Florida Fine Cars Thinks Pink!

 fullsizeoutput_3187Florida Fine Cars celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month by dressing up its cars with pink bows. When it comes to breast cancer, pink is the color of hope!

The simple gesture communicated goodwill in support of national efforts to draw attention to a killer disease that is treatable if caught early.

“Everybody knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jaime Suid. “We wanted to show the community that we cared. The pink ribbon has become symbolic of the fight for a cure. We support cancer research and wanted to show it in a recognizable way.”

Pink Ribbons Draw Attention to an Important Cause

 Breast Cancer Awareness Month was established to honor those at every step of the breast cancer journey with the sharing of stories of how individuals have been affected by breast cancer.FFC Logo New Car

Businesses, individuals, and healthcare organizations everywhere have flooded social media with special awareness campaigns, virtual fundraisers, or story sharing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. And for women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than death rates for any other type of cancer, besides lung cancer.

 The National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. reports that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, or 12.4 percent. Statistics show that breast cancer generally increases with age, with the median age at the time of diagnosis being 62.

It’s a daunting figure but the news is not all bad. Death rates from cancer have been declining since the early 1990s in part due to early detection, increased awareness and improving treatment options.

In fact, more than 3.5 million U.S. women with a history of breast cancer were alive on Jan. 1, 2016.

Fighting Cancer is About Prevention and Hope

pinkribbonFlorida Fine Cars’ hope is that its pink ribbons will also help draw attention to the fight.

“When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is the key. But people have to be aware of the risk in order to be screened,” Suid said. “We thought adorning cars with ribbons was a fun way to address a serious subject.”

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is usually detected during a screening exam or after a woman notices a lump.

 Most masses seen on a mammogram turn out to be benign. Doctors take tissue samples through a biopsy to diagnose cancer in a lump that appears suspicious.

Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today

(source: National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.)

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Florida Fine Cars Meets the “AutoGeek” at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach

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Mike Phillips, host of the Autogeek’s detailing how-to videos, discussed polishing techniques with Florida Fine Cars.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Auto detailing guru Mike Phillips loves to talk about shiny cars.

“I have made a career out of showing people how to remove swirls,” chuckled Phillips, one of the foremost experts on auto detailing and paint restoration. “For 30 years I’ve been teaching people how to polish paint.”

Florida Fine Cars caught up with the Stuart resident at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach, where the YouTube sensation and host of Autogeek’s detailing how-to videos fielded questions about detailing, demonstrated polishing techniques and posed for pictures with fans.FFC Logo New Car

Autogeek’s detailing tip segments have been featured on the My Classic Car TV show for five years. In recent years, Phillips has also been featured in tip segments on the TV shows Two Guys Garage with Willie B. and Kevin Byrd, Two Guys Garage with Bryan Fuller, Truck U with Bruno Massel and Matt Steele, and Motorhead Garage with Sam and Dave.

Phillips also hosted Autogeek’s What’s In The Garage? TV show which saw a successful two-season run on the FOX Sports Network.

“I take what I know and show people how to do something,” Phillips explained. “A lot of people think polishing paint starts with a buffer. It really starts with your brain.”

Detailing a car properly can be more challenging than it looks and learning how to get it right can take a little time, he explained. Car enthusiasts get a new toy and then realize they don’t know how to keep it looking sharp.

“I got this now. What do I do?” It’s a scenario that commonly plays out among new car owners everywhere, he noted.

What’s more, modern paints are more difficult to work by hand because they have changed since the 1980s and some car owners resist using rotary polishing tools because they don’t understand them, Phillips said.

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Mike Phillips runs a Griot’s Garage 6″ random orbital over his hand to demonstrate its safety.

They envision disaster when they think of using a rotary polishing tool.

“They think all tools are dangerous but a lot of the new tools are very safe,” he explained.

To prove it, he demonstrated the safety of a Griot’s Garage 6” random orbital by running it across his hand and then the hand of a spectator. The whirring polisher did little more than tickle, as a fan watched admiringly.

“He’s the expert,” the man gushed. “He is the authority when it comes to making sure the finish of a car is perfect!”

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Mike Phillips talks detailing with a fan at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

Phillips is the author of five how-to books on car and boat detailing. His books include:

  • The Art of Detailing
  • The Complete Guide to a Show Car Shine
  • How to use the FLEX XC3401 VRG Dual Action Orbital Polisher
  • How to use the RUPES BigFoot Paint Polishing System
  • How to Detail Boats with Marine 31

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Three Convenient Locations

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in Hollywood and Miami. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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Florida Fine Cars Marlins Ticket Giveaway is a Hit!

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Florida Fine Cars employees Cesar Pentzke & sales associate Kelly Wallace hype the Florida Fine Cars Marlins ticket scavenger hunt on social media.

MIAMI – Take me out to the ballgame!

Florida Fine Cars did just that in August when the used car giant donated five tickets to the Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants game as part of an ongoing effort to give back to the community. Two lucky customers went home HAPPY!

But the family-owned dealership didn’t simply give the tickets away. The winners had to first find them by participating in scavenger hunts at the Hollywood and Miami dealerships where the tickets had been concealed.FFC Logo New Car

“We had the tickets well hidden in the showrooms in Miami and Hollywood,” explained Florida Fine Cars social media guru Cesar Pentzke.

In Hollywood, two tickets had been hidden in the manager’s podium near a plate of cookies. In Miami, three other tickets had been stuffed into a flowerpot in the center of the showroom in Miami.

FloridaMarlinslogoThe Miami winner couldn’t stop smiling after he found the hidden tickets.

“I’m going to give one of the tickets to my friend. She lost her father last night,” he said moments after winning. “I think it’s destiny for me to take her and just warm her heart up. Thank you Florida Fine Cars, thank you very, very much!”

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Happy Marlins ticket winer shows off his prize!

Pentze and sales associate Kelly Wallace hyped the giveway on social media to drum up interest, then sat back and watched the fun.

“It was a great time,” Pentzke said.”We went around the dealerships seeking Marlins fans and then let them know there were tickets hidden in the dealerships”

Variety, Price, Service Keep Customers Coming Back

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in Hollywood and Miami. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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UFC Fighter Gilbert Burns Joins Florida Fine Cars at Cars & Coffee Meetup

 

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UFC fighter Gilbert “Durinho” Burns, left, faces off with world renowned barber Melvin Sanchez at the Cars & Coffee  meet & greet in Palm Beach, FL.

UFC fighter Gilbert “Durino” Burns stood outside the Florida Fine Cars booth during a recent Cars & Coffee car meet and posed for photos with enthusiastic fans.

The popular mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter is training for a September 16th fight in Pittsburg, PA but took time out of his busy schedule for a meet and greet. Florida Fine Cars is supporting the Delray Beach fighter and also provides healthy snacks for kids’ classes at the Combat Club gym in Lantana where Burns teaches and trains.

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UFC MMA fighter Gilbert “Durinho” Burns trains with UFC fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

“All the support is welcome,” said the Brazilian native, whose wife Bruna teaches children’s Jiu-Jitsu classes at the Combat Club. “It’s not very often we have it. When we have that the kind of support that makes my job easier.”

Burns is a world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with an MMA record of 11-2-0 (win-loss-draw). He’s winding down 8-weeks of intensive training in preparation for his upcoming fight against Jason Saggo (12-3-0).

But fighting tactics, strategy, conditioning and diet aren’t his only focus. He’s also a martial arts instructor at the Combat Club with a soft spot in his heart for kids.

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UFC fighter Gilbert Burns ties a purple belt around the waist of Titan FC pro fighter Steven Mowry during a belt ceremony at the Combat Club. Mowry won his most recent fight Titan FC 45 via KO.

Burns runs the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school at the Combat Club where he recently conducted a formal “belt ceremony” to recognize the hard work of dozens of adults and children who train and take classes at the Combat Club. Nearly 100 people, along with Florida Fine Cars, attended the event. Florida Fine Cars provided healthy snacks and water.FFC Logo New Car

During the ceremony, students received colored belts or received stripes for their belts in recognition of their advancing skills. Students ranged from preschoolers to adults in their 50s.

Burns, who’s been teaching at the Combat Club since January, presented two brown belts, two  purple belts and two blue belts to his adult students during the ceremony.

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Gilbert Burns, left, trains with world class MMA trainer Henry Hooft.

The Combat Club is a unique place where pro fighters can be found training a stone’s throw away from young martial arts students, who get to meet and watch real MMA fighters put their skills to work in the ring.

“The kids love the program. It’s run by my wife and she just has natural skills with the kids. The program is growing fast,” said Burns, whose own young sons Pedro, 4, and Joshua, 3, have practically grown up watching their parents teach and fight. Like her husband, Bruna Burns has a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.

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Bruna Burns explains a Jiu-Jitsu move to two students at the Combat Club.

The adult Jiu-Jitsu team at the Combat Club is already making a name for itself. The team took first place in the 2017 New Breed Ultimate Challenge U.S. Nationals in Coral Springs in June, Burns said proudly.

“We were the No. 1 team in just a couple months of working,” he noted with a grin. “We have a great facility. The first thing you gotta do if you’re going to get into a gym, into a martial arts school – you need to know the history: where do they come from, what do they do? You need to do the research and see who you are going to put your kids with. Who is going to teach your kids.”

Florida Fine Cars Offers Quality Used Cars at Three Convenient Locations

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in Hollywood and Miami. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

 

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Florida Fine Cars’ Top Sales Reflect Great Service and Great Cars

Florida Fine Cars has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami.

What makes a great car dealership great? Is it the choices, the convenience or the brand?

Car shoppers today are looking for great value at great prices and they want to be treated like royalty the moment they step onto the lot. And why not? The Internet has leveled the playing field so that small dealers can promote themselves and advertise their inventory just as successfully as large ones.FFC Logo New Car

The edge comes down to incredible inventory, fantastic prices and impeccable customer service, the hallmark of a successful buying experience.

April, May Top Sellers Understand the Value of Follow Up and Persistence

Florida Fine Cars puts customers first, which is why the family-owned dealership was recently included in Auto Remarketing’s list of “Top 100” independent dealers in the nation. It’s no small feat and one that several Florida Fine Cars sales associates have taken to heart, making them the company’s top sellers month after month.

Florida Fine Cars’ top April sellers include repeat winners Aimee Miller, of the Miami store, with the sale of 18.5 used cars; Adrian Alejo of the Hollywood store, with the sale of 15 used cars; and Moe Eisa, of the West Palm Beach store, with the sale of 33 used cars.

May’s top sellers included Tyrone Thompson, of the Miami store, with the sale of 22.5 used cars; Adrian Alejo, of the Hollywood store, with the sale of 16 used cars; and Moe Eisa, of the West Palm Beach store, with the sale of 30 used cars.

Congratulations to all for an incredible two months!

All four sales associates attribute their success to referrals, friendly customer service and continual support until the deal is sealed.

Exceptional Dealerships Do More Than Sell Cars

Running a great dealership is dependent on great sales associates. But what makes a dealership exceptional? Let’s look at other factors that separate a great dealership from one that is just good:

  1. Great Products: Car dealerships are all about selling cars. But to be truly great, a business has to offer a product that stands out from the crowd. Florida Fine Cars is known for its variety of quality used cars with an emphasis on luxury for less. Our buyers purchase only the highest quality used cars for sale so our customers can drive home the best used cars around.
  2. Incredible Service: With fierce competition in the used car business, it takes more than shiny cars to stand out. Customers today are looking for great service and if they don’t find it, they will post negative reviews on online review sites to voice their displeasure. Florida Fine Cars has been nationally recognized by Yelp! And DealerRater for its exceptional customer service. “Yelp” and “DealerRater” recently presented the family-owned car dealership with their highest customer service awards, a unique distinction based on Florida Fine Cars’  high volume of outstanding online customer reviews.“The People Love Us on Yelp” award and DealerRater’s “2017 Consumer Satisfaction Award” are tribute to the dealership’s dedication to excellence. 
    “Took care of us as the only customer. Give professional sincere advice and recommendation as required. It’s the place I recommend and advice. Clean, comfortable and well served lounge,” wrote one customer on DealerRater after purchasing a used car at the Hollywood store.
  3. Dedicated Staff: A motivated staff that is determined to go the extra mile for customers is what every dealership needs to succeed, extending from the workers who wash the cars to the sales personnel and finance directors. Everyone has to work together to make the machine run smoothly. Florida Fine Cars national sales rankings and customer service awards are evidence that the company is comprised of passionate people who love what they do and love to see happy, satisfied customers.Social media makes it even easier for customers to voice approval or disapproval about a product or service so it is essential that everyone works together these days to provide the best customer experience possible.
  4. Community Involvement: Believe it or not, it’s not always just about the money. A car dealership’s links to its own community and its level of philanthropy can be factors that turn the tables for some customers, who want to purchase vehicles from a good neighbor. Supporting charitable causes are deeds that don’t go unnoticed. Customers sometimes want buy from businesses that are standout community members. Florida Fine Cars regularly sponsors community events to underscore its connection to the community it serves.

Variety, Price, Service Keep Customers Coming Back

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in Hollywood and Miami. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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Florida Fine Cars Makes Auto Remarketing’s “Top 100” Dealer List

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MIAMI – Florida Fine Cars, a family-owned independent used car dealer, has been nationally ranked by Auto Remarketing Magazine as one of the top used car dealers in the industry. The dealership has stores in Miami, West Palm Beach and Hollywood.

Florida Fine Cars’ 2016 annual sales qualified the dealership for inclusion in the magazine’s annual “Top 100 Used Car Dealers” list. Dealers were selected for the “Top 100” list based on dealer rankings data provided by Cross-Sell Reports, which collects sales data via state Departments of Motor Vehicles, according to the magazine.FFC Logo New Car

Florida Fine Cars Miami was also included in the magazine’s “Top 25 Traditional Model Independent Dealers” list, a high honor that distinguishes used car dealers based on high-volume sales. National chains were not included in either list.

Quality Inventory and Great Service Equal Strong Sales

The rankings focus on “some of the strongest used-car selling independent stores in the country,” Auto Remarketing notes. “The dealers we spotlight in this feature represent some of the strongest in pre-owned performance.”Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 7.24.29 PM

The “Top 100” list was published in Auto Remarketing’s June 1, 2017 edition.

Florida Fine Cars’ ranking is a tribute to the company’s determination to offering quality cars at competitive prices coupled with top notch customer service, said Florida Fine Cars Marketing Manager Jamie Suid.

“Customers won’t return or share their experience with family and friends if you don’t provide great cars at great prices,” Suid said. “If you don’t offer it all, you can’t compete.”

The Florida Fine Cars family is proud to have been included on the “Top100” list, he added.

“It’s a huge accomplishment that represents a lot of hard work,” Suid said.

Great Customer Service is the Foundation for Great Sales

2017drconsumersatisawardFlorida Fine Cars’ three used car dealerships have also received national recognition from two of the most popular consumer review sites for providing consistent, outstanding customer service.

“Yelp” and “DealerRater” recently presented the family-owned car dealership with their highest customer service awards, a unique distinction based on Florida Fine Cars’  high volume of outstanding online customer reviews.squareyelp

“The People Love Us on Yelp” award and DealerRater’s “2017 Consumer Satisfaction Award” are tribute to the dealership’s dedication to excellence.

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Buying Easy

Florida Fine Cars has three conveniently-located stores in Miami, West Palm Beach and Hollywood with a huge variety of quality used cars at each location.

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Florida Fine Cars’ quality inventory awaits buyers!

Florida Fine Cars doesn’t negotiate prices and doesn’t use high-pressure sales techniques, taking the stress and uncertainty out of buying a used car. Buying a used car at Florida Fine Cars is easy because the price on the car is the price you pay.

Florida Fine Cars’ inventory is all online so you can search for the car of your dreams from a personal computer before ever stepping on the lot. You can also review the free Carfax Report available with each used car for sale so you can get a sense of the car’s history before you put the key into the ignition.

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and test drive the car of your dreams.

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Florida Fine Cars’ Partnership with Car Show is a Big Win

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Festival-goers admire a variety of classic cars & hot rods along at the Downtown Showdown on May 20, 2017 in West Palm Beach.

WEST PALM BEACH – Hot rod buffs and car collectors crowded round the Florida Fine Cars booth at the Downtown Showdown Fishing Tourney & Seafood Fest last week and waited for the car show awards to kick off.

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One of 75 cool cars on display at the Downtown Showdown.

Participants didn’t really care who took home a trophy. It was a day to show off their cool wheels, talk about their hobby and know that proceeds from the daylong event would benefit the non-profit Lauren’s Kids, the Boy Scouts and U.S. veterans. Florida Fine Cars was the official car show sponsor for the event.FFC Logo New Car

“Their sponsoring the car show part of this is important. We have to buy all the awards and we couldn’t have done that without their help,” said car show organizer Eddy Cebreco. “The local hot rod community comes to support this because of all the charities involved.”

Cool Rides, Cool People, Awesome Fish, Food and Fun!

The day-long event – with its live music, food booths, vendors and car show –  attracted steady crowds all day. The event was organized by Southern Fishing Charities (SFC), which organizes and hosts outreach programs to support veterans. SFC partners with local organizations to create awareness and raise funds through fishing tournaments and related events.

Car Show, Seafood Festival Draw Crowd of 10,000

Approximately 75 hot rods and classic cars ranging from vintage Mustangs to a screaming yellow Lotus were on display during the May 20th festival on Flagler Drive along the West Palm Beach waterfront. It was the event’s third year.

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The Florida Fine Cars fans & koozies were a hit at the Downtown Showdown.

“The Downtown Showdown was a great opportunity for us to support local charities, show off our inventory and meet some local car collectors,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “Everybody had fun.”

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Florida Fine Cars sales associate Sasha Lopez shows off the Florida Fine Cars stage banner at the Downtown Showdown.

Organizers were thrilled with the turnout.

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Florida Fine Cars sales associates served as goodwill ambassadors for the dealership.

“With over 10,000 people in attendance throughout the day, 63 Boats competing for thousands of dollars and the perfect weather, this amazing charity event was a complete success!” said Grant Portier, co-founder of the SFC and co-organizer of Downtown Showdown. “Our benefitting charities, Lauren’s Kids, Southern Fishing Charities and The Boy Scouts of America – Gulfstream Council, couldn’t have been happier.  Even the Mayor herself, came out to kick off this event.”

 

The sunny, breezy weather was perfect too.

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Tom Costain poses with his 1950 Buick Special.

Car collector Tom Costain of Palm Beach Gardens ducked under a canopy to escape the glaring sun and grinned as festival-goers gawked at his somewhat-rusty 1950 Buick Special. The impressive old car was a head-turner, with its flashy whitewall tires, eroded paint and hulking frame.

“It’s not stock. It’s got a Cadillac turbo 400 transmission in it,” explained Costain, who’s owned the car for 11 years. “It went from 248 cubic inches to 500 cubic inches.”

Conversation always turns to the car’s rusted, peeling paint.

People always want to know what color Costain is going to paint it. And his answer is always short and sweet.

“I’m not,” he chuckled.

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Moose Luc shows off his 1958 Plymouth Fury, known as the “Christine” car.

Parked down the way was Moose Luc with his 17-foot long 1958 Plymouth Fury in buckskin beige with gold trim. The vintage ride was a stunner, with its whitewall tires, classic rear fins and glistening chrome.

Stephen King fans might recognize Luc’s Fury as the “Christine” car from King’s 1983 horror flick. The cult classic is about a violent car that can regenerate itself when damaged and the murderous rampage it embarks upon.

The producer purchased 24 similar models in various states of disrepair which were used to build 17 models of the Fury. Today only two are left, in the hands of car collectors, Luc noted.

Luc loves to show the old car off, point out its features and share its connection to the Christine movie.

“It’s a blast,” he confessed.

Brian Small’s 1993 black and white Ford Mustang won a “Top 25” award at the car show. With its 1000-horsepower engine and custom interior equipped with 14 gauges, the car drew lots of attention. Small rebuilt it himself, with a supercharged engine equipped with nitrous oxide.

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Brian Small’s 1993 rebuilt Ford Mustang won a “Top 25” award on Saturday.

The car has a race engine block, big valve heads, a big cam shaft and 10 pounds of boost. And it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, Small said grinning.

“From 0 to 145 mph nobody gets past me,” bragged Small, who owns the Palm Beach Brake & Auto Center.”

The event was a big crowd pleaser.

“The 3rd Annual Downtown Showdown KDW & Seafood Festival was a huge hit,” Portier said happily.

Shop Florida Fine Cars in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami

Drive home your dream car today!

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Florida Fine Cars Sponsors Charity Fishing Tourney & Seafood Fest!

WEST PALM BEACH – When the third annual Downtown Showdown charity fishing tournament and seafood festival kicks off on May 20th, Florida Fine Cars will be there running the car show awards.

The free event – expected to attract at least 10,000 to 15,000 visitors – aims to raise $40,000 in charitable donations to benefit veterans, the Boy Scouts and to support sexual abuse prevention education for adults and children. The Downtown Showdown will spread across an area between Banyan and Fern Streets.

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“It’s a fun event and the charitable organizations are fantastic,” said Florida Fine Cars Marketing Director Jamie Suid. “Helping with the Car Show awards just made sense. It’s a great day for families to enjoy some fresh seafood, check out the cool cars and take in the fishing competition. Plus proceeds go to some great causes.”

Anglers will compete for nearly $30,000 in prize money in a variety of categories including big fish overall, kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, small boat, lady and junior. 

The event is organized by Southern Fishing Charities (SFC), which organizes and hosts outreach programs to support veterans. SFC partners with local organizations to create awareness and raise funds through fishing tournaments and related events.

“It’s really a huge event,” said Grant Portier, co-founder of the SFC and co-organizer of Downtown Showdown. “We’ve just got some great things throughout the day.”

The event is the city’s only waterfront seafood festival featuring the area’s best seafood providers, a special section just for kids, a car show, a huge array of local vendors and an impressive lineup of local bands, including country artist Tom Jackson.

Florida Fine Cars to Oversee Car Show Awards

The classic and custom car show awards will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Florida Fine Cars’ booth at the corner of North Clematis Street and Flagler Drive. Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned used car dealership in business since 1993 with stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

Crowds enjoy last year’s Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach.

“They were seeking an automotive sponsor and asked us to participate. It’s a great cause so we signed on right away,” Suid said. Florida Fine Cars will also have a display of some of its coolest cars for festival-goers to check out.

Car owners will compete for Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Paint and more. The first place winner will receive $500, second place, $300, and third place, $200.

Portier said the show is composed of about 75 carefully selected vehicles which will include classics, custom and stock.

Festival to Benefit Kids, Boy Scouts, Veterans

This year’s Downtown Showdown will offer a variety of kid-friendly activities.

Local anglers created the event three years ago in memory of Scott Terry, a pro fisherman and community activist from Vero Beach who was killed in a car accident in February 2014. Terry’s friends have said it was his dream to one day organize a fishing tournament so they did it in his memory and donate proceeds to causes that were dear to Terry’s heart.

Money raised at the event will go to Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit which helps educated adults and children about sexual abuse prevention; the Boy Scouts of America and U.S. veterans.

Shop Florida Fine Cars in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami

Drive home your dream car today!

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Florida Fine Cars Supports Upcoming Youth Concert

WEST PALM BEACH — Florida Fine Cars is helping a popular youth choral group cover essential costs so children from all walks of life can participate.

When the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches take the stage on May 6th, 350 students will wow the audience at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts with an amazing repertoire of patriotic classics, folk songs and other favorites.

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Young Singers of the Palm Beaches at a dress rehearsal.

Six separate student choirs will take guests through a musical history lesson that includes a piece by the great Irving Berlin, a tribute to Judy Garland and catchy numbers from the Broadway hits “Hairspray” and “Hamilton.” There will even be an old-fashioned sing-a-long.

“It’s pretty powerful,” said Shawn Berry, the group’s founder and artistic director. “This concert is called an ‘American Tapestry.’  We gave it a broad range. It includes American composers of (many) American genres of music. I am proud of them.”

Florida Fine Cars learned about the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches through customers Gina and Roger Francis and have supported the music program ever since. The couple’s sixth grader Lauren, 12, has been a member of the group for three years. FFC Logo New Car

“Florida Fine Cars is proud to support this incredible music program which provides hundreds of students an amazing venue to perform and be part of a group,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “Kids today spend too much time on computers. This program taps into their talent and showcases their abilities in a way that builds confidence and character.”

 The financial support provided by businesses like Florida Fine Cars helps cover students’ tuition, costumes or anything else they need assistance with.

“We do a lot of fundraising and get ads to help pay the tuition of our students,” said Gina Francis.  “I reached out to Florida Fine Cars. Their support helps pay for anything the students need. It helps cut costs and makes sure anyone who can’t pay can participate.”

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Young Singers of the Palm Beaches perform at the Kravis Center.

Lauren has gained confidence and poise and improved her social skills performing on the stage of the Kravis Center, her mother said.

“It’s done amazing things. She is rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life and all nationalities,” Gina Francis said.

Youth Choir Program Serves Children Throughout Palm Beach

The program serves students from Jupiter to West Boca Raton. Participants range from second graders to 12th graders and hail from more than 100 different Palm Beach County schools, including home schools. Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is sponsored by the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

For more information about the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, click here.

Students audition to be part of Young Singers, perform two major concerts a year and hold concerts at smaller venues, such as the Flagler Museum.

“The main thing they get out of it is the experience of coming together and singing and learning other skills that go along with singing – commitment and the ability to socialize with others,” Berry said.

Participants Learn Teamwork, Gain Confidence

Jene Rhoads of West Palm Beach couldn’t agree more. Her two young daughters Pavani, 8, and Annika, 11, joined the group 1 1/2 years ago and love it.

“This is the one time I find that things slow down and they focus on this very peaceful, joyful art of singing,” Rhoads said. “It’s very emotional. I think this is one way they will develop compassion.”

Rhoads grew up playing violin in a youth orchestra and wanted her daughters to experience what it’s like to be part of a structured, organized chorus instead of just singing in a church.

“They have a passion for singing and this group is very passionate abut singing,” she said. “I think they are so much better prepared because they’ve been part of this group and so much more confident.”

Tickets for the May 6th concert start at $15 and can be purchased at the Kravis Center box office or online.

Looking for a used car? Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,500 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach near Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

What Are the Traits of a Successful Car Salesman?

ffcmiamiinventorySelling used cars is all about sealing the deal but the success of sales personnel hinges on their followup and how it’s done. Consumers view the car-buying process as stressful, confusing and time-consuming. Making the purchase process quick, easy and painless is what the most successful car sellers do best.

The sales personnel at Florida Fine Cars do exactly that. The dealership’s top sellers for February and March are almost all repeat winners.FFC Logo New Car

Moe Eisa is consistently the top seller for the West Palm Beach store and is the company’s top-selling saleman overall. In February Eisa sold 31 used cars and in March he sold 44 used cars.

Jon Ansari was Hollywood’s top salesman for the same period, selling 17 used cars in February and 18 used cars in March. Jose Acosta was the Miami store’s stop seller in February with 20.5 used cars and Tyrone Thompson was Miami’s top seller in March with 30 used cars.

All four top-selling sales associates know that great customer service is what selling used cars successfully is all about.

Too much, too little or too late are all factors that tank sales and keep customers from coming back. High pressure, low pressure or a failure to return phonecalls can be dealbreakers. Finding a balance is the foundation of success.

3 Reasons Customers Come Back

Becoming a top-seller isn’t easy. It takes time, a dedicated work ethic and the ability to establish trust. It’s no surprise the best sales personnel are successful month-after-month: most follow a process to ensure customers come back or refer them to others. Here’s some best practices that keep customers smiling.

1.) Clearly Explain Value & Pricing

Customers want good value above all else and a sales associate who can clearly explain why a deal is great is going to make the sale.

According to AutoRemarketing, customers’ reasons to buy stem from transparency. A salesperson who is straightforward about price points, dealer benefits and added perks such as free loaners is more likely to get a customer to sign on the dotted line. It’s all about building trust.

Florida Fine Cars’ sales personnel work hard to make sure customers understand exactly what kind of car they are purchasing so car buyers are happy with the used car they take home.

Money Magazine notes that nearly three-fourths of consumers, or 72 percent, also want to complete their credit application and financing paperwork online. The reason is simple: they want to save time at the dealership and have less pressure filling out the paperwork. Progressive dealerships like Florida Fine Cars make this service available online with a simple mouse click.

2.) Follow Up in a Timely Manner

Calling customers back is key to sealing any deal and a customer who’s on the fence may just need a little time to think. The best personnel know how to follow up without harassing the customer. A car buyer likes to know their salesman has their best interests at heart but someone who relentlessly dogs a customer is likely to have a negative effect.

3.) Communicate by the Customer’s Preferred Method

If a car buyer wants you to stay in touch by email, then use email. Or if they prefer texting, text.

    • 60 percent of baby boomers prefer a phone call and 40 percent prefer email; Gen Xers and millennials are split 50/50 between email and phonecalls.

Honesty is the Best Policy

Today’s customers are more educated than ever because of the availability of third-party research tools such as Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds, which help take the uncertainty out of car shopping. Customers arrive ready to buy a car with knowledge about pricing, competition and Carfax Reports. Savvy dealers understand the Internet can easily expose shady practices.

Florida Fine Cars offers customers a free Carfax report with every used car on its website, and access to the Official Kelley Blue Book Guide to make price comparisons easy.

Shop Florida Fine Cars in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,500 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami

Drive home your dream car today!