Grand Opening

On June 15th, we had our official Grand Opening party. That involved clearing the majority of our cars out of the showrooms to make room for dinner, drinks, and a DJ. The Volkswagen Atlas and BMW M4 GTS stayed put as the pampered guests, of course. We just want to extend a huge “thank you” to everyone who made it out with us to celebrate!

Getting to this point has been a very long and difficult road, but we are finally here. We could not be more proud of our new facility, and the opportunity to better serve the Topeka community.

But for those of you who were unable to make it, here’s a peek at how the night went!

Position Available: Sales Specialist

Our BRAND NEW, STATE-OF-THE-ART facility is complete, and now we need YOU to be a part of our growth and success!

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka, a leading high-end, luxury dealership in the Topeka automotive market, is looking to add a qualified SALES SPECIALIST to our team! We have an opening to sell luxury and used car automobiles and be rewarded for it with one of the best pay plans in the area.  You have support from a fully integrated CRM system and leads from a growing internet program.  

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka offers a unified team environment, great benefits, and ongoing training and support for its employees. Previous automotive sales experience is preferred but not required. Apply today or refer a qualified friend. You can apply by visiting the following Web site at www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers. We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Provides excellent customer service by helping customers select a vehicle that fits their needs
  • Explains product performance, application, and benefits to customer by describing all optional equipment available
  • Demonstrates new (and used, when necessary) vehicles
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge on new products, features, and accessories available a
  • Maintains a prospect development system by following up with active prospects using the Dealership’s Customer Relationship Management System (CRM)
  • Follows up with previous customers for referrals and future sales
  • Works without constant supervision

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

\Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance

401(k) plan with company match

Paid Time-Off

Employee Vehicle Purchase Program

Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

Qualifications

At least 1 year dealership experience is preferred

Job Type: Full-time

Come Grow with Us

You may have noticed that we’ve been doing a small bit of remodeling at BMW/VW of Topeka. Well, remodeling might be an understatement. We’ve been building a brand new, top of the line showroom to better serve the Topeka community, and now that it is nearly complete, we’re looking to expand our team. We will be looking to fill sales, service, and parts positions.

We are looking to build a team that can grow with us as we expand. We will train for all departments, so if you have a passion for automobiles, and dedication towards providing excellent customer service, we’d love to bring you along for the ride.

Apply online at www.SoaveAutomotiveGroup.com/Careers. BMW/VW of Topeka is part of the Soave Automotive group, which also includes Mercedes Benz of Kansas City and Aristocrat Motors.

The History of the BMW Roundel

The BMW roundel is one of the most famous logos in the world. Even people that know nothing about cars can recognize the BMW logo. But do you know where that logo came from? It’s probably not what you were told. A lot of people believe that the logo is supposed to represent a plane’s propellor spinning in front of a blue sky, as a way of showing the company’s history with aircraft engines. Except the image that everyone points at for this was made in 1929, a full twelve years after BMW registered their trademark of the logo.

So if it’s not from aviation, where did that logo come from? Well, the idea of a round logo ringed by the company name was taken from their predecessor, Rapp Motorenwerke. As for the logo itself, that comes from simple hometown pride. BMW is from Bavaria, a region in Germany. Here is the flag of Bavaria:

So if you put that flag inside a circle, you wind up with something remarkably close to the current BMW logo. So that’s it. No impressionistic aircraft depictions, no obscure metaphors, no confusing symbolism. They are just proud of where they came from. And from that, came one of the most iconic images in the history of the automobile. There’s something special about that.

That logo still adorns all BMWS today. So come down and test drive one yourself.

Meet our Sales Manager: Brian Mayer

In our new installment of “meet a team member”, we sat down with our Sales Manager, Brian Mayer.

  • Brian has been in the car industry his whole life, and has sold BMWs for the last 13 years
  • Before moving to Kansas, he lived in Chicago and Los Angeles
  • His favorite dish in town is the buffalo wings at Blue Moose Bar and Grill
  • He is looking forwards to the unveiling of the new storefront, and all the opportunities and challenges that will come with that.

 

 

Meet our Service Manager: Rainer Will

With any business, you’re only as strong as your people. That is true for us as well. So this is the first in a new series of articles highlighting a few of our amazing team members. Since our new service center was recently completed, it seemed only fitting to start with our Service Manager, Rainer Will.

  • Rainer has been in the car industry his whole life
  • He immigrated from Germany in 1986
  • He now lives in Bonner Springs
  • He is enjoying having a brand new shop that he can be proud to show off, and that he has tripled his capacity for handling cars

So make an appointment to bring in your BMW or VW, say hi to Rainer, and see the new facility.

An executive demo is a smart buy

When shopping for a car, you always have to be wary if something seems too good to be true. That’s such a common attitude that it’s become a cliche. If something is marked way down, it seems like there must be a downside. There’s some catch, some hidden trick just waiting to bite you. But sometimes a deal is just a deal. That’s the case with buying an executive demo, which we are lucky enough to have a choice selection of at BMW/VW of Topeka.

An executive demo is a car that was lent to a BMW executive to use for a brief period of time. It was never privately registered, so for the sake of warranties and other programs, it still counts as a new car. When I say a brief time, I mean a brief time. These are vehicles one year old, most of them with less than 10,000 miles on them. For a modern luxury car, that’s barely even broken in. But even with those few miles, the discounts can easily stretch into the five-figure range.

So if you’re willing to pick up a car with a few miles on the clock, you can save the equivalent of a brand new Honda Fit. With these cars being handled entirely within the BMW structure, you can be assured that any and all care has been done exactly by the book. No shady oil change shops here. Thousands of dollars off, full warranties, brand new. It’s really hard to find the downside here.

Take a look at our available executive demos, then schedule an appointment to test drive one.

Positions Available: Technician

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Our BRAND NEW, STATE-OF-THE-ART facility is complete, and now we need YOU to be a part of our growth and success!

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka, a high-end, luxury automotive dealership is looking to add a qualified AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIAN to our team! BMW/VW of Topeka offers a unified team environment, great benefits, and ongoing training, and support for its employees. If you are in alignment with our values of integrity, transparency, professionalism and teamwork- now might be the time for you to accelerate your career as part of the best company in automotive retail. Apply today or refer a qualified friend. You can apply directly by visiting www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careersJob Responsibilities include but are not limited to…

  • Test drive vehicles to test components and systems
  • Ability to use diagnostic tools and special service equipment.
  • Diagnose, maintain, and repair vehicle systems including engine, transmission, electrical steering, suspension, brakes, air conditioning, etc.
  • Perform work specified on the repair order with efficiency and in accordance with dealership policies
  • Communicate directly with the Service Advisor so that customers can be informed if any additional service is needed
  • Provide an estimate of time needed for additional repairs

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-Off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

Qualifications

  • At least 1 year dealership experience
  • Must own hand tools

Job Type: Full-time

Check out our temporary digs!

TrailerContrary to the title, we’re not all that blue about selling out of a trailer. To be brutally honest, the trailer was a slight upgrade from the former facility that once was BMW/VW of Topeka. Our temporary facility offers a nice waiting room and a common area where the sales team can converse with customers and build a team environment. We made sure the trailer is handicap-accessible with a nice wooden ramp right to a secondary front entrance. Every day, we look out the windows and watch the new building expand and grow into the dealer we’ve always dreamed of.

Topeka is our home, and the new building is an addition to, not a complete replacement of the old building. Less waste means less environmental impact and every bit counts. these days. A modern touch is on the way and our new facility is going to be cutting edge! 

Fitness Tips from Lauren Goodlove

Lauren Goodlove, sales consultant hereat BMW/VW of Topeka, is also a fitness coach! This monthly installment of Fitness Tips From Lauren will include helpful suggestions on how to improve your fitness and overall health. Follow Lauren on Instagram @ilaurenfitness. Get in shape for the season with us!

Motivation is key for achieving a healthy lifestyle. This direct quote from her Instagram speaks volumes. “Don’t wait till you are stuck in a rut in the middle of the holidays. We tend to spend more time thinking about changing than actual acting on it! A month from now you will thank yourself! Start now so good habits are in full force and you have better control on your exercise.”

Lauren is part of a group of women who run support groups for those interested in making a difference in their personal fitness and wellness. Their groups focus on commitment, workouts, support, and healthy eating, as well as mental focus. “Motivation is never easy and staying on track is hard but with a whole community that has your back, success is seriously right around the corner.”

Contact Lauren or visit her at BMW/VW of Topeka!

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