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Partners of Life: Best of Automotive Round Up


The car dealerships and repair shops in our region are an incredibly dynamic bunch, dedicated to community service, community outreach, hosting community events and getting involved in local charity events and sponsorships. Some might not think of all that goes on behind the scenes of their local dealership or auto repair shop, but they are without a doubt some of the most committed people to bettering and entertaining the communities they serve.

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Ford Valpo Gives Back with Community Involvement
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Ford of Valpo values the community it serves and sponsors many events each month to show their appreciation and commitment to it. Whether it is a school district, community event, a vital charity or a park they have woven themselves into the community by staying actively involved in bettering it.

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Brian Shaw, The World’s Strongest Man, Returns to Muller Acura to Sign Autographs and Share His Story with Fans
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Glenn Muller, owner of Muller Acura, invited his friend Brian Shaw out to share his story and sign autographs for fans of the champion strongman. This has become an annual tradition and a way for Muller to stay engaged with the community and give them a show, like Shaw’s feat of strength last year when he pulled a semi-truck.

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Ben Flohr of Michigan City Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Tells Saga of Journey to Aid Hurricane Irma Victims in Florida
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 Ben Flohr of Michigan City Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram talks about the story of him and his two friends, one of whom works at the dealership, as they trecked south from Indiana to help stranded Floridians in need after Hurrican Irma. They faced many challenges, but came out the other side more dedicated than ever to help those in need. 

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Sauers Buick GMC's 3rd Annual "Drive For Your School" Event Supports New Prairie High School Football Program
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Sauers Buick GMC hosted their annual “Test Drive a New Buick” event with the New Prairie High School football team, the perfect way to connect today’s youth with the Sauers team and raise money for the Cougars.

"Drive for Your School" is a program sponsored by Buick that allows dealers to form closer relationships with their community. For every test drive, Buick donates $20 to the organization the event supports, with the maximum amount of donations totaling $10,000. In previous years, the team raised thousands of dollars for their school, and owner of Sauers Auto, Kim Sauers, has always been glad to help.

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Team Chevrolet of Valparaiso Revs Up with Great News Duo in Corvette Test Drive Session
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Chris Mahlmann and Jenny Craig of Valpo Life took a fast and furious test drive around the region to get the good news out about Team Chevy’s new line of Corvettes. The 2015 and 2017 models certainly impressed, with amazing new features to maximize their performance engines and a comfortable and stylish feel that gave the test drivers a wonderful experience.

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Kia Niro: A Hybrid Crossover that Puts a Pep in Your Step
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Ideas in Motion Media owner Chris Mahlmann talks about his experience test driving a Kia Niro for a few days, a vehicle which broke the Guiness World Record for lowest fuel consumption driving from coast to coast across the USA in a hybrid car. The features are many and the experience was great in this new state of the art hybrid.

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Dale Dodge of Harbor Automotive Goes the Extra Mile on the Job
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Harbor Buick GMC's Dale Dodge gives his take on why honesty is so important in being a successful and happy salesman. he also imparts some personal history and wisdom from his life and experiences from Maine to Northwest Indiana and even Belize.

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Classic Cars Rev Up Engines at Annual Southlake Nissan Auto Mall Cruise Night
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The Southlake Nissan Auto Mall Car Show and Cruise Night has been going on for years now and the dedicated staff of car lovers enjoy hosting the event which provides an opportunity for local car enthusiasts to come out and showcase their vehicles. The evening also saw food and fun in a community that is passionate about cars.

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Reeder’s Top Tips for Keeping Your Car Running Smoothly
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The beloved auto shop in Portage provides its customers and the community at large with some helpful tips on car maintenance to keep that engine running longer. TOWBIF is an acronym in the trade that helps keep your Tires, Oil, Windows, Brakes, Belts, Battery, Interior, and Fluids maintained.

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Levin Tire and Service Center’s Jim Wayco Finds Reward in Building Trust with Customers
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Jim Wayco manages the Valparaiso location of Levin Tire and Service Center and has been with the company for nine years, he speaks about his new role of making stressful situations easier on the employees. Wayco finds it important to support his well-trained mechanics and help customers understand their vehicles more intimately and keep his location running smoothly.

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