Posts Tagged ‘Gamblin Motors


Project Kid Safety

As I am typing this blog of course there is an Amber Alert in Western Washington.  It seems that kids go missing at a higher rate lately then I can ever remember before.  It might be that I am just sensitive because I am going to be a father soon.  With a lot of employees with small kids we thought it would be a good opportunity for our dealership and the community to have a kid safety event.  The event was for parents to bring in their kids and get profession digital fingerprints and a current photo of their child.  All the information went home with the parent so their was no data basing. Time is the enemy when a child goes missing and one of the things that slows professionals in finding children is getting a current photo and fingerprints of the children.  After parents visited Art Gamblin Motors they now have a sheet of paper that they can hand right over to officials if their kids go missing.

Project Kid Safety Gamblin Motors

Project Kid Safety Enumclaw Washington


Gamblin Motors Open House

After six long months our remodel of our main facility at Gamblin Motors is all done.  Chevrolet has approached its dealer body across the country with a focus on re-branding.  One of the ways Chevrolet wants to change the perception and strengthen the overall brand is to create identifiable ques in the design of its facilities.  You will start seeing these giant blue entry elements with Chevrolet over the top.  Not only will you see this change in the facilities you will also see the change in the marketing. Chevrolet launched a marketing campaign in their commercials titled, “Under the Blue Arch.”

Gamblin Motors Chevrolet Blue Arch

Gamblin Motors Chevrolet Blue Arch

Last week we had an open house for the public to tour our re-modeled facility.  Not only did we add a nice blue archway, we painted all the interior walls and laid down new tile.  One of my favorite additions to the re-model is our covered service area. This allows our service customers to pull into a nice covered area.  It was great to have my sister Rebekah in town for the event and the cutest baby in the world Penelope.

Gamblin Motors Open House

The cutest greeter of all time

It is really nice to have all the construction workers gone and now we can focus on going back to work.  The new digs really adds a nice inviting atmosphere.  If you want to come out and take a look around just stop on in. We had a great showing of guests come through the doors for our event and we had a lot of fun showing off our new dealership.

Gamblin Motors Showroom


Enumclaw Football Car Wash 2012

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This will mark the 2nd year where I am not coaching High School Football.  It kills me as I love being out on the field with the players and coaches.  I want to stay involved and due to my work obligations it is to tough for me to make it out to practice every day.  I am not on the Enumclaw Football Foundation Board.  It has been a lot of fun being on the board for this 2012 season.  It is crazy to think it has been 10 years since I put on a Hornet Football uniform, feel pretty old here.

Football has really changed in Enumclaw since 10 years ago.  We have a booster club, summer football camp and 7 on 7’s.  The kids are asked to do a lot and one of the things the Foundation puts on is the annual car wash.  The players are giving cards to pre-sale.  For whatever the kid sells goes directly to his fund for camp.  If the player sells $300 worth of tickets that money goes directly to his summer football camp fund.

For the 2012 car wash we had perfect weather.  The cars kept on coming and coming.  We don’t keep a direct count of all the vehicles we wash because it is a lot but we probably wash about 400 cars in a day.  With our great location at Gamblin Motors Truck Center it is a great place to have a car wash.  We added  a twist to the car wash this year.  We wanted to get the cheerleaders involved.  After people got their car washed the cheerleaders asked them if they would be interested in test driving a vehicle.  Gamblin Motors worked with the cheerleaders for every test drive they got Gamblin Motors would donate to their booster club.

Enumclaw Football Car Wash

Tyson Gamblin Soliciting Test Drives


Enumclaw Bike Race

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I have lived in Enumclaw my whole life.  How many Enumclaw Stage Races have I been too?  ZERO.  Until this past weekend I have never been to the Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race.  I definitely have been missing out.  What a really cool event.

The stage race is broken down into 3 events.  Time Trial, Crit and Road Race.  This is a 2 day event running from Saturday to Sunday.  On Saturday the morning starts off with the Time Trial and then in the afternoon and evening is the Crit race.  If you are thinking about watching any type of bike race the Crit is the bike race worth seeing.  On Sunday the final event of the stage race is the grueling road race. Unfortunately for this year Saturday the weather was perfect and on Sunday well it was not so good!

If there is anything I walked away from this event is how the city of Enumclaw and residents need to embrace this event.  I am hear to say that I don’t know anything about bike racing and it is not something that I DVR or record to watch later  on tv.  The Crit race is highly entertaining and fun to watch and you don’t even need to be a bike racing fan.

What is interesting is how I even got involved with the Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race.  It started with a simple tweet.  I have had a love hate relationship with twitter.  (Message me on twitter @tysongamblin)  Well I have really picked up my activity in twitter since April.  I have made some great connections and one of them is Mutual of Enumclaw (Message Mutual of Enumclaw on twitter @enumclawinsgrp).  They were tweeting about the Bike Race coming up.  I mention that Gamblin Motors would be interested getting involved maybe have a pace car (twitter handle: @gamblinmotors) *If you want to see more pictures check out Gamblin Motors twitter feed during the bike race some fun stuff.

Next thing later a phone call and a corvette rolling off the showroom floor and off the Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race.

Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race Pace Car

The Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race Pace Car

All through twitter I made the connection to get involved with an amazing event.  Everyone kept on asking me what does moesr and the hashtag mean.  People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords or phrases (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.  So the Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race (MOESR) social media team decided to track all the buzz about the event through twitter.

This was my first Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race and it for sure will not be my last and I look forward to attending more races in the future.  I know in a few years my little girl is going to take that first place ribbon in the 4 year old and younger bike race (She will be the fastest to the stop sign and back).


Job Relocation, Change Or Whatever You Want To Call It

So it has been an interesting week for me as I have finally made the transition from the Internet Department to the actual sales floor.  In the car business we call the act of selling the sales floor, I really don’t know why the term if called floor when reality the better term would be is lot.  The sales lot.

This transition has been  years in the making but due to the rapid growth with the Internet and learning new concepts and techniques of manipulating websites for Search Engine Optimization it has been very difficult for me to lose my post in the Internet Department.  We have made some giant strides the past couple of years and months in the Internet Department and finally got things under control with a solid game plan of how we are going to attack things for the next couple of months to a year.  No point of having a strategy when there is not a goal or objective in place.

So this week I moved my office from our Main Store location to our Truck Center.  It sometimes is funny how many people in our town and even my own friends don’t understand the lingo of the truck center and the main store.  People in Enumclaw label it this way, the one across the street from Safeway or the new one when referencing the Truck Center (the Truck Center is over 10 years old).  Now the Main Store is called the old store or the the one next to Mazatlan.

So if you ever want to come see me, I am at the Truck Center and this is what I aspire to look like.

Car Salesman

Your Local Car Salesman


Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu Insurance Institute Top Safety Pick

The 2010 Buick LaCrosse and 2010 Chevrolet Malibu receive Insurance Institute Top Safety Pick

“Institute tests represent the four most common kinds of crashes,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund.  “Getting through these tough tests and earning the Institute’s highest award means the Malibu and LaCrosse are in the top tier for safety.”

The Top Safety Pick for LaCrosse and Malibu are significant because their principal competitors from Lexus, Acura, Toyota and Honda respectively were dropped from the list, which for the first time required a “good” rating in a roof strength test. This test is a measure to help determine protection in rollover crashes, which are responsible for 9,000 highway deaths a year.

“Customers continue to tell us that safety is a top consideration in a new vehicle purchase and we are listening,” said GM Vice President of U.S. Sales Susan Docherty.

In the roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed against one side of a roof at a constant speed. To earn a good rating for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of four times the vehicle’s weight before reaching five inches of crush. This is called a strength-to-weight ratio.

“This recognition is important because customers are increasingly placing trust in credible third-party reports,” Docherty said. “That’s why the roof strength of the 2010 LaCrosse and Malibu were important to get right. We think this is one more reason for consumers to consider these cars.”

Achieving a “good” rating in front and side crash tests and rear impact as well as electronic stability control were the other criteria used to select the 27 vehicles that received Top Safety Pick for 2010 compared with 94 in 2009. The Institute told automakers in January that it was adding the rollover test.

Frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of 40 mph frontal offset crash tests. Each vehicle’s overall evaluation is based on measurements of intrusion into the occupant compartment, injury measures recorded on a dummy in the driver seat, and analysis of slow-motion film to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the test.

Side evaluations are based on performance in a crash test in which the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. The barrier represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Ratings are based on injury measures recorded on two instrumented dummies, an assessment of head protection and the vehicle’s structural performance during the impact.

Rear crash protection is rated according to a two-step procedure:  The height of a restraint and its horizontal distance behind the back of the head of an average-size man. Seat/head restraints with good or acceptable geometry are tested for forces on the neck in a simulated collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck in the rear at 20 mph. Malibus built after October 2009 received a “good” rating in rear crash protection, allowing the Top Safety Pick designation.

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox

The new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is here! I am so happy that Chevrolet decided to re-design the Equinox as this vehicle needed it the most to compete in the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). I love the new styling for the 2010 Chevy Equinox as it looks good and is not to over the top. The best part of the Chevrolet Equinox is that is affordable starting just below $22K.

What I was looking forward to most about the new Equinox was to see the new 2.4L 4-cylinder which gets 32-MPG HWY. That is about 600 miles on a tank of fuel. To get 600 miles on a tank of gas means only 5 fill ups before your next oil change.

I got to test drive my first Equinox the other day and it was an AWD Equinox with the LT2 trim package with power sunroof and chrome package. The best feature on the vehicle to me was the back up camera that comes up in the rear view mirror. After driving the Equinox I found it pleasantly quite and very sturdy when turning and maneuvering even on a parking lot.

Overall I am very impressed with the new Equinox as I see the 4-cylinder being sold the most. With the more equipment the price can jump up into the mid $30’s which I think is a little much for this car. But the LS and LT1 are a great value.

Things to ponder

What confuses me is that the 2.4L 4-cylinder in the Equinox gets 32 MPG HWY but the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse with the same engine only gets 30 MPG HWY, how that works I do not know.

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