It was a treat getting to see all the new Hyundai owners who attended last night’s Open House at Butler Hyundai. We hope all got plenty to eat, won some cool and valuable prizes, and went home with all questions answered and all technology thoroughly explained. Thank you to everyone who helped make this intimate gathering a success! We look forward to seeing you at our next Hyundai Open House on Thursday, August 15th, 2013!
We’re taking Punxatawney Phil at his word that Spring will be arriving early this year. Which means we’re already thinking about Spring cleaning. Here’s a list of some of our favorite tips for sprucing up your vehicle for the season of renewal.
1. Remove all unnecessary stuff, like the 14 pens under the passenger seat and the (hopefully) empty travel mugs rolling around on the floor.
2. Stow anything you want to keep in the car. If there’s not enough room in the console or glove box for your maps (yes, some of us do still use them), first aid kits, and travel supplies invest in a plastic or rubber storage bin to slide under a seat or keep in the trunk.
3. Clean. Start with the vaccuum. Follow up with cleaners appropriate for the surface you’re scrubbing (leather, plastic, glass and carpet). Diluted laundry soap works great on seatbelts. There’s even chewing gum cleaner, although you may have to search for it online or ask your local detailer where to find it. Always apply cleaners to a sponge or cloth and never directly on the surface. For tiny spots (heater vents, cup holders) use a toothbrush, paintbrush or Q-Tip.
1. Park in the shade.
2. Pre-soak the entire vehicle.
3. Use a soap designed for washing cars and a clean rag, sponge or lamb’s wool mitt (swap it out for another one to clean wheels and tires). Follow directions on the soap’s packaging.
4. Soak, wash, and rinse one section at a time, starting at the top and working your way down.
5. Wax. You can choose between three types: liquid, paste and spray. There are pros and cons to all three. Consumer Reports can help you pick one.
6. Check tires for tread wear and proper inflation (check your owner’s manual for appropriate psi).
Now, you’re set to roll into Spring in style! And don’t forget, if you don’t have the time or energy to do the work but still want to spruce up your vehicle for Spring, Butler’s Service Centers will be happy to do it for you!
Chris May shakes his head when asked why he’s spent the last five years completing requirements to become an Acura Senior Master Certified Technician. “I always try to better myself,” he says. “It was the next step.” He’s in good company. Ford Senior Master Certified Technicians Jim McKenna and John Bergstrom, and Kia Senior Master Certified Technician Allen Crawford also put their extensive skills to use for Butler Auto Group. Butler Service Manager Curtis Hancock says the fact that he employs four Master Techs is remarkable. “There are stores twice our size that don’t have any, much less two or more.” Butler founder/owner, Chuck Butler, agrees. “It takes a tremendous amount of dedication and concentration,” he says. “It’s very unusual.”
To become a Senior Master Certified Technician Chris, Jim, John and Allen spent copious amounts of time attending every class their particular auto manufacturer offers. In some cases that can be hundreds of courses. Sometimes the schooling meant taking time off work and traveling. That’s one of the reasons the designation is so rare. For example: Acura says, including Chris May, the company certified just six current Senior Master Certified Technicians in the entire state of Oregon. But the work pays off; for the techs, for Butler, and especially for customers. “It means I can give them any car in any condition and know they can handle it,” says Hancock. “That means brakes, transmission, engine… anything!”
Between them, the four Master Techs have nearly 40-years of experience working at Butler. The company plans to honor them with a special dinner. Butler Ford Service Manager Richard Bennett says he’s proud of his guys. “It feels awesome. I know the hard work they’ve put in.” Hancock concurs. “It’s a huge commitment on their level and Butler’s level,” says Hancock. “We’re lucky to have ‘em.”