Kellan Weinberger is the grandson of Continental Motors Group’s Co-Founder, John Weinberger, and son of Continental Motors of Naperville’s Dealer Principal, Joel Weinberger. He spent this summer in Illinois and got to attend several events hosted by our dealerships, but most importantly, he got to experience Continental Difference, and he decided to tell us all about it.
I’ve spent my whole life around the various dealerships of the Continental Motors Group. I was there for the construction of the current Acura building in 2004, the obtainment of Mazda in 2009 and of course the renovation of Continental AutoSports in 2011. After spending time, and working at many of the dealerships, I’ve gotten a pretty good sense of how things run at Continental. Customer care has always been Continental’s number one priority, but one Continental dealership in particular takes that priority to a whole new level. Last month at the 2017 Ferrari Challenge series race at Road America, I saw the extent to which Continental AutoSports pushes themselves when it comes to their relationships with the customers.
The first night I spent in Elkhart Lake, Continental AutoSports had thrown a party for their customers attending the event. Every one of the customers and employees were able to enjoy free food, event t-shirts, and drinks. You might expect the employees to stick together and the customers to stick by those they already knew, but the exact opposite happened with customers, mechanics, and salesmen sharing a drink and getting to know each other. I probably met more Ferrari customers that night than I had people in a long time. And it was much beyond the “so where do you go to school?” and “what’s your major?” questions that anyone would normally ask a 19 year-old. Every single person I met was remarkably friendly and genuinely interested in getting to know me.
The second night Ferrari itself hosted an event for all the Ferrari Challenge teams and families and the two local Ferrari dealerships (Lake Forest & Continental AutoSports) were the main focus. The owners of both dealerships were asked to speak, beginning with the Lake Forest father/son team. Their history of racing was similar to my grandpa and father’s. The crowd was relatively quiet during their speeches, and I thought, “well, maybe that’s just normal.” But the second my dad started talking, all of the Continental employees and customers started to cheer. They cheered even louder when my 85 year-old grandpa start talking. I can’t remember exactly but he said something like “I haven’t heard much this night, my damn dog ate my hearing aid, but I love being at the race track with all you Ferrari fans.” Right then I could tell that the customer-dealership relationship wasn’t between Ferrari and the people, it was between Continental and the people, because of the relationship we have cultivated with our customers over the years. Throughout the whole weekend; the race, social events, and everything in between, it was abundantly clear that Continental AutoSports loves their customers, and their customers love them.
My favorite story of the weekend came from one of the Lake Forest customers. I don’t remember his name but he was a part of the rally that went from Continental AutoSports to Lake Forest and on to the track. He told me that when all the Continental cars pulled up with their Continental Corsa Di Cannone stickers, the Lake Forest customers were rushing to get themselves a Continental sticker!
Now until Labor Day, Continental Motors Group is running a Treat Yourself Sales Event! We believe in ‘ME’ days and taking the time to make your mind and body feel happy and at peace. With eight stores and nine brands, the opportunity to treat yourself to a new or used car is endless! Our friendly staff is here to assist you with all your needs and make sure you drive off in the car of your dreams.
PLUS, not only can you drive off in an amazing car, you can also drive off with a $250 Spa Day gift certificate! We are currently running a Facebook contest to give one lucky winner a spa day at Mario Tricoci!
A car and a spa day? We think that’s a great way to treat yourself!
Check out our inventory so you can start thinking about that dream car.
Displays at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and people from all over the country come to McCormick Place in February to learn more about the new cars being released. This year we got to take a look at all of the brands that make a part of our dealer group and we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about it. Read the rest of this entry »
On 2011, John and Herman Weinberger decided it would be a great idea to give back to the community by donating eight used cars to those in need. On Thursday, December 8th, we had the sixth annual Driven to Care event where once again, each store from the Continental Motors Group donated a used car to facilitate transportation for those who need it.
Continental Motors Group has partnered with Loaves and Fishes of Naperville and its CARES program to select the eight individuals in need of a vehicle. Recipients have a job and can pay for insurance, gas and maintenance but they can’t afford to buy a car or get approved for a loan.
Every year, the event keeps getting better and this year’s was no exception. Andrea, a recipient at last year’s event, is a social worker that submitted a request to have her client receive a car this year. The process, as she tells it herself, was very smooth and quick, and it wasn’t long before she found out her client had been chosen as one of the eight recipients for Drive to Care 2016 event. We were honored that Andrea came back to speak about her experience as a recipient and now as a helper for this event.
It was truly an emotional event, and we are very thankful we get the opportunity to give back to the community and hope others can join us in giving back.
What if we told you that when you test drive a Mazda between now and January 3rd, 2017 you will also be helping the community? That’s right, the Mazda Drive for Good campaign allows us to give back to those in need when you test drive any Mazda.
This is the fourth year that Mazda has run the campaign, and so far its success has been able to assist those most in need. The campaign has raised over $14,000,000 to date and there has been over 200,000 hours of service to help us achieve that success. All you need to do is take a test drive between November 21, 2016 and January 3, 2017, and we’ll pledge one hour of our time to a worthy cause in your community.
But there’s even more ways to help! If you purchase or lease a new Mazda between November 21, 2016 and January 3, 2017, Mazda will donate $150 to one of the select national or local charities of your choice.
So are you ready to test drive a Mazda and help numerous charities while doing so? We look forward to seeing you!
Any plans for the weekend?
Our goal is to raise money for USO of Illinois, as every dollar raised will help to provide services and support for the troops and their families. There will be raffle tickets, a silent auction and good food all for a great cause. Stop by anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to join in on the fun.
This event is a chance for us to raise awareness and funds for local troops and their families. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised with go to the USO of Illinois. The money will support troops deployed and at home, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops as well as families of the fallen. This is the fourth year the Chicago Auto Trade Association has partnered with the USO to bring dealers together and BBQ for the Troops.
A little can go a long way for the program. $5 provides access and support to O’Hare Centers. $10 provides meals at the Great Lakes Center. $34 provides a military child access to USO Discovery Kids programs. $51 can send one care package to a deployed troop from Illinois. $100 provides some financial support to military family members over the holidays.
We hope you’ll join us for great food and fun to help support local service members and military families who need it the most.
Thank you for your support.
Can you believe it? Sweet summertime is already here.
In addition to family, friends, BBQs and swimming, summer is all about the live music! And this summer, we have some great music in store for you, especially if you’re looking to make plans with the family for a Sunday evening.
Continental Motors of Naperville presents Concerts in Your Park: A summer music series for families and neighborhoods throughout Naperville. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a FREE Sunday evening of musical entertainment from 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Join your neighbors and friends for the musical event coming soon near you!
Here are some of the upcoming concerts. Mark your calendars for:
Timber Creek, 3323 Timber Creek Ln.
Gartner park, 524 W Gartner Rd.
Five Guys Named Moe
A. George Pradel Park, 4519 Pradel Dr.
Meadow Glens, 1303 Muirhead Ave.
Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave.
For more information visit the website. Hope to see you there!
Continental Mazda of Naperville is teaming up with Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley to host a summer-long raffle for the chance to win a new Mazda.
This New Wheels Raffle not only gives participants a chance to win a new car, but more importantly, the opportunity to help build a brighter future for children with disabilities through the Easter Seals.
Want to get involved?
You can purchase a New Wheels Raffle Ticket online now for $50. The winner of the raffle will get to choose from a 2016 Mazda MX-5, 2016 Mazda CX-5 or the cash equivalent. Sound good?
Only 3,000 tickets will be sold, so make sure to buy yours before the deadline of August 15 at noon CST. You must be 18 or older to enter the raffle. The drawing date is scheduled for August 16.
And if you thought that was exciting, there’s another chance to win! For every 10 tickets you sell, you will earn an entry into a drawing to win $5,000. Learn more here.
Enter today to help a great cause and also have the chance to feel the thrill of the road in a new Mazda! You can view the rules and regulations here.
Good luck and thank you for participating!
About Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley is one of the largest and most highly regarded pediatric therapy providers in the country. Each year more than 3,200 infants, children and adults with disabilities come through our doors in search of help, hope and answers.
Our vision is that all children receive the developmental services they need to live their best life.
We are located in Villa Park, IL, Naperville, IL and Elgin, IL.
About Continental Mazda of Naperville
Continental Mazda is a proud member of the Continental Motors Group, which has been a part of the community for well over 50 years with our Mazda dealership opening in 2009. We’ve been awarded with some of the top dealer distinctions in the industry, including Dealer Rater’s #1 Illinois Mazda Dealer, Naperville Magazine’s “Best Dealer” award for six years in a row, and Top 10 Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Dealer in the Midwest for five years in a row. Schedule a test drive today and let us know how we can meet your automotive needs.
Our dealerships are conveniently located in Naperville IL, Countryside IL and Hinsdale IL.
Seeking a thrill this summer? Want to make a difference?
Come out to Drive for 75: The Race to End Homelessness!
Continental Motors of Naperville, Autobahn Country Club and DuPagePads have teamed up for the sixth annual Drive for 75 event on Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 10am – 2pm. This fast-paced karting race is an exciting way to help end homelessness, all while having some fun competing against other teams.
Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to fulfill your need for speed by racing on a specially designed track at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet. For four hours!
All donations will go directly to DuPagePads to provide life-changing support services to families and individuals who are homeless. The goal is to raise $75,000.
Wondering how we can make that happen?
Each team will pay an entry fee of $750. This will allow your team to choose a t-shirt color and begin collecting donations. As a team, it is your fundraising goal to meet or exceed $2,500. If your team raises the most money, you’ll have the best starting position, therefore a greater chance to come out on top!
Space is very limited, with only 15 teams. As of right now, there are only two available spots, so get a team together and sign-up today.
Ready, set … GO!
Unable to attend? No worries, you can still help to make the fundraiser a success and donate to a team to achieve their fundraising goal.
Take advantage of the opportunity to transform a life. Your donation will help DuPagePads assist families in need, allowing them to provide housing coupled with support services and employment. Not to mention, the opportunity to participate in this fast-paced, one-of-a-kind fundraiser is one that can’t be missed.
6th Annual Drive for 75
Sunday, June 26, 2016
10am – 2pm
Autobahn Country Club
3795 CenterPoint Way
Joliet, IL 60436
Have you heard the news? The long-awaited 2016 Mazda CX-9 is in stock, and ready for you to test drive!
For this new arrival, we’re hosting an exclusive 2016 CX-9 Test Drive Open House at Continental Mazda on Wed. June 8 from 3pm – 8pm. This is the perfect opportunity to get behind the wheel and learn all there is to know about the new CX-9.
Be the first to drive the latest model during our intimate Test Drive Event, where you’ll receive the following:
- Personalized demonstration of new features and technology
- Time on the test track to compare the previous generation CX-9 to the new CX-9
- Receive exclusive promotion when you purchase or order the New CX-9 the day of the event
- Light refreshments and Mazda thank you gift
Plan to attend? Please RSVP and let us know how many people will join you by emailing EmilyM@ContinentalMotors.com.
If you are unable to make this one-of-a-kind event and would love a test drive, contact SalesMgmt@ConMazda.com to schedule your personal demonstration.
View our current CX-9 inventory here.