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  • 13 Aug 2016 1:14 PM | Greg Morrison

     The largest sedan in the Toyota fleet straddles a unique space in the automotive market. Bumper2Bumpertv notes the Avalon may be the ultimate destination purchase for loyalists who want to stay in the Toyota family of vehicles.

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  • 03 Aug 2016 8:13 AM | Mary Welch (Administrator)

    By Mary WELCH

    A Service-First Philosophy Keeps Honda Dealership Growing

    Vic Scholfield was a visionary when it came to customer service. Scholfield, and his brother Dick, opened up a used car lot in the small town of Augusta, Kansas in 1954. Two years later they acquired an Oldsmobile franchise and in 1957, a Pontiac dealership.

    “They were in this small town of 5,000 people and were doing so well that GM took notice and convinced them to move to Wichita. They were outselling the local dealer in Wichita, which at that time had a population of about 150,000,” says Roger Scholfield, Vic’s son.


    Unlike most dealers, the Scholfield brothers didn’t focus on the sales aspect of the transaction; they were all about service. In his office Vic had a plaque that read ‘Service means sales.’ “It was a reminder that sales sells the first car but service sells all the rest. The sales process is a few hours but it’s the service department that keeps them a customer for life,” says Roger. “We’ve always been very particular about having a great service department with the best technicians.”

    Today under Roger’s stewardship, Scholfield Honda continues its service first attitude, which is one reason why it is the number one volume Honda dealer in the state. In 2015 he sold 1,533 new Hondas and 1,322 used. The dealership is slightly off last year’s pace but is 3.5% more profitable this year, thanks to the service department and keeping a closer eye on expenses. Early next year he will be in a new 54,000 square foot facility, up from the 30,000 square foot one he built in 1985.

    Vic and Dick accepted GM’s offer of a dealership in Wichita in 1965, which meant dropping the Oldsmobile line. In 1968 they acquired a Mercedes Benz dealership, and in 1971 became the 107th Honda dealer in the country. With Vic in his 90s and Dick deceased, the Schofields downsized and the non-Honda dealerships were taken over by Vic’s long-time partners, but still under the Scholfield name. Roger and Vic own the Honda dealership although all the dealers share the same CFO, payroll department, IT, insurance and other departments. 

    In 1986 Roger started working his way up through the ranks at the dealership, and in 1988 his father told him he wanted him to become upper management and take over the HR department. “Well, we didn’t have an HR department. We didn’t have a personnel department. We didn’t have any of thosehings,” he says with a laugh.


    Not knowing exactly what to do, he asked his father what company he wanted to model the dealership after and he was told the Ritz-Carlton. 


    Roger Schofield, President of

    Schofield Honda with Service

    Advisor Meredith Pickett

  • 02 Aug 2016 10:56 AM | Mary Welch (Administrator)

    Ford Mustang GT Convertible: Why it's not 'just for guys' anymore

    Ford Mustang GT Convertible

    Dunwoody Crier

    Posted: Friday, July 8, 2016 8:18 pm

    By Mary Welch | 0 comments

    What can you say about a convertible Ford Mustang GT? Score! We all know it’s one of the best American muscle cars in the world — ever. With its powerful engine the 5.0L GT puts out 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque with a 5.0-liter TI-V8 engine, the Mustang — did I say it was a red convertible — and is the envy of every man and sports car lover.

    Now in its fifth generation, this rear wheel drive beauty maximizes its power from every compression point with large intake and exhaust valves, cylinder heads that feature high-flow ports and intake and exhaust camshafts that yield an impressive lift. What that means is that the roar of the engine is pure bliss.

    For Mustang enthusiasts, Ford paid homage to the 1967-68 car and starting with the 2016, the Mustang GT will feature LED turn signal repeaters recessed under the lip of the hood vents. To say it is cool is simply an understatement.

    But what one might not know is that it’s a fun car to simply drive around town. Yes, we didn’t need to race up 400 or rev the engine just for the pleasure of feeling the power. We are not testosterone driven. This car just made us happy just driving around town doing errands, especially with the top down.

  • 02 Aug 2016 10:51 AM | Mary Welch (Administrator)

    Lincoln MKC: A Crossover Worthy of an Oscar

    Lincoln MKC

    Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2016 9:09 pm

    Dunwoody Crier

    By Mary Welch | 0 comments

    Yes, the ads worked. We’re not even really a fan of Matthew McConaughey or of his odd commercials. However, the brought Lincoln back into our consciousness as a brand and we needed to see what the fuss was all about.

    And, it turns out the star of Dallas Buyers Club was right. The Lincoln is special. We drove the Lincoln MKC AWD Reserve and found it was a highly reliable, comfortable, luxurious ride that should be on everyone’s list for a compact crossover.

    Built on the same platform as the Ford Escape, the MKC is not just a fancier version of its cousin. It has the look and feel of a vehicle that no only wants to stand on its own but stand out. So far, reviews have been highly favorable and the MKC is the top seller in the rebranded and redesigned Lincoln line of crossovers.

  • 01 Aug 2016 4:34 PM | Greg Morrison
    The Sport edition of the Honda Accord sedan may be in the sweet spot of the model's lineup. Bumper2Bumpertv came to that conclusion after checking out multiple versions of the mid size that has been around for four decades.

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  • 26 Jul 2016 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    A luxury car that offers 241 horsepower and 33 miles to the gallon? We're interested. Read Danny Harrison's review here!

  • 20 Jul 2016 9:30 PM | Greg Morrison

     While Honda is offering a lot of options these days based on new technology the company still builds a pretty well equipped entry level model. Bumper2Bumpertv has a look at what is inside the box when a driver opts for the basics in the Civic Coupe.

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  • 18 Jul 2016 2:43 PM | Anonymous

    Taking left seat on track in the very powerful, very drivable Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 was a top-10 highlight in my nearly three decades of driving, but that was eclipsed moments later when I swapped seats with the Ford Performance Team instructor.

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