thanks to Perry Robbin at the Suffield Patch.com for the great photo!

Car buyers are coming into Key Hyundai of Milford and Key Hyundai of Manchester desperate for better gas mileage. They’re sick of the price at the pump.

They’re traveling all the way from Waterbury, Storrs,  Suffield, Branford, Danbury and Fairfield – criss-crossing the state in search of relief from the high price of gas in Connecticut, and seeing what Hyundai can do about it.

Once car buyers arrive in the Key Hyundai showroom (proudly the highest rated dealer in CT at DealerRater.com), they find what they need with several Hyundai cars with 40 MPG, yet they still seem a bit perplexed.

Because the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, Sonata and 2012 Accent are way more than a 40 mpg ride.

They’re sleek, steady, and both ride and drive great.

And a top safety pick.

And Consumer’s Report Best Buy.

Pay-at-the-pump is certainly selling fuel-efficient cars in CT, but what’s surprising, is the response to the sleek Hyundai design that has people talking.

“What kinda car is that? A Hyundai? Really?”

Yep. Really.

Customers are turning to Hyundai vehicles for the gas mileage: plain and simple. It’s not rocket science: gas tops $4 (and gasp $5.00/gallon I heard in Stamford!) and everybody wants a re-do on their gas guzzler.

Retired couples, young families, recent grads, servicemen and women, empty-nesters. Gas is driving people to Key Hyundai for relief.

And they’re finding it here, in Milford and Manchester, at the CT family-owned, operated and valued Key Hyundai.

But here’s the kicker: the car is HOT!


It’s a Small Twitter World After All

Twitter recently rocked our corner of Connecticut.

It started small, with a prom invitation that netted a young Romeo in trouble, and united a world virtually to make it right; and subsequently, made a believer out of me about the power of Twitter (and Facebook) to connect and empower our community.

As a business owner, I didn’t go easily to Twitter as a way to reach Hyundai CT car buyers.

I couldn’t figure out the how or why I would bother customers with Twitter: 140 character details about me, Jill Merriam; Key Hyundai; my kids; restaurants; the weather; how much gas costs in Hartford. Who would care? Why?

Apparently, lots of people do. Or don’t. That’s the thing about Twitter: you can tune in, tune out, participate or communicate on topics you’re interested in. Or not. It’s up to you.

But people, or tweeple, this whole Shelton High School prom fiasco has opened my eyes – wide. If for some unknown reason, you’re in the dark, here’s the skinny: boy (James Tate) asks girl (Sonali Rodrigues) to prom with large and creative invite posted on adhesive letters affixed to the outside of his school: breaking the (draconian…) rules. Administration disciplines by barring James Tate from prom.

Uh oh.

Facebook exploded with reaction. And Twitter. And across Connecticut students, parents, local businesses, community members, and local media rallied support for Tate and created momentous public outraged at a punishment that far exceeded the crime.

It is heartening to see the local news anchors tweet and comment about the news. It is reassuring to see parents stand by this teenager. It is invigorating to see kids rally in support and come up with various options. And Key Hyundai and many, many local businesses responded – with force.


Twitter is like a Facebook coffee shop, except in real time for the whole town, state, world where you can listen, participate, or observe what’s going on in what matters to you.

I get it now. And I’m going to use Twitter to share deals and news and conversation and alerts to my Key Hyundai customers and my community at large.

Twitter is where I can communicate with customers and Connecticut about great diners and oil changes and gas mileage and movies and pollen. On Twitter, I’m @KeyHyundai and it’s me, Jill Merriam, the tweeter for the people. And I tweet about Hyundai in general, Key Hyundai specifically, and hope to connect with our customers in a conversation about their cars, their service and quite often, the good stuff happening here in Connecticut that makes CT a great place be.

Twitter suddenly made small-town Connecticut feel very, very large. Perhaps the support of #TeamTate and his prom night will make a difference.

Perhaps not.

But the comradery of community supporting this kid is inspiring as a business owner, a mom, and community member. It leads me to believe that Twitter is not squelching human contact, but in fact be enhancing it.

I don’t know if the Shelton High School administration will budge. Right now, doesn’t look so good.

But the unleashed power of connecting to my community, fellow businesses, customers, fans and foes is so very, very impressive.

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the whole social media thing doesn’t make life virtual, far from it. but somehow creates a small town out of the whole wide world and it’s fun being part of it.

shelton prom key hyundai equusPS: For the record, Key Hyundai promises a professional chauffeur and pristine Hyundai Equus so James & Sonali can arrive at prom in style … if and when cooler minds prevail. Go Team Tate!