Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) have been very busy lately paying it forward in the DMV community. They recently found out about a woman named Connie Gilmore who turned her own traumatic experience into a nonprofit organization to empower other women. In 2015, Gimore lost her husband unexpectedly which left her to be a widow. This not only was a shock but an unimaginable loss. Gilmore knew that there had to be women out there facing the same harsh reality. This is how she came up with the idea and formed her non-profit organization, Premature Widows. Gilmore made it her mission to help by creating a support group of widows. They have monthly events where all the women can come together and discuss their life, feelings, and personal struggles in a safe and comfortable place all while still having fun. The women are able to feel comfortable because they have all been through the same journey. There is complete respect and absolutely no judgment.
Through Premature Widows, Gilmore gives back and helps widows on a daily basis. Fox 5 DC an Easterns Automotive Group made it their quest to Pay It Forward to them this time since so much is done for others. Joel Bassam of Easterns donated $200 in gift cards to help with their next pizza party. In addition to that, Easterns will be paying for and sponsoring the rest of their monthly meet-ups in 2018. If you would like to learn more about Premature Widows and how you can help, please click here.
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Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 Dc and Easterns Automotive Group teamed up once again for a special cause. Both parties got wind of an amazing non-profit corporation in Montgomery County, Maryland that was and still is in need of some financial assistance. The mission of Hero Dogs, Inc. is to help our very own United States heroes (veterans) by providing service dogs to them free of charge. This directly affects veterans of the U.S. military and first responders suffering from disabilities. It’s nice to know that this corporation is doing such great work to help our nation’s heroes who have already been through and witnessed so much. Hero Dogs also assists patients that are in need at local hospitals.
Ultimately, nobody wants to be ill or in the hospital. Inova Loudoun Hospital has its very own Hero Dog named Jeremiah that works well with children and is specifically trained to work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Animals bring a sense of comfort to patients because they are so warm and affectionate. They bring out the joy patients need to realize that everything will be okay.
Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group just knew they had to help out once they heard about all the wonderful things they are doing to bring smiles to those in need. Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented a $5,000 check to Hero Dogs to help the organization continue its amazing mission. Hero Dogs, Inc. is always looking for people to give whether it is monetary or hands on. Click here to learn more about Hero Dogs and how you too can volunteer or donate to this great cause.
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We’re back with another Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) Throwback Thursday clip of the week. Eastern Motors is known for filming commercials with professional athletes, comedians, artists, and actors. In 2016, Maryland native and comedian Reese Waters was afforded the opportunity to star in his very own Eastern Motors commercial. Waters had the chance to sit down with Joel Bassam (Director of Marketing for Easterns) to learn more about the company and its impact on the people of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Bassam gave him a tour of the Easterns corporate office and show room in Sterling, Virginia and Waters fell in love. He was one that grew up singing the Easterns jingle himself so this opportunity was a big deal for him. The two discussed the possibility of shooting a commercial on the spot and got right to work. The shoot was especially fun because Waters is a comedian so of course he brought the funny.
After the impromptu commercial shoot, Waters stopped by to visit Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins to get some critique on his Easterns commercial. Norman laughed and joked with Waters and yelled, “You sucked!” The two hit it off right away and began to chat it up. Just a few weeks prior, Norman filmed his very own Easterns commercial spots along with his teammates Ryan Kerrigan and Josh Norman.
Waters sat down with ESPN Sports Center to break down the culture of the Eastern Motors commercials and why they are so important. When Easterns first started doing commercials over 30 years ago, it was something done on a small scale for the community. Now, Easterns commercials are world-renowned to the pint that people in other countries know and sing along to the jingle.
It’s been a few weeks but we’re back to bring you another Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) Throwback Thursday clip of the Week. The past couple weeks have been rather busy yet fun filled. The Washington Capitals won the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup so that was super exciting for everyone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area (DMV). The Capitals held a parade on the National Mall that broke records and had over 100,000 people in attendance. We hope you all had an awesome 4th of July! As a company, Easterns celebrated 4th of July in style by throwing a summer party for all of their employees and friends/family. Please click here to see the pics in case you haven’t.
This week’s Throwback Thursday clip was filmed back in 2007 and features former Washington Redskins wide receiver, Antwaan Randle El. At first glance, the poor video quality stands out because technology has improved so much since when this was taped 11 years ago. Randle El played the role of a car salesman that was assisting a female customer. She knew what she wanted in a vehicle at first but her answer kept on changing. Randle El kept following her lead by showing her that he can help her get into any car that she wants. This fits right into Easterns’ main theme which happens to be quality customer service. Easterns serves and provides vehicles to the hard working men and women of DC, Maryland, and Virginia regardless of their credit status. Easterns has over 1,000 vehicles in stock at all times. Please visit www.easterns.com
As a staple in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community, Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) is known for being a charitable organization that gives back. Usually Easterns tends to help out local people and organizations but this time their reach went overseas. The Firm Foundations Romania organization caught the attention of Director of Marketing at Easterns, Joel Bassam. This non profit is on a mission to transform the lives of disadvantaged Romanian children and families. They do this by providing physical and educational guidance and sharing the Gospel. No one should want to see any child suffering or in need of attention. All children need unconditional love and support in order to prosper, grow, and be successful in life despite their upbringing or financial status. Firm Foundations Romania is committed to providing educational opportunities for the youth and equipping them with the tools they need to serve others. Easterns made a donation of $500 but of our course there are numerous ways to help out that aren’t monetary. They are in search of short and long term volunteers. Donations such as clothing, hygiene products, and school supplies are welcome and appreciated. Please click here to find out how you can help.
Auto Remarketing just included Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) in their Top 100 Used Dealers Independent Edition for June 2018. This is a major milestone for Easterns because they only select the strongest used-car selling independent stores in the country. Dominion Dealer Solutions houses a division named Cross-Sell Reports that analyzes and collects information from state departments of motor vehicles. Anyone that is familiar with the automotive industry understands the level of prestige that comes from being mentioned on this list. We hope that this is just beginning of amazing things to come.
Easterns Automotive Group houses 6 various used car dealerships located throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia. With over 1,000 always in stock, Easterns is your one stop shop if you are in search of a vehicle. Please visit www.easterns.com to learn more and follow Easterns on Social Media – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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June is off to a great start! Last week, Easterns Automotive Group was joined by some players from the Washington Redskins to shoot a new commercial. Eastern Motors commercials at this point are renowned and celebrated across the world. Each year these commercials seem to take on a life of their own and get the people talking. Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins, came by to chat with the players about their experience filming with Easterns. He was joined by Josh Norman, Alex Smith, Ryan Kerrigan, and Jamison Crowder. However, this is not Norman’s and Kerrigan’s first rodeo. The two have been a part of the Easterns All Star team since 2016 along with Kirk Cousins before he got traded to the Minnesota Vikings. Smith and Crowder on the other hand are newbies. All of the guys were excited to shoot and had a fun time welcoming Smith to the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Let’s just say excited can’t even begin to describe how we feel going into the 2018 Redskins season. These guys are ready to win it all. This upcoming series of commercials just may be the best yet. Stay tuned for what is coming in the next few months. We’ll be bringing you the news first!
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For years, Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) has been a generous organization that loves giving back to others and helping the people of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community. Eastern Motors, founded by Robert Bassam, recently teamed up to donate to the Fairfax County Police Association (FCPA) in Virginia. The FCPA represents more than 1,000 police officers in Fairfax County, both active and retired. The mission of the FCPA is to reach common goals of both the men and women of the Fairfax County Police Department. With everything going on in this country involving police, it’s good to know that unity is at the core of this group. FCPA holds several events throughout the year to celebrate and bring the community together as one.
Donations play a large role in helping organizations like FCPA because it takes funds to continue making an impact. They also help provide benefits to police officers and support staff. It’s important to them that they continue to promote unity and bring people together during times of crisis. The lovely people of the FCPA do so much good for Fairfax County that the people of Easterns decided to make a $750 donation for their generous contributions to the community. If you would like to find out more about FCPA or make a donation of your own, click here.
Seasoned Settlers is a D.C.-based nonprofit organization that was created by Sweetz LaBamba. The organization provides entertainment and specialty entertainment for the youth as well as senior citizens. Whether it is range of motion, minute meditation, or reinforcing their therapeutic aspects, LaBamba knows the importance of helping others in the community. The live entertainment events hosted by Seasoned Settlers bring smiles to many faces all different ages and cultural backgrounds. The events are able to able to teach and inform as well as bring everyone attending together through music – the universal language. Seasoned Settlers hosts events at a variety of locations including schools, churches, universities, and various facilities. Through the organization, LaBamba has been able to open doors and provide unique volunteer opportunities for individuals looking to give back and make a difference in the community. However, in order to keep this great organization LaBamba needs donations from other members of the community. The donations would help Seasoned Setters get the supplies they need in order to continue providing entertainment.
Easterns Automotive Group heard about the great things that LaBamba is doing with Seasoned Setters and wanted to help out. LaBamba was in need additional supplies for her volunteers to fully execute the live events and provide exceptional quality. Easterns donated a Fender portable PA system, an HP laptop, and a Canon camera bundle. LaBamba, her incredible team, and students were so grateful for the items received that they decided to make Easterns a thank you video. Take a look below!
After being in business for over 30 years, Easterns can definitely attirubute majority of the success to having such amazing customers. They have always been a company that cares deeply about their customers as well as the opinions and feedback that they have regarding their visits. Easterns caught up with Charles Tyson of Fairfax, Virginia to discuss his most recent car buying experience. Tyson is currently a college student and a photographer for his school. When Tyson came to Easterns to purchase his vehicle, he was looking for a more practical vehicle to suit his college life. The Honda Civic ended up being his choice and he is absolutely thrilled about his decision. Tyson smiled from ear to ear during the sit down because this was his first time buying a vehicle. He did let us know how much he enjoyed the customer service that he received from the Easterns staff. It is very important that customers feel welcome when they arrive and throughout the entire car buying process. Tyson mentioned how much he loves the jingle commercials with the players of the Washington Redskins. On behalf of the Easterns staff, we must thank him for being such a great customer and a long time supporter of Easterns Automotive Group.
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When it comes to Americans, there isn’t much that separates those old and young besides their age. The age gap actually allows for different conversations and various perspectives to be shared. This is exactly what Anjali Patel from Manassas, Virginia set out to teach her own kids as well as other local children. Patel created a non-profit organization by the name of Seeing i2i that pairs young students with a group of seniors to converse, engage, and eventually be friends. This is all done with the help of technology. Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group teamed up to Pay It Forward to Patel and her incredible organization.
The idea to create the non-profit stemmed from Patel’s children enjoying the time that they spent with their grandparents. She knew then that their was something special about that bond that was appreciated by both parties. Patel took it upon herself to create a website to test out on her neighborhood. The kids that participated enjoyed talking to their elders and wanted to do it more. With the help of technology, kids who currently participate are able to Skype residents at the Holiday Retirement Manassas Senior Living at the Fairmont. The seniors have adapted to using Skype and actually enjoy it. They get to engage with people of different backgrounds and talk about all aspects of life and have fun during the process. All it really takes is a few minutes to make a person’s day.
Eaterns and Fox 5 DC came together to Pay It Forward to Patel and Seeing i2i by gifting them Amazon Fire tablets so that they will be able to continue communicating with the seniors via Skype. They also donated gift cards to help plan an upcoming party that can bring the two age groups together.
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We’re back with a brand new Throwback Thursday clip of the week. The star of this clip is American stand-up comedian, actor, and voice actor by the name of Gilbert Gottfried. Gottfried is most known for his sketches on Saturday Night Live (SNL) as well as his roles in several movies such as Problem Child 1 & 2, Aladdin, and Dr. Dolittle just to name a few. Gottfried took advantage of having a unique voice by doing voiceovers for cartoons, various television shows, and movies. Eastern Motors just knew that he would be a perfect fit to convey the message of their brand. Back in 2012, Easterns sought out Gottfried to star in this particular clip. Gottfried had an angry tone in the video due to him convincing people as to why they should buy from Easterns. He managed to point out nothing but facts when he spoke. It’s true, buying a 1 owner car from Easterns saves the customer 50% on average than buying a new car. Easterns Automotive Group has served the DC, Maryland, and Virginia communities for over 30 years now and has sold over 100,000 certified used vehicles. Easterns has every car that you can possibly imagine with 5 convenient locations in the DMV area with a 6th location coming in early 2018. Please click here to see both our locations and our current inventory.
People from all across the world share the same struggle when it comes to deciding to buy a new or used car. Everyone has their own reason and opinion as to which option is better for their situation. While both options have pros and cons, the choice itself is really subjective. It really depends on that particular person’s finances and what exactly they are looking to get out of a vehicle. The best choices are made when you weigh out the pros and cans to see which option will accommodate your lifestyle.
Purchasing a used car is clearly the cheaper option but there are also advantages to buying used. When you purchase a used car, your insurance rate is going to be cheaper. According to Nerd Wallet, this is because a vehicle costs less to insure when it is worth less. The prices of used cars are tremendously lower than buying new due to depreciation. For example, you may be able to buy a used Mercedes-Benz for the price of a brand new Chrysler. It really depends on what you want as a customer. Many times people say that used cars aren’t reliable that is the furthest thing from the truth. Reliability of a used car truly depends on the mileage and how well the last owner took care of the vehicle. Cars these days typically reach over 100,000 miles before needing major repairs. The major factor is the basic maintenance such as oil changes, brakes, and tire rotation. These visits are good because mechanics can also check for other issues and to see if anything strikes them as alarming. Think of an oil change as a check-up at the doctor. It’s needed to make sure everything is running smoothly. A major disadvantage to buying used is that there is usually no warranty due to the factory warranty running out. This means that any and all repairs are on you as a customer. It is recommended to get any used car checked out by a mechanic before purchasing. Mechanics will check overall vehicle condition and look for potential problems that could cost you in the long run.
In the perfect world, everyone wants to purchase a brand new car. There are several advantages to buying new such as the latest technology and safety features. Technology is changing so fast that a car even 1 or 2 years old won’t have the same features as a brand new car. Car manufactures also constantly try to improve the fuel efficiency in their vehicles. The same vehicle may now have 10 more miles per gallon than it did in the previous years. Fuel efficiency is important because customers want to save money at the pump. There is a peace of mind that customers have knowing that their new vehicle doesn’t have any wear and tear or prior unresolved issues. New vehicles come standard with a factory warranty which covers at least the first three years or 36,000 miles. U.S. News made a great point in that buying a new car is easier than buying used. This is very true because any dealership is bound to have an entire inventory of new cars with different models and colors for all different price ranges. People love having the most options possible. Car manufactures are quite aware of this and always advertise finance and lease deals and incentives new vehicles. These are deals that won’t be found on a used vehicle.
Many customers decision to purchase new or used falls somewhere in between the two. At Easterns Automotive Group, we understand the needs of our customers. Easterns has 5 locations and has served the Maryland, DC, and Virginia communities for over 30 years and has sold over 100,000 certified used vehicles. These cars are relatively new cars with low mileage that have been handpicked by professionals. Every Easterns vehicle has passed a rigorous multi-point certification check so you can buy with confidence. Our vast inventory includes over 1000 cars with clean CarFax reports and one owner vehicles. Customers can experience the feel of a newer car without exactly paying the price of a brand new car. We have a friendly customer care staff that handles any pre or post sales questions that you may have, and that is why Easterns has over a 97% approval rating. You can get pre approved for finance right from your own home. We invite you to come into an Easterns store, call, or chat online today and experience firsthand what we mean by the Easterns difference!
When purchasing a used car, a customer is given two options in terms of financing the vehicle. Car dealers give people the option to either lease or buy the vehicle. The outcome for both is the same in the sense that the customer will still get to drive a brand new car. However, buying and leasing in itself are the total opposite of each other. Most people have their own personal reasons as to why they choose to buy or lease.
When you lease a vehicle, you only end up paying a portion of the vehicle’s total cost. That “portion” is the difference between the selling price of the vehicle and the residual value of the car. The residual value is the estimated value of vehicle at the end of term of the lease and is set by the lender. It’s very similar to renting a car but instead you can select a lease term that works for you. The lease term is the number of months that the car will be driven. Lease terms start at 24 months and can go all the way up to 84 months. According to Consumer Reports, there are a variety of up-front costs associated with leasing a vehicle including various fees, security deposit, and a down payment. Most people that choose to lease do it because there is typically a lower monthly payment than buying a vehicle. The longer terms come with a higher interest rate but the money is stretched out over a longer period of time which makes the payments cheaper. A newly leased vehicle typically comes with a full warranty as well as free maintenance during the term. A huge factor when considering leasing is how much driving you are doing. Leasing is definitely not for the person that drives long distances each and every day. This is because there are mileage limits when in a lease. Car dealers give people a limit between 10,000-15,000 miles to drive per year. There are fees associated when going over the mileage limit. Car dealers give customers a chance to finance the balance of the current vehicle, pay for it cash, or lease/buy something new. Leased cars are most always in stable condition because customers are aware that they will be responsible for any excessive wear and tear on the vehicle.
There are definitely more factors to think about when it comes to buying a vehicle. When you buy a vehicle, it is yours as long as you make the monthly payments. People love the freedom of buying because not only do you own the vehicle for life but you can sell or trade in at any given time with out fees. However, a car’s value depreciates at a different rate than the total amout of the loan paid off, this what the car business refers to as an Equity position. A buyer can be in a positive equity position, meaning the amount the vehicle is worth is greater than the amount owed on the loan of a vehicle, or a negative equity position, meaning the amount owed on the vehicle is greater than the vehicle is worth. The best way to get out of negative equiy position is to continue making payments on the loan. It’s important to keep your vehicle in the best possible condition to maximize the selling price. Unlike a lease, there are no rules and regulations when it comes to vehicle mileage. A vehicle with higher mileage has a lower resale price so you may want to think twice about those long distance rides. A new car typically has a factory warranty for the first few years. Once it expires, the owner of the vehicle is responsible for all repair costs.
It really comes down to a person’s financial situation and how much they can and are willing to spend. When you lease, you are always going to have a monthly payment on a car that you don’t even own. The plus side is that you will always be in a new vehicle and won’t have to worry about the costs of maintenance and repairs. When you buy, your monthly payments will be higher but the car will be yours if you plan to pay it off. Most people enjoy having the freedom of owning a vehicle and being able to do what they want with it after it is paid off. Ultimately, it depends on someone’s priorities and their goals financially.
Easterns offers both purchasing and leasing and you can buy or lease with confidence. Easterns Automotive Group has served the Maryland, DC, and Virginia communities for over 30 years and has sold over 100,000 certified used vehicles. Easterns has 5 convenient locations around the DMV area, and every Easterns vehicle has passed a rigorous multi-point certification check so you can buy with confidence. Search our vast inventory of over 1000 cars filled with clean CarFax reports and one owner vehicles. Our friendly customer care staff handles any pre or post sale questions you may have, and that is why Easterns has over a 97% customer approval rating. We invite you to come into an Easterns store, call, or chat online today and experience firsthand what we mean by the Easterns difference! Check out our inventory, see our locations and submit a finance application from home that only takes a few minutes!
Here at Easterns Automotive Group, we take our customers’ needs very serious. We understand the importance of excellent quality service. The major key for us is open and honest communication with our customers and treating everyone like family because that is exactly what we are. Our customers are our first priority so we never mind going the extra mile, unlike our competitors. Our vehicles are in immaculate condition, with all being 2 years old or less than 35,000 miles. Over the past 25 years, we have managed to build an excellent reputation as well as an A+ rating with the BBB (Better Business Bureau). We have six dealership locations located throughout the DC metro, Maryland, and Virginia area and over a 97% customer approval rating. The credibility that we have established has enabled us to be one of the prestigious and well-known automotive groups in the DMV.
Buying a car can be a very a very stressful task depending on where you are purchasing a vehicle. Easterns strives to provide a smooth, easy, and time efficient car buying experience that everyone can enjoy. We understand that everyone coming to purchase a vehicle does not have all of the cash in his or her pocket. The reality is most Americans choose to finance their vehicle. Variety is very important to us when it comes to our customers choosing a lender to finance their vehicle. This is why we offer 30 credible lenders to our customers such as Ally, SunTrust, TD, Wells Fargo, and Capital One Bank just to name a few. Each bank and financial institution is different and certain lenders may be a bitter fit for customers than others. A big factor that goes into deciding APR (Annual Percentage Rate) for an auto loan is a person’s credit score. Having a good credit score means that banks are more willing to work with you because of you previous track record. Your monthly payment is most likely to be lower when you have a better credit score. When banks see that you have a higher credit score, they tend to give people a higher rate because to them that you are a financial risk resulting in a higher monthly payment. Our new website allows customers to fill out the finance application online before they even come in to any of our 6 locations.
The pros to choosing Easterns are endless. Every one of our vehicles goes through a thorough 110-point quality certification. They all come with a free CARFAX Vehicle Report that reveals the truth about used cars including previous work performed on the car, hidden problems, and recalls and safety related issues. We also offer a limited time warranty and gap coverage on every vehicle. Customers have the option to purchase extended warranties and gap coverage through Easterns. It is important to us that our customers are happy with their vehicle. We give them a 7-day window to enjoy the vehicle and make sure that they are in love with it, consider this like a trial run. Our 7-day return policy allows customers to swap their current vehicle for any car or truck at Easterns that matches their budget and credit.
Buying a vehicle at Easterns is very different from buying a vehicle at a Buy Here Pay Here (BHPH) lot. A BHPH is type of dealership that targets people with bad credit that have most likely have tried to purchase a car elsewhere. Majority of the BHPH dealerships offer customers high interest rates with high payments. They tend to take advantage of their customers’ financial situation because they know that they are in need of a vehicle. In fact CARFAX published an article discussing what should be avoided when buying a car from a BHPH lot. They urge customers to watch out for the ridiculous terms such as “long loans and sky-high interest rates”. It’s important that potential car buyers have the proper information before signing something without knowing exactly what they are getting themselves into. Another thing to watch out for is overpriced cars. Vehicles at these lots typically are not the best quality, yet the prices are marked up so it is best to ask for a CARFAX or vehicle history report. The biggest thing car buyers should know is the importance of knowing their finances and what they can and cannot afford. Having this type of knowledge can prevent someone from making a financial mistake that could have been easily avoided.
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