Making New Holiday Memories with Continental Motors Group

By Shannon | Posted in Continental Happenings on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 9:43 PM

At Continental Motors Group we know how special and memorable the holidays can be. Throughout the years, you have probably created multiple memories around this time of the year that you hold close to your heart. We also know that as time goes by, new memories are formed, so we want to invite you to make new memories with Continental this holiday season!

A lucky (random) winner will be selected on Facebook by answering the following question: ‘What is your favorite holiday memory?’ and what is the prize? A $250 Visa gift card so you can go ahead and enjoy a shopping spree while creating new memories by our side!

Continental Motors of Naperville & the Best Day Evuh Gala

By Shannon | Posted in Continental Happenings on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 8:53 PM

Continental Motors of Naperville is proudly sponsoring the Photo Booth for the Best Day Evuh Gala for the Max Lacewell Foundation on November 18th. This will be the 7th annual gala to be held at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge, IL and all proceeds will benefit The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and The Max Lacewell Scholar.

The event will be emceed by Dave Savini of CBS News and and Danielle Tufano from 95.9 The River and will have a line up of special guests including Dr. Stew Goldman, Oncology Division Head at Lurie Childrens. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, live entertainment, and some exciting activities all benefiting pediatric brain cancer research at Lurie Children’s. Tickets are $100 ($50 tax deductible) and a table of 10 is $850 ($350 tax deductible). For tickets, go to maxlacewell.org or contact Leanne@maxlacewell.org.

To learn more about the Max Lacewell Foundation and what they stand for, check out their website here.

How I Experienced the Continental Difference

By Shannon | Posted in Continental Happenings on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 9:15 PM

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!

John Weinberger

John Weinberger

Joel and John Weinberger

Joel and John Weinberger

Joel, John, and Kellan Weinberger

Joel, John, and Kellan Weinberger

Kellan weinberger photograph

Kellan enjoyed photographing the race

Joel and his family

Joel and his family

Joel's Ferrari, known as 'Jester'Joel’s Ferrari, known as ‘Jester’

Joel weinberger at the podium

Joel at the podium

John celebrates with Joel

John celebrates with Joel

Winner's podium weinberger

Treat Yourself Sales Event

By Shannon | Posted in Continental Happenings on Monday, August 28th, 2017 at 6:45 PM

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.

The Chicago Auto Show

By blogsadmin | Posted in Continental Happenings on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 9:54 PM

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 »

Driven to Care

By Shannon | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 8:41 PM

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.

Andrea, a recipient at last year’s event, sharing her experience

The recipients

Owner Cheryl Nelson assists a recipient

John and Lisa Weinberger

Left to right: Joel Weinberger, Cheryl Nelson, John, Lisa and Jay Weinberger

 

 

Help Your Community When You Test Drive a Mazda

By Shannon | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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.

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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!

We’re BBQ-ing for the Troops in Countryside

By Shannon | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Any plans for the weekend?

Join us at Continental Honda and Continental Nissan this Saturday, July 16 as we BBQ for the troops!

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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.

Want to make a donation now? Are you unable to attend the event? Donate now to Continental Honda or Continental Nissan. Every dollar counts.

Thank you for your support.

Concerts in Your Park

By Shannon | Posted in Continental Happenings on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 7:46 PM

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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.

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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:

June 26

Timber Creek, 3323 Timber Creek Ln.

Wild Daisy

wilddaisyband.com

July 10

Gartner park, 524 W Gartner Rd.

Five Guys Named Moe

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July 17

A. George Pradel Park, 4519 Pradel Dr.

Spoken Four

Spokenfour.com

July 24

Meadow Glens, 1303 Muirhead Ave.

1976

1976band.com

July 31

Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave.

Swing Forward

Swing-forward.com

For more information visit the website. Hope to see you there!

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You Could Win a New Mazda this Summer

By Shannon | Posted in Continental Happenings on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at 2:16 PM

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.

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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?

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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.